Our family is so large that we had to institute a child only gift giving rule a few years back…otherwise, we would all go broke buying presents for 30+ people each Christmas (and that’s just MY immediate side of the family: sisters, brother-in-laws, grandparents and first cousins). Some years we do a Secret Santa gift exchange for the adults, so that we only have to buy one present, but we normally just give each other baked goods or things like that. I love making homemade gifts in a jar to give to my family during the holidays! I’ve always baked cookies and made peppermint bark, but this year I am experimenting with giving the ladies homemade sugar scrubs, like this Red Velvet Cake Sugar Scrub in a Jar.
Sugar scrubs are so easy to make, and I usually have all of the ingredients already around the house.
As I mentioned in my Peppermint Sugar Scrub post last week, I save up my spaghetti sauce jars and any mason jars that I come across so that I have free supplies to work with when Christmas rolls around.
I was shopping at TJ Maxx in October for baking goodies for a Christmas-themed giveaway I held last month, and I came across a Red Velvet emulsion. Honestly, I am quite experienced with extracts but had never even heard of emulsions before. I guess I have a lot left to learn in the baking world, right?
I love Red Velvet Cake, so I picked it up (it was only $4.99) and added it to my collection in my baking cabinet.
When I began working on my Gifts for Giving series, I remembered that I had this Red Velvet Cake emulsion and decided to try to make a Red Velvet Cake Sugar Scrub – who doesn’t love the smell of Red Velvet Cake?
DIY Red Velvet Sugar Scrub in a Jar
1 cup white granulated sugar
1/3 cup coconut oil
1 drop Red Velvet Cake emulsion
Mix the coconut oil and sugar in a small bowl until it is completely combined. It should be crumbly but not too oily. Remove half of the sugar mixture and put in a separate bowl and add a drop of Red Velvet Cake emulsion, mixing until it is completely colored.
Add a tablespoon of the plain sugar mixture in a small jar, then add a tablespoon of the Red Velvet Cake mixture. Repeat until the jar is full.
Note: When I made this, my finger tips had a hint of pink on them after I was done. Don’t worry, it washes off with soap and water! Though, if you use more than one drop, I can’t make any promises… 🙂