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Chica Brunch – Organic Sugar Scrub

There’s not a person in the world who doesn’t love brunch. But you know who loves it the most? Ladies. Chicks. Gals. Women. Whatever you call us, we’re obsessed with brunch. I’m not saying that guys cannot be found partaking in this ritual, but let’s be honest; a pack of ladies yapping away over French toast and eggs is more common.

I can write all the reasons why I love brunch and let me tell you there are many… Who can say no to the pastries, quiches, frittatas, eggs benedict or sandwiches, and crispy bacon of the breakfast world? Not to mention the opportunity of having fancy drinks (I’m looking at you champagne!) during the morning hours, on a Sunday no less, while sharing the latest war stories with your girlfriends.

If you answered yes to that, you are dead to me.

The thing about brunch is that everyone seems to think the only way to experience it is to roll out of bed and hit the nearest restaurant.

And just like that, the perfect brunch glow will be replaced by over-crowded restaurants + long waits + hungover customers + hungover staff + marginal food + tepid coffee served in cold mugs - a lot of money = a downright nutty meal to seek outside of the home.

I don’t care what anyone tells you, the best brunch are those that you sleep late, roll out of bed and gather together at home with your girlfriends to rehash why you thought calling your ex-boyfriend at 4 AM singing the song that reminds you of him was such a good idea (trust me is not).

Having this idea in mind is how my monthly Chica Brunch was born. One weekend a month I invite my group of chicas to my home to gather and discuss all things that only other women can understand.  It is my escape from stress and I really treasure the time that I spend with them.

Following my rule of thumb for a great chica brunch I knew I had to make it personal and the only way for me to do that is to gift each of the girls with something homemade.  This time, I decided that we all needed a bit of pampering and came up with an organic facial scrub.

It’s so simple to make and the results are so worth it.

Makes 7 4oz bottles 

  • 7 small 4 oz glass jar – I got mine at Ikea or you can go here for more pretty options
  • 3 ½ cups of cane sugar
  • 1 ½ cup of coarse salt
  • 1 cup carrier oil, I used grapeseed oil
  • 2 tablespoons of vitamin E
  • 8 drops of essential oil – I opted to use eucalyptus
  • 1 drop food coloring – green for me!
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh rosemary, finely chopped 

Stir together salt, sugar and carrier oil in a bowl, mixing well. Add essential oil, 1 drop at a time. Add food coloring, and stir until color is even throughout, the last addition is the rosemary. Mix well and then spoon into jars.

If you want to go make it pretty – print out labels on stock paper and attach with pretty string.  I used a popsicle stick to write each of the girl’s name and used it as the table place card which also doubles as the “spoon” to get the scrub mixture out of the jar.

I loved to see the faces of my girlfriends as they opened the jar and took a quick smell of the tantalizing aroma the scrub sent out.  And even more so when I received notes via Facebook that they all used it and were feeling pampered, refreshed and smelling delicious.

Reader Comments (8)

It. Is. Amazing!!!! (works as a good foot scrub, too!) ;)

July 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSteph

My skin was so soft after using this. I will definitely be making it again!

July 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

I want to try making some with fresh mint sprigs!

July 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSteph

So glad that this little gift was such a hit with everyone.. I'm may so a mask for the next one!

July 15, 2012 | Registered CommenterMonica
How far in advance can I make this for gifts?
November 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea Kingston
Hi Andrea...
I keeps very well.. I used the leftover for my own use for weeks later... I made this 2 days before and it was fine.
December 2, 2013 | Registered CommenterMonica
Trialand error, error, error: I made this n placed one in the fridge and the other on the counter; both were hard. How do I store it? What am I doing wrong?
November 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCindy
Cindy.. add a bit more oil to it and that should "wet" it again. I keep mine out, did not put it on the fridge and it was fine for about 3 weeks - did not last long, since I love using it.
November 15, 2014 | Registered CommenterMonica

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