Cold winter weather means chapped, dry skin. The best remedy for me, besides lotion, is to exfoliate a few times a week. After going through a lot of store-bought sugar scrub, I decided I was done paying for something I could easily make at home. This one buffs off dry skin with its combination of sugar and raw sugar, then hydrates intensely with various oils. The peppermint and eucalyptus oil make it’s scent peppy and energizing.
This recipe is for a heavy duty scrub, because I like a lot of grit. If you want something a little smoother, you can omit the raw sugar for regular sugar and add an extra tablespoon or two of oil of your choice.
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar (not superfine sugar)
1/2 cup raw sugar (optional)
2 tbs Castor oil (or olive oil if you don’t have it)
1 tbs jojoba oil
1 tbs coconut oil
10 drops of pure peppermint oil (not peppermint extract)
5 drops pure eucalyptus oil
1. Mix up the sugar (or sugars, if you’re using raw) in a container. You may want to do this in a small separate bowl, but I just do it in the same jar I’ll be storing it in. Make sure there are no big lumps of sugar.
2. In a separate measuring cup or bowl (not metal, but microwave safe) pour your oils. My coconut oil is solid at room temperature; if yours is also, put it into the container as shown below. Microwave it at 10 seconds intervals just until most of the chunks have melted. Let the remaining chunks slowly melt on their own. You don’t want the mixture to become hot. Just warm enough to melt the coconut.
3. Add your scents to the oil mixture. If you want a very strongly scented scrub, add 2-3 more drops of each.
4. Take some heaping spoonfuls of sugar mixture and place in the oil mixture. I like to think of it as tempering. Stir up the oil mixture then return it to the main container. Mix all the ingredients thoroughly until homogeneous.
5. Store in an airtight container in a cool spot for about 2 weeks at most.
Wet skin where scrub will be used. Start off with a small amount at first, buffing the skin in circular motions. Once buffing is complete, rinse very thoroughly with hot water. If you do this in the shower or bath, be a little cautious because the tub might be a little slippery after. I don’t suggest using this on your lips or face; it is a little too gritty for that.
I got all oils on Amazon, but I know for certain you can get coconut oil at the grocery store in the organic foods section. You can omit the jojoba and Castor for olive oil if you don’t have them. If you do invest in getting some good oils and scent oils, you can use them for a lot of other things such as lotions and lip balms.