Friday, 22 July 2011

How to: sugar scrub

Hello all.
I wanted to share with you a super simple, quick, easy way to make a sugar scrub.
I rarely buy exfoliators or body scrubs any more, especially after I started doing this as I find the store bought exfoliators are filled with unnecessary ingredients. This scrub only requires two ingredients and they can easily be changed according to what you have to hand.

What I used
I mixed together about two tablespoons of white sugar with a heaped tablespoon of coconut oil. The oil was solid when I used it, if your oil is in liquid form I would maybe use a bit more oil. As I mixed the sugar and oil the oil softened until it formed a paste. It doesn't really matter how thick it is, as long as you can scoop some out into your hand and rub it onto your skin. I then just stood over my bath rub and rubbed the scrub over my legs in circular motions, be careful not to rub too roughly.

You don't have to use coconut oil, or sugar for that matter. All you need is an exfoliant and a liquid agent. Here are some examples as to what you can use.

❥Sugar, this can be white, brown, cane, demura or whatever you have at home.
❥Salt, such as Epsom salt (commonly used in bath salts)
❥Coffee grounds (you can even use used coffee)
❥Ground almonds, though I think that would be a bit expensive, but might be more luxurious.
❥Oatmeal (it might be a bit messy though)

Personally I would reccommend you used sugar, it's available in most homes, is usually cheap and doesn't make a mess in the bathroom, it will usually dissolve if you rinse the bathtub/shower with hot water.

Liquid agent
❥Coconut oil (I used organic, virgin cold-pressed oil, but to be honest I don't think it matters)
❥Olive oil (virgin is probably better, but I don't think it makes too much difference to be honest)
❥Other oils, peanut or sunflower for example
❥Citrus juice (lemon, lime or orange for example) is supposed to contain astringent qualities.
❥Milk products (milk, yoghurt, sour cream). The lactic acid is meant to help remove dead skin cells.
I think you could even use butter if you didn't have anything else, but I don't think I would want to!

I personally chose to use coconut oil because I like the smell. Simple enough reason. :)

I found the scrub to exfoliate nicely and the oil left my skin feeling very soft. The quantity I made would be enough to do the legs and thighs, maybe with a bit left over to use as a lip scrub. :)

I wouldn't recommend storing this, I'm sure it would keep in the fridge for a bit, but it's always nicer to use it fresh, isn't it?

If you want a really luxurious scrub you might want to try mixing together ground almonds and a bit of milk, it feels like something Cleopatra would have used ;) I haven't tried it though, as there are rarely ground almonds in my house.

I hope this post inspired you to try making a body scrub, I'm sure you've either done of heard of it before, but it really is fun and really easy to do. 

Please do let me know if you decide to try it after reading my post. :)

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

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