Sugar Scrub

5 May

Now that the weather is warmer and the sun is shining, it’s time to get those skirts and tanks out and show a little more skin! Everyone wants that soft, smooth glowing skin during the summer, and exfoliating scrubs are the way to go. Still, these scrubs can be expensive and full of artificial scents and colors. So what’s a gal to do? Try making your own!

This recipe makes very little mess, and you can customize it any way you want. Personally, I’m thinking of making a lot for stocking stuffers come Christmas time.

You’ll need a medium sized jar or other container, a few measuring cups, and a fork for mixing.

1 cup sugar (white or brown, both work fine)
1/2 cup oil – I used olive, but you can use canola or even baby oil if you’d like
squeeze of lemon juice
essential oils for scents (add until the scent is as strong as you like)

Dump the first 3 ingredients in your container and mix with the fork. Add scents (I don’t generally have essential oils on hand, so I just added about 2 tsp vanilla extract to my scrub, and it smells fantastic), use food coloring to make it prettier if desired, and then go take a shower and scrub yourself down! As the concoction sits the sugar will settle to the bottom of the container, so be sure to mix it back up whenever you use it.

Just a few notes:
1) if you use olive oil, your scrub will be a yellow-greenish color. This is kinda strange, but hey, its natural!
2) This is a fairly harsh scrub, so use it sparingly! You don’t want to exfoliate more than 2 times a week, as you can risk skin irritations and breakouts. Who wants that in the summer, right?
3) If you use cooking oils like olive or canola, your scrub will smell a little food-ish. Don’t worry, you will not yourself wind up smelling like food.
4) If you give this a try, please post your own recipe in the comments! I’d love to know what scents/oils you liked and how they turned out!



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