Homemade Apple Cinnamon Sugar Scrub

Sugar and Spice, makes your skin feel so nice! That’s what this Fall inspired scrub is made of!

Sugar scrubs — what’s not to love?  They are known to:

  • Hydrate the skin
  • Not strip skins of natural oils
  • Have exfoliating abilities leaving the skin feeling so soft and smooth
  • Smell amazing

They are great for personal use as well as great gifts to give to family and friends!

With only a few ingredients (that you probably already have in your home) you can make your own scrub giving you the added benefit of controlling what is being applied to your skin.  This Apple Cinnamon Sugar Scrub takes approximately 5 – 10 minutes to make and I promise you, you will feel like you are exfoliating your skin with the sweet smell of Autumn.

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Homemade Apple Cinnamon Sugar Scrub

Ingredients

1/4 c. Almond oil 

2 tsp. Vanilla

1 tsp. Vitamin E

2 c. Brown Sugar

1 tsp. Ground Cinnamon

1 tsp.  Ground Cloves

1 tsp. Ground Nutmeg

2 Tbsp. Apple Pie Spice (if you do not have this, you can make your own 3 Ingredient Apple Pie Spice)

In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients together until fully combined and you’re done! Store in air tight container.

Note: If you would like your sugar scrub to have “more saturated” consistency add more almond oil until you receive your desired texture – I recommend doing a tablespoon at a time.

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Directions:

In Shower/Bath:

  • Let warm water hit your skin for at least 5 minutes. Scoop out the scrub and gently rub in a circular motion on desired body areas (I do not use this particular scrub on my face).  Rinse off and pat skin dry.

Quick Applications:

  • Run hand (or feet) under water for at least 10 seconds.  Scoop out the scrub and gently rub in a circular motion. Rinse off and pat skin dry.

Personal Recommendations:

  • Test scrub on small part of body to ensure you are not allergic to the ingredients.
  • If moisturizing after shower, use a light oil to avoid clogging pores.
  • Not intended for use as a daily scrub – I typically use the scrub 2 – 3 times a week.

As Always, Live Creatively – Xoxo Joyce



DIY Apple Pie Spice

Simple three ingredient Apple Pie Spice.

Homemade Apple Pie Spice

Ingredients:

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1 1/2 tsp. Ground Cinnamon

1 1/2 tsp. Ground Nutmeg

1 tsp. All Spice

Mix all three spices together to yield 1 Tbsp of Homemade Apple Pie Spice – It’s that simple!

Note: Remember to duplicate the recipe to yield serving amount needed.


As Always, Live Creatively – Xoxo Joyce



 Homemade Pumpkin Spice Syrup

So your craving for Pumpkin Spice has hit and sure you can go to your local coffee shop, restaurant, or grocery store to satisfy your craving but what about making your own?  This homemade pumpkin spice syrup will take you less than 10 minutes and only needs 4 ingredients!

The syrup is absolutely delicious and can be used on anything your heart desires.  In my household we use it in coffee, on pancakes & waffles, french toast, mixed with cooked steel oats, drizzle over fruit, and even in cocktails/mocktails (see Pumpkin Moscow Mule) – the options are endless!

 Homemade Pumpkin Spice Syrup

Ingredients:
¾ c. Water
¾ c. Brown sugar
¼ c. Pumpkin puree
2 tsp. Pumpkin spice

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Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients into a stainless-steel pot and whisk together until fully combined. Put on stovetop and bring to a boil – stir constantly.
  2. Turn heat to low and let simmer for 2 to 3 minutes while continuing to stir.
  3. Pour the pumpkin spice syrup though a fine mesh strainer into a bowl to separate any solids from the liquid.
  4. Transfer into glass bottle with lid and store in refrigerator. Enjoy!

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As Always, Live Creatively – Xoxo Joyce



Pumpkin Moscow Mule

Like most people, when I think of Fall I think of pumpkin spiced everything.  With Fall officially around the corner, I am putting a pumpkin twist to one of my favorite cocktails, the Moscow Mule.  So, if you love pumpkin as much as I do, try the below cocktail!

Cannot or do not consume alcohol? No Problem— I have you covered with a mocktail version!

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Note: Ginger Beer is non alcoholic

Pumpkin Moscow Mule (Cocktail)

Ingredients:
 Ice
4 oz. (8 Tbsp) Ginger Beer
1.5 oz. (or 3 Tbsp) Pumpkin Flavor Liquor (Vodka or Rum)
.5 oz. (or 1 Tbsp) Lime Juice

Pumpkin Moscow Mule (Mocktail)

Ingredients:
 Ice
4 oz. (8 Tbsp) Ginger Beer
1 oz. (or 2 Tbsp) Homemade Pumpkin Syrup* – for sweeter taste add additional Tbsp
.5 oz. (or 1 Tbsp) Lime Juice

Fill cup with ice, combine all ingredients, and stir.  Garnish with lime slices and Enjoy!

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Tip: For a quick and easy way to differentiate the Mocktails from the Cocktails – Just add a straw to the Mocktail

*You can buy Pumpkin Syrup in stores however, you can make your own in less than 10 minutes and with only 4 ingredients!  The syrup is absolutely delicious and can be used in cocktails, mocktails, coffee, on pancakes & waffles, french toast, mixed in oatmeal, or anything your heart desires.*

 Homemade Pumpkin Syrup

Ingredients:
¾ c. Water
¾ c. Brown sugar
¼ c. Pumpkin puree
2 tsp. Pumpkin spice

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Add all ingredients into a stainless-steel pot and whisk together until fully combined. Put on stovetop and bring to a boil – stir constantly.  Turn heat to low and let simmer for 2 to 3 minutes while continuing to stir.  Pour the pumpkin spice syrup though a fine mesh strainer into a bowl to separate any solids from the liquid.  Transfer into glass bottle with lid and store in refrigerator. Enjoy!

 

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As Always, Live Creatively – Xoxo Joyce