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homemade sugar scrub

homemade sugar scrub. what a great idea!

nice to have a body/beauty product that is chemical free and that you know exactly what is in it. Plus making it yourself is significantly cheaper than buying a fancy chemical laden one at the store.

saw on the nest Green Living Board the following two recipes, I used the second one but changed some things up. it came out great! I just eyeballed the ingredients.

Lemon Sugar Scrub

2 1/2 cups of sugar

1 cup of extra virgin olive oil

4 tablespoons of lemon juice

peppermint vanilla salt scrub

  • Sea salt
  • Grapeseed oil
  • Vegetable glycerin, optional (usually about an ounce or so; it’s less expensive than oils and helps stretch your oil supply)
  • Vitamin E (about 1/2 tsp)(works as a preservative)
  • Organic vanilla extract (about 1.5 tsp)
  • Peppermint essential oil, organic if you prefer (20-30 drops)

Instead of grapeseed oil you can use unscented almond oil, sesame oil, or jojoba oil.  You can use olive oil, but the scent is difficult to mask.  You can either get a small bottle of vitamin E or just cut open and drain 2-3 vitamin E capsules.

for the sugar scrub I made, which I am calling Vanilla Cookie Sugar Scrub, I followed the peppermint vanilla salt scrub recipe above, but I used sugar instead of salt, grapeseed oil (super cheap at trader joes), vitamin e oil (also super cheap at TJ’s) and some regular old vanilla extract. Skipped the peppermint. I had everything but the vitamin e oil already hanging around my cabinets. I used about 2 1/2 cups sugar and maybe 1 1/2 cups grapeseed oil. I didn’t really measure anything. Just stirred it up until it looked right. Put it in half pint ball jars. It filled four. I wanted to get some decorative labels or something for it, but didn’t have time. Next time!

I found these links helpful and hope to try out the ideas/recipes:

http://www.marthastewart.com/article/natural-beauties-body-scrub?comments_page=4#conversation-container

http://www.marthastewart.com/article/natural-beauties – lots of ideas, not just body scrub.

http://spas.about.com/od/homesp1/a/bodyscrub.htm

http://beauty.about.com/od/skinflaws/ht/saltscrub.htm

http://fromnaturewithlove.com/recipe/default.asp

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