When my sister was a rep for a beauty company (that shall remain nameless), I used to let her sell me an obscene amount of products. Now that I don’t have anyone to pass that commission to… I’ve been looking at other avenues including supermarket products, and in a few cases, DIY solutions. So I made up my own exfoliator – a sugar scrub – and I LOVE it!
A while back, Tip Junkie had a round up of several great sugar scrub recipes, and so after checking out a bunch of those… and then a bunch more… I found that a lot of people altered their recipes ever-so-slightly, so as to remain original. That makes sense – it’s nice to put your own spin on it, of course. I didn’t make them all. In fact, I didn’t make any of them. I looked at the base recipe, and discovered that all sugar scrubs are basically:
Yep. That’s it. And that is easy. I have that in my kitchen all the time!
I made it up with coconut oil, and I absolutely LOVED it for exfoliating my feet. You could also use olive oil, though that would make it much more yellow. If you’re going to use coconut oil like I did, you will want to melt it first. At 77 degrees, coconut oil is liquid. But below that, it solidifies.
Looks pretty gross, right? LOL. 30-45 second in the microwave on low power should do the trick, or heat it in a saucepan for a few minutes. You don’t want it boiling or anything – just warm enough to melt.
Since I was replacing my previous foot scrub (which was a peppermint scent) I added some peppermint essential oils to my next batch – about a dozen drops per each cup of sugar I used. You can find essential oils at craft stores where they sell their soap supplies. I picked some up when I started making homemade bath salts - and a little goes a long way. But investing in a $7 bottle (less, if you bring a coupon) was STILL less than I was spending on one tube of foot scrub before, though!
If you don’t want to spend the money on essential oils, some other ideas to try are: a bit of vanilla extract, orange or lemon zest, cinnamon, finely ground coffee – whatever you like the scent of! Especially if you want to use the scrub on your face or body – peppermint opens your pores (that’s why it feels cold when you use it) and that can be a bit harsh on more delicate facial skin.
Homemade sugar scrubs and bath salts make for great, inexpensive gifts, too – especially as a set. I found these great jars that fit a little over a cup at Hobby Lobby. I love the stainless steel lids.
But they needed something more – you could add a label you print off from your printer, or tie on a cute tag – the packaging gives it a great touch, and it should be your own spin on it! I went for the simple loo, and used my Silhouette machine to cut vinyl labels.
(If you’d like to get the bath salt recipe – visit my post here. It’s just as easy and economical.)
Now – after all this discussion about pampering products, I think it’s high time I wrap this post up and draw myself a nice hot bath.