Last Minute Teacher’s Christmas Present: Cucumber & Mint Sugar Scrub

“A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, touches a heart and shapes the future.” Unknown

Can we take a moment to celebrate the teachers among us: those angels who scoop up our children and keep them thriving – a whole classroom full of them – when they are away from us. It’s a big thing, to drop our children off and away and hope their beating heart is met with love and care and belonging and acceptance. That they grow and learn in a supportive environment. That they are seen. That they are guided properly. And while my children are not yet at school-school, the early childhood educators at Ella’s daycare deserve just as much recognition as formal teachers. They deserve wine, too. Chocolate. A sound-proof room dispensing ice cream by the bowl-full.

We’ve been lucky to have a group of genuinely caring teachers at Ella’s daycare, women who actually love their job and love children, and I’ve developed a lovely relationship with many of them. I do not for the life of me know how they handle the noise which is why we should revere them generously and throw plenty of wine at them come Christmas.

And for a little something extra, add this super easy sugar scrub to gift them with this Christmas, something you can make with your child so they feel part of the gift-giving process, appreciating the many wonderful people in their lives.

DIY Cucumber Mint Sugar Scrub



What You Will Need (Makes 4 spice jars)


  • 2 cucumbers
  • 4 tablespoons fresh mint leaves
  • 5 cups granulated sugar (caster sugar)
  • 8 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • small glass spice jars
  • tags/material for decorating



What To Do:

  1. Place cucumber and mint into blender. Puree.



2. Into a medium bowl add: sugar, puree and olive oil.



3. Stir until combined.


NOTE: if you prefer mixture more firm add additional sugar. EXTRA NOTE: Try not to eat the mixture.


4. Divide mixture between desired storage containers.




5. Decorate with personalised labels.




Store in refrigerator until ready to use.


I’d like to add that we tried our product in the bath last night and it’s so minty fresh the kids had REAL trouble stopping themselves from eating it.

Happy 1st! More Christmassy happiness to come.

5 Responses to “Last Minute Teacher’s Christmas Present: Cucumber & Mint Sugar Scrub”

  1. confessionsofachristianmomma

    Ok first of all this- “A sound-proof room dispensing ice cream by the bowl-full.” was hilarious! Haha! Second of all- I LOVE these! Such a great idea. My one question is, do they keep? Must the be refrigerated after opening due to their natural components? Loved the photos as always. Wish I had that talent!

    • The Red Tent

      Ha, yes. Hats off to all the teachers! Heroes! Yes, depending on the weather, they’d need to be refrigerated. It’s terribly hot here, so it won’t keep for long, but having said that – we’ve left ours out next to the bathtub for 2 days now as we’ve already devoured nearly the whole jar! But if you are only using tiny bits at a time, I’d keep it in the fridge. 🙂


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