The other night, I noticed the tubes on my dresser, and got a brainstorm. Why not cut them open, and use a spatula to get the cream out? Sounded like a plan. Now, I just needed a small container to put it in.
It just so happens that back in the fall, my hubby and I got these adorable little mini-masons on clearance for cheap at the grocery store. Perfect.
So, here's what I needed: the cream tubes, containers as needed for each fragrance, kitchen shears, and a small spatula. (I used a metal one.)
It's not rocket science, but here's what I did:
I started by cutting the very end of the tube off. The tubes were pretty much suctioned close because I'd squeezed all of the cream to the bottom, so I slipped the spatula into the opening to pry the sides apart. Then, I scraped the walls of the tube. It didn't look like much was in there, but I was amazed at how much cream I ended up with! (Gosh - this sounds like surgery or something!)
When the walls of the tube were pretty clean, I cut down further, so that I had better access to the very bottom of the tube. Since they had been standing up, a good bit of cream had pooled there. Again -- I got more than I'd imagined I would. I had a second tube with even more leftovers, so I ended up with a mini-mason full of Cucumber-Melon cream. My kitchen smells of it as I write this -- yum. Smells like a spa. Okay -- smells like I imagine a spa would smell (never having been at one).
I'm a happy camper! I'll be able to use this up, and it'll be good... to the last fragrant drop.
Oh -- and I couldn't resist one last thing... cutting a circular bit of the plastic tube, and inserting it under the jar lid. It takes this project from plain to pretty, and gives a little indication of what's inside the jar.