As promised, here is my absolute favorite recipe for a homemade sugar body scrub. It is an addiction of mine that I’m thankful is fairly inexpensive to make at home because I certainly can’t afford to buy this in a specialty shop any more like I did a lifetime ago before the kidlets.
In that previous life, I even had a part time job at a well known bath and body store located at many, many malls and outlets across the country. I loved it. I actually only really worked there so that I could take advantage of the great discounts on my favorite products and so I could sample and smell all that lovely goodness while I was working. Needless to say, without the discount, and three high-maintenance kidlets around the house and those days are long gone.
For this sugar scrub I usually like to use a unrefined, raw sugar – fine or coarse grain is fine, it’s really up to you and your preference. In this case I used some unrefined organic cane sugar from Wholesome Sweeteners that I was able to buy at Costco. If I remember correctly, it was about $9 for a 10 lb bag. Anyway, I keep it on hand for baking anyway, and the recipe doesn’t take a lot, so it’s something easy to have on hand. You could use regular white sugar if you wanted, but I think the raw sugars (especially the ones that are just a little coarse) do a better job of exfoliating.
Since two of my absolute most favorite smells on the planet are citrus and vanilla, and they both make me happy when I smell them – especially together – it is always a natural combination for this scrub in my book. Add in a little honey for extra softness, a little bit of almond oil for extra moisturizing and some vegetable glycerin to keep it all nice and plush for scrubbing without clumping and drying out and you’ve got a nice scrub for yourself or as a great gift. Think just how nice it would be (especially for a new mom or one of your preggers friends) to get a nice jar of homemade scrub, possibly even with the recipe attached.
If you try this one out, I’d love to know what you think!
For more spa recipes you might like the following links, plus check back later this week for the homemade bath salts!
Vanilla Citrus Sugar Body Scrub
8 oz (about 2 cups) raw (preferably organic) sugar (cane, turbinado or demerara work best)
3 – 5 tablespoons sweet almond oil (use the higher amount depending on the dryness of your skin)
3 tablespoons vegetable glycerin (you can skip this if you just don’t have it, but your scrub will not be as workable which you can still use with some extra stirring)
6 – 8 drops essential oil (citrus blend like wild orange or grapefruit, or whatever scent you love)
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and stir well to combine thoroughly. Store in a cool, dry place in an airtight container. To use just take a small amount and scrub it into your skin while in the bath or shower, especially great for exfoliating before shaving or for helping get rid of dry skin after a sunburn or during the winter months. If your skin is especially dry, use the scrub while in the shower at the end of your shower just rinsing to leave the oils on your skin.