I love sugar and salt scrubs, especially in the winter when my skin gets really dry. I don’t even mind that they make the bottom of the shower slippery slippery because they are so moisturizing and make my skin so soft. They are pretty easy to make, and you probably already have some of the ingredients in your kitchen. The one I’m making today is a bit more complicated than a basic sugar and oil scrub because its copy cat recipe from a peppermint and vanilla scrub my mom got me for Christmas. All I did was gather the ingredients listed on the back of the jar; then, I estimated how much of each ingredient the scrub included to make my own peppermint and vanilla sugar scrub recipe. I made a pretty big batch, so just cut everything in half if you’re not ready to commit.
- 2 1/4 cups white or brown sugar (I used regular sugar but suggest using fine grain if you want a smoother scrub or if you have sensitive skin)
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 2 ounces shea butter
- Argan oil (read more about it here)
- Peppermint essential oil (read more about it here)
- Rosemary essential oil (read more about it here)
- Organic vanilla extract
- Mixing bowl and butter knife or spoon.
Here’s how I made mine:
(Don’t use any ingredients you’re allergic to, and always spot test new ingredients to make sure you don’t have a reaction to them 🙂 Use your best judgment.)
Step #1: Dump the sugar, coconut oil, and shea butter into the mixing bowl. Pop it into the microwave for about 30 seconds. This will melt the coconut oil and help to make the shea butter more malleable. Stir to mix until the shea butter is broken up.
Step #2: Add 8 drops argan, 20 drops peppermint, 3 drops rosemary, and about one tsp vanilla extract. I actually settled on these numbers after dropping some in, stirring, and monitoring the scent.
If you want to simplify this recipe, you can easily do so by using fewer oils, using different oils that you already have, or ditching the oils completely since they are just an added bonus. You can also ditch the vanilla extract and shea butter, both of which I only used because I was copying a specific scrub. Sugar and oil mixed together makes a wonderful scrub—just remember to do a 2:1 ratio of sugar to oil and adjust to make it more or less oily depending on your preference. Enjoy!
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