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Monday, November 21, 2011

Homemade Sugar Scrub

So, my little bro decided to take the plunge and he’s getting hitched at the end of December.

And, on a seemingly off topic tangent, my dad’s family does their Christmas gift exchange the day (or two) after Thanksgiving since everyone is already there.  It’s convenient and a tradition I enjoy and look forward to.  I can’t think of a better way to kick off the Christmas season than with family.  However, it means I have a whole month less to figure out Christmas gifts for the names we have that year. 

Ok, and now to merge those two thoughts, my brother is bringing his fiancĂ©e to our Thanksgiving festivities this year.  Not wanting my future sister-in-law to get stuck watching an hour or more of people opening gifts and singing Christmas carols out of tune while she received nothing, I threw a little something together for her: a gift basket.

Since I’ve only met her over a quick weekend trip she made here and talked to her a time or two on Skype, I didn’t know her very well to really personalize the basket.  So, I stuck to the generic girly stuff.  But, I always feel the need to make it a little personal so I stuck in a few homemade items, one of which is a sugar scrub.  This is a super easy and inexpensive.  It’s a great gift idea!  And, if you actually read all of that, you are my new hero for your perseverance.  Let’s make some sugar scrub!

  (Sorry the photo is a little blurry… I was in a hurry and didn’t have a chance to get all the settings set just right.)

Here’s the How:
- 1 pint size jar (or size of your choice)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 Tbs oil (I used coconut oil for a lighter scent and feel)
- 1 tsp finely ground sea salt
- a small squirt of dish soap
- 3 drops of soap dye (you could also use food coloring.  It’ll be in contact with the skin so briefly, it shouldn’t stain.  Disclaimer: I haven’t tried the food coloring, so be warned, I’m not to blame if it doesn’t work.  Test it on your legs or some where you can hide first.)
- 5 drops of essential oil (or use a little extract – vanilla, peppermint, coconut, lemon, raspberry, ect.)

1)  Mix the sugar and oil in a bowl.  Blend well.  Stir in the dish soap.  Add the salt.  The salt acts as a natural preservative, as well as an additional exfoliate.
2)  If you’ve chosen to add scent and color, add those now and mix well.
3)  Pour the scrub into the pint jar and seal.  You may need to stir the scrub up if it sits for very long, but a simple swish of a spoon will get you back in business in 2 seconds flat.

**You should avoid getting water in the jar, as it’ll grow things.  Yuck.  You can also store it in the fridge for longer life span, although it’s not necessary.  If you notice that it smells a little weird… toss it out, as the oil may have gone rancid.  Keeps for 2-3 months.

If you're interested, you can purchase sugar scrub HERE.  It's an all-new and improved recipe.

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  1. I just bought the stuff I need but lost the recipe. So glad you posted this. Would love it if you would share it with Tuesday's Tasty Tidbits.

  2. Who would have guessed I could make my own?!?! I wanted to invite you to link up at TGIF or come on by to try and grab one of the Guest Poster spots I'm offering up. Have a GREAT Thanksgiving!!
    Beth =-)

  3. How sweet of you! Yes, I read the whole thing, sometimes I don't read everyones, but I enjoy your ramblings.

  4. Great project. But can I ask, why the dish soap? Can you use something more natural like pure castile?

  5. I make homemade sugar and salt scrub a lot. I, too, am wondering why the dish soap? Also grapeseed oil and Sweet almond oil both are great to use for this, as well. I used to work at BBW, and they use Sweet Almond Oil in their scrubs. I just made a brown sugar/ginger/cinnamon scrub. I love it!

  6. @ Stevie & CLH: I use the sugar scrub for my body, as opposed to a facial scrub. I use the dish soap as a mild cleansing agent. You could substitute it for body wash if you prefer, or just omit it altogether. I've had better luck with the scrub not separating or sudsing in the jar with the dish soap. If you use something simple (like Dawn or Joy) with no additives, it's fairly gentle on your skin. You don't need much, just a small squirt. My shower time is super limited and being 7 months pregnant, I'm not always real quick. Especially if I'm also juggling a wet, slippery two year old. The dish soap adds the soap of body wash while eliminating a step for me.



  7. love this. this is a great recipe. and it's a perfect gift for my sister!

    i would love for you to come link up this or any other amazing project at my creativity party going on right now!

    thanks so much for sharing!

  8. Love the scrub. Newest follower.

  9. This is just waht I needed the soap lady I buy from just stopped making their scrub :(

  10. This looks great! Great gift idea!

  11. Hey just wanted to let you know that I liked this so much its on my "Green Craft Round-up" Today!!

  12. I guess dish soap is ok to wash dishes that we eat from as well as birds caught in an oil spill so it must be ok to wash our bodies with as well. I like sugar scrub for my face and my face easily dries out so I'll probably omit the dish soap though. Thanks for sharing you recipe.


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