Thursday, June 20, 2013

DIY all natural sugar scrub recipes! Great for gifts!

If you love sugar scrubs but don't want to pay the crazy price for one, don't fret! Today I'm going to tell you how to make a few different sugar scrubs (one for your feet and even a coffee scrub that has some great health benefits) that will get you much more for your buck, and it's all natural, too. Not to mention, they can be made in minutes with things you probably already have in your home and make great gifts!

For the Coconut Sugar Scrub in the photo above, you will need:
- a jar with a wide mouth and a lid that can be put in the shower
- 1/2 cup sugar (more if your jar is larger - though I recommend smaller jars)
- 1/2 cup coconut oil

Optional variation:
- 1/4 cup fine sugar
- 1/4 cup raw, coarse sugar
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 2 Tablespoons vitamin E oil

Mix those things together and you'll get a substance that's not too dry and crumbly, but not something you could pour either. Like this:

Put your sugar and oil mix into your jar, and there you have the simplest, cheapest diy scrub in under five minutes that will beat out a good majority of those expensive, who knows what's in it, scrubs. If you're making the scrub as a gift, cut a piece of fun printed fabric out  in the shape of a square and secure it around your lid with a tie and a label.

Personally, the next time I make this, I'll use raw sugar that's coarse as well as regular sugar. A half and half mix of the two. I believe it will make a better exfoliator, though I haven't tried it yet so I can't say for sure. Also, keep in mind that the consistency of a scrub can be changed to please your preference simply by adding more sugar to make it dryer, or more oils to make it runnier.

Also note that you can use coconut oil, vitamin E oil, safflower oil, almond oil, jojoba oil, olive oil and grapeseed oils over any oil in a recipe. They're all wonderful oils that will do the job!

Here are some more recipes that I'd like to try soon!

Brown Sugar Coffee Scrub (recipe fit for smaller jar)
- 1/4 cup raw sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup ground coffee
- 1/4 cup vitamin E oil OR other oil
- 1 tsp. cinnamon (optional)
- 1 tsp. nutmeg (optional)

Mix your ingredients together and viola! You have a Brown Sugar (and maybe cinnamon) Coffee scrub! I'm making this recipe as soon as I purchase some more sugar. We ran out of raw sugar and I've yet to need any again. I'm excited because I know that this will not only smell wonderful and leave my skin feeling amazing, it has some health benefits, too. Like:

...anti-inflammatory properties, as well as helping to speed the healing of skin wounds.
...being a natural antioxidant which helps to reduce age spots and wrinkles.
...preventing varicose veins and cellulite.

*My mom made a coffee scrub recently and told me that the trick to the scrub is NOT using finely ground coffee because it's hard to wash off. When you grind your coffee at the store, use a setting that won't grind it so finely! Thanks for the great advice, Mom!*

Peppermint Sugar Scrub (great for your feeties!)
- 1/2 cup raw sugar
- 1/4 cup regular white sugar
- 1/2 cup vitamin E oil OR other oil
- 4 or 5 drops of peppermint extract

Mix all of the ingredients together and remember that if you want your mixture to be drier, add more sugar. If you want your scrub to be smoother and runnier, add more oil. If it needs more smell-good, add more extract. Basically, you can replace the peppermint in this recipe with any extract of your choosing to create just about any scrub. They're a lot of fun to play around with especially when you have all of the ingredients sitting around anyway!


In the comments: What are some of your favorite scrub recipes? What are some of your must-have shower accessories/products?

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