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Coconut and Vanilla Body Scrub- skincare safe enough to eat

There’s something about giving handmade gifts at Christmas. Especially when the kids can get involved in the making and proudly tell the receiver “I made that for you”.

This gorgeous body scrub fills my love of giving handmade presents while adhering to my desire for chemical-free, safe cosmetics. No artificial fragrances, phthalates or chemical compounds in this little beauty. Use it on dry skin in the shower before turning on the taps.

A great exfoliant that leaves the skin lovely and soft and nicely moisturised from the coconut oil.

What you’ll need:

2 cups sugar (I used a mix of rapadura and golden granulated sugar)

1/2 cup virgin coconut oil

1 vanilla pod (a fairly dry one)

1 tablespoon raw honey

1 tsp vanilla extract (My recipe for this here)

Making it:

In a food processor or spice grinder, process your vanilla pod until you get a fine powder.

Mix the sugar, vanilla powder and extract, coconut oil, and honey in a bowl. Stir through until nicely mixed.

Spoon into your favourite little recycled jars (clean and dry of course).

Like the kids stamping on the tags? A few lapses in concentration with letter placement but I think it adds to the character of them.

Originally published 5th December 2014

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