Introducing Poor & Pretty Apothecary: 100% Natural Bath & Body

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Say hello to my new lineup! Poor & Pretty Apothecary is a line of vegan, 100% natural sugar and salt scrubs, bathing salts, and whipped body butters. At this point, I have added almost everything to my Etsy shop. Here’s what you’ll find:

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Lemon Sugar Scrub (available in 4 oz and 8 oz jars) and Lemon Bathing Salts (12 oz). Aside from Vanilla (which actually has no pure essential oil), lemon is my favorite essential oil. It combines so well with the fair trade certified & organic cane sugar, coconut oil, and jojoba oil in my sugar scrubs and Dead Sea and Epsom Salts in my bathing salts. Lemon is a mood-booster, detoxifier, and energizer. Perfect for blasting away the impending winter gloom.

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Of course, I already gave you a sneak peek at my exfoliating Lavender Sugar Scrubs — also in 8 oz and 4 oz.

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I couldn’t resist making Lavender Bathing Salts, too. Organic lavender essential oil teams up with lavender and chamomile floral powders to relax your body and mind while Dead Sea and Epsom Salts soothe sore, achy muscles and re-mineralizing your skin.

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Rose essential oil and pink Himalayan Salts were a natural pair in my Rose Salt Scrub and Rose Himalayan Bathing Salts.

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Himalayan Salt is the most sought-after bathing salt because it restores the natural chemical balance of the skin, helps heal psoriasis and eczema, eases muscular aches and pains, and reduces stiffness.

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It’s also ideal for exfoliating scrubs because it improves circulation, and re-mineralizes and detoxifies skin. Add to that the cell regeneration, mood-elevating, and aphrodisiac qualities of rose essential oil, and you’ve got a beautiful thing. So skip the beauty nap and take a beauty bath!

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Now, I’ve never been a big fan of mint. I’ll occasionally have it in tea and it’ll sneak its way into chocolate or something, but I usually try to avoid it. There are a lot of mint lovers out there (including Stan), so I made Mint + Rosemary Bathing Salts, and I’m really glad I did! Mint and rosemary essential oils are fantastic at clearing up sinuses and stimulating the mind, and both have antiseptic and astringent properties. Ever wonder why mint is always in foot creams? That’s because it cools and deodorizes. So if you’re looking to take a soothing bath after a rough workout, this will be your new best friend.

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I saved the best for last: my 100% organic Whipped Body Butter. When I whipped this together the very first time a few months ago, I thought I had somehow gained magical powers. This stuff is phenomenal. Made with certified organic cocoa and shea butters, and coconut and jojoba oils, this soft and creamy body butter is ultra-moisturizing.

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You only need a little bit, so this baby will last you a while, although it smells like chocolate so it is pretty addicting. (I actually had to pause typing so I could use some.) And it absorbs pretty quickly and doesn’t make your skin greasy. This is great for anyone because it’s so amazing, but especially for those with sensitive or dry skin. It comes in a 4 oz or 8 oz jar, but I sold out of my 4 oz jars at the Hartford HodgePodge, so I only have 8 oz listed on Etsy. Hopefully I’ll have time to whip some more up this weekend!

… And hopefully you’ll grab some of my new products and have yourself a spa night (or month). ;)


Recipe: Pink Sugar Cupcakes

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Suzi and I had so much fun making these, and just in time for Valentine’s Day, too! ♥ It’s a pretty simple vanilla cake with buttercream frosting, with a few unique twists. We had a few topping ideas — candy hearts, handmade flags (we used washi tape and heart confetti), pink cotton candy (we couldn’t find any!!) … but our absolute favorite is the candy apple “sculptures” Suzi made.

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These are of course inspired by my Pink Sugar Cupcake Soap — get it for 25% off until the end of February!*

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DIY Beauty: Vanilla coconut sugar scrub


DIY Vanilla Coconut Sugar Scrub via Poor and Pretty

This is a luxurious twist on my classic sugar scrub recipe, using coconut oil instead of safflower oil, and adding a dash of vanilla essential oil for a decadent fragrance!


  • 1⅓ cup all-natural cane sugar
  • ½ cup coconut oil, melted
  • a few drops of vanilla essential oil

DIY Vanilla Coconut Sugar Scrub via Poor and Pretty - grind sugar

I always like to grind up my cane sugar in a mortar and pestle first, so it’s not as rough on your skin. You want it to be a little rough so that it gets rid of dry skin, but you don’t want it to scratch you! This step isn’t strictly necessary.

DIY Vanilla Coconut Sugar Scrub via Poor and Pretty - add coconut oil

Add your sugar to a bowl, then add the coconut oil and vanilla essential oil. Note: Coconut oil is funky in that it is solid at room temperature, but melts at about 76º F. Unless you live in a tropical region, you will probably need to melt down your coconut oil first {I just put it in the microwave for 30 second intervals until it melts}.

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Mix all of your ingredients together! Do it fairly quickly, before the coconut oil solidifies again.

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Put it into a jar and use it within 6 months! :) Because cane sugar is pretty rough, I wouldn’t recommend using this on your face.


Manic Friday + Making Sugar Scrub on Better Connecticut!

Boy oh boy was yesterday a fun day for me! I started the day off by teaching Scot Haney and Melissa Cole how to make sugar scrub on Better Connecticut:


Can’t see the video? Watch it here.

Then, I headed down to Make & Mingle in Westport, where I dropped off some of my Cupcake Soaps, Coco Body Balms, and Jars of Frosting. It’s such a wonderful little boutique + creative space, where fabulous owner Alexcia Patterson hosts all sorts of awesome DIY classes.

I stopped at home briefly to change into ripped jeans and an old hoodie, fully expecting to get paint all over myself at The Golden Button’s Drop-In Ornament painting. Gladly, I escaped with only a brush stroke on my left hand, and these three supercute ornaments!

The ever-crafty Krissy & Dennis of Kleiner Eisbär {and their adorable niece!} also popped in to decorate a few ornaments. They’re teaching a crash course on book binding today at sugarplum USA in Southington, at 3pm and 5pm.


Freebie: DIY Sugar Scrub Labels

Big news! I’ll be on Better Connecticut again tomorrow, with an easy tutorial on how to make sugar scrub. So, to celebrate, I made a few labels for you to download and use with your own sugar scrubs, plus a few for non-sugar-scrub year-round gifting:

I made them to fit on standard sized address labels {1″ by 2-5/8,” like these from Avery®}, which are easy to find in your local office supply store. They won’t be waterproof though, so I recommend carefully applying clear packing tape over the label or you can pay extra for waterproof labels. Cut along the black line of the first one to give it more of a ribbon look:

Download the labels here {it’s a large file, so it may take a while to download}. And if you’re in CT, don’t forget to tune in to Better Connecticut tomorrow at 3pm on channel 3!