As part of this week's "Sink or Swim" party giveaway, the bloggers participating are all bringing you ideas to host your own Sink or Swim summer party! We kind of ran with the idea of nautical & beach-themed, and I think you'll love what everyone came up with!
Artsy Fartsy Mama: Printable Nautical Thank You Cards
Cupcake Diaries: Cookie Oysters
Not Picture Perfect: Summer Party Games
Events to Celebrate: Decorations for a Swim & Splash Party
Dessert Now Dinner Later: Blueberries & Cream Pie Parfaits
Homemade Toast: Sea Salt Scrub
The Bucket List Girl: Tillamook Ice Cream Sandwich
Clarks Condensed: Summer Fruit Cobbler
Like Mother Like Daughter: 7 Layer Dip
Our Thrifty Ideas: Party Pleasing Potato Salad
Rae Gun Ramblings: Mermaid Cookie Pops
Scroll down to the bottom of this post to enter the giveaway, if you haven't already!
Due to my little soap-making escapade a few months ago, I started running up a collection of oils and butters that have been put to good use making homemade lotion bars, lip balm, sunscreen and bug spray. Its been so fun for me to make things for my family that are completely all-natural and organic. Don't get me wrong, my recent posts may indicate that I've gone all-hippie. But really, I just enjoy creating - especially if it happens to be that whatever it is I am making is better and safer for my girls.
A few weeks ago we stopped in Vegas on our drive home from California. We were walking through the Venetian and were given a sample of this amazing sea salt scrub while walking past some of the shops. I wish that I had caught the name of the place - the product was really outstanding. I remember the girl who gave us the sample told us that there was beeswax and shea butter in it - which turned on a little lightbulb in my head. I could make this!
And so I did!
Not even kidding - my hands have never felt softer. The sea salt is just abrasive enough to scratch away dead skin and leave your hands so incredibly smooth and the small amount of beeswax helps your skin absorb and retain the moisture of the oils and butters. My husband literally refuses to use it because it makes his manly dry callused hands feel too girly! Men.
Wouldn't these make the perfect party favors? A great way to send something thoughtful and homemade home with your guests a step-up from a trinket that will end up at the bottom of the toy bin.
I used a lot of different oils in mine - which, is totally not necessary. Mostly, I was just trying to empty out bottles that I just had a few ounces left of. You can really sub out any oil in this recipe for any other - the only rule: use 1:25 beeswax to oil/butter ratio. I found this to be perfect - just enough to coat the skin, but not enough to leave it feeling greasy. I also like how it solidifies the scrub a little bit as well since beeswax is hard at room temperature. You can use less beeswax in your scrub, or even none - but not more than 1:25.
Like I said, you can sub out any oil to make the recipe your own, make it with 1/2 coconut oil and 1/2 olive oil if that's what you have in at home. And please, realize that this will make a LOT of scrub - about 5-6 cups worth. So, scale it as needed too.
Here's what I put in mine, but use whatever you have in your pantry and make your own recipe!
14 oz coconut oil
3 oz sweet almond oil
3 oz shea butter
2 oz castor oil
2 oz olive oil
1 oz beeswax
50 oz sea salt
Just remember: 1 part oil to 2 parts salt & no more than 1/25th of your oil mixture should be beeswax, if you are using it.
First, measure all of your butters, oils (but not the essential oils, we'll add them in later), and beeswax in a glass jar. Know that you will probably never get this jar 100% clean again - beeswax is nearly impossible to get completely off anything. You can see in this pic that I just used an old Prego jar. I wiped it out as best I could when I was done with it and then tossed it in the recycling - its really not worth the time trying to get it clean again.
Then, set your jar in a pot of boiling water to melt. It is going to take a little time - especially to melt the beeswax.
Once all of the oils, butters and beeswax have completely melted - add in your essential oils. I put in some peppermint, tea tree and lavender - one of my favorite relaxing and refreshing combos. You could also add in food coloring at this point if you wanted to.
Now, you'll add your oils to your salt. Again, you'll have a hard time getting your bowl squeaky clean again - I use the same bowl for all of my soap/lotion making so its not really an issue for me. Just use something cheap or disposable - or a bowl you think you may reuse again for a similar purpose.
If you are making a smaller batch you may have enough room in your jar that you can just pour the salt right in.
Whatever you decide, combine your oils and salt. Stir it around until all of the salt is wet and there are no dry spots remaining. If you have oil floating on the top like in the photo below, add more salt.
Now, pour it into your containers and let it cool to room temperature.
To use: rub about a teaspoon of scrub in your hands, or on your feet for a minute or two. Rinse off salt with warm water. Pat dry.
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