The latest magazine from Stampington and Company, Willow and Sage, is a bit of a departure for me but I was really excited to try my hand at something new! This brand new publication is all about hand made bath and body ideas. The issue has over 70 ideas including uses, recipes, and packaging ideas for home made soaps, body scrubs, face masks, foot soaks and lots more. Most, if not all, of the items need for the recipes can probably be found in your kitchen right now, like cucumber, beer, course salt, olive oil, honey, oatmeal, brown sugar, cocoa powder, extracts, lemons, limes, herbs and spices. Most other ingredients can be easily found at your local grocery store. All recipes have ingredients lists, step by step directions and lots of lovely pictures. There are many easy recipes with only a few ingredients, perfect for beginners and more detailed ideas for the more experienced. You’ll find tips for using things like essentials oils and herbs. There’s also loads of beautiful package inspiration from labels, jars, tins, fabric bags, pouches and wraps. These are perfect for gift giving or if you sell your hand made products.
I decided to try a simple and quick two step body scrub using coffee grounds and coconut oil, I made a wonderful Coffee Body Scrub (shown above). This is a great way to use your coffee grounds once you’ve had your morning cup! I used my favorite hazelnut coffee and placed the grounds in my container, pour melted coconut oil (which I found at my grocery) over top, stirred and let it set up. It was fast and simple and now I was a wonderful smelling scrub that left my skin feeling really soft and hydrated. I placed my scrub into a tin and of course since I always try to stamp on everything I added some stamped labels to my tin. Using permanent stamping ink (Staz-On black) I used a label and alphabet stamps to stamp onto clear sticker paper, adding color with a Sharpie marker, cut them out and applied them to the front and top of my tin, a hand made wash cloth (made by a friend) goes with it perfectly.
Check your local newsstand to pick up a copy of Willow and Sage today or order directly from Stampington and Company.
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