It’s down to the wire for Mother’s Day gifts, my friends. With all I have to do in the next few days I realized I would have no time to shop for a Mother’s Day Gift for Super-Grandma before we see her on Sunday. As a matter of fact, I won’t even have time to stop at store. I needed to come up with a gift that was thoughtful and something she could use, and I had to be able to make it with things I already had in my house.
Super-Grandma, like many people, enjoys a nice hot shower. I thought it would be nice to make her a nice treat that she could use for a little pampering. I decided on a Vanilla Lime Sugar Scrub.
The ingredients are easy, you probably already have them in your house.
Lime – You only need the zest
Vanilla extract – Optional, but it’s a nice touch
Food grade oil -I used liquid Coconut oil to go with the lime, but olive oil is perfectly fine and any vegetable oil can be used.
A jar – You can reuse an old spaghetti sauce jar or even tie a bow on a baggie if you don’t have any canning jars laying around.
First, put the sugar in a bowl, and grate some lime zest into it. I probably put about 2 tablespoons in my 1/2 cup of sugar. Mix with a spoon.
Next, add the oil. I used two tablespoons for the 1/2 cup sugar. You want it to be kind of a slurry. It doesn’t have to be exact! If you are adding vanilla extract, don’t stir it yet. I prefer to put the vanilla on top of the puddle of oil, it mixes in better that way, in my opinion.
You only want to add one or two DROPS of vanilla extract. It’s strong, and it has a lot of alcohol in it. Too much and it’ll be stinky, will dissolve the sugar and could potentially sting Mom’s skin.
Then stir it all up and stick it in the jar.
Don’t have lime? You can use just the vanilla or any other food grade extract or oil. You can also use the leaves from inside a tea bag (Mint or hibiscus would be especially nice), a little cinnamon or a few spritzes of her favorite fragrance.
BONUS: I created some geeky labels to adorn the top of your jar. You can wish your mom Happy Mother’s Day in Gallifreyan, Dothraki (it says “Mother of Dragons”, of course), Klingon, or
in binary! Plus some other geeky labels, a label with Vanilla Lime Sugar Scrub and one that just says “Happy Mother’s Day” for all the non-geeky mom’s in your life. These are sized so that you can print them on Avery 22817 canning lid labels or just print it on paper, cut it out and glue it on. You can cover it in clear packing tape if you’d like it to be more water resistant