Sugar Scrubs

Sugar Scrubs

 

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I had fun making some sugar scrubs today for my dry winter hands and feet. With a quick trip to the health food store and an even quicker trip to my pantry, I had lots of interesting ingredients to put in my scrub.

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They are incredibly easy to make and work well to exfoliate the skin. Rubbing sugar on your body to make it soft sounds somewhat Willy Wonka-esque, however I guarantee that you won’t end up looking like an Oompa Loompa if you give it a try.(Unless you started out looking like an Oompa Loompa in the first place…which my hair sometimes does no matter how long I work with it in the morning.)

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Science Lesson #1  The sugar doesn’t dissolve in the oil. Neither will salt.  Simply put there are no chemical bonds and the two substances remain separate.  Given that property, you can create many interesting scrubs with the sugar and/or salt permanently suspended in the oil.

My scrub today was a personal concoction.

 

 

Sugar Scrub a la Julie

1/2 cup sugar

1 tablespoon salt

3 tablespoons olive oil

2 drops red thyme essential oil

2 drops lavender essential oil

1 capsule vitamin E, opened and squeezed out

Mix all ingredients together and place in a small jar.

 

If you aren’t feeling adventurous I am posting 16 recipes for sugar scrubs below.  One of them is sure to become a favorite.  These recipes are from the Hub Pages.

1. Lemon Brown Sugar Scrub

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 tablespoon of virgin coconut oil

Do to the salt in this recipe,do not use it on your face.

2. Oatmeal Brown Sugar Scrub

  • 3/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup ground regular oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3/4-1 cup oil of choice – Jojoba, Grapeseed or Sweet Almond
  • (optional) 1/4 tsp Essential or Fragrance oil of choice. Vanilla works nicely, though this smells great on it’s own.

Exfoliates and moisturizes without leaving a greasy feeling.

3. Lavender Rosewood Brown Sugar Scrub

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup almond oil
  • 1/2 tsp vitamin E
  • 6 drops rosewood essential oil
  • 4 drops lavender essential oil

4. Vitamin E Brown Sugar Scrub

  • 2/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup almond oil
  • 1/2 tsp of vitamin E
  • 15-30 drops of fragrance or essential oil

5. Coffee Brown Sugar Scrub

  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 3 TBS fresh coffee grounds
  • 5 tsp almond oil
  • 5 tsp jojoba oil
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp vitamin E
  • 1 tsp vanilla

6. Vanilla Brown Sugar Scrub

  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 6 drops of vanilla

7. Foaming Brown Sugar Scrub

  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup of almond oil
  • 1/4 cup of liquid Ivory hand soap
  • 1/4 tsp of vanilla

8. Brown Sugar Scrub Soap

  • 4 oz. melted melt and pour soap
  • 8 oz. grapeseed oil or Avocado Oil
  • 3-4 oz. brown sugar
  • 1/2 oz. honey
  • Fragrance oils or essential oils (20 drops)

Directions:

  1. Mix oil, honey and melted melt and pour soap together.
  2. Add brown sugar and fragrance or essential oils. Mix thoroughly.
  3. Divvy up into wide-mouthed jars.
  4. Wait 24 to 48 hours for the mixture to harden into a semi-solid mixture.

9. Heavy Duty Brown Sugar Scrub

  • 3 Tablespoons Raw Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons White Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons Epsom Salt
  • 1 Tablespoons Kosher (sea) Salt
  • 1/3 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1/3 Cup Scented Body Lotion

This scrub is heavy duty for those with really dry, flaky skin. Don’t use it more than once a week and avoid use on the face.

10. Sugar, Salt and Nut Scrub

  • 1/2 cup ground almonds
  • 1/2 cup ground oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1/4 cup almond oil
  • 45-60 drops fragrance or essential oil

Variation: Add 2 tablespoons of honey for an extra-moisturizing scrub.

11. Sugar and Salt Scrub

  • 3/4 cup Honey
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup sea salt
  • 3ml Jojoba oil
  • 3ml fragrance oil (orange & ylang ylang are beautiful combined with the honey)

12. Lemon Sugar Scrub

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 TBS lemon zest (grated)

13. Tea Sugar Scrub

  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup honey
  • 2 TBS green tea
  • 5 drops vanilla (optional)

14. Mocha Spice Sugar Scrub

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground coffee
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Generous pinch nutmeg
  • Generous pinch ginger
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup almond oil (or other light oil, such as grapeseed or jojoba)

15. Peppermint Candy Cane Sugar Scrub

  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 6 candy canes/peppermint candy (approx ¼ cup), finely crushed into a powder
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 6 drops peppermint essential oil

16. Honey Soy Sugar Scrub

  • 1 1/3 Cups Soy Oil
  • 1 1/3 Cups Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey
  • ½ Tablespoon of Lemon Juice

Store any left overs in the refrigerator.

 

 

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