14 December 2018

Skinny Peppermint Mocha Recipe

How to make a skinny peppermint mocha recipe at home with fewer carbs, calories, and fat.  You don't need any special equipment to make this delicious healthier version of your favorite coffee house drink.

It's been a fairly mild winter, but I'm still freezing.  I am just not meant to live in Ohio.  I should be on some tropical island where the temperature is between 68 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit all year.

In the evenings, I get cold.  I cuddle with my chihuahua, Nacho, under a blanket and sip a hot drink.  I'm kind of a coffee addict, so I usually make a coffee drink.

I have been all about peppermint mochas lately, so I make this skinny peppermint mocha recipe sometimes in the evening.

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I'm a busy mom, so I don't want to spend time making this drink when I could be spending time with my kids.  I look for recipes that don't need any special equipments or ingredients that I won't use for anything else.

This skinny peppermint mocha recipe is definitely easy.  You can make it in about 10 minutes, and you don't need any special equipment.  

12 December 2018

Peppermint Matcha Green Tea Whipped Sugar Scrub Recipe

This peppermint matcha green tea sugar scrub is full of antioxidants and smells wonderful.

Red and green are the colors of the season.   I prefer to use natural ingredients to dye my DIY bath and body products, and what better way to get green than with matcha green tea?

Since I'm all about peppermint lately, I mixed things up with this matcha green tea sugar scrub and added some peppermint.  I figure peppermint is red and matcha is green, so this is really a Christmas sugar scrub.

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I made this an emulsified whipped sugar scrub, so it's a more luxurious than other sugar scrubs.  Whipping it makes is really light and fluffy.  

I also added an emulsifier, so this scrub turns into a lotion when you use it.  Combine this with the ingredients that I used, and this is a great sugar scrub for dry skin.  



 I prefer using sugar in my body scrubs because it's gentler on your skin than salt is.  Brown sugar is gentler than white sugar, but I just use white sugar in most of my scrubs.  

You can use this scrub on your hands, feet, or body.  I don't recommend using a scrub made with white sugar on your face because it can be too harsh.  


I used avocado oil because it's winter and my skin is dry.  Avocado oil is an excellent moisturizer thanks to the omega-3 fatty acids.  It's also high in vitamins A, D, and E for your skin.  

Avocado oil also contains lecithin and potassium to nourish your skin.  Avocado oil is also high in antioxidants, and the vitamins promote healing for dry or flaky skin.  

Learn more about the different carrier oils in my book Carrier Oils.  


What I love about this sugar scrub is that it turns into a lotion as you rinse it off.  This is because of the emulsifying wax.  

Emulsifying wax is often used in lotions to bind oil and water.  When you use it in a sugar scrub recipe, it binds the oil in the scrub with the water when you rinse off the scrub to create a lotion.  


I added stearic acid because it's an essential fatty acid for your skin.  It also helps clean the skin, and it can clean sebum from the skin so this scrub cleanses as it exfoliates. 


I added cocoa butter because it's high in antioxidants.  It's also moisturizing, so it's wonderful for dry skin.  

Since cocoa butter is a solid at room temperature, it helps this scrub whip up and hold its shape when you whip it.  


I like using coconut oil in my sugar scrub because it penetrates deep into the skin to moisturize your skin.  Its essential fatty acids moisturize your skin, and it's great for dry skin.  

Since coconut oil is a solid at room temperature, it also helps this sugar scrub whip up and hold its shape.  


Shea butter is my favorite butter to use for my skin.  It has vitamins A, E, and F for your skin.  It's essential fatty acids moisturize dry skin without being overly greasy.  


Matcha green tea is my preferred to use green tea because it's easier to use than green tea because it's already a powder.  

Matcha green tea, like all green tea, is high in antioxidants to neutralize free radicals.  The chlorophyll, which is what makes this powder green, is a detoxifier to help remove toxins from your skin.  


I added peppermint essential oil because it smells amazing and is perfect for winter.  Peppermint has menthol, so it naturally cools your skin and helps brighten dull skin.


Vitamin E oil is also a great antioxidant.  Some people call it a preservative, but it isn't.  It does, however, help extend the life of carrier oils so they are shelf stable longer.

Not all vitamin E oils are the same.  I've used some that weren't much thicker than water.  Now I use Crafty Bubbles vitamin E oil.  It's my favorite because it's really thick.


This recipe doesn't have any water in it, so it really doesn't need a preservative.  Most people dip wet fingers into the jar, so I feel a little better having a preservative in this scrub.

If you are making this for personal use, you don't need a preservative.  Just make sure that you use it within a few months and don't dip wet fingers into the jar.  

If you're making this to sell, I highly recommend using the preservative.  

Phenonip is a great preservative for oil based products like this sugar scrub.  It helps protect your recipes from bacteria, mold, and fungi.  




Use a digital scale to weigh your ingredients.  Since you're using emulsifying wax and a preservative, it's very important to get accurate weights and not use volume measurements.

Weigh the emulsifying wax, stearic acid, cocoa butter, coconut oil, and shea butter and place in a double boiler.  Heat until melted.  

I don't recommend microwaving this.  If shea butter gets too hot, it can get grainy.  

If you don't have a double boiler, set a canning ring in a pan of water and place a glass container on it.  I use a Pyrex measuring cup.


Once the hard ingredients are melted, weigh the avocado oil and pour it into the glass container.  Stir well.


Check the temperature and stir until it is under 175 degrees Fahrenheit.  I use a laser thermometer because it's easier than using a regular thermometer.

Once it's under 175 degrees, add the vitamin E oil, matcha green tea, peppermint essential oils, and phenonip.  Stir well.


Place the bowl in the freezer for about 10 minutes until the edges start to harden.  


Use the whisk attachment on your stand mixer or hand mixer to whip until creamy.    


Add the sugar and continue whipping.  

The whipped sugar scrub will see really thin at this point.  As it cools and the cocoa butter and shea butters set up, they will harden and thicken the sugar scrub.

This recipe makes just over 8 ounces of sugar scrub.  You can double or triple it to get more.

Don't want to DIY?  Try one of these handmade emulsified sugar scrubs on Etsy.
If you love making body scrubs, then you'll love my ebook Body Scrubs with 30 different recipes for fun or to make to sell!

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10 December 2018

15 Cute Stocking Stuffers For Her Under $10

She will love these cute stocking stuffers for her.  They are all under $10, and they are all adorable.  

I am having so much fun putting together gift guides for you this year.  This one is probably one that you want to send to your kids or husband if they need gift ideas. 
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I was thinking of women who like cute things (like I do!), but this list of stocking stuffers would also be great for teens.  My tween would even like most of the things on this list.

07 December 2018

40 DIY Bath and Body Handmade Gift Ideas

 DIY bath and body handmade gift ideas to make and give to friends, coworkers, and family.  

I love making DIY bath and body handmade gifts for friends and family.  Each year, I pick two or three different things to make, and I made large batches of them to gift.

The recipients seem to love getting my DIY bath and body gifts.  I used to gift them to my kids' teachers each year because I could make them inexpensively, yet they were really fun gifts.  

I mean, who doesn't want to get the gift of pampering?  I got bath salts, now I need to take time to relax, right?

05 December 2018

Peppermint Mocha Salt Scrub Recipe

This peppermint mocha salt scrub recipe would make a great DIY Christmas gift for friends.  It's easy to make and smells amazing.  

This year, I have quite a few extra people on my Christmas list.  These aren't people that I'm close to, but I want to acknowledge them and thank them for their volunteer work this year.

I'm making several different handmade gifts for them, giving one set to each group.  I have some ladies that have been wonderful volunteering their time with a children's group through a nonprofit that I'm involved with, so I wanted to make them this peppermint mocha salt scrub recipe.

This body scrub recipe would also make a great teacher gift.  When my kids were in public school, each year I had 10 to 14 teacher gifts to make each year.  It got expensive, so I would look for things to make like this scrub.

Now my kids are homeschooled, so I only have to buy gifts for my son's therapists.  I guess I should get myself something as a teacher gift too.