Authenticity. It’s a word I’ve been mulling over lately. The end of yet another year has had me thinking, I know I know I’m not usually this deep. Stay with me for a bit, I’ll get to this homemade sugar body scrub in a minute. So, what does it mean to be authentic? Does it mean success? Does it mean happiness? What does it mean to you guys? It’s that time of year where I think about what to bring to all of you in the next year. One thing I know for sure, is that I want it to come from the heart, to be an extension of me. Not because everyone else is doing it, but because I’ve poured my heart and soul into it.
I listened to a great podcast about this recently that struck a cord. Before the internet and social media there was no way to connect with others. This is something I see as both good and bad. I’ve had an awesome time making new connections, friendships, networking…but I’ve also seen the other side. Competition getting ugly, jealousy turning into hurtful actions, mean words, rudeness…all things I avoid in my every day life, yet I’m surrounded by online. People get quite brave behind their computers! I know it shouldn’t shock me, but it does, every time. As I close 2015, one thing I know for sure is that I feel successful because what I do is truly just me. My voice is mine, my writing is me. You see what you get. I don’t do it to gain readers, I don’t do it because everyone else is, I don’t do it purely for profit. I see so much of that: antics on Instagram to gain more followers (I apologize if I offend some of you reading this that do it, it’s just not my thing), copying other bloggers recipes and not giving credit, straight out stealing work from others, creating something just because everyone else is. All these things are the opposite of authentic. We all need to find our path in our own way, and my goal for 2016 is to solidify that path even more. It may seem a little premature, a New Years resolution post before the New Year. But hey, I guess it’s just another way of me being authentic 😉 In 2016 you will see a lot more of “me”, recipes that come to me as I lay there trying to sleep (yes, it’s my most creative time!), more recreations of all the amazing food from my childhood, a few brand collaborations with companies I truly believe in (I have no problem saying no to money if it’s not something I like), and you may also see a few more things like today’s homemade sugar body scrub recipe…homemade, DIY projects that I have enjoyed doing with my kiddos.
Each year for the holidays, I really enjoy making something homemade for my kids teachers. This year, I was trying to avoid food and I really wanted something the kids could help with. The idea of a homemade sugar scrub came to me as I was finishing off the rest of the one I was using in the shower. It’s easy enough to make, nice and quick, and something everyone can use! I wanted a holiday scent and gave the kids the different choices, gingerbread was their pick. I don’t blame them, it smells SO good. So off we went, gathered our supplies and got to creating!
They had so much fun and felt such success. I loved the idea that they helped make their own teacher’s gifts. And it’s a pretty mess free project, with some adult help (definitely don’t let them do it alone especially with some of the hot ingredients). You basically put everything in a bowl and mix. Simple and smells amazing! You can also create labels if you want, simply print them on your computer (Here’s a FREE copy of mine: Gingerbread Sugar Scrub Labels Yay!). I even tied a little holiday themed burlap string to up the festive factor.
You definitely have time to throw some of this homemade sugar body scrub together! Let me know if you do and how everyone liked it. Leave a comment here, find me on Facebook or tag me on Instagram at veggiesdontbite #veggiesdontbite. I also want to know what you’d like to see on Veggies Don’t Bite in the coming year! Any recipes you’ve been wanting? Flavors that you love to see more of? Send me a note and I’ll try and make it happen! Full disclosure, I have a dirty little secret…there are two things I am not a fan of…beets and curry. So you most likely will never see those. Gasp!
- 3 cups sugar like turbinado for a course scrub and brown sugar for a milder scrub, or a mix of both
- 3/4 cup coconut oil in liquid form
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons cocoa butter melted
- 1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon
- 1 1/2 tablespoons ginger
- 1 tablespoons nutmeg
- 1 tablespoons ground cloves
- 1 tablespoons allspice
You can also use all coconut oil but the cocoa butter is very moisturizing and keeps the scrub together well. Make sure the coconut oil and cocoa butter are melted before assembling and be careful because they may get hot.