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Monday, 23 December 2013


It's two days before Christmas but I bet some of you are still stressing over some last minute presents - I know I usually am! For once I'm somehow organized this year, but that's only because I found this fab idea when browsing Pinterest. Me and my friends went out for a lovely Christmas meal on Friday evening and I put together some homemade gifts for a few of the girls. I thought these might give any of you some ideas as they took barely anytime to make at all and I used ingredients that I already had at home.

Inspire Magazine Online - UK Fashion, Beauty and Lifestyle Blog: Inspire Magazine; Cinnamon and Coca body scrub; home made; gifts; Christmas

This homemade cinnamon and cocoa body scrub took less than an hour to make and not only does it smell delicious, I think it will last ages too. I tried a little bit out on my hands and it left my skin feeling super soft and smooth, so I know it works too! To make this scrub, all you need per scrub is ;  
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1/2 tbsp of cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tbsp of cinnamon
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/2 of white sugar

And that's it! We used proper measuring utensils as opposed to measuring things out in actual 'cups' and everything on the list you should have stored away in your cupboards anyway. Cocoa powder is just similar to what you put in hot chocolate. Because we had slightly large jars, we doubled all the ingredients per jar/mix, and then just added a little more olive oil because the mix seemed a little dry. Really, we just used our initiative. All you have to do is shove all the ingredients in one bowl and mix it altogether, taking time to break up any lumps.
Afterwards I filled up the jars and made a shoddy attempt at decorating them. A lovely red vintage and white ribbon would look lovely around these but really any colour would do.
The jars themselves were quite easy to find too and no doubt you'll have some lying around the house. You could even use small candle or mason jars and fill up a couple for each person, or try having a look online at creating a few different scrubs then maybe giving a set of three to each person. Most of which I found online were really easy to make, it was just about seeing what we had in the cupboard!
My friends absolutely adored these gifts and I think the fact that they were homemade made them that extra bit special. Have you made any homemade gifts this year? Let me know with a comment, I'd love to hear your experiences!
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