I will go out on the proverbial limb and blame Pinterest. I saw it there first! So many pins about sugar scrubs. My youngest daughter has been making scrubs as gifts for awhile now but I didn't remember her making a peppermint one. And, once I saw the pin of the reindeer washcloth gift wrap, I knew I had to go full steam ahead.
As I was doing my other shopping, I remembered to pick up tan washcloths and some more brown chenile stems-everything else I had in my craft closet. I thought I remembered the recipe was sugar (which I had plenty of thanks to cookie baking), olive oil (which I also knew I had lots of thanks to a recent BOGO at Publix) and peppermint extract-picked up another bottle of this stuff as mine was getting low.
So, the day comes when I finally have time to put this simple little extra CUTE gift together and I head to Pinterest to get the exact recipe. First, let me tell you that all of the peppermint scrubs featured were a lovely shade of pink. Some industrious crafters actually made some pink and some white and bottled it to look like a peppermint candy. Well, recipe after recipe called for coconut oil or lanolin. That I didn't have nor did I have the time or the finances to hunt them down. So, I persevered and finally found the one recipe that called for olive oil. But, when I started mixing my sugar, oil and red food coloring to get my lovely shade of pink, I ended up with a lovely shade of orange. After all, I was always told to buy good olive oil-the most green I could find. Makes sense that I wouldn't get pink from green. But persevere I did! It was time for the few drops of peppermint extract...then a few more...then a few more. Why wasn't this stuff starting to smell like peppermint? All I can say is that it is a good thing that I bought that extra bottle because it took every bit of it to even give the hint of mint. When I finally looked carefully at my olive oil bottle, I found I had bought BOLD flavored oil. Oh well, this still had the potential to look cute. Until, that is, I brought out the little bottles I was so happy to find on a quick trip to HL. I had bought small, French jars. I thought they would keep the scrub sealed tightly-which they did but the metal closure gave a rather strange shape to the reindeer's face.
Never-the-less, they are what they are and everyone who received one has told me how soft it is making their skin feel and how lovely it smells. I think they're really just being nice, but, after all, it is the thought that counts.