I love body and face scrubs. I can’t get enough of that fresh feeling you get after using a good scrub. I also have come to realize that you don’t need to purchase expensive scrubs to get the benefits by making them at home. I’ve featured a two of my own recipes on the blog already (Lemon Sugar and Salt Scrub as well as a Cinnamon Sugar Scrub). I’m currently working on a new sugar scrub and a new combo sugar and salt scrub that are both a twist on the classics (will share soon!).
Whenever I make scrubs for friends and family I tend to get a few questions about the difference between a sugar and a salt scrub. I thought I’d share my knowledge to compare salt scrubs vs sugar scrubs.
- Right off the bat I’ll say that my skin can handle a high level of exfoliation so I happen to like using sea salt in my salt scrubs because you can feel a difference after even the first use. However, I’d never use salt on my face or in very sensitive areas. So for those of you that have super sensitive skin all over, I would stick to sugar or use super fine salt. You can even take sea salt and throw it in a food processer to create fine grains.
- Best for rough spots such as elbows, knees and the soles of your feet
- I like to combine bright citrus scents when I make a salt scrub such as lemon, grapefruit or lime.
- To me salt is more energizing and best for the morning to awaken the senses.
- By using a thicker carrier oil you can get a bit more moisturizing going as the salt itself is drying and really more of a buffer that rinses clean.
- Salt will help to detoxify skin where sugar only exfoliates.
- Sugar is best for sensitive skin and delicate areas such as the face and neck.
- Sugar is more moisturizing as it sticks to your skin leaving that dewy afterglow.
- Your decision for a carrier oil will again provide either a highly moisturizing experience (olive oil and almond oil) or light and clean (vegetable glycerin).
- I love warm scents such as honey, vanilla or floral such as lavender or rose for sugar scrubs.
- Since sugar scrubs tend to be gentler, I find them more relaxing and great for the evening before bed.
In the end, I love them both but for different reasons. Whichever you love best, the fun part of making your own scrub is the infinite recipe possibilities. Plus, they are such lovely gifts!
Common Salt Types:
- Mineral Salt
- Sea Salt
- Dead Sea Salt
- Table Salt
Common Sugar Types:
- Natural Cane Sugar
- Pure White Sugar
- Brown Sugar
- Raw Sugar
Common Carrier Oils:
- Olive Oil
- Almond Oil
- Coconut Oil
- Vegetable Glycerin
Optional Extras (Don’t go nuts though):
- Essential oils such as lemongrass, lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus or rose
- Vanilla extract
- Used coffee grounds
- Ground oatmeal
- Herbs such as rosemary or basil
- Citrus zest
I’ve been in the crafty mood lately and realized I had a TON of DMC embroidery thread from my DIY Crystal Head Wraps and Macrame Bracelets. I thought I’d try my hand at a different type of bracelet. A rhinestone chevron friendship bracelet to be exact.
I decided on 3 colors of thread and cut 25″ strips, 4 strips of each color (12 strips total). It made for a wider bracelet in the end so you could easily cut it down to 6-8 strips for a thin version. Here a great tutorial from the lovely ladies at Honestly WTF, but I’ll take you through my experience as well.
Once you’ve cut your strips and tied a knot, be sure to leave at least 4 inches at the top. Better to have a little extra than not enough.
I suggest finding a book or box top that you can tape your work to. This way you can sit and work on your bracelet all over the house.
After you get past the first 3-4 rows things get a lot easier. I messed up a few times in the beginning but was able to untie a knot or two and get it right.
Once you’ve run your chevron pattern as long as you see fit, knot it off, braid it and knot to secure.
The last thing I did was glue on a strip of rhinestone trim and stitch it on with some of the embroidery thread.
Lastly, I looked up ways to tie the bracelet on my wrist but the simplest thing is to tie a double knot…
Last year I had fun creating a gallery wall in my dining area and soon after added some photographs along the wall leading upstairs. I’m now realizing the wall needs some updates. I am getting some more recent photos printed, adding some new frames and framing some of Noah’s artwork. Yes, he’s my little artist.
If you have young kids, I’m sure your refrigerator looks something like ours…
So as much as I love displaying all of his art, I’m running out of room… Plus, why not be more creative and frame it in the house?
As long as there aren’t any 3D elements, you can use any frame that fits the height and width of the art. I suggest using a piece of double-stick tape to place the art onto the back of the frame to keep it in place.
I’m still working on my wall update (will share once it’s complete) but at least now Noah’s art brightened up our trip up the stairs.
Here’s some inspiration on ways to decorate with children’s artwork:
Kids Art on Clothesline via Lonny Mag
Monochromatic Framed Art via Lonny Mag
Modern Kid’s Artwork Idea from The Modern Home
Office decorated with Children’s Artwork via Pinterest
It all started with some beautiful trim and ended up as a beautiful headband for a 20′s-style ensemble for my best friend’s 30th birthday party. I thought I’d share the three quick and easy steps it takes to make your own headband.
Trim 16″ – 20″
Elastic 3″ – 5″
Two Safety Pins
Wrap the trim around your head to find out how long you need your trim to be but leave about 3″ – 5″ off for your elastic. I found out my head is 21.5″ for where my headband would sit so I cut my trim to 18″ and the elastic to 4.5″ inches. Before sewing I suggest connecting the elastic to the trim with a safety pins. Try on your headband-to-be to make sure you like how it fits. Shouldn’t be too snug or too loose. Once you have it right, move onto step 2.
Sew on the elastic to the trim with your needle and thread.
Sew on the other side.
I’m so happy with how my headband turned out. It was perfect for the speakeasy party but I can’t wait to throw it on with a pair of jeans and a sweater to make the everyday a little bit brighter.
Cheers to champagne, chocolate cupcakes, sparkle and my best friend, Angela.
It’s been almost a year since my last post about handmade note cards with watercolors, découpage and more. I got in the mood to make some new stationary for some upcoming birthdays. If I had the free time, I’d make all birthday and holiday cards for gifts I give. I love to paint but I like the idea of painting with a purpose and putting a little more of my heart into a gift.
Get creative. Here are some of my go-to tools for crafting up some great handmade cards:
- Colored pencils
- Acrylic paint
- Paint brushes
- Scotch Blue Painters Tape
- Colored or patterned paper
- Stick-on stencils
- Swarovski Crystals or rhinestones
- Elmer’s Rubber Cement glue
- Black Sharpie
- And of course a set of plain note cards with envelopes
Any fun ideas for some stationary? I’m thinking a fun ocean or nautical theme is in my crafting future…