homemade gifts: man scrub

I've got another homemade gift today and this one's for the gents in your life! These little jars are filled with exfoliating goodness for those scratchy faces that only seem to feel more irritated and dry during the winter months. And yes, they have lavender and grapefruit essential oils but I've got a sneaky feeling that men like to feel calm and revitalized too ;) And let's be honest, by labelling it "MAN SCRUB", you've basically erased any connotations of female pampering. Of course, feel free to use any essential oils you may deem "manly" (just make sure they're safe for skin).

Man Scrub (makes one 4 oz. jar)


Lavender Mint
1/4 cup fine sea salt
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup avocado oil
1/8 cup coconut oil
10 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops peppermint essential oil

Citrus Mint
1/4 cup fine sea salt
1/4 cup white granulated sugar
1/8 cup avocado oil
1/8 cup coconut oil
15 drops grapefruit essential oil
5 drops peppermint essential oil

For each batch you will need:
1 4 oz. jar
Small bowl
Stir stick or spoon
Printable labels

1. In a small bowl, combine the sea salt, sugar, and oils. Mix well.
2. Add the essential oils and mix again.
3. Fill jars with scrub and apply label.


local love gift guide

Over the last couple years I've made a serious effort to buy locally made gifts as much as possible. Here in Vancouver we have so many talented makers and stores seem to be stocking up on the local love, making it so much easier to find unique gifts. I put together a list of some of my local favourites that should hopefully hit everyone on your list this year.


gift wrapping ideas

I love a well wrapped present, not the "toss in a bag, throw a piece of tissue paper on top of it" method. There's nothing like the satisfaction of ripping through paper (or in my case, carefully peeling off the tape to preserve the pretty paper). I've been seeing so many great wrapping ideas on Pinterest and thought I'd share some of my favourites. I seem to have a thing for natural colours and textures mixed with graphic patterns.

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