Sunday, January 4, 2015

Easy DIY Sugar Scrub + Printable tags

The past winter months have left my skin feeling super dry, so I thought a scrub would be perfect. I love scrubs and here's an easy DIY that only requires a few ingredients. Remember my coffee shower scrub? Scrubs are good for exfoliating rough dry skin. They moisturize and leave your skin super soft. It only requires a couple of ingredients and you can experiment with different ingredient combinations to customize your perfect scrub.

Here's the magic combination:
1/4 cup Carrier Oil (Coconut, avocado, sunflower, grape seed, or olive oil)
1 cup Sugar (white granulated or brown sugar)
10-15 drops of essential oil (any scent of oil that you prefer, I got mine from Whole Foods but you can also get it here)
Optional food coloring

Here's two combinations that I show below:
Pink Lemonade Scrub: Coconut oil + white sugar + Lemon essential oil + vitamin E
Peppermint Scrub: Coconut oil + white sugar + Peppermint essential oil + vitamin E

1.) Measure 1/4 cup of coconut oil and heat to melt - either in the microwave or on the stove. Coconut oil is solid at room temp, so once heated it will be a clear liquid.
2.) Add 1 cup of sugar to the oil and stir to make a paste - add more sugar or oil to get to a consistency that you're happy with. You're looking for something that resembles wet sand.
3.) Add 10-15 drops of the essential oil of your choice, you can add more or less depending on how you like the smell. You can also add a drop of food coloring at this time. I added 1 drop of red to get the pink for the pink lemonade. For the mint, I added 1 drop of green and 1 drop of blue.
4.) Once everything is combined, you can spoon the mixture into an airtight container like a mason jar. This recipe will fit perfectly into a 8 oz container.
To use: Scoop a spoonful into your hands and rub all over your hands or even feet to help smooth rough skin. Rinse with cold water and pat dry. You can use some mild soap if you don't like the feeling of the excess oil on your skin.

I created these hand written tags with my calligraphy pens and ink. I printed them on to kraft card stock paper and attached to the jars to give out as gifts to friends.
Download printable tag

Happy Scrubbing!

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