Sunday, December 18, 2011

homemade gift: lemon sugar scrub

Out of all three homemade teacher gifts we made together yesterday (this lemon-sugar scrub + lentil soup mixes + spice rubs), this one definitely goes down as my favorite. Since we're only doing homemade gifts from the boys to all adults this year, this is what I am lobbying for as my gift. It totally works (one of my kids gave it a test run last night) and it is so super easy. Plus, who wouldn't like a little pampering to kick off the new year?

Lemon Sugar Scrub 
this recipe will make a dozen 5 oz. jars (or about 7 1/2 cups)-- you can scale the recipe up or down for your gift-making project
I learned of this recipe on Count it all Joy, which is a fabulous, witty blog full of good ideas. 

8 cups sugar
2 cups olive oil
1 cup lemon juice
zest of 10 lemons (or about 8 Tablespoons)

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Note that stirring the mixture is tough at first, you might have to help your kids get it going...Store scrub in an airtight container.

We packaged it in these 5 oz jars. While everything is edible, you don't want your recipients eating a big scoop, so gift tag should read:

Lemon Sugar Scrub
Apply a handful of sugar scrub to wet skin while showering and massage in circular motion. Will remove dead skin and leave winter skin feeling refreshed and moisturized!


  1. I bet your house smelled awesome when you were done!

    I really do need to try this. A cousin once gifted me a grapefruit sugar scrub that I LOVED from a home company a friend of her had. She was charging somewhere around $32, so I turned my nose up at it until I came across it on eBay for $6 and found out it was an Amway product! Sadly, it doesn't appear that they make it anymore, so I may just have to try this with pink grapefruit instead of lemons and see how close it comes.

    I knew that people made their own but hadn't looked into it. I guess I assumed there was more to it - seems like this would just dissolve the sugar, so you wouldn't get that scrubbing action.

    Well, I adore fresh lemon, so if the grapefruit doesn't work out, I'll definitely try that. :)

  2. I was wondering if this ever needed to be refrigerated?


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