Good Friday morning, Moppers! The day we’ve all been waiting for is finally upon us, and in just a few short hours the weekend will be here, and we can kiss another work week goodbye.
Of course with summer being here, some of you might not have even had a full week of work, thanks to vacations, office parties, and the like. Yesterday some of us paid a visit to our local fair, and ended up walking around and around for nearly three hours. By the time it was all said and done we had bellies full of gyros, lemonade to quench our thirst, and a bag full of different sugar scrubs thanks to one of the vendors that was selling them.
Obviously we went right home and took a shower so we could put the new scrub to the test, and it was awesome. There’s just something about homemade products that are far superior to the ones you find in a store that have been manufactured in some industrial plant. This sugar scrub smelled great, was easy to use, and left our skin feeling super hydrated. That’s one of the many benefits that sugar scrubs have over salt scrubs, which can actually strip your skin of its natural oils.
You can see where we’re going with all this, right?
Of course you can!
So allow us to present to you a recipe for making your own sugar scrub…
What You’ll Need:
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 1/4 – 1 cup coconut oil
- 10-20 drops of your favorite essential oil
- Mixing bowl
- Mason jars
Step 1: Combine
Place 1 cup of brown sugar and the coconut oil in a bowl and mix it until it’s creamy. Start with 1/4 cup of oil and work your way up to find the consistency you like. Some people prefer a less oily scrub, so 1/4 cup might be all you need, but it’s totally up to you.
Step 2: Add the Essentials
While continuing to mix, put 10-20 drops of your favorite essential oil into the bowl. You can use any essential oil you want, but a favorite of ours is lavender. Some people like eucalyptus, or peppermint, or something citrusy. It’s completely your choice.
Step 3: The Rest
Put the remaining 1 cup of brown sugar into the bowl, and keep mixing it until you reach the consistency you’re looking for. If you’re looking for something a little less oily, add a little more sugar into the bowl and continue to mix. Ideally you should be able to pinch it between your fingers and mold it a little, but again, different strokes for different folks.
Step 4: Store It
If you have a mason jar big enough, you can deposit all the scrub in there for easy storage, or if you’re looking to give it as a gift you can place it in several small jars, create your own labels, and tie a little ribbon around it to give it that personal touch.
These can be stored unrefrigerated, so don’t worry about keeping them cool. When you’re ready to use, simply hop in the shower with your sugar scrub, stir it around a little with your finger, and go to work scrubbing your skin.
The effects of sugar scrub on your skin can be tremendous over the long haul. Not only is it great for keeping you hydrated, but sugar is a natural source of Glycolic acid, meaning it will work to encourage faster cell turnover, thus generating fresher, younger looking skin.
We use a lot of brown sugar when making sugar scrubs, but only because it’s softer, which makes it easier on your face, and sensitive skin. If you’re not as concerned about that, you can substitute the brown for plain, raw, white sugar, and still get the same fantastic results.
We hope if you do nothing else this weekend, you’ll give this recipe a whirl. Making your own sugar scrub is cheap, easy, and after you use it you’ll find yourself wondering how you ever got through life without it.
Enjoy your time off, Moppers. We’ll be back on Monday with some more awesome tips and tricks for around the house!