Quick Gift

Winter has finally arrived in this part of the South. I could never live above the Mason Dixon line because cold weather dries my skin so badly. Here’s a recipe for a head-to-toe, moisterizing body scrub. (I use the scrub as a facial once a week, ┬ábut usually daily, slathering it on right before stepping into the shower.) This creamy concoction enhances your regular body wash or beauty bar, leaving your skin soft and smooth.

Four humble ingredients, probably already on hand in your kitchen, make a luxurious spa-like scrub.

Here ya go:

20 heaping tablespoons of coconut oil

9 tablespoons of sugar

20 tablespoons of baking soda

the zest of 3 lemons

What to do:

In a big bowl mix all the ingredients together. I use my stand mixer and the whisk attachment. Beat on high till it’s fluffy. Spoon into jars with stopper tops. Tap the jars lightly to settle the contents. Printed boxes and tissue paper make wrapping easy. This recipe makes six 8 ounce jars.

Lemon zest gives the scrub a light yellow color and lightens blemishes. The baking soda softens skin. The sugar exfoliates and of course the coconut oil moisterizes.

Merry Christmas from The Exile’s Kitchen.

Note: As the base of this scrub is coconut oil, it will be solid in cooler temperatures and more liquid in warmer temps. If you would like, store it in the frig during the summer months.

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