We recently moved to a new neighborhood, and we are surrounded by friendly and involved neighbors. Every year a Christmas breakfast is hosted at our neighbor’s house. We were fortunate to be invited this year. We were so looking forward to the event, to meeting several new neighbors who we have not yet had the opportunity to greet, and sampling all the delicious treats. Everyone was supposed to bring a dish to share. So, I was thinking and planning on what dish to bring, and completely forgot about bringing a hostess gift to thank my wonderful neighbor for including us in such a delightful event.
That being said, I decided to make one of my favorite holiday luxury items, with which I like to spoil myself every year. DIY Christmas hostess gift in a jar filled with Sugar Peppermint Scrub with Coconut Oil. Now this can be used as a hand scrub or a full body scrub. It works great to moisturize dry chapped hands from the winter cold, it is wonderful in the shower as a full body scrub and exfoliator, and you should definitely try rubbing a little bit on your dry lips this winter. The best thing about it is it is 100% safe for your body and you can even eat it (if you feel like licking it off your lips).
The ingredients to make this DIY Christmas hostess gift in a jar are simple and can likely be found in your kitchen already. Although, you may need to plan ahead and special order the peppermint oil (or peppermint extract), because many local stores either do not carry it or sell out of it very quickly once the Christmas/holiday/winter season begins.
I used organic white sugar, peppermint oil (you can also use peppermint extract), and organic, solid coconut oil. You will want an eyedropper for the peppermint oil. The coconut oil can be found at your grocers in the organic aisle or sometimes in the health aisle at an organic food store or body products store.
Melt 1/4 cup coconut oil in a microwave- safe dish in 20 second intervals until thoroughly melted. Add 15-20 drops of peppermint oil to the melted coconut oil and stir to combine. In a medium sized bowl, combine the oil mixture with 1 cup of sugar and stir until thoroughly combined. You can add more peppermint oil to increase the smell to your preference. Scoop mixture into jars.
This should stay good for a couple of months in a sealable mason jar. Shelf life for me has been around three months (though really, you will use this up much quicker than that because it is amazing for your skin!!)
A variation of this recipe can be made with kosher salt, peppermint oil, and any other type of oil like vegetable oil, sunflower oil, any Nut oil really, or even baby oil. However, one of the benefits of this mixture is the scent and the ability to moisturize and seal moisture into your skin. So if you are using an alternate type of oil, try to get one that is un scented or scent-free or at least doesn’t have an overpowering smell. Also, baby oil will work but doesn’t have the best reputation for locking in moisture.
This is why I prefer the coconut oil, sugar, and peppermint oil combination. The smell is amazing and it keeps your skin hydrated.
I found the labels and recipe for the sugar scrub online through this blog site, Mom4real.
To finish off and package up your DIY Christmas hostess gift in a jar, fill a widemouth mason jar with the sugar scrub mixture. Secure the lid. And decorate the bottle with some kitchen twine. Don’t forget to add some embellishments. You could add a peppermint stick or some holly berries and leaves as pictured in the photo above. You may want to consider adding a gift tag on the twine as well.
Do not forget to label the jar with the contents inside. You can either make your own label to affix to the exterior of the jar or to the jar lid, or use a free printable version online here.