DIY Rose + Citrus Sugar Body Scrub with Printable Label
WHY MAKE A HOMEMADE SUGAR SCRUB?
Do you need some beautiful bridesmaid gift ideas without dipping into your already tight wedding budget? Why not make something gorgeous and luxe that your friends will actually want to use!
Now everyone loves a little body polish but you can easily fork out $70 for a luxury branded body scrub. So why not make your own from all natural ingredients you can find in your kitchen pantry?
You know there aren't any nasty chemicals in there and you can make it so it's exactly how you like it.
I mean some people want to have multiple items with the words "bridesmaid" and "maid of honour" stuck on them. I personally would rather something pretty that I'll actually use. So bring on the rose + citrus sugar scrub!
WHAT'S SO GOOD ABOUT ROSE + CITRUS?
And what do I even mean when I write citrus? Well, this scrub has orange blossom essential oil and lemon rind, so that's what I mean by citrus. You can also add lemon essential oil into the mix if you really love the smell of lemon.
But why do I want to rub my skin with these pretty looking ingredients?
Roses are antibacterial which can help cleanse your skin and remove any of the grime you tend to collect in your pores when living in the city [i.e. what I need lots of for my skin!]. However, roses are not just a great cleanser, they are also full of vitamin C, which helps with skin cell production.
Lemon peel is also full of vitamin C but I think my favourite thing about lemon peel is the citric acid. This natural exfoliant helps with pigmentation, clarifying the skin and removing any old dead skin cells leaving your skin soft and fresh [and smelling delish!].
Also quite frankly apart from being super pretty, they also just smell really good! And doesn't that just add to the whole pampering experience too?
MAKES 1 JAR [APPROX. 500 ML]
2 tablespoons organic dried rose petals
1/2 cup olive oil
10 drops orange blossom essential oil*
2 cups raw sugar**
Beautiful airtight container to store+
Printable sugar scrub sticker labels [get yours for free here!]***
Laser printer [a plain old black and white printer will work a treat here]
Scissors, non-smudging pen and ruler for cutting out labels++
A4 clear or white sticker paper [make sure there are no cuts in the page, it should just one giant A4 sticker!]
* You can also substitute half of the orange blossom essential oil for lemon essential oil.
** Optional substitute: replace 1/2 the raw sugar with caster sugar for a lighter, finer body polish.
*** There are 10 labels per A4 page to cut out.
+ My beautiful glass jars were from Kmart and only $3 each! I loved the natural look of the wooden lid with the rubber seal so I was sold.
++ Ideally you'll want to cut the labels out with a metal ruler and a stanley knife, however, plain old scissors and a steady [not too caffeinated] hand can do the job just as well. All the labels in this DIY are actually cut with just scissors because I broke my stanley knife :( [More importantly how does one even break a stanley knife?]
METHOD + INSTRUCTIONS
STEP ONE: MIX YOUR SUGARS
I used a mixture of raw sugar and caster sugar because I like the combination of the smaller and larger sugar crystals and that the caster sugar lightens the colour of the sugar scrub as well.
My sugar mix was made with 50% raw sugar and 50% caster sugar. This is obviously personal preference though - so use whatever sugar you like or have in your kitchen cupboard!
STEP TWO: GRATE YOUR LEMON RIND + MIX WITH THE SUGAR
Now when I first made this sugar scrub I actually used large chunks of lemon peel, where I just peeled small strips of the lemon rind with a vegetable peeler.
Don't do this!
Yes, it looks pretty, but it's actually a little harder to use when rubbing it on your skin. More importantly - the lemon peel gets clogged up in your drain! I mean obviously you don't want the peel to cause any drain blockages, but also it's kinda not fun to have to clean up food scraps in your bathtub after a lovely pampering session.
So make sure to actually grate your lemon rind so it's nice small pieces rather than larger strips. You basically want them to be small enough to go through any plug hole.
STEP THREE: ADD YOUR DRIED ROSE PETALS
I just purchased my organic dried rose petals from my local health food shop but you can always find some great deals for dried rose petals online if you don't mind waiting a week or so for shipping.
STEP FOUR: ADD YOUR OLIVE OIL
Add half the olive oil and mix that through with the rose, lemon, and sugar. I recommend adding half the oil first so you can see whether you prefer a drier consistency. You just want to make sure the sugar scrub has enough oil that all the ingredients stick together otherwise it will be a bit harder to apply to your skin.
Keep adding small amounts of the olive oil until you get the consistency you like.
I feel like it's the olive oil that really makes my skin soft and silky after using this scrub, so I prefer a slightly wetter sugar scrub so it becomes more of a paste.
STEP FIVE: ADD YOUR ESSENTIAL OILS
I only used orange blossom oil in this sugar scrub, however I regret it.
Now my scrub mainly smells like rose and orange because I didn't use any lemon essential oil as well. I think it's better to use a combination of orange blossom and lemon essential oil because even though the lemon rind does make the scrub all beautiful and lemony smelling, it won't last.
STEP SIX: PRINT YOUR LABELS + CUT THEM OUT
Place your A4 sticker paper into your printer paper tray with the shiny sticker side down. Print the labels and wait a few minutes to make sure the ink is dry.
Cut the labels out using the black crop marks as guides. If you're using a metal ruler and stanley knife, line up the ruler with the crop lines and run the knife along the ruler to cut out each line.
If you're using plain old scissors [which is 100% what I did with this DIY because I somehow broke my stanley knife?] just use a non-smudge pen and lightly draw out the lines that are indicated by the crop marks. Use the lines to cut the labels out.
The absolute best pen to use is a thin whiteboard marker so you can just wipe the lines off the sticker once you finish cutting them out :)
STEP SEVEN: PLACE LABELS ON YOUR JAR
I pull the sticker labels taught to reduce any chance of air bubbles or creases on the labels when I placed them on the jars. And let's be honest - I totally had to pull them off and replace them on the jars a couple of times to stop them being crooked! 😂
STEP EIGHT: SPOON THE SUGAR SCRUB INTO THE AIRTIGHT JARS
When spooning the body sugar scrub into the jars, I placed it up against the walls of the glass jar to avoid any air pockets and to make it look prettier from the outside of the jar. Because we know our love of beauty products is ALLLL about how pretty it looks in the bottle right?!
Keep your new pretty rose and citrus sugar scrub in a cool place, away from direct sunlight. Homemade sugar scrubs can keep really well for a few months if stored correctly - the main thing is to make sure no water or moisture gets into the jar otherwise mould can develop.
So just make sure you use airtight containers and if you give them as a gift tell your friends how to store their new beauty product.
If you have any questions on how to make, keep or store your rose + citrus sugar scrub let me know below in the comments. Otherwise, I would LOVE to see pictures of anyone who tries this little DIY. So share them with me by tagging @pipereastdesign on Instagram or sharing it as a "tried this pin" for this pin on Pinterest. Bonus points if you're actually using it to give as a bridesmaid proposal gift!
Disclosure: make sure to test patch this scrub before use to make sure you do not have an allergic reaction.
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