Monday, July 18, 2011

Etceteras: sugar scrub and pretty packaging

I know there have been many wonderful sugar scrub posts and tutorials in the blog world but when I found these little bottles I just had to make some of my own.

The little travel-sized bottles are from my local drugstore. I found them on sale - I think they were two for $1.00.

There’s a variety of sugar scrub recipes available online – brown sugar, lemon, peppermint and more. I used a recipe from The Happy Housewife because I wanted pink scrub.

Here’s the recipe:

¾ cup sugar
1 tablespoon pink sugar crystals
4 tablespoons Canola Oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Mix the sugars together. Slowly pour in the oil and extract and mix together

Pour your sugar scrub into your jar. I embellished my jar lids with crepe paper flowers. You can find my tutorial for crepe paper flowers here.

If you want to use the scrub as a gift, consider adding a little spoon to scoop out the scrub. I love how these turned out and will definitely be making these as gifts in the future.

Since I had all the ingredients out, I decided I also wanted to try making sugar scrub cubes. I thought these might be more convenient since you can use one little cube at a time instead of scooping out the scrub.

To make soap or sugar scrub cubes, you need melt and pour soap base which I didn’t have. I found a recipe here that called for soap shreds and decided to give it a try. I have a feeling soap shreds are something you buy to make soap but I used a bar of soap that I had and shredded it. Ta-da...soap shreds...

Here's the recipe:

1 Tbsp. oil (I used canola oil)
2 Tbsp. soap shreds (I scraped a bar of soap with a butter knife to make shreds)
3 Tbsp. sugar

Heat the oil and soap shreds in the microwave in short bursts. Heat 15 seconds then stir – repeat until the soap is melted. Slowly add your sugar until the mixture is like dough. I added yellow food coloring for a lemon drop effect. At this point you would put your scrub mixture into candy forms. Since I didn’t have candy forms, I used a measuring spoon and scooped out dollops. Let dry on parchment paper until firm.

 Phew…that was a long post and long day of making sugar scrub and decorating bottles. I’m ready to relax and use my scrub now.

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  1. I love soap and love scrubs. I thought yours were lovely and anyone would be lucky to receive these as a gift. I've never made my own, but you have inspired me to try. Thanks!

  2. These look so lovely! They must smell wonderful!
    You did a beautiful job!

  3. Your head is so full of ideas! The scrubs look pretty and they must smell lovely. Thanks for sharing.

  4. These sound wonderful and look good enough to eat.
    Your beautiful packaging makes it twice the fun!

  5. I love pink! These would be great gifts!

  6. They are just beautiful! What a great gift idea- thanks for sharing!

    Drop on by!

  7. These look so refreshing...and would make ideal gifts! Thanks for all the tutorials on how to to do these!

  8. The soap shred scrubs look so pretty - I'd be happy recieving them. I might have to give those a try! :) Thanks.

  9. Wow, love this! Going to be making some this week!!

  10. Love the soap scrub cubes - and they are packaged so beautifully. I'm pinning this for sure!

  11. so pretty - I love the cube idea, I hadn't seen that before and it makes so much sense.

  12. LOVE this idea!! They would make such cute gifts!! Come check out my blog and enter my very first giveaway!!

  13. I have never heard of sugar scrub cubes before - what a great idea! Yours are beautiful!

  14. love these projects and your gorgeous jars Carolyn! thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!

  15. These are beautiful and would make great gifts. I have never made it myself, will have to try it!

  16. so cute and looks very pretty!

    come link it to my woot woot wednesday linky party!

  17. What a nice gift to make for someone.

    Beautiful tutorial.

    I would love for you to share a link to this on my mommy solution meme!

  18. these are adorable perfect for my mother or my teen daughters I am thinking I will take your lead and have presents when I need them come see me at

  19. I love the little yellow sugar balls! They look like lemon drops. What pretty packages, too. Your flowers are always a pretty touch on anything!

  20. Beautiful looking scrubs - they'd be perfect gifts!

    Thanks for linking to the Creating Success Worldwide blog hop!! Hope you'll come back again next week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  21. What a great idea. I would love for you to stop by on Monday to link up your sugar scrub and any other projects you would like to share.

  22. I love this! I'd love it is you shared it on the new series called Happy Healthy Me on the glitter blog

  23. I'm so grateful that you linked up in this week's Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :) This awesome post totally rocked the party!

  24. Carolyn, I've never seen prettier sugar scrubs anywhere. I saw your post linked up over at "Our House of Joyful Noise". Of all the links, yours was the only one that really grabbed me enough for a click and I was so excited (but not surprised) to find that the post belonged to you! Such exceptional quality and style....always!


  25. I love the scrub and the packaging!!
    Thank you for linking up to {nifty thrifty sunday} last week!
    I hope to see more of your creativity this weekend! :)

  26. I love these! Thanks for sharing these with us.

  27. What fabulous ideas and even more fabulous gifts! Pinning these!

  28. Hi Carolyn!! : ) - Just wanted you to know that I'm featuring your Sugar Scrubs & Pretty Packaging on Tuesday, with the this week's link-up party. Thanks for always sharing with us!

  29. *squeal* I was so excited to see that you linked up this gorgeous post to "A Little Birdie Told Me...". Your aesthetic is absolutely of the highest caliber, truly.

  30. Oh I like these! I've made lots of sugar scrubs in the past, but I like the dallop idea!

  31. Really what a beautiful packing this all products are having really awesome I have never seen such a good and a beautiful idea of packing in such a way. I am just getting hungry after seeing these beautiful packed products. After seeing a good packaging we like to buy it in other way we are making two progresses in a single beneath. So having a packaging of a particular brand product must be attractive. Also packaging is very much important so that there is no damage of any of the products.
    Brand Design


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