Before the wedding, I was never a fan of the smell of lavender. It just happened that the color was perfect for my wedding colors, so I went with it. I bought some lavender bundles and seed and used them all over. From wreaths, to bundled lavender in jars, candle holders, and even in of our wedding favors– Lavender Sugar Scrub. The more I worked with it, the more I started to love the smell, color and look of lavender. I even attempted, and failed, to grow a lavender bush. So of course, I had to drag Katie and Bobby to the Lavender Festival this year.
The Festival was held at the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield and there was food, so many flowers, rows of lavender, booths full of cute signs, clothes, classes, and of course there were lavender lotions, oils, soaps.. basically all things lavender.
I was hoping the lavender would be large and full, so we could take– frolicking in the lavender field, candid, “model” pictures (HA) but they were small and cute little ones. My dreams were shattered and I realized I could never copy the pretty pinterest lavender field photo shoots.
Bobby was such a trooper, following Katie and I around, taking our pictures. He is the best, and he ended up having fun, I think… or he is a good at pretending to have fun at things I force him to go to.
This was the perfect time to share the Sugar Scrub Recipe we used for one of our wedding favors. (Our other favor was these custom DIY dog treats).
This super simple recipe would also be great for bridal shower favors, baby showers, a birthday gift, or even as Holiday gifts (with peppermint in place of lavender).
You will use:
- 1/2 Cup Oil ( I used liquid coconut oil from King Soopers, which made this so much faster because I did not have to melt oil down)
- 2 Cups Sugar
- Pinch of Lavender Seed
- 5-6 drops of Lavender Essential Oils (or to your preference)
- Dye if you want your scrub colored
Mix all together in a bowl, and then jar the scrub
We filled about 90 mini jars- pictured below (from Michaels), which took about 6-7 batches . They would have been really cute with string and a little Thank you Note attached, but when the last week before the wedding comes around and you already have no time, you throw little details to the side and say they are just not that important… so I ended up with these.
Last two photos by Tina Joiner.
Everyone told me how much they loved them following the wedding, and I am so glad none of them went to waste, and people could take home a little memory from our big day!