Two years ago I was part of a little circle of ladies from church
who met monthly to do homemaking projects. We started out
doing more conventional stuff - trading recipes and organizing tips
and even a theoretical session on sewing and darning.
One member, Kris, turned out to be particularly talented and
accomplished in other ways too - organic farmer, soap maker
and general crafty person who was always experimenting
and turning her hobby into a side business.
During the first winter of our group's existence, we made soaps
- all her own recipes, fine-tuned over many, many batches
that she made as gifts and on consignment. She was nice enough
to not only lug all her ingredients (huge tubs of oils and lye)
to one of our homes to make the soap but also let us wrap
the end-products ourselves to give away to friends for Christmas
as if we had singlehandedly made them.
Her original packaging is much nicer, of course.
I gave away only some. I still have a few bars in storage that I am
hoarding and savoring because they are soooooo good and smell divine.
The second winter we made salt scrubs.
Again, Kris lugged all the ingredients to that same friend's kitchen
where we'd made the soaps and we had a sort of spa evening.
The little purple dots are jojoba spheres which, apart from
obvious aesthetic value, also add a moisturizing quality to the scrub.
There are many recipes on the internet and most are so simple
that it's baffling why a person would spend so much money at
a spa getting a scrub. The recipe for this scrub was from Anitra Brown
and I thought I'd include it here:
- Half cup oil (we used olive oil, jojoba, grapeseed, even canola!)
- 1 cup salt (we used sea salt, regular table salt and whichever type of salt we could find in our friend's kitchen when our original supply ran out - the coarser the grain, the coarser and more exfoliating the scrub, of course).
- 5 drops essential oil
Mix the oil and the salt in a bowl.
Add the essential oil and combine well.
It can be used immediately but we wanted a takeaway
so we spooned the scrub into these little plastic wide-mouthed
cosmetic jars that Kris brought. And we wanted it to look fancy,
so we added some jojoba spheres.
here, where she also buys all her soap-making and other supplies.
Note: When I visited Singapore earlier this year, I had thought of
bringing little jars and the essential oils and raiding mum's kitchen
for the other ingredients, and making some for you guys
(the ones who got the soaps last year). But the thought
of the luggage reeking of bergamot and lavender because of leaks
made me change my mind. Now you can make your own
- and if you do, write and tell me how it went!