How to Make a Sugar Body Scrub that is perfect for Spring!

Spring is here so it is time to get out of hibernation mode, slough off our "winter coat" (literally) with this Springtime Sugar Body Scrub, and get ready for the outdoors again.

I like to use sugar body scrubs as part of my morning routine.  Most mornings I like to wake up and shower even if I am just going to workout because it helps me to feel more energized.  The sugar body scrub adds to my “wake up feeling”.  Its gentle abrasion removes old dead skin cells and exposes fresh new skin making me feel brand new and ready to start my day.  The great thing about a sugar scrub is that it is gentle enough to use several times a week!

Sugar body scrub benefits

Sugar is great for physical exfoliation of the skin.

Physical exfoliation is a process which uses abrasive material (anything from a loofah to different size granules, such as sugar, salt, or nut shells) to physically scrub on your skin manually removing old dead skin cells. Removing dead skin cells ensures open pores, reduced appearance of wrinkles, and brightens your complexion by removing the dead cells that keep your skin looking dull.

Sugar is a natural humectant

A humectant is something that it helps the skin to maintain moisture by retaining water molecules.  Most lotions have some type of humectant but not all are natural.  Some synthetic humectants can actually cause dryness in the under layers of skin making your skin appear duller after continued usage.

Sugar is a natural source of glycolic acid

Sugar is a natural source of glycolic acid, or an AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid), which helps break apart old dead skin cells.  It makes your skin appear brighter and healthier by removing the helping to remove the old dead skin cells that are leaving your skin so dull.

Using Essential Oils

Essential Oil Benefits

Lavender

  • Lavender is the go-to essential oil for de-stressing and relaxation.  It has been shown to have great benefits when it comes to relieving anxiety.
  • Lavender has antibacterial properties which can help with the treatment of acne.  Lavender will get in to your pores kill the bacteria present, as well as, prevent bacteria from growing.  This can help minimize future acne outbreaks and treat current acne.
  • The anti-inflammatory properties of lavender make it a great addition to your skin care routine.  It can reduce redness, puffiness, reduce acne scarring, and soothe the damage from sunburn.
  • Rosemary

  • Rosemary has both antimicrobial and antiseptic properties which are both great for treating acne, eczema, and dermatitis. 
  • Rosemary has also been shown to improve elasticity and hydration of your skin.  Combining rosemary with coconut oil may help reduce stretch marks!
  • Due to its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, Rosemary can be used topically to help alleviate joint and muscle pain.
  • Although not skin care related, rosemary has been used for centuries to help with memory and mental clarity.  With 2 of my 3 children still in diapers I can use all the help I can get when it comes to keeping my thoughts focused and clear!
  • Lemon

  • Lemon has antimicrobial properties which help reduce, treat, and prevent acne.
  • Lemon is also known for its anti-aging properties due to the anti-oxidant power of Vitamin C and citric acid (which lemon is full of).  Anti-oxidants fight the effects of free radicals, which have been shown to speed up the aging process, on you skin. 
    • Lemon may cause photosensitivity (sensitivity to the sun).  Avoid using lemon if you will be in direct sunlight all day (i.e. going to the beach for the day)

    DIY Sugar Body Scrub Recipe

    Ingredients

    Instructions

    1. Melt coconut oil to just barely liquid (allow to cool some if too hot or it melts some of the sugar losing some of its abrasive property)
    2. Combine Coconut oil and sugar
    3. Mix thoroughly
    4. Allow to cool completely (heat destroys the therapeutic properties of essential oils)
    5. Add Essential Oils
    6. Add a color (optional)
    7. Mix thoroughly
    8. Store in the container of your choice
    9. Add a label (optional)

    Sugar Body Scrub Uses

    Body scrub

    I use a body scrub 3-4 times a week when I shower.  You can use the scrub before you wash or after, it is all personal preference.  If you use it before you wash you will wash away most of the coconut oil so you will not have as much of the moisturizing benefits, but you have still removed old skin cells leaving your skin brighter and more capable of absorbing your after-shower moisturizer.

     If you use the sugar body scrub after you wash, there is no need to moisturize post shower.  Your skin will absorb the coconut oil from the scrub leaving your skin so soft a happy.

    Hand scrub

    Leaving a jar by the sink is great for washing stubborn smells and yuck, from cooking, kids, or whatever other grubby things we do, off your hands.  Because our hands are pretty tough you can use a scrub more often on them.

    Gifts

    Sugar body scrubs make amazing gifts.  They are fast, easy, and inexpensive to make, making them the perfect gift to give.  Put your scrub in a nice jar, add a label, and you have a personal hand-made gift.  You can download some printable labels here:

    Quick Tips

    1. Store your sugar body scrub in an airtight container to avoid it drying out.  Your jar does not have to be super fancy, but because you can reuse it you may want to find a decorative jar for aesthetics only.  Because I have small children I stick to plastic.
    2. Avoid getting a lot of water in your scrub as this will allow bacteria to grow.  Although, if you use your scrub as fast as I do, this will not be an issue. 
    3. Your scrub should stay good for a couple weeks on the counter or over a month in the refrigerator (if I am being honest, I still use some that I have leftover from Christmas gifts and have no issues, but err on the side of caution)
    4. You can use refined or unrefined coconut oil.  They work the same, but I prefer refined, or unscented, because it minimizes the amount of essential oils I need to use to get the scent I want.  Unrefined coconut oil has a very strong coconut odor.

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    If you like the sugar body scrub, try it with my energizing body wash to start your day in an uplifting way.  Get away from the unknown chemicals and additives that store bought products contain and get back to more natural ingredients.  Take back control of what you put in AND on your body!

               

    Learn how to make this easy Citrus Salt Scrub you can create in minutes. The citrus aroma is a great way to start your day!

    How to make an exfoliating citrus salt scrub in minutes!

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    Learn how to make this easy Citrus Salt Scrub you can create in minutes. The citrus aroma is a great way to start your day!

    No time for the Spa?  Bring the pampering to your home!  This citrus salt scrub recipe can be made in just a few minutes and only requires a few ingredients.  It is the perfect pick me up for your morning.  The citrus aromas will have you ready to wake up and start the day!

    Ingredients & Instructions:

    Ingredients for Citrus Salt Scrub

    Ingredients:

    • 1 to 1 ½ cup Epsom salts
    • ½ cup coconut oil
    • Orange, lemon, and grapefruit essential oils.
    • Air tight container for storage

    Instructions:

    In a bowl:

    1. Combine Epsom salts and coconut oil
    2. Mix thoroughly
    3. Add 10 drops each of orange, lemon, and grapefruit essential oils
    4. Mix thoroughly
    5. Once thoroughly mixed, put the citrus salt scrub in the container of your choosing.
    Learn how to make this easy Citrus Salt Scrub you can create in minutes.  The citrus aroma is a great way to start your day!

    Quick Tips

    Tip 1:  Using more Epsom salts will give it more exfoliating power, but any more than 1 ½ cups and it becomes too dry and abrasive.

    Tip 2:  The coconut oil can cause your shower to be slippery.  Make sure you rinse with hot water to dissolve the coconut oil from the shower floor. 

    Citrus Salt Scrub Uses

    I use the citrus salt scrub in the mornings when I shower because the citrus aroma helps wake me up.  Another benefit is the coconut oil moisturizes my skin enough that I do not need to use lotion. 

    Keeping a small jar of citrus salt scrub next to the kitchen sink is a great way to scrub off some of the stubborn odors you can get on your hands while cooking.  Again, the coconut oil will moisturize your hands too, keeping them from drying and cracking.

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    Easy Eucalyptus Peppermint Bath Soak, Perfect for Cold & Flu Season!!

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    With Cold & Flu season upon us, many of us are desperate for any type of relief.  I love soaking in a hot bath loaded up with this easy to make peppermint bath soak.  It helps clear my sinuses and relives the body aches and pains that come with the flu.

    Enjoy a relaxing bath soak with your own eucalyptus peppermint bath soak. This DIY recipe only takes minutes to make.

    Ingredients & Instructions:

    Eucalyptus peppermnt bath soak ingredients

    Ingredients:

    1 cup Epsom salts

    ½ cup baking soda

    Peppermint essential and eucalyptus essential oils

    Green Food coloring (optional)

    Resealable bag (minimum half gallon)

    Instructions:

    In resealable bag:

    1. Combine Epsom salts and baking soda

    2. Mix

    3. Add 10 drops of peppermint oil and 10 drops of eucalyptus oil

    4. Add a few drops of food coloring (optional)

    5. Mix thoroughly

    6. Once thoroughly mixed you can put it in the container of you choosing

    Tip 1:  Use as much or as little oils as you like.  I My preference is a strong aroma, so I use 10 drops of each, but I would not go any stronger or it will be overwhelming.

    Tip 2:  The soak will dry over time and be very difficult to get out of your container.  If not using soon I would store it in a resealable bag for easy remix. 

    ucalyptus Bath Soak Pinterest

    Uses

    The eucalyptus peppermint bath soak can be added to your bath to relieve sinus congestion, aches and pains, or simply to relax and release some of the day to day stress.  The more you add to the tub the stronger the aroma and the better the results. 

    I always have a jar waiting by my bath tub because I never know when I am going to need it and I usually do not want to make it when I “need” it.

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    Peppermint Sugar Scrub Recipe

    The Best DIY Peppermint Sugar Scrub Recipe, Just in Time for the Holidays!

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    Peppermint Sugar Scrub Recipe

    Holiday season is upon us!  The time for family, lights, sharing, caring, and gifts…. ugh gifts!  Every year it seems our list of people we want to give a gift to gets longer and longer. Although it is wonderful to give, it is expensive!  It doesn’t have to be though. 

    I am putting together a gift basket of homemade gifts for teachers, therapists, and all my girl friends.  I still get to give them something nice, but at a fraction of the price it would cost me to purchase these products.  One of these gifts is a Peppermint Sugar Scrub and I am sharing my recipe, instructions, and uses for it.  

    WA_Pinterest_Template_-_Peppermint_Scrub Recipe

    Ingredients & Instructions:

    Ingredients:
    • 1 ½ cup of sugar
    • ½ cup coconut oil
    • Peppermint essential oils or Peppermint extract
    • Red Food coloring (optional)
    Instructions:

    1. Combine sugar and coconut oil

    2. Mix thoroughly

    3. Add 6-12 drops of peppermint oil or 1 tsp extract

    4. Mix thoroughly

    5. Add 3 drops of red food coloring

    6. Chop to mix until it has a candy cane appearance

    Tip 1:  Use as much or as little peppermint as you like.  I prefer a strong peppermint aroma, so I may go a little over the 12 drops.

    Tip 2:  Sugar controls the exfoliating properties.  If you like more exfoliating, then add more sugar.  If you like less, then add more oil.  It is all about personal preference.

    Uses of the Peppermint Scrub

    If you have never used a sugar scrub, then I recommend you make sure to make enough for yourself!  Sugar scrubs are used for exfoliating.  Exfoliating removes stubborn dirt and dry skin and then the coconut oil moisturizes the skin leaving your skin smooth and soft.  You can use the Peppermint Sugar scrub while in the shower to exfoliate your body.

    Scrubs by the sink

    I leave a jar by my sink and use it to remove grease, grime, and stubborn smells that just won’t go away no matter how many times I wash my hands (I still have two in diapers).

    Total cost

    Sugar: $.50

    Coconut oil: $1.00

    Peppermint oil: $.75

    Jars: $.50 (10/$5 at Michaels)

    Total Cost:$2.75/ jar

    Putting it All Together

    Once you have finished the scrubs take it one step further by adding a decorative bow to the jar. Learn how to make the holiday loop bow.