Here’s my contribution to this week’s Penny Pinching Wednesday at The Thrifty Home. If you haven’t checked it out yet, stop by and join in – we all need to share some frugal ideas this time of year! This recipe is a perfect example of my favorite type of shopping and/or crafting: “One for you, one for me . . .” I will absolutely be keeping a jar of this in my bathroom all the time, but I’ll also be being making up a few batches to put in pretty jars and give as gifts after I add a pretty ribbon and a handmade tag.
Just mix together 2 cups sugar, 1/2 cup olive oil, and a few drops of your favorite essential oil (I used 7 drops of lavender). Most of the recipes I found used more oil and less sugar, but I found that to be too greasy and the sugar all sank to the bottom quickly so it had to be stirred or shaken before use – ICK. I tried this version out this morning after making it yesterday afternoon, and it had not separated at all, the texture was pleasant to the touch, the scent was pleasant but not overpowering, and WOW does it work well! I couldn’t believe what a difference this made on my elbows and heels. Oh, and it didn’t leave the shower sticky or oily, either. Just remember this does have to be stored in a glass container – the essential oils will be absorbed by a plastic one.