Irresistible Holiday De-Stressing Orange Clove Scrub, Made in Minutes
I don’t know about you, but this time of year I am beyond busy! After whipping up a homemade gift for everyone I can on my giving list and shopping for those I can’t, I am then surmounted with yet another holiday task. Individually packaging and wrapping each gift with a careful hand-tied ribbon or bow. Topped with a hand-cut tag and a handwritten message of holiday cheer.
The fact that my hands are tired, speckled with paper cuts here and there, and glitter is likely permanently stuck under my nails, I can handle.
But, there are holiday road trips ahead to celebrate the season with family and friends. Which can be stressful with a sleepy husband and bored toddler in the car (or is the other way around?), even when the weather isn’t an icy, snowy mess. And there are endless amounts of holiday meals to be cooked, served, and cleaned up!
But, with just a few short days left until Christmas, it’s time to step back and take a little time for ourselves. I am right?
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The Best Way I Know to De-Stress During the Holidays
Pour yourself a warm bath or take a longer shower than usual (forgive your natural living self for using extra water) and let the steam pillow up to the ceiling. Then scrub away all the holiday stress with this irresistible orange clove scrub.
The combination of orange and clove essential oils is comforting and uplifting on their own. Add them to a moisturizing body scrub and they become just the respite we need. The dishes and our glittery ribbons and bows can wait!
Ingredients to Make an Orange Clove Scrub:
1 cup granulated sugar, natural
¼ cup coconut oil
8 drops orange essential oil
8 drops clove essential oil
How to Make an Orange Clove Scrub:
Combine sugar and coconut oil in a medium glass mixing bowl. Stir until scrub forms. Add each drop of essential oil and stir once more. Store in an airtight container. Yields: 8 to 10 ounces.
Label and Store
Orange Clove Scrub will last three to four months. I recommend storing body scrubs in two airtight four ounces containers. Keep one container in the bathroom for current use and the others in the fridge for a longer shelf life.
Add a printable body scrub apothecary label to your containers of Orange Clove Scrub. Find a set of six on a standard letter size sheet in the Simple Living Library.
Scoop a small amount of orange clove scrub into your hand. Massage in a circular motion into your skin. Avoid contact with eyes and rinse with water. Repeat as often as you like. Follow up with my recipe for Pumpkin Lavender Body Butter for some serious moisturizing!
And if you need a last-minute gift, double the recipe and share the gift of a de-stressing respite. Speaking of gifts, find more natural skincare recipes in my book Holiday Essential Oil Gift Making.