Homemade Gifts: Red Velvet Body Scrub

I recently shared some pictures of the gift wrapping effect I created for my friend Sarah-Faye’s birthday present, and now it’s time to share what’s inside!

clever bird red velevet scrub

Homemade, simple and gentle on all skin types – super easy to make too!

Things You’ll Need…
1 cup white sugar
1/4 cup baby oil
1/4 cup olive oil
a few drops of vanilla essence (I also added a few drops of Robertsons caramel essence)
a few drops of red food colouring
jar or container of choice

clever bird red velevet scrub 2

Mix scrub ingredients together in a bowl – add extra sugar if it’s looking a bit too wet, or extra oil if it looks too dry (it’s down to preference really, I prefer mine slightly more wet than dry) and if you want it a deeper shade of red, add some more food colouring (don’t worry about colouring staining your skin, the oil in the mixture will prevent this, however your bath water might become a bit pink!)

Decant into a cute jar or container, decorate with washi tape (I used black and white chevron tape from Doolally Daisy) and anything else you want to, and voila, a great little gift for a special friend. Alternatively, run a bath and treat yourself!

clever bird red velevet scrub 3

Some Tips

  • Use scrub on dry skin and then rinse off with water
  • To maintain hygiene, a scoop or spoon should be used to lift the scrub out of it’s container
  • It’s recommended that most homemade scrubs should be used within 4 weeks, although the ingredients in this one should keep for a while
  • You might want to include a label/tag with the gift that lists the ingredients used (in case people have allergies that you dont know about etc – rather safe than sorry!)

clever bird pretty wrapping



4 thoughts on “Homemade Gifts: Red Velvet Body Scrub

  1. ExMi says:

    i loooove your wrapping! you should consider cutting out the baby oil (it contains petroleum and a bunch of other nasties) and using almond oil or avocado oil. other than that – it looks great!

    • Andrea says:

      Haha, that doesn’t sound good considering it’s used on babies?! (I don’t use it on Addi but I’m sure other people do) Thanks for the tip – having fun playing with new ideas and wrapping :)

  2. Nicci says:

    I can’t wait to make this! I usually use safflower oil in sugar scrubs, like Whole Foods does with theirs, and it works great! It’s cheaper than some other fancy oils too

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