Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Vanilla Lavender Body Scrub + a Giveaway

Disclaimer: The product reviewed in this post was provided free from Nielsen-Massey Vanillas. The honest review and opinions are my own.


The folks at Nielsen-Massey Vanillas believe that, when it comes to holiday gifting, it truly is the thought that counts, and what could be more thoughtful than a handmade gift?

DIY holiday gifts are as fun to make as they are to give. Plus, there are lots of ways to customize them!


Here are some unique packaging tips Neilsen-Massey Vanillas shared with me to give handmade gifts an extra-special touch:

• Package homemade biscotti, cookies, or even body products in vintage tins or jars. A beautiful container is an additional gift that the recipient can keep long after the handmade gift is gone.

• Instead of using traditional wrapping paper or gift bags, wrap boxes in craft paper and decorate with pens and markers. Wrap jars and bottles in fabric, burlap, or a pretty kitchen towel and secure it with colorful striped baker’s twine. 

• Attach a Christmas ornament to the outside of the package in lieu of a traditional gift tag. Ornaments can be treasured for years to come.

• Include a hand-written note or card with the recipe for your gift – it is the gift that keeps on giving!
Homemade skincare products are a hit when it comes to gift-giving. I don't know anyone who doesn't like sugar scrubs.

Nielsen-Massey Vanilla

This recipe for Vanilla Body Scrub from Nielsen-Massey Vanillas, included below, is the perfect gift for friends, sisters, daughters, or anyone who deserves a bit of pampering this holiday season. Fragrant Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Sugar gently exfoliates while olive oil moisturizes, leaving skin feeling soft, smooth and rejuvenated.

Body Scrub

Vanilla Body Scrub
  • 1 cup Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Sugar 
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 or 2 drops of an essential oil (lavender, eucalyptus, ect.)
  • Decorative, waterproof container

Mix ingredients together in a bowl. Spoon into a decorative, waterproof container. Wrap in decorative paper.

Instructions for use: Apply a small amount to damp skin while in shower or bath. Gently scrub skin with a soft washcloth. Rinse thoroughly.

Body Scrub

Making this body scrub was extremely easy and fun! I used a few drops of lavender essential oil and even added lavender buds to the mix. It smells delicious. I tested it out on my hands and they were really soft afterward. It is very exfoliating so I had to be gentle or else I would have scrubbed my skin off.

Note: The Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla sugar is Kosher, Gluten-Free Certified, All-Natural, Allergen-Free and GMO-Free.

Want to create your own scrub for the holidays?
Enter to win a 8.5 oz bottle of Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Sugar! (ARV $17.95)

Open to US only. Giveaway ends 12/10.

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