Wednesday, January 10, 2018

DIY Vanilla-Mocha Sugar Scrub

I'm a sucker when it comes to luxurious bath products in gorgeous packaging. But the prices can be outrageous. Take sugar or salt body scrubs, for example. They can cost as much as $40 or $50! Why not make your own for a fraction of the cost? It's super easy to do.

I was rummaging through some old clippings last weekend as I was hunkered down trying to stay warm, and I came across some instructions on how to make your own body scrubs. I had the items needed to make a vanilla-mocha sugar scrub, so I gave it a shot.

To make your own body scrub, purchase a skin care oil (for massage and moisturizing) such as sweet almond oil or jojoba oil. You can find these oils in the health and beauty section of stores like Whole Foods. Don't use cooking oil -- it's too sticky for this use.

The exfoliant base for your scrub can be sugar -- granulated, organic cane or brown turbinado, for example -- or salt, either coarse or fine. Sugar is gentler for most skin types, while salt is good for smoothing rough, dry skin, but may be too harsh for sensitive skin. Don't use these scrubs on your face, only on your body. And avoid any areas that are sensitive. I, for example, can only use the scrub on my arms, legs and feet.

In addition to the skin care oil and exfoliant base, you'll need ingredients such as essential oils or spices. This scrub calls for ground coffee, cocoa powder and vanilla.

Instructions: Vanilla-Mocha Sugar Scrub

Step one: Put 1 cup of sugar in a clean, sealable container. I used granulated sugar. Pour 1/4 cup sweet almond oil over the sugar and stir using a spoon or wooden stick until well combined.

Step two: Add 1/2 teaspoon of real vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon ground coffee and 1 teaspoon cocoa powder. Stir to blend. If needed, add another tablespoon oil to get the desired consistency, but don't use too much oil. You want the texture to be granular. Use in the shower for a moisturizing, exfoliating experience that smells wonderful. The scrub will last about 3 months in a well sealed container.

Vanilla-mocha is just one idea. Try using different essential oils such as lavender, orange or peppermint; finely ground citrus peel; or spices like cinnamon and ginger. Have fun experimenting. Recipes can be found online -- Aura Cacia is a good source -- or make up your own. Homemade scrubs make great gifts, too. Indulge this winter and treat yourself or someone you love to a homemade body scrub -- and save money in the process. Enjoy!

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