New beginnings - or Sugar Scrub Cubes revisited
|How cute is that lamp base. Someone has carved a garland|
of flowers on it. And it's actually quite well done. I keep
wondering who didn't want it because I absolutely loved it.
I made more Sugar scrubs for Christmas presents. This time I used an ice cube mold that I got in a junk shop so they are not dollops like before, but proper cubes. I have to say that it is much easier to use a mold. Just fill it up and put it in the freezer for a few minutes and they pop out easily, for the most part.
I have grown to really like the Sugar cubes. They are a gentle way to scrub the skin, perfectly safe for the environment and leave the skin very soft with all the nice oils and lovely soap. I made them to go with the bath bombs so I used Alkanet infused oil and got a pretty pink. The Alkanet may also give a slightly lavender colour which probably happens if the soap is very alkaline. I also used scents and the pink Sugar cubes got Lavender EO, just a few drops are enough. I also used Annatto seed infused oil to get a yellow colour that accompanied the Lemongras EO. No colour for the Peppermint but a mix of Rumex/Njóli oil and Alkanet for the Palmarosa EO. That produced a rather dusky pink which went well with the Njóli soap that I put the tiny rose buds on.
I experimented with using Coconut oil instead of Cocoa Butter and that works fine as well. They were a bit softer, but that's all right. The recipe is here and also a link to Mayren Abashed's blog which is where I found it originally. I wrapped the Sugar cubes like hard candy, although my cellophane was a tad to stiff for that to work really well. But it looked kinda cute and the recipients of the gifts were quite pleased. And that does count. There really is a lot of truth in the old saying that it is sweeter to give than to receive.