As a proud 90s Kid, I can not deny that for most of my life I had a shamefully large collection of highly scented lotions that I proudly bought from Bath & Body Works. These lotions, while surprisingly potent in scent, never actually seemed to make any positive impact on the condition of my skin. Luckily, I began to realize that typically the better the lotion smelled, the less it actually moisturized – and heaven forbid you lather up some Winter Candy Apple body lotion on your dry, crackly skin because the fire of 72 suns will make you rue the day you were born… but then again maybe that was just me
It was only a few years ago that I discovered the magical powers* of sugar scrub. Unfortunately my discovery cost about $23 and came in a pretty package. Do not make my mistake! I’ve been making it at home ever since and I don’t miss the expensive kind at all. If you have somehow managed to make it through life thus far without ever using a sugar scrub, let me just tell you that you’re missing out… and here are a few reasons why:
- Sugar is a natural humectant
Humectant (hyoo-mek-tuh nt) /noun/ A compound that has the ability to actively attract moisture. Commonly a cosmetic ingredients that prevents loss of moisture thereby retaining the skin’s natural moisture.
- Sugar is a natural source of glycolic acid
This means that the sugar can penetrate the skin cell barrier and encourages cell generation.
- Coconut oil is a powerful moisturizer
Coconut oil, unlike typical moisturizers, doesn’t contain a lot of water. Coconut oil helps eliminate dead skin cells and strengthens your skin tissue.
- Coconut oil also prevents wrinkles!
With high levels of Vitamin E, it protects skin cells from damage over time. Vitamin E is known to soothe eczema, sunburn and other skin ailments.
- Sugar scrub makes for a fabulous shave
Take your scrub in the shower with you and lather it on your legs (one at a time) until the sugar is dissolved, then shave as you would if you had lathered with shaving cream. Your legs will be beach-ready in no time!
If you’re not convinced yet, try it! I’ve listed a recipe below that includes jojoba oil, but you can substitute olive oil if that’s what you have on hand OR you can just use coconut oil for the entire recipe. The essential oils are also interchangeable – this recipe calls for a blend of citrus oils, but you could use Lavender for a soothing blend, or even a Eucalyptus for something for a sinus cleanse. Try is out and let me know if you’re convinced!
If you’re already a fan, what scents do you prefer to use? I’m curious to hear your favorites!
Cheerful Citrus Scrub
Prep time: 5 minutes
Makes enough to fill two 8oz jars
1 1/2c White Sugar
3/4c Raw Sugar
1/2c Coconut Oil
2T Jojoba Oil (or Olive Oil)
7 drops Lemon Essential Oil
7 drops Grapefruit Essential Oil
- Combine oils and microwave on 50% power until completely liquid, about a minute or two.
- In a medium bowl, combine sugars.
- Blend the Essential Oils into your liquid oils and then pour them over the sugar mixture.
- Mix very well until completely blended.
- Spoon mixture into container of choice and use luxuriously as needed.
This scrub is not meant for your face – because it’s got course sugar it’s a little too abrasive for your beautiful face. If you would like to make a facial exfoliate, replace the raw sugar with brown sugar.
*I am in no way confirming any actual magical powers. I simply have a problem with hyperbolic language. Please don’t sue me.