How-To: Brown Sugar Scrub Gifts

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I am not a parent, but I was a full-time nanny for 5 years. One of my favorite things was helping kids make creative and crafty gifts. All the children that I cared for loved making this Sugar Scrub. It’s the easiest thing in the world to put together, and in the end, it’s a gift for mom (or anyone!). Kids know that no one will let them eat a bowl of pure sugar, but they sure love measuring and mixing it. Imagine leaving your little ones with the sitter, some sugar, and this tutorial, and then coming home to a pile of completed holiday gifts! All I ask is that you make sure the nanny gets to take one home too!
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Brown sugar I chose large crystals of dark brown sugar.
Almond oil
Mixing bowl
Jar with lid
Decorative fabric scrap


Step 1: Spoon the brown sugar into the mixing bowl. The exact measurements of each ingredient aren’t as crucial to the outcome as the final 2:1 ratio of sugar to oil. I used about 2 cups of sugar.
Step 2: Pour in the oil. Use half as much oil as sugar. I added approximately 1 cup of almond oil.
Step 3: Mix the oil and sugar together. This is the really fun part that kids can’t wait to get to! As you stir, the sugar seems to just soak up the oil. If there is too much oil, it will pool at the bottom of the bowl, and you can just add more sugar until it has been absorbed. On the other hand, if the mixture seems dry, add more almond oil.
Step 4: Spoon the sugar scrub into a glass jar.
Step 5: Wipe the edges of the jar clean and then set the decorative fabric on the flat piece of the lid. Hold down the scrap and screw on the threaded ring of the lid. Store the scrub in the refrigerator, but let it warm to room temperature before using it, otherwise, brrrrr!!! Cross someone off your list, because their gift is done!

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