Sofia Clara - coconut body scrub10This Christmas season has been pretty tricky. It’s been a whirlwind of a month with a lot going on and very little time to get into the holiday spirit. I normally try to make lots of my Christmas presents myself but I struggled to find the time this year. With only 3 days before Christmas, I’ve come up with a few ideas that don’t take long at all for those of you out there who might have a bit of time on your hands and a limited budget for gifts.

This is one of my favourites!

I love natural body products and have been using coconut oil as a body moisturizer for a while now. I have also tried using olive oil and sugar as a body scrub which is very effective, leaving your skin silky smooth but with a faint smell of focaccia or salad dressing which is slightly less sexy. This mix right here of coconut oil and sugar is absolutely divine and leaves you smelling scrumptious.

I made a batch of these scrubs with a friend and had to make some extra for myself after giving it a test on my hands. If you want to keep it or make some for yourself, that’s a sign of a good gift, isn’t it?

You can use the scrub on your body or your hands: wash your body/hands with soap as you would normally, scoop some of the scrub out and rub gently into your skin. Rinse with water and pat dry with a towel. No need for any other moisturiser!

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Ingredients for 4 jars: 500ml coconut oil, 1 – 1.5 kg caster sugar depending on the consistency you like for your scrub, zest of two lemons, 20-30 drops of Bergamot essential oil.

Sofia Clara - coconut body scrub1Start by sterilising the jars. Bring a kettle full of water to the boil and fill the jars to the top with boiling water. Carefully put the lids on top and leave for a couple of minutes. Pour the water out carefully and leave to cool upside down on a clean tea towel.

Sofia Clara - coconut body scrub3Put the coconut oil into a bowl and if it’s still a little solid, use a masher to mash it up.

Sofia Clara - coconut body scrub2Add the sugar and stir in using a spatula.

Add the zest of two lemons and 20-30 drops of bergamot essential oil (or the essential oil of your choice). Bergamot is a great choice as it’s not quite got the same punch as other citrus fruits and pairs really well with the coconut.

Sofia Clara - coconut body scrub5Fill the jars to the top and make some cute tags to put on them:

Sofia Clara - coconut body scrub7I would also recommend writing on the back of the tags so people would know what’s in the jar and how to use it:

Sofia Clara - coconut body scrub8Tie the tags on with some string et voila!

Sofia Clara - coconut body scrub11What do you think? Are you convinced by homemade beauty products? I’m not sure this is a gift for everyone but I know lots of my friends are big into natural remedies so it’s just perfect. Let me know if you give it a go! xS