Welcome to Guiltless Reading's feature, Handcrafted Bookishness! This new series pays homage to the creators of bookish handcrafted goods and their handiwork.
For the second post in this series, I'm featuring fellow book blogger Jackie of No Bent Spines. I chanced upon one of her tweets showing off one of her homemade scrubs ... book-themed of course! Hey, I want to know how to make that ... so I invited her her over for a chat and an easy-to-follow tutorial!
Now don't forget to join her giveaway of one her bookish scrubs! (US only).
Over to you, Jackie!
In Which I Talk About Why Books With Swoons Deserve Scrubs
by Jackie, No Bent Spines
Would it be strange to say that I started making book-themed sugar scrubs after my sister became obsessed with making oh-so-very-cute bows? I mean, I made sugar scrubs before but they were theme-less. They were whatever I found in the pantry (positively killer green tea and olive oil scrubs, coffee and brown sugar scrubs) that sounded like they would work together. The coffee scrub has become a trademark gift I give to people: family, friends, strangers who happen to make eye contact. Just kidding! I don’t carry extra scrub in my purse to give to the strangers. Though, wouldn’t that be so much fun?
With sugar scrubs, there is a basic ratio that I always follow. That being a 1:3 ratio. Oil-to-sugar. Also a big ol’ scoop of excitement. Everyone needs a little bit of that in their lives, don’t you think? So say you are working on this totally yummy scrub but can’t remember the recipe and the internet is down or your phone is dead. For every cup of sugar you use, use a third cup of an oil. The most common oil to use is coconut oil, but I don’t really ever use just one oil. Why? First off, where’s the fun in that? I like experimenting with things: What makes my skin softest? What properties does oil number one have that oil number two doesn’t? Yes, I do like science.
|Unmasking Juliet |
by Teri Wilson
So, lovely readers, where did the books come into play? First off, I have a blog where I rant about books and their beauty. So *chuckles* turning my favorite books (like Unmasking Juliet, Crush, A Little Something Different, The Artisans) into swoon/ drool-worthy scrubs seemed natural.
In Unmasking Juliet–a modern re-telling of Romeo and Juliet where instead of high-ranking families divided, it’s two chocolate companies–the main scent of the book is chocolate. This is my most recent creation. It's this perfect combo of chocolate and coffee and vanilla and sandalwood. Oh my god, y’all. It’s literally the best thing ever. I wish I could throw it people’s bags just because it’s that yummy.
|A Little Something Different |
by Sandy Hall
3 tablespoons of white sugar
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
3 drops of lemon extract
1 pomegranate + Acai tea bag
Basically just mix it all together. With the tea bag, don’t soak it or anything. You just CUT (don’t rip, tea leaves and dried fruit will fly everywhere and make a ginormous mess…what? I speak from experience) the bag open and dump it in with the rest of the good stuff. Mix it all up until everything is pretty evenly distributed. It should look something like the pictures below.
If you decide to try it, I hope you love it!
|Loving Mr. Daniels |
by Brittainy C. Cherry
I create sugar scrubs named after books and scrubs where books are my muses because I like (love) books. I like words and quotes and swoons. And isn’t it kind of amazing to have a rather perfect scrub or smell that reminds you of that book that brought on all the feels? I think so. *shrugs* It sort of seems like a logical progression to me.
Anyways, I’m also giving away a scrub of the winner’s choice to one person from the United States.
The choices are:
Unmasking Juliet (choco, coffee, musky)
The Artisans (peachy, minty)
Poisoned Apples: Poems For You My Pretty (apple pie)
Just leave your answer in the comments section to this question:
(Winner will be chosen based on answer, please use Promosimple to enter your mailing address)
Suggest a book and a scent for a new No Bent Spines scrub. Explain why you associate that scent with the book.
Connect with Jackie!
Images provided by Jackie of No Bent Spines
Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post.