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!
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.
And so I did!
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.
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.