Three ingredients, two minutes, one delicious-smelling sugar scrub.
The reality of continuous travel sometimes means that pedicures and luxury bath products are few and far between (if available at all). Luckily, sugar scrubs can be made anywhere, and are just as enjoyable abroad as they are at home. Bonus: they make great gifts!
I noticed that my feet were in need of a little TLC the other day, but it wasn’t until I came across an article about DIY bath products on #YahooDIY that I realized that a sugar scrub was the perfect solution. I love making homemade scrubs, and whipped them up regularly while I lived in San Francisco.
Sugar scrubs take only a few minutes to put together, and they’re easy to customize to your needs. Best of all, they’re a natural exfoliant and moisturizer, all in one!
DIY Sugar Scrub
- 1 cup white cane sugar
- 1/4 cup oil of your choice (I prefer almond or walnut, but jojoba or olive are also great options)
- 15-20 drops of essential oils (see my favorite combinations below!)
- 1 glass jar to store
- Mix sugar and oil together in a glass bowl. I prefer my scrubs to be less oily, so I usually use 1/4 cup or less of oil per 1cup of sugar. Feel free to adjust to your preference.
- Add essential oils (and mix-ins, if using). Stir to combine, and store in a glass jar away from sunlight.
- Dampen skin, and rub a small handful of the scrub wherever you’d like to exfoliate. Rinse thoroughly, and enjoy!
A few of my favorite combinations
– Calming and soothing: Almond oil with lavender essential oil
– Tropical and fresh: Coconut oil with eucalyptus (and optional lemon) essential oil
– Citrusy and bright: Ylang ylang + bergamot essential oils
– Perfect for the holidays: Almond oil with peppermint essential oil
Before you buy:
Make sure you get your essential oils from a reputable source to ensure good quality – most local health food stores should stock them, or you can buy them online at Mountain Rose Herbs.
Have you ever made your own products before?
Comment here or on Facebook and let me know: I’d love to hear about what you’re making!