Sugar scrubs are one of my favorite remedies to rough/dry winter skin. I always have the best of intentions going into winter that I’m actually going to moisturize everyday. But life gets busy, and it ends up being more like once a month instead of everyday. After a few months of this negligence, the cold weather really takes it’s toll, and my skin starts to have some permanent dry patches. Whenever this happens, exfoliation is always the way to go to start getting back to soft skin.
I love making my own sugar scrubs because they work so much better than store bought, they’re way cheaper, and you can make them in just a couple of minutes! They’re ultra hydrating, and they simultaneously rub away the rough outer layer while deeply moisturizing your whole body. I’m always on board for the 2 for 1 principle, if I can exfoliate and moisturize at the same time, it’s way more likely to actually happen.
To make any type/scent of sugar scrub, you start by adding some room temperature coconut oil to organic turbinado sugar.
Then using the back of a spoon, mash the coconut oil into the sugar until it’s fully mixed in. From there you can add extra ingredients, and your choice of scent.
Tip: You can get green mason jars now which make the perfect container to put this sugar scrub in for a gift!
It would seem that pretty much every spring I come up with a new sugar scrub, and I think a pattern of winter laziness might be emerging. Peppermint is my new favorite kick because it’s so refreshing first thing in the morning. I currently have a shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, and now sugar scrub all in peppermint – maybe it’s overkill, but maybe not!
I love using peppermint products in combination with a cool/cold rinse in the shower. The cool water intensifies the cooling effect of peppermint, and it’s a great way to wake up in the morning.
- 2 cups organic turbinado sugar
- ½ cup room temperature coconut oil
- ½-1 Teaspoon peppermint essential oil
- Thoroughly combine the coconut oil and sugar by mashing the coconut oil into the sugar with the back of a spoon.
- When the coconut oil is completely mixed in, add the peppermint essential oil, starting with the lowest amount called for, and working up if you want it to be extra minty.
- Store in a tightly sealed container and use within 2-3 months.
- I store mine in mason jars and it works really well.
- To use the sugar scrub, scoop out anywhere from 2-4 Tablespoons, and while you're showering lightly rub the sugar scrub over your whole body before rinsing it off. Be careful not to slip because the oil in the scrub can make some showers slippery, and you might even want to rinse the bottom of the shower with soap after you use this scrub.
- Note: Sugar scrubs are never suitable for you face because the skin is too delicate.
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