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

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Quick Note: Soap, DDR and tiny computer thingys

This is old news for geeks and gamers already flocking to DigitalSoaps to procure clever hand-crafted soaps, but you should definitely check them out if you haven’t already. These gaming inspired soaps have become so popular that the creator had to cut back on working her “real” job-it’s no wonder with fun items such as Mountain Dew scented Nintendo NES soap and coconut lime verbena scented Space Invader soaps. Even more exciting is the fact that these products are made with no animal ingredients:

“The soap bases I use are natural and vegan – No animal products, animal testing, detergents, sulfates or sugar solutions. I’ve been obsessed with finding quality, great ingredient soaps. I found a high quality source of soap base and combined two interests: A love of all things geeky and a love of being clean.”

Awesome. In case you are thinking of giving these as gifts, order by December 5th if you want them in time for Christmas.

Looking for a fun holiday gift project? Even if you’re not a DDR fan, this handbag is pretty cool (it even says so right on it!) and not to difficult to make.

The creator of this bag, Liz McLean Knight, also makes cute jewelry out of computer hardware-not sure if she recycling old, used parts, but the point is that a person could if they wanted to-as far as I know anyway.