my blogging confession, and body scrubs

I am a blog posting delinquent.? It has been 3 weeks since my last blog post.? I was doing pretty good there for a while and posting more regularly, and then, I just don’t know what happened.? I guess I haven’t had anything interesting to say.? Or maybe it’s because I always forget to take pictures of the interesting things I am doing and I feel like a blog post without a picture is not worthy.? Either way, I’m back from hiatus and have some fun new posts planned.? I’m putting that out there to hold myself accountable.? I feel better now.

Now, on to the body scrubs.? I’ve been making these salt and sugar scrubs for a few months now, but have just now posted them on Etsy.? These scrubs are, of course, all natural with no preservatives or artificial anything and are scented with essential oils.? They are really popular at craft shows and markets, and I have several customers who are already hooked on them.? They tell me they don’t need moisturizer after they use them in the shower – they’re that good.? I’m just sayin’.?? Check them out on Etsy (shameless plug).

sweet orange brown sugar body scrub
margarita sea salt body scrub - yum!
lavender brown sugar body scrub

my go-to rita recipe

Everyone has a favorite place for a good margarita.? My favorite local Mexican restaurant, Frescos,?has a really tasty?rita?called the true agave.? Paired with their fajitas, it is just about the perfect meal.? My mouth is starting to water just thinking about it.? Fajitas?and margaritas say summer to me.? So in honor of the rising mercury and Cinco?de Mayo, I’m sharing my favorite margarita recipes – one in drink form and the other in soap.??

First, the drink (priorities)??

on the rocks - no salt for me, please

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Ultimate Margarita??

2 oz. tequila??

6 oz. ?limeade?- I like the simply limeade??

2 oz.?orange juice – whatever you have, but my favorite is the simply orange with pineapple – extra tropical!??

splash of triple sec??

the lineup of ingredients in my margarita

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shake ingredients vigorously in a shaker, pour in your favorite glass, squeeze a wedge of lime if you have it (I didn’t) and enjoy!???

Now for the soap??

first batch of margarita soap colored with parsley

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I’ve made 2 test batches of margarita soap so far, and they both smell fabulous.? They are not looking as fab as they smell, so will work some more to get these looking beautiful.? The first batch has ground parsley for the yellow/green color, unscented soap chunks as ice and salt on top.??I wasn’t?completely satisfied with the parsley, so tried something different next batch.??

second batch of margarita soap colored with lime juice and green clay

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For the second batch, I still used key lime and lemon oils, but also added some litsea?to help those citrus scents stick around.? I used fresh lime juice and french green clay, as well as the unscented soap chunks, for the color.? Not crazy about this color either, although it is pretty darn close to the color of my actual margarita.??

I see another test batch in my near future, and lots of sampling ahead.? I better mix up another margarita for inspiration.???

Cheers!

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