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DIY Cinnamon Sugar Scrub

I can’t stop smelling my hands. Seriously. Smell them. Smells like I’ve been baking all day. Gah it’s awesome!!!

Today, in continuing the celebration of having a master shower again, I’ve made a DIY cinnamon-sugar-honey-coffee-olive oil scrub! That’s a mouthful. Speaking of  mouthfuls it’s hard not to eat this stuff. It smells so amazing. To see the other shower-celebration projects, check out my DIY Body Wash and DIY Creamy Dreamy Coconut Oil Lotion. Yum yum!

To create my scrub, I used this post and this post as inspiration, and sort of merged them together.

DIY Cinnamon Sugar Scrub- Evan & Katelyn

For my version, I used:

  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 tbsp olive oile
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1-1/2 tsp ground coffee

I started with adding the sugar to a seal-able tupperware container.

DIY Cinnamon Sugar Scrub- Evan & Katelyn

Then I added the olive oil. Be sure to add the olive oil first, then the honey, because it will keep the honey from sticking to your spoon.

DIY Cinnamon Sugar Scrub- Evan & Katelyn

Then add the honey.

DIY Cinnamon Sugar Scrub- Evan & Katelyn

Next add the cinnamon. A little goes a long way.

DIY Cinnamon Sugar Scrub- Evan & Katelyn

Lastly add the coffee! Whatever ground coffee you have on hand works. I had hazelnut, mmmmm.

DIY Cinnamon Sugar Scrub- Evan & Katelyn

Now just mix together and it’ll look like this! Resist the temptation to lick the spoon…

DIY Cinnamon Sugar Scrub- Evan & Katelyn

All done! I use this on my hands, body, and face. Face is the best, because you can lick it. Mmmmm! Scrub up and enjoy!

(Tomorrow we will be back to more house-related posts)

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DIY Creamy Dreamy Coconut Oil Lotion

I’m still in celebration mode now that we have a working master shower, so in conjunction with yesterday’s post about DIY body wash, I’m writing another about DIY lotion. And it. is. AWESOME.

I’m a lotion junky. If my hands are dry and I don’t have access to any, I get antsy. I probably look something like this (I am the cat. Lotion is the bird. Use your imagination, this is the best image I could find).

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Bath & Body Works is my friend. But now that all our extra money is going into house things… I thought it might be time to try my hand at making something less expensive. And let me tell you, this stuff is amazeballs. It smells and feels soooooooooo good and it’s hella cheap!!!

I was inspired by this post I found on Pinterest, but I ended up having to put my own twist on things. Here’s what I did.

(Sorry about the graininess of the first half of these photos. Was accidentally shooting with the ISO turned way up. Derp derp)

DIY Creamy Dreamy Coconut Oil Lotion- Evan & Katelyn

Just add everything to a big mixing bowl. To get out all the baby lotion I ended up cutting the bottle in half. And taking about 30 pictures of myself trying to get this shot without dropping the bottle.

DIY Creamy Dreamy Coconut Oil Lotion- Evan & Katelyn

Just add the lotion, vitamin E cream, and coconut oil to your bowl.

DIY Creamy Dreamy Coconut Oil Lotion- Evan & Katelyn

DIY Creamy Dreamy Coconut Oil Lotion- Evan & Katelyn

DIY Creamy Dreamy Coconut Oil Lotion- Evan & Katelyn

And mix away! Yum!

DIY Creamy Dreamy Coconut Oil Lotion- Evan & Katelyn

So this filled up the empty coconut oil container, the empty vitamin E cream container, and empty body butter container I had saved, and a lil extra.

DIY Creamy Dreamy Coconut Oil Lotion- Evan & Katelyn

The good news is this made tons and smelled amazing. The bad news is that it was too liquidy. Like, wayyyyy too much coconut oil. And after a few days it sorta separated, with the oil sitting on top.

DIY Creamy Dreamy Coconut Oil Lotion- Evan & Katelyn

That’s why I decided to add another 27-oz container of baby lotion.

DIY Creamy Dreamy Coconut Oil Lotion- Evan & Katelyn

Of course I gutted it again. Look at all that goodness I’d be missing out on otherwise!

DIY Creamy Dreamy Coconut Oil Lotion- Evan & Katelyn

Then I added my first batch of DIY lotion to this extra lotion, little by little (to make sure I didn’t make it too oily again). I ended up adding all of the first batch and mixing as I went.

DIY Creamy Dreamy Coconut Oil Lotion- Evan & Katelyn

DIY Creamy Dreamy Coconut Oil Lotion- Evan & Katelyn

After rinsing the excess coconut oil from the containers, I refilled them but there was way more lotion this time! Luckily I had an almost empty peanut butter jar I could use. And yes, of course I grabbed a spoon and ate what was left of it first.

DIY Creamy Dreamy Coconut Oil Lotion- Evan & Katelyn

This lotion does require a few upfront purchases, so I wanted to break it down and make sure it actually was cheaper than buying from Bath & Body Works (and see how it compared to other less expensive brands).

All together my materials cost me:

  • 15-oz Johnson’s Baby Lotion = $2.50
  • 27-oz Johnson’s Baby Lotion = $5.00
  • 8-oz Vitamin E Cream = $3.75 (the 2-pack I bought was $7.50)
  • 15-oz Organic Coconut Oil = $9.00

Grand Total = $20.25 for 65 ounces of lotion = $0.31 per ounce

Bath & Body Works lotion = $11 for 8-oz = $1.38 per ounce

Bath & Body Works body cream = $12.50 for 8-oz = $1.56 per ounce

Bath & Body Works body butter = $15 for 7-oz = $2.14 per ounce

Jergens Ultra Healing lotion = $0.22-$0.26 per ounce

Vaseline Cocoa Butter lotion = $0.20-$0.25 per ounce

MINE IS SO MUCH CHEAPER!!! And it smells so good I want to eat it. I’d say it’s most comparable to the Bath & Body Works body cream (at first its more like the lotion but then thickens up, and the body butter is a bit thicker), yet it’s less than 20% of the cost. So you can make over 5X the amount for the same price!!! This gets me excited. It is a little more expensive per ounce than the budget store-bought brands, but the price difference is small.

Plus… it’s just awesome.

DIY Creamy Dreamy Coconut Oil Lotion- Evan & Katelyn

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DIY Creamy Dreamy Coconut Oil Lotion- Evan & Katelyn

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DIY Body Wash

Now that we have a functional master shower after almost TWO months of having to use the one in the guest bathroom, I’m celebrating with a few shower/cleanliness/beauty DIY projects I’ve been wanting to do. First on the list is DIY body wash!

This was actually brought on by the fact that Evan ran out of his body wash. And I didn’t really want to go to the store. And I’ve pinned all sorts of cool DIY toiletries. And I like saving money.

The gist of it is that instead of spending $5, $6, $10 on body wash (come on, I’m not made of money), you take a $1 bar of soap, grate it up cheese-style, add hot water, mixy mix mix, and you have your own body wash! I was originally inspired by this post and got further instructions from this video.

DIY Body Wash- Evan & Katelyn

A bar we already had on hand was Irish Spring, which seemed manly enough. Then I grabbed a cheese grater and a bowl that I knew I could throw in the dishwasher afterwards. I almost forgot to snap a grating picture before I was done, this step goes pretty fast.

DIY Body Wash- Evan & Katelyn

DIY Body Wash- Evan & Katelyn

While I was grating away, I had 8 cups of water heating up on the stove til it just started boiling. Some methods say boil, some say don’t. I did, but barely. One thing I did a little differently though was instead of pouring the soap gratings into the pot of water, I poured the water into the bowl of soap. I figured there was no need to get the pot all soapy too when the bowl already was.

DIY Body Wash- Evan & Katelyn

Except when I added the water, the bowl was so full I had to transfer it to a bigger bowl and wash an extra dish anyway. Oh wells.

DIY Body Wash- Evan & Katelyn

Once you have it in a big enough bowl, use a hand mixer to whip it up real nice.

DIY Body Wash- Evan & Katelyn

After that just cover it with plastic wrap and let it sit overnight or until it congeals. I left mine over a couple days while we were out of town and it was fine. The consistency was not as solid as jello but more solid than pudding.

DIY Body Wash- Evan & Katelyn

Once it’s congealed, you mix it again til it’s liquidy and pourable.

DIY Body Wash- Evan & Katelyn

Then just use a funnel to pour it into any container you have on hand (I used an empty shampoo bottle). And voila!

DIY Body Wash- Evan & Katelyn

I’ve read that you need different amounts of water for different types of soaps. Ours ended up a little bit on the watery side so next time I might try 6 cups instead of 8. But overall it works just fine and it was FREEEEEEEEEE because we already had the soap on hand. Plus it made enough to fill that whole bottle in the picture + 2 solo cups more. Not bad!

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