Maybe Matilda: Baby Shower Gift :: Homemade Sugar Scrub in Decorated Jars

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Baby Shower Gift :: Homemade Sugar Scrub in Decorated Jars

I wrote the other day about a project I was really excited about but needed to finish up, and here it is! These were gifts for a triple baby shower (not triplets, but three lovely ladies all due within a few weeks of each other, although triplets would be exciting) that I attended yesterday.

All three babies-to-be got sweet goodies from my shop (a bear hat for the little boy and button beanies for the girls) but I wanted to do something for the moms, too. It's so fun to open presents for your little nugget, but poor pregnant mom is the one doing all the hard work, and she deserves something, too! So I thought back to my final weeks of pregnancy--huge, bloated, swollen, miserable weeks--and thought of what I would have liked to have then (other than an early, pain-free labor . . . much as I wish I could bottle that up to gift to my friends) and came up with this:

 Mamas need some pampering, right? I whipped up some homemade sugar scrub and packed it into cute little decorated jars so they could enjoy some time to themselves before their little ones arrive!

 How true it is.

And want to know the best part of this gift? They cost me $1 apiece.
(Don't tell my friends.) 
And I had enough sugar scrub left over to keep for little ol' me, so I can tell you, this stuff is goooooooooooood.

And how much cuter would these be if you're a lucky duck who owns a Silhouette or Cricut (or even just cute punches) and could cut fun shapes for the labels? I just winged it (wung it?), but I was wishing the whole time that my labels had scalloped edges or a fun shape.

Want to make some yourself? Read on, friend, read on . . . 


What you'll need for the jars:
- jars (mine were 7 oz. and cost $1 each at Joann's) 
(they should really start paying me for how much I talk about them on my blog)
- cute scrapbook papers (you'll only need a tiny bit, and I chose 2 coordinating papers per jar)
- Mod Podge (my latest obsession)
- brush
- scissors

Wash and dry your jars before starting. Then cut a piece of cute paper into the shape you want for your label (I went with an oval shape), apply mod podge to the area of the jar you want to place the label, and press on your paper, smoothing out any wrinkles or bubbles.

I'm sure you could do fancier labels than mine if you're good at graphic design-type things, but I'm not, so I typed up a label on Word--apply mod podge to the scrapbook paper, apply the label, smooth it out, and add another coat of mod podge over the entire label--I purposely brushed mod podge past the edges of the label onto the jar to make sure it would stick on nice and tight, but cleaned up any out-of-control unruly streaks with a q-tip before letting it dry.


Set your cute li'l jar aside and move on to the lids!

Place your jar on the wrong side of the scrapbook paper, bend the paper up to the top of the lid, and make a few marks around where the paper meets the lid top:


Cut a circle at least 1/4" away from the marks, then make cuts about 1/4" apart extending in towards your markings:

Apply mod podge to the top of your lid and apply the paper (wrong side down), smoothing out any bubbles. Apply mod podge to the lid sides as well, folding the paper up around the sides (there will be some wrinkling . . . it's no big deal, just press them as flat as you can).

Working on a few strips at a time, apply mod podge to the little fringey tabs and press them down inside of the lid, pushing them firmly against the inside of the lid.
(I was excited about getting the mod podge all over my fingers . . . is it just me, or is the best part about mod podging peeling it off of your hands after it dries? Do you remember doing this with glue when you were a kid?)

Apply a layer of mod podge over the lid top and sides and let it dry, then flip over and apply to the paper around the inside of the lid as well. 

While you're anxiously waiting for all your pieces to dry, you can start making your sugar scrub! Bear in mind, I made enough to fill 3 jars and still had enough left over for a jar for myself, so this makes a lot! You may want to scale the recipe down if you're only making one jar!

What you'll need for the sugar scrub:
- mixing bowl and spoon
- 3 cups white sugar
- 1 cup + 2 Tbsp. good quality oil (I used olive oil, but you can use any nice, non-smelly oil)
- 10 drops of yummy-scented essential oil per jar (I went with mandarin, peppermint, and lavender)

Combine your sugar and oil, mix it up well, and divide into separate bowls (if you're planning to flavor them separately). Add your essential oil, stir, and divide among your jars. 
Done! Easy peasy!

(My husband came in at this point, asked what I was making, and picked up the spoon to take a bite. I wish now I hadn't stopped him . . . I wonder how this stuff tastes?)

When the jars were dry, I filled them up and decorated them by tying a bit of string (maybe it's jute? or twine? I don't know), a cute button, and a little gift tag.

Now they can draw a nice bath, light some candles, and struggle to reach all the way down to their puffy hippo feet for a nice scrub!

Edited 10/8/11: In response to some questions I've received about this project, here are some more details:
- for the sugar, I just used plain old sugar  . . . white sugar, granulated sugar, table sugar, whatever you want to call it. You probably already have it in your cabinet! I didn't get too fancy with the ingredients ;-)
- I was lucky and already had essential oils on hand (left over from my massage therapy days), but I believe you can purchase them at health food stores, and I've even seen them at Michael's craft stores. If all else fails, you can definitely find some online!

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128 comments :

  1. What an awesome tutorial! I have a baby shower coming up and I think I'll use this as a prize for the game winner. Thanks for all your great ideas. And I didn't know you were a mama!!!!

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  2. LOVE this idea! There's several baby showers coming up in my neck of the woods too, so I'm going to try my hand at this adorable craft! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. such a great idea, thanks so much for sharing!

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  4. Great idea and so cute! ' Because mama needs to relax' is the perfect quote for this..

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  5. YAY! Fantastic!!! These are adorable, and a wonderful gift...I'm makin' some of this scrub!!! Thanks so much for the "recipe" - maybe I can get my dh to try some (read, "eat some")...;)

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  6. Looove the idea behind this! I'm actually starting to included a bottle of dry shampoo with all baby gifts. Dry shampoo is a new mommy's best friend!

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  7. GREAT idea! I am copying this! You are so creative :)

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  8. Love this! What a fun and thoughtful gift!

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  9. So Cute! I featured it on my Celebrations and Holidays blog (great gift idea)

    http://celebrationsandholidays.blogspot.com/2011/04/homemade-sugar-scrub-with-decorated.html

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  10. What a sweet idea to gift something for the Mom too...because you're right - she does all the hard work and totally needs a reason to relax afterwards. And there's nothing better than good-smelling bath stuff!

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  11. Such a simple little idea but super cute!! Might have to give these a go. Thank you for sharing =) x

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  12. I have been looking for something like this to make for my friends!!! Thank you soo much!!

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  13. wow what a great gift idea! Thanks!!

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  14. love this idea! they look so cute too!

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  15. Great idea....thanks for sharing. Just signed up to follow. Come on back to kiki-itssewkiki.blogspot.com and consider following too!!

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  16. What a fabulous gift! Not only practical but so pretty as well!
    Wonderful creative work.
    Lisa

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  17. so cute!!! i like how you personalized the jar! i saw you on NJAHW

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  18. Saw this today on Tip Junkie! I love it! May have to add this one to my homemade gifts list!

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  19. Wow these are awesome & so cute! I can't wait to make some... even if it's just for me! :) New follower from Not Just A Housewife!

    Heather @ Catfish Kisses

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  20. That's a fantastic gift idea. Sugar scrubs are pretty awesome, and with some peppermint oil would be a nice foot scrub. Cute labels too :)

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  21. This is fab! i so have to try this! gah would have made the perfect mothers day present! :] just one question i am from london so i was just wondering in your recipie you state white sugar is needed is that like normal granulated sugar the same stuff you would use in your tea? :/ by the way love the decoration of the jars too!! :D

    Jade x ♥ x

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  22. This is such a great idea -- and the containers that you made are adorable! I saw your post on Not Just Another Housewife & now I'm a new follower to your blog. :-)

    http://educatorssoliloquy.blogspot.com

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  23. this is wonderful...thanks so much for sharing!!

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  24. Adorable...What Lucky Mama's and Babies to Be..Thanks for sharing the how to!



    http://nymphsnecessitys.wordpress.com/

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  25. You did an amazing job with the packaging of this yummy scrub! I hope you'll stop by the Pretty Packages Party and share them.

    http://blackberryvine.blogspot.com/2011/04/pretty-packages-party-8.html

    Smiles!
    Jami

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  26. I needed a gift idea for a shower and I think this would be great! I better get started I have 60 to make- wish me luck! and if you like link it to my new Workshop Wednesday Party @ goobyecityhellosuburbs

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  27. What a wonderful gift to give! I might make some for myself! I'd love for you to share this today on my Share the Wealth Wednesday Link Party! www.laughloveandcraft.com

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  28. I can't wait to make this! Love that it's all natural too.

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  29. OH OH OH! I got some sugar scrub as a gift and LOVED it (but it's all gone) so how excited am I to have this recipe?! Love the little jars and tutorial! Thanks!

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  30. I have a few pregnant friends and I'm definitely making this for them! Great idea!

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  31. I LOVE hand scrubs and as odd as it may sound, so does my hubby. I will definitely have to give this one a whirl!

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  32. LOOOOVE body scrubs. If I pretend I am preggo do I get one too? ;)
    Oh, it is definitely wung it....


    As if I have a clue.
    Have had the same question myself before. Haha

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  33. i totally love this. i am all about the cheap DIY spa stuff!

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  34. Feature alert! Feature alert! I featured this over at Today's Top 20!

    Amanda
    www.todaystoptwenty.blogspot.com

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  35. Awesome Rachel you are so so so talented and that is the most adorable AFFORDABLE gift LOVE it good job!:)

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  36. Great idea! Where can you purchase the jars?
    Kelie

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  37. Great idea! I have to do a shower and this might be a great favor!
    dreaming-n-color.blogspot.com

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  38. Awesome! I've been wanting to make this but just haven't. Your jars are so cute!

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  39. Just finished making mine! I'll be posting AFTER Easter because I made these for my college girls and a friend! Will be linking back to you! Thanks again -- this was fun!

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  40. so cute... what a fun shower gift!

    kisses
    heather

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  41. Will this work just as well with scented oil -- say, if you buy lavender massage oil and mix it with the sugar?

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  42. I LOVE this! Im thinking they would make great Mothers day gifts too? How fun, thanks for sharing!

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  43. Okay I am half way done and two weeks to spare. Thanks for linking to Workshop Wednesday! I hope you come back this week! goobyecityhellosuburbs

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  44. Hi, your blog does not show correctly on the ipad2. Could you fix this?
    Natural Homemade Cosmetics

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  45. Hi, I'm not a follower here at Maybe Matilda but I wanted to tell you that I did this sugar scrub to give as gifts at my wedding. I also blogged about doing it and shared the recipe along with a link back here to your blog. Thanks so much for sharing this!
    Becky
    http://ourlifeinthebigcity.blogspot.com

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  46. I found you through tatertots and jello and I love your blog! Thank you for this tutorial.

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  47. i love this thought! So cute!

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  48. Super cute. GOnna use for teacher appreciation. What department in JoAnns did you find the jars?

    thanks so much

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  49. Not sure if anyone mentioned this yet, but for baby shower favors, empty baby food jars work great too! This is what my sis and I are doing for a shower coming up. I like that the paper was mod podged to the lids though.

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  50. Awesome post! Cute jars and I cannot wait to try to make them. Thanks :)

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  51. Wow love this post!! Essential oils - where can I find them?! Are they in the grocery section of stores or in the home section? And they are okay for skin?

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  52. I made these for our school secretaries and I can't tell you how much they loved it! I'm going to make some for myself now!! Thanks for sharing your brilliance. ;0) I blogged about it at:

    http://rainbowandsunshineproject.blogspot.com/2011/06/pin-curls-and-sugar-scrub-thats-what.html

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  53. Great idea! Love the way you put the labels right on the jars like that. What a fun gift to give. :)

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  54. Hey your jar decorating scrub is superb,

    Gift Pakistan

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  55. I recently found this post through Pinterest and made myself some peppermint scrub this afternoon, using the remnants from the mixing bowl to wash my hands. They're so soft and moisturized! And because of the peppermint a bit tingly, too.

    FYI - my kiddos took a swipe of some that fell on the counter and it was all I could do to keep them from attacking the entire jar. ;)

    I'm going to attempt to make these as gifts this Christmas - it's a great, easy, and personalized idea.

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  56. So easy. Can't wait to try this.

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  57. This is such a great idea! I will have to make these for Christmas gifts! Where did you buy the scented oil, or where can you buy scented oil?! Thanks!!

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  58. You should be able to find essential oils at a health food store/natural marketplace . . . I even saw some at Michael's craft store the other day! Good luck :-)

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  59. I bought few Baby Gifts for my daughter. It's very fabulous and beneficial for me. I like this. Therefore, I want to recommend the people to buy it and get $5 off on your purchase. So, you can use coupon code: COUPON05. I had been relying on www.mymiraclebaby.com earlier and they too offered good stuff.

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  60. This is brilliant...thanks for sharing your lovely idea. I am pinning it for Christmas.

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  61. i have a few silly questions...sugar and olive oil..like what you would cook with? Where can i buy the scented oil?

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  62. Found this via a pinterest picture, thanks for sharing - absolutely gorgeous!
    lore
    x

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  63. Thanks so much for sharing. I also found from Pinterest and absolutely love how they turned out! I did want to mention that there are some essential oils that should not be used while pregnant. There may be more than the ones listed here: If you are pregnant avoid: Basil, Cedarwood,Clary, Coriander, Hyssop, Jasmine, Juniper,Marjoram. Oregano, Myrrh,Peppermint (which should also be avoided while nursing), Rockrose, Rosemary,Sage and Thyme.
    Lisa

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  64. Thank you for posting your how to!
    May I please plead with you to change your edit about the essential oils though? PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don't buy essential oils at Michael's or even the health food store and I don't believe you need to buy oils from one of the currently popular MLM companies to get quality. They are truly meant for aroma only an not for the skin. I have a few sources I really like (and I am not making ANY money for telling you about any of them) but all have high quality oils that are therapeutic. I like Mountain Rose Herbs for decent oils, and Kally from Compass Concepts/Indigo Mountain for fabulous oils. Her website is http://www.compassconcepts.com/retailer/store_templates/shell_id_1.asp?storeID=01E8653BE8484D938C57CF1242D47682
    I also like the line that can be purchased at www.drchristophersherbs.com I have personally spoken with the wholesaler who sells to Addison at Christopher's herbs who sources the oils. He is adamant about staying small, finding excellent sources, and many are small farmers who rely on quality for repeat business. If you are going to go through the effort of making a beautiful gift for someone, don't skimp and use cheap oils, use something of quality. Lavender isn't a very expensive oil even from a reputable supplier.

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  65. I'm going to make scrub for CHristmas gifts-I've only made it for myself to see how it turned out. Anyway, how far in advance do you think I can make it? Also, if people are concerned about essential oils, I don't use them simply because of their availability. Instead, I use extract from the grocery store. I use lemon, orange, and peppermint extracts, along with vanilla in some. It works just fine.

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  66. I just want to get clarification on the type of oil to use to scent the scrub. Do I get the scrub that they have at Hobby Lobby or a craft store to make homemade soaps, etc. or do I need to get the oils somewhere else? I really think that this would make a GREAT Christmas gift but I want some clarification before attempting to make it and it not be correct.

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  67. I just made your sugar scrubs for some xmas presents and LOVED it! Thanks for the great idea :-)

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  68. Carrie--since they're made from natural ingredients and don't contain preservatives, I wouldn't recommend making them too far in advance . . . not more than a few days if you can manage it. They won't last forever since there aren't any preservatives/chemicals to keep it fresh, so I'd try and make it just a few days before you plan to give it, if you can :-)

    Momof2girls--I'm not sure I can be too helpful here . . . I used essential oils that I already had on hand (I got them while I was in massage school and they're still kicking!), so I've actually never shopped for oils! A commenter before you recommended investing in high quality oils bought online, not the type you find at craft stores, and another recommended using flavored extracts from the grocery store. My oils are Body High brand, and I've been happy with them (although I'm certainly no expert on oils/scents/etc.!). Personally--and this is just me speaking as a cheapskate DIYer and not an aromatherapist or professional of any kind--I think the extract from the grocery store idea sounds interesting and very affordable . . . I might try that out next time I make this recipe. I'm not sure I'd be willing to spend much on oils (again, not an aromatherapist/professional . . . just a crafter on a budget!), but I'm sure if you've got a little extra money in the craft budget, they're probably a great investment!

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  69. This is a great gift idea, thank you so much for sharing it!

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  70. Rachel, how long would you say they would last if I were to make them for Christmas gifts? I sell Scentsy Wickless Candles. I am in charge an event next week at a school. I was thinking that this might be another great little gift for the teachers. I know that this does not have anything to do with Scentsy but does go with the theme that the principal is wanting to have!!

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  71. Hello again! That sounds like so much fun--I bet they'd be perfect! I wouldn't recommend making them more than a day or two in advance--since they don't have any preservatives, they will go bad eventually, so if I were you, I'd try and hold off making them until maybe a day or so before the event. You could make the jars further ahead and just whip up the scrub the day before or something--it doesn't take long. I never had any long enough to watch it spoil (I've always used it up pretty quickly), so I don't know exactly how long it takes to spoil, but I did notice when I've made it that the sugar gets a little hard/crusty over time if it isn't used quickly . . . I'd hate for it to already be crusty the day you give it :-)

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  72. This DIY project is great! I found this through pinterest. I did decide to go with sunflower oil after reading information on different carrier oils, however That website was really helpful for basic information about the types of exfoliants, carrier oils (vegetable oil, olive oil, sunflower oil, etc), and fragrance to use. Below is the link to that in case anyone wants to school themselves a little =)

    http://www.homemade-gifts-made-easy.com/homemade-body-scrub.html#axzz1bHEKGrXU



    I do have a question for you though--I read that you printed out the white label from your computer and mod podged it on, using mod podge over the label as well. My question is, did you let the ink "cure" for an amount of time, or did you just print it and slap it on there? Do you have an ink jet printer? The reason I ask is because I am going to be making photo coasters for Christmas gifts and I read a lot of different blogs stating the mod podge will smear the ink if you use your own printer and to get photo prints made at kinko's, costco's walmart, etc. Also, that inkjet and laser printers will give you the issues of smearing, but not ones that use toner ink. I want to get around getting photos made up if I can =)

    Please let me know and thanks for such an awesome tutorial!

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  73. Hi sroper! I have an inkjet printer, and I think the labels only sat and cured for the length of time it took me to get all the rest of my supplies ready (although I did make these 8 months ago, so my memory could be off). If you're worried, you could certainly let them sit a while longer (maybe print the day before you plan to make the jars?), but if I remember right, I didn't give it much curing time--I think I just printed them out, got all my supplies together, and got started.

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  74. Love it!!! I just made some for Christmas gifts. I used safflower oil. First I tried olive oil and the smell of the oil was too strong and made the sugar yellow. I like the safflower oil much better. Plus safflower oil has antioxidants and Vitamin E in it! :) Thanks for the recipe!!

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  75. Thank you so much! I am used to paying almost $40 for this stuff! I didn't use any fragrance, just put lotion on after! Thank you again!

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  76. Hi, I love this tutorial!

    I started making my own body scrubs recently, and have been experimenting with different oils. Not sure if anyone else commented this yet, but I feel coconut oil works best. It's a solid oil generally, so it's good to add almond oil to keep it soft. Safflower oil is just too oily for an everyday product, although with any oil you have to be careful about the ratio of oil vs. sugar. Olive oil does have a very strong smell, while safflower oil and coconut oil have little/no scent. I found a big jar of organic coconut oil for around $4. Pretty reasonable.

    I love the jars you used and how you dressed them up, absolutely precious! :)

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  77. Love this. I plan on making it for my sister in law for Christmas.

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  78. If you love Mod Podge, did you know you can save money adn make it youreself? 50/50 Elmers/water...
    I use my own combo of mod podge at home and have saved a TON of money!!!

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  79. Loved this! Made this! It was sooooo easy! Here's the link... http://csqdesigns.blogspot.com/2011/12/mario-in-plush.html Thank you for posting!

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  80. One of my girlfriends was inspired by your scrub recipe and hosted a scrub making party. I blogged about it for Christmas! Thank you!

    http://carewearshare.blogspot.com/2011/12/sugar-body-scrub-last-minute-gift-you.html

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  81. What I dont get is, I am new to most crafting, and when I read the posts, where you use the essential oils, I have looked for these, and the only things I could find local costs at least 10 cents a drop, and that was for a not so favorite smell! Where do you get the oils that you can make a whole jar of scrub, for $1?

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  82. Jenny--the oils can sure get pricey! I lucked out . . . I already had all the ingredients (including the oils) on hand, so my only cost to make this was the jars themselves. Another commenter recommended using flavored extracts from the grocery store to scent the scrub, which would be quite a bit cheaper than essential oils (like lemon extract, peppermint extract, etc.)--I haven't tried that myself, but it sounds like a really good alternative!

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  83. I wouldn't recommend using Olive Oil as I did and the smell way overpowered the oil. I actually ended up using vegetable oil on my sugar scrub because of the smell of the evoo.

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  84. I was able to find cheap oils in the soap making section of the craft store. I think I paid about 3 dollars for each bottle! I didn't use Mod Podge to stick the labels on, I used rubber cement instead. It wasn't quite as messy. I gave this as a gift for Christmas with a pair of Aloe infused socks, an eye mask, and a relaxation CD. It was a big hit!

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  85. Thanx for the info on the oils, now I am stuck in the wood world, O my goodness, I am just finding waay too much stuff, that I wanna try! When my sons were little I had no time, now that the youngest is 17, I have waaay to much time! Just a tip on the modge podge, the home made stuff on pinterest, really does work, it is way cheaper, and no where near as messy! I love modge podge, I probablly, spent $100, on it last year, (a lot of photo tables) I was afraid the 50% elmers and 50% water would not work, but it does!

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  86. I'm a little sad. I made the jars last night and now the caps won't screw onto the jars. Any suggestions? I have to have 24 ready by Saturday!

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  87. I love this idea. I'm trying to find an inexpensive favors to give for my best friends bridal shower next month. I think this is exactly what I'm going to make!

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  88. I just made this or myself and some girls at my office, they look so cute! I found some jars at Hobby Lobby that came with little wooden spoons for $2.00 and they work great for getting the scrub out of the jar. Thank you for the awesome idea!

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  89. I love it, it makes an awsome gift for any occasion thank you for the idea :-)

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  90. I love how you decorated the jars! Just pinned this one on Pinterest!

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  91. This was what brought me to your site originally (from Pinterest), but I got side-tracked by your humor & charm & starting going through your other posts. I almost forgot why I came here, but finally found my way back. :) I'm thinking of doing this for my mom's wedding shower in April for favors (of which I'm hosting as Matron of Honor-yay!). It's a tea party theme & mason jars of all shapes, sizes, and colors will be in abundance.

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  92. Do they still sell those jars at Joanns

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    1. I was at Joanns today and did see them. They were with the wood cutouts that are in shapes of animals, shapes, objects, ect. I would have never noticed them before unless Rachel had mentioned them. They were a $1 each just like her tutorial said. :)

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  93. Great idea! My friends and I are going to have a little get together to make this! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  94. So I took this little craft on....I made 5 jars & it cost me around $15 for everything! Great gift idea. Giving them to girls at work.

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  95. Any thoughts on whether you can substitute vanilla/lemon/etc. extract for the essential oils? I am hoping I can make the scrub with stuff already in my kitchen!

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  96. Love this - and you can get lots of essential oils on Etsy!

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  97. Nursing Scrubs - We offer top brand scrubs at below-discount prices and have a knack for catering to the speed of your life.

    http://www.scrubin.com

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  98. I <3 <3 <3 this!!! But quick question...Just made some jars for my 2 girlfriends, one whose bday was today (yay!) and the other whose bday isn't till another 9 days. How long does this stuff last??? And how should I keep it? (room temperature or in fridge until I give it to her)

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  99. btw, to all the previous commenters asking, I used almond extract and it was DIVINE!!! So YES on using extract you already have in cupboard ; )

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  100. Are you able to add food color to the mixture? Do you know if it could stain your skin?

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  101. My friend
    Hank Hendricks is expert in making and sending baby shower.

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  102. Absolutely adore this idea! I am in a group that sends care packages to mother's who have lost one or both babies due to Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS) and this is definitely something I'll be including in my packages! Thank you!
    www.noholdingback1212.com

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  103. Very nice idea and this is the cutest gift.Definitely your one is the unique.Winnie The Pooh Baby Shower

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  104. Great idea...3 cups sugar, 1 cup of ? and 2 tablespoons of olive oil and ten drops of essential oil, stir up and mix. The only part I did not understand was after the 3 cups of sugar?....you say 1 cup (of what)....If you can elaborate on this that would be great! Thanks so much for sharing....cheers:)

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    1. Hi there! It's 1 cup olive oil, plus another 2 tablespoons olive oil. Sorry for the confusion!

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  105. I made a batch off this tonight with a few tweaks..it is simple and quick. Sharing it with my daughter as well. I posted my tweaks on my blog...this is my first time making it. Thanks for the post. I hope to work on the decorative jars next.

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  106. Is it possible to use baby oil ????

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  107. This is great. And I love your cute little bottles. Thanks!

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  108. What is the shelf life of the scrub? What can be added to prolong the shelf life to 6mths - 1year?

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  109. What kind of oils do you use
    (Brand and where purchased)

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  110. I really appreciated your post! I also mentioned you on my blog!!

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  111. This is super cute, I wish I would have read it before purchasing some quilted mason jars. :( But, I'm going to use 4 oz quilted jars and put those cute labels on the lid with the gift tag. Will still be cute I think :)

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  112. Im making these for the girls I work with for our christmas get together!!!! So excited to try!!

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  113. Im making these for the girls I work with for our christmas get together!!!! So excited to try!!

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  114. Soo easy to make!! Smells amazing!! I made cucumber melon and warm vanilla sugar! And fyi: Hobby lobby sells the scented oils too!

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  115. Thanks Steph, I have had this marked forever, been following it for about a year, I have all the goods, just trying to get to it! and Rachel, I love your blog!

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  116. such a great idea, thanks so much for sharing!Plastic cards Pinting

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  117. Aww wow, what gorgeous gifts these would make!! Thanks so much for sharing, you're SO creative! I'll be trying this out at some point :-) Merry Christmas xxx

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  118. Such a simple gift idea. Thank you for sharing.

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  119. How cute are these, and so cheap to make. I had no idea it would be that easy to make sugar scrub, plus you can make it whatever scent you want. Very cool. For great Gift Experiences across Australia and New Zealand visit FreemanX

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  120. Do the oils leak out? I'm trying to send a hand scrub but the oils leak out and I don't know how to prevent that

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  121. You will need to be exceptionally careful to not introduce ANY water into this mix (do not store in bathroom where the humidity is high, do not use while in the bath or shower, do not put your fingers into the jar after they are wet) OR you will need to add a preservative. Fail to do one or the other and you will grow some nice nasty bacteria and/or mold! And, as an fyi, it is there long before you can see it with the naked eye.

    @searching4miracles; you get oil leakage when you have used too much for the recipe. So add more dry ingredients and you should be fine.

    Please know that essential oils are not just fragrance and should not be used without proper study and understanding of them. They each have a max use rate and each use rate is different for each type of product (you can generally add more to bar soap than a lotion etc.) Additionally, there are some that are not for use in certain products or are quite minimal in the amount that you can use. None should be used undiluted, so use gloves when working with them. Failing to do so could cause a lifelong sensitization or skin irritation. Unless you are wanting to study these oils, you may just want to purchase skin safe fragrance oils and use those. While fragrance oils also have use rates, many vendors list those on their sites.

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  122. ps. someone also mentioned using food coloring, this is not a good idea. It can stain a tub and/pr stain skin. They do make plenty of skin safe colorants for bath and body products. You can purchase them at soap supply vendors.

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