Making a sugar scrub is a super fun, easy project to pamper yourself. I think between gathering ingredients, making it, taking pictures, and cleaning up, it took me all of about 15-20 minutes. If you don't take pictures or hand wash your dishes, it will take less than half that amount of time. It can be as simple as combining sugar and oil together for a quick, basic scrub. I got a little more creative (part of the point of the 30 Days of Creativity, after all)...
Let's gather our ingredients:
1 cup of sugar
I just used regular white sugar because it's what I had, but you can also use brown, raw, or cane sugar or any combination for different scents/consistencies.
13 tsp olive oil
Okay, that really is an approximate amount. I've seen recipes calling for 10 tsp and some calling for a 1:1 ratio with the sugar. I usually start with around 10 tsp (to a cup of sugar) and then eye ball it from there. I don't like having too oily of a scrub, so I usually just make sure everything is moist plus some. Also, you can use pretty much any oil or combination of oils you like; I just really love olive oil & it's medicinal qualities.
3-4 tblspn Epsom Salts
Again, that's an approximation. Epsom salts are amazing for you (it draws toxins from the body, sedates the nervous system, reduces swelling, relaxes muscles, it is emollient, a wonderful exfoliator, and more) and they add texture to the plain white sugar.
3 bags of green tea
Just rip open the bags and empty the contents. I drink green tea all the time and use green tea infusions in many concoctions. The antioxidants in green tea and it's anti-inflammatory properties are both excellent for the skin.
2 tblspn honey
Honey has many wonderful qualities but the #1 reason for using it in this recipe is that it's a natural humectant which means that it seals moisture into your skin.
Totally optional, but I like to include it because it's good for your skin in addition to being a natural preservative. You can empty the contents from a couple of capsules or use a dropper full.
I used lemon because I love the refreshing scent and it also has preservative properties. Other popular options include orange, vanilla, lavender, ylang ylang, etc.
*This is not an exact science and it's meant to be fun, so use your own judgement with measurements and ingredients!*
Some simple instructions:
- First step is to combine all of your dry ingredients.
- Last, store in an air tight container. Try to keep moisture out including during use. *Please be careful if you decide to store your sugar scrub in a glass jar as your hands WILL be slippery when you use it!*