Reusing Jars Part Two: Beauty Treatments

This project and subsequent post is so overdue. You know what they say: “Sometimes life gets in the way”, and the past couple months have definitely thrown some curves at me. Now that the holiday dust has settled a bit, there’s time to pick up where I left off.

Originally, I planned to mix up this recipe to fill the jars from the first part of this post and give them out over the holidays. I realized though, in the last couple of days, these could also make cute gifts for Valentine’s Day. So, while my sweetie was cooking us breakfast this morning, I busted out the supplies and got to work.

My first step was to sanitize the jars and lids in the dishwasher to destroy any microbes that have lingered from the jars’ previous uses. Next I mixed and tested the scrub. I found that I needed a bit more coconut oil than the recipe called for, to create the consistency that I prefer. Otherwise, it was a bit dry and tended to crumble away. Once I had the mixture down, and the jars were ready, I redecorated the lids in appropriate St. Valentine fashion using scrap booking remnants and leftover Christmas ribbon.

I’m really happy with the finished product and am excited to present these to my loved ones. I’m also considering whipping up some body butter to pair with the scrub for a complete winter skin treatment.

St. Valentine's Scrub

Reusing Jars Part One: Halloween “Candles”

So we ended up with about ten of these adorable jars after a family member’s wedding in October. The brides had used them to package some delicious frosted pecans to give out as favors, and we managed to snag a couple extras. We ate them all almost immediately and were then left with the empty jars to reuse.

I have a final plan for these cuties, but in the meantime, I put them to use as non-flammable candles for a family Halloween party using some electric tea lights, a bit of spider webbing and some plastic insects and rodents. They were easy to make, safe to have around kids and pets, and set the mood well. Best of all, I can use the jars again for the final project, which may or may not have to do with holiday gifts. Either way, I’ll post their next incarnation here.

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