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DIY Holiday Gifts: Orange Almond Salt Scrub

It’s about that time of December when panic sets in about gift-giving for the holidays. Forget your family who you’ve already thought about gifts for. What about the mailman? Your kid’s teachers? Your book club, card group, or coworkers? In the past I’ve always baked the big batch of cookies and dolled out to everyone. But this year I am trying to promote “healthy holidays” and I came up with a few DIY gift ideas that are perfect for any foodie. Today’s gift is a homemade salt scrub which is great for exfoliating and moisturizing your skin. It only takes a few ingredients and about 5 minutes to make. The creative part is what flavor and decoration combinations you can come up with. I’ve already used some of the extras for testing and LOVE it! The orange and almond flavors are so fragrant and a great choice for body products. Please note that while the scrub is edible (there are no toxic ingredients) it’s made of fat and salt! Yuck! Stick to using it as a body scrub and you’ll love the results. 

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Makes: 16 oz, or 4 small jars
Prep Time: 5 minutes     Total Time: 5 minutes

1 cup sea salt (thick granules)
1 cup coconut oil, room temperature
1 orange, zested
1 tsp + almond extract, up to 2 tsp depending on how strong you like the flavor
4 mini mason jars (or baby food jars)- 4 oz each

  • Measure out 1 cup of coconut oil into a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for about 20 seconds, or until the oil is nearly melted. You don’t want it hot, just melted, so if you overcook it and it’s above body temperature let it cool for a few minutes before mixing in the additional ingredients. 
  • When the oil is cool, mix in all of the ingredients with a large spatula.
  • Divide among the mason jars and screw a lid on firmly. Decorate the jars as desired with a label. If necessary, comment that it’s a body scrub and not edible!!!

Other Flavor Ideas:
Peppermint Salt Scrub: substitute peppermint extract for almond extract; add 1/2 cup broken peppermint sticks to the recipe in lieu of orange zest.
Lemon Vanilla Salt Scrub: substitute vanilla extract for almond extract; substitute zest of 2 lemons for zest of 1 orange

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