if you didn't know from earlier posts, this christmas was my second DIY christmas. since i have so many family members, what i end up doing is making a lot of the same things for several people. like this sugar scrub for the ladies!
this stuff is a great exfoliator, smells and feels and looks so good, and contains ingredients that are amazingly healthy for your skin. it is totally non-toxic; you could even EAT it! though i would recommend not eating it, since it is mainly just sugar. just take a taste after you make it; i did! (super yummy! hehe.)
this is so easy to make, and is such a great gift. and look how pretty!
i love 'em. the blue is an almond scent, then we have grapefruit and lemon. up there in the top right photo, the cream color is also almond.
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tbsp sea salt, finely ground
3 tbsp refined coconut oil, melted (refined = no coconut aroma)
1/4 cup refined safflower oil (or other mild flavored oil, NOT olive oil)
20-35 drops of essential oil of choice OR a few drops of extract of choice
a few drops of non-toxic food coloring
mix dry ingredients, then add coconut and safflower oil. add in essential oil (or extract), and mix well. scrub should be wet and thick. add more safflower oil by the teaspoon if needed. add food coloring, mix well.
makes a little over 2 cups.
- do NOT used unrefined coconut oil. the aroma is too strong and will not go well with the scent you choose, unless you choose coconut, of course!
- do NOT use olive oil. the flavor and aroma is too strong and will not go well with the scent you choose.
- try not to use vegetable oil or canola oil. this is a healthy scrub, meant to add good oils to your skin. if you cannot find safflower oil, try grapeseed oil or flaxseed oil.
- you might need even more essential oil than recipe calls for. i used about 35 drops (big drops), but i wanted the scrub's aroma to be very strong.
what scents could you add?
try these essential oils: almond, juniper, cinnamon, ginger, guava, peppermint, spearmint, wintergreen, lavendar, rose, orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit, or tangerine.
or try these extracts: vanilla, pineapple, strawberry, coconut, banana, cherry, lemon, lime, orange, almond, mint, or root beer (hehe)!