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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Spa Night: Easy Homemade Sugar Scrub

My easy recipe for a sugar scrub.
1 cup salt or 1 cup granulated sugar
2 Tbs olive oil or liquid coconut oil
2 tsp honey
3-5 drops of essential oil  of your choice (optional for added benefit)

-Mix all ingredients well to evenly distribute the honey and oil.
Think of the lucky dates he will wow with his fabulous spa gifts ;)

Aahhhh.... I love the smell of brown sugar. 

          -Transfer to tightly lidded container of your choice.
That's it! Look at you, you fabulous homemade beauty! Can you believe you used to pay for this??
Hey, with a name like Smucker's it has to be good, right?
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-For a thinner scrub, add more liquid ingredients a bit at a time until it reaches the desired consistency.

Great on rough spots (knees, elbows and feet) and safe for facial exfoliation too!
NOTE: As with any scrub, be very gentle on sensitive areas around the eyes and nose.

-I added the honey to work as a natural preservative and skin softener and it works amazingly well. This scrub will keep for months and travels well if you want to ship a batch as a gift. 

-Salt is great as a scrub, but I prefer sugar because it's not as drying to my skin.

-Olive and coconut oils have been used for centuries as a natural conditioner for both skin and hair. Knowing how to use oils in your beauty treatments can give you a beautiful healthy glow! Click here to read about a way to use these oils instead of chemical laden face washes. That's right, oil to cleanse your face!

This is a basic scrub and you can build on it any way you wish.
As you get more comfortable making it, you can add food coloring to a scrub made with white sugar for a fun presentation. For a little more luxury, add dried herbs and a drop or two of fragrance and essential oils.

Be careful with fragrance and essential oils in a face scrub. A tiny bit is enough! Too much can cause break outs. Fragrance oils are delicious in body scrubs, though and the right scent can enhance the spa experience.

Who says you have to pay a lot for that luxurious body scrub at the store? Make your own for pennies and enjoy creating your very own homemade spa! Hey, you don't even have to drive there!

Have you taken time out for yourself this week? I guarantee, you won't regret it.
Happy pampering, Beauties!

Many of you amazing people already know how to make sugar scrub. What are your favorite ingredients?


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