How to Make a Creamsicle Body Polishcomments (5) May 3rd, 2013
I'm not much of a baker; I make cookies around the holidays, but otherwise my baking ingredients sit idly on a shelf while I reach for the ice cream tub. I thought I'd reuse a few ingredients for a sweet treat to use on the outside of my body. This sugar body polish is downright decadent; just remember not to eat it.
While you can use whatever essential oil you fancy, I infused mine with a dash of vanilla extract and sweet orange essential oil for a calorie-free but no less delicious creamsicle treat.
- 1/2 cup light olive oil or another vegetable oil
- 15 drops sweet orange essential oil
- 1/8 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 vitamin E capsule or 1/4 teaspoon vitamin E
- 1-1/2 cups raw sugar
- Large pot
- 16-ounce glass or plastic container with lid
- Measuring cups
- Metal spoon
- Metal tongs
Step 1: Sterilize the jar and tools in a hot-water bath: Fill a large pot with water and bring it to a boil. As it's roiling, dip your jar (if you're using glass), cups, and spoon into the water bath using a pair of metal tongs. After 10 minutes, remove from the water with tongs and set aside to air dry thoroughly. If you use a plastic soup container (I have loads of plastic tubs, thanks to Chinese takeout and Whole Foods), clean thoroughly with soap and hot water, or clean chemically by wiping with hydrogen peroxide.
Step 2: Add the olive oil, essential oil, and vanilla extract to a small bowl. Puncture your vitamin E capsule, squeeze out the oil into the bowl, and mix thoroughly.
Step 3: Add the sugar to the mix and stir thoroughly with a metal spoon. When mixed, scoop into your container.
To use: Simply stick a finger or popsicle stick in the jar, mix up the body polish, step into the shower, scoop up a handful, and rub it on dry skin. Rinse off with hot water and marvel at your skin's velvety texture.
Note: Clean up the tub after use so you don't leave an oil slick for the next unsuspecting bather.
Makes approximately 2 cups
Packaging ideas: Fill out a recipe card and cut to fit the tub's lid, coat both sides with Mod Podge, and affix to your lid. Let dry and then add two more coats of Mod Podge to the card to preserve it. Or reuse a glass container, such as a large salsa jar, and affix a label to the lid to cover the previous text. Cover the label with clear plastic tape to preserve it (sugar and oil can wreak havoc on your label). You can also affix buttons or shells to the lid with a hot-glue gun for a more decorative presentation.