Wednesday, December 29, 2010

New Year: New You Pink Lemonade Hand Scrub Party Favor

Maybe I'm the only one, but when I enter the New Year, I want everything to be fresh.  I clean my house, I take a super long shower, and scrub all the grime from the last year away, I clean out my fridge, I make a new list, I delete all the numbers of my phone I should have deleted 11 months, and 30 days ago, I delete all the bad memories...OK...maybe not, I save those up for a therapy couch somewhere. 
I actually made this scrub as a gift for someone over the Christmas holiday as well, but I decided to save it and share now as a New Year's party favor idea...new skin for the new year.  It's really inexpensive to make, and there are about 13,000 ways you can make this scrub using things you already have in your house, including the jars.  I've seen these great little scrubs all over the net, but last year I saw a recipe via Under the Table and Dreaming that seemed really easy and doable using lemon's.  I decided to go with pink lemonade because I had some, and, well, I'm a fan of pink. 
I saved a glass cherry jar from my 7,865,234th project of the week (along with olive jars, pimento jars, and jam jars).  I used some scratch paper to trace a circle on the paper, and glued it down to the lid (which I painted the side  of with white paint).
To make the innards, I mixed 2 1/2 C. of sugar with 1 C. of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and a little container of pink lemonade mix (the Walmart version of Crystal Light).  I also added a few drops of lemon juice to pump up the lemon scent.  You can use any natural scent including brown sugar, vanilla....whatever.
You stir it all up, and get a nice scrub to wash away the old. 
I'm always out of ink in my printer, so I used some stamps for the tag....I always forget this until I'm desperate, but you can actually color stamps with markers, and they stamp just as well as a pad, and you don't have to find a home for 27 different stamp pads.  This part of the post is for my benefit, I keep forgetting these things I figured out at some point, so I'm reminding myself below....
I tied the spoon (left over from a thrift store find, and a failed metal stamping attempt) on with some pink ribbon along with my tag.  Please add tags to the list of things I'm mildly obsessed with...and I use the word 'mildly' only because in some 7th grade world it's opposite day. 

And now....a fresh way to scrub off the old year....assuming it left some dust on you too.
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13 comments:

Deb said...

another cute idea....

Knit Purl Gurl said...

OMG! I LURVE this! I think I'll make this with the pink lemonade mix that you used and add some pink grapefruit extract to it!

Elizabeth said...

This is a great idea and a nice hostess gift for any other day of the year. I'm adding this to my new 2011 list of to-dos!

Kansas Amy said...

Very nice! I am going to have to give it a try. It looks yummy too but I'm not sure that olive oil and sugar would actually taste good so I will save it for the skin. Hope all is well!

Alice said...

thanks for yet another wonderful idea!! can't wait to try it!

Katie's Nesting Spot said...

Sounds wonderful, citrus scents are my favorite. My friends joke that I like nothing as much as the smell of lemon pledge!

Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy said...

I've been looking for a good scrub. It's lovely too! Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday's!

Natalie said...

I just did this!! And I loved it! Now I will have to share it on my blog!

Natalie said...

Oh, and I added your button on my blog!

polkadotpearl said...

Do you think this would work okay as a body scrub in the shower? I have been using one from Arbonne thats way too expensive, and would like to try a DIY one. I found you on Pinterest:)

Christy said...

Maybe try out a little sample and see what you think, but I think yOu will like it!

javaverses said...

Just wondering since it has lemon juice in it, does it sting?

Christy said...

I've never noticed a sting, and I always have cuts b/c I craft so much, but the sugar creates a scrub, so if you are super sensitive...it is meant to help peals some of the dead skin away, and the oil balances out to make your skin soft....I think the oil coating really prevents any sting. :O)