Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Sugar can make you pretty . . . Works For Me Wednesday


It will come as no surprise to you that I have a great love for C&H sugar and Domino sugar. What I didn't know about them, is that they have websites full of recipes and a special section on homemade gifts. (They even provide printable gift tags!)

Now, we all know that sugar can make you irresistible in the kitchen, but did you know it can make you pretty, too? Take a gander at this Brown Sugar and Spice Body Scrub!!!

I whipped this up today to give to my sister. (You may remember she just had a baby and I thought if she ever gets a chance to take a shower again, she better make it count!)

There happened to be just a little of the scrub that wouldn't quite fit into the jar, so I tried it on my hands and arms. OH MY! My skin is now so silky smooth and I smell like gingerbread! I have been caressing my own hands and arms all afternoon...it's a little scary.

Here's how to make it:

1 cup C&H/Domino Light Brown Sugar
1 cup C&H/Domino Pure Cane Sugar
¾ cup almond oil (I found mine in the "organic beauty" section)
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. ginger
2 tsp. nutmeg
1 16 oz. glass container with lid


In a medium-sized bowl, whisk all dry ingredients until thoroughly blended. Be sure to break up any lumps from the brown sugar or from the spices.


Stir in the almond oil. Spoon into the glass container and secure with lid.


{I tied the jar with ribbon and added a spring of berries from our front yard....}

{...and, I'm including a little tag with the instructions...}

"Scoop a teaspoon or two of the scrub on your hands and gently massage in circular motions onto your skin. Leave on for 3 to 4 minutes before thoroughly rinsing. The scrub will tighten on your skin."

I am definitely making a few more jars for Christmas gifts and one for myself, of course!

♥Thank you C&H and Domino Sugar who sponsored this post with a $20 gift card towards expenses! You are so sweet, literally!♥

Please hop on over to We Are THAT Family; this week's WFMW theme is gifts!

59 comments:

  1. This scrub looks wonderful. I was also contacted by Domino Sugar to make one of the homemade gifts on their site and I was planning on trying the scrub. Now I'm really excited about it! I'm thinking on playing with the extracts to make different flavors.

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  2. I just bought Costco-sized bags of brown and white sugar this evening - before I saw this post! I've been wondering what to do for my girlfriends for Christmas. Thanks for the answer! Is there another oil that your would recommend in place of the almond oil? Nut allergies here....

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  3. RLR...Hi! I would just use olive oil...a lighter smelling one. :)

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  4. What a great gift idea!

    I scrolled down to see the picture of your caressing your own arm and it wasn't showing up--you might want to fix that ;D

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  5. What a CUTE gift idea!!! My sister is allergic to everything under the sun, but she would be able to use this!

    Thanks for the idea! :D

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  6. I'm so glad you posted this! I saw you mention it the other day and was looking forward to seeing if it was something I could handle--lol.

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  7. That sounds like a great Christmas present idea!!!

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  8. I've been wanting to find a good scrub recipe. This one sounds great!

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  9. Great idea, Bridget! Thanks!!

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  10. This sounds great and I love how you packaged it.

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  11. I've been wanting to make a sugar scrub. I may just have to try this one! Thanks for sharing!

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  12. What a great idea! The scrub looks so pretty in the jar-I know I would be thrilled to receive a gift like this. Definitely going to make some for friends- thanks!

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  13. thank you thank you thank you for sharing this!! i never really knew they had a website this great!! .. and I loved the thought that you sent her a bath rub as she may not have another bath anytime soon LOL cracks me up as it happened to me too! have a wonderful day and a very happy holidays time!

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  14. I have just discovered your blog...and I LOVE it! I can't get enough of it. While my talents are as up to par as yours, I love to read, glean and attempt things. I just made the Caramel Brownies and they are such a huge hit! I vow to make this sugar scrub as well--thanks for becoming one of my newest addictions....

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  15. I can think of so many people who would love this, I will be hunting the thrift store for containers....

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  16. love this! great idea, and there's nothing wrong with smelling like gingerbread :)

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  17. I was thinking of making a scrub this year for a few gifts!! This looks great! and I love the jar Bridget!!

    ~TidyMom

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  18. OOOh - this looks lovely. Thank you for the tip!!

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  19. What a great idea! I bet your sister will love it!

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  20. That is such a fabulous idea! I love it.

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  21. I've seen recipes like this before and have thought about trying one. With times such as they are it would make an inexpensive but thoughtful gift! Thanks for sharing!
    ~ingrid

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  22. What a fabulous gift idea! I had no idea these sugar companies had these recipes on their sites! I must know where you bought your adorable jars??

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  23. Bridget, your blog is gorgeous! I love the sugar scrub idea. You rubbing yourself all day has me giggling. :)

    I found you from your comment on Grateful for Grace's Giveaway. I have the Etsy store that sells the personalized scarves. I will definitely be following your blog. Yummy! Lisa~

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  24. Sounds divine!! What a great gift idea.. thanks!

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  25. Love this idea, and the jar looks so pretty and festive! I think I'm going to need to try this. I'm sure there are lots of folks out there that would appreciate sugar this time of year in a non-edible form!

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  26. Oh man, I am totally going to try this.

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  27. yummy! these are good, too, with coarse grain turbinado sugar, or scented with a few drops of essential oil. delish:)

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  28. Sugar scrubs are amazing. I have tried different ones from www.bellaluce.com. I am so glad to know how to make them on my own now!!!!!!!!!!

    I am also an almond oil user, but it can be expensive, especially if 3/4 c. is involved!! Hmmm, I wonder if any other kind of oil could be used for this recipe??

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  29. What a great little gift! I bet it smells wonderful! Where did you get the jars?
    ~Liz

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  30. Kate & Liz...the jars are from World Market. ♥

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  31. what a gorgeous gift! I love this idea.:)

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  32. P.S. I love WFMW but never seem to be doing a post with the current theme, I'm so glad I can participate this week! Thanks a million!:)

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  33. oh my, this looks just perfect.

    I'm posting about frugal hand made gift-giving this year on my blog. Stop on by http://www.2008jessetree.blogspot.com

    I will certainly link to this post at some point in December, cause this is just wonderful.

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  34. What an AWESOME gift idea! And to be truthful, I think I'm going to make some for myself!! Thanks for a great post!

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  35. Love that little gift in the jar!! Pretty!

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  36. I've been looking for an inexpensive yet thoughtful gift idea for some of my girlfriends...this is perfect! Thanks!! :)

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  37. oh I know one gift all the girls on my holiday list are getting this year.

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  38. This was so nice of you to make for me! It smells so good. I can't wait to take a shower with it!

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  39. what a awesome idea~ I love it :)

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  40. I'm going to check out those websites now. I just wanted to say i love your blog; your photography makes it look gorgeous.

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  41. What a wonderful idea! I love it! Thanks for sharing!

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  42. BRIDGET!!!
    You must stop AMAZING ME in these fabulous ways!
    I am just BLOWN AWAY by all that you can do!
    And you are so resourceful!
    This scrub looks divine!
    Oh...your sissy is going to LOVE it!
    Is she as amazed at you as I am?
    If you are EVER having a bad...down on yourself...kind of day...
    LET ME KNOW...because I will pump you right up with all of the wonderous feelings I have for you!!!!
    You're spectacular!
    When you publish your book...please do dedicate a chapter to your obsessive FAN...ME!
    XXOOXX
    Since you adore all things SWEET like I do...please do pop over and see my magical birthday cake from last night!
    Oh...and it is as good as it looks!

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  43. What a great gift! I need to make sure to use this :)

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  44. WOW!! Thats awesome. And just what I needed! To get smooth skin and a bigger belly at the same time! ;)

    Blessings-
    Amanda

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  45. I will definately try this!! I already use white sugar and a few drops of fresh lemon juice as a face scrub...this is an awesome money saving idea!!

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  46. Definitely making this for the special ladies in my life!! Thank you so much for posting such a simple but indulgent recipe!!

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  47. This is a fabulous gift idea. I want it for myself too.

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  48. I'm having trouble finding almond oil..what store would you recommend looking at?

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  49. I'm excited to make some of these for some women in my life for V-day! I've been trying to think of a way to add a color to the white sugar scrub they have that won't stain skin. Some kind of seasoning or oil perhaps?

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  50. I love it, and love your blog too. Could I ask- where did you purchase your glass container?

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  51. Hey sara...it is from World Market. :)

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  52. This looks great - what's the shelf life? I would be sending some to relatives out of state.

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