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I have always been fond of anything that I can do myself at home (especially if it is means that it’s cheaper than purchasing it pre-made from a store somewhere: guilty!).
In case this resonates with you too, I have decided to occasionally share an easy Do-It-Yourself (DIY) beauty recipe! I love these recipes not only because they are convenient and easy to do at home, but also because they are better for your body (& often just as effective) than purchasing the often chemical-ridden store alternatives.
The only thing to watch out for with any DIY that uses natural ingredients is: spoilage. If you use preservatives like lemon juice or witch hazel in your products they will likely last long enough for you to use them entirely or at least use them well. Longevity is also added if you store your homemade products in the refrigerator as this slows down spoilage time (just like it does in our food). Two things to keep in mind when making natural beauty products at home :).
This is a great mixture to have on hand for those days when you have tired hands, tired feet, or need a rejuvenating & relaxing scrub! I love this stuff so much that I have even gotten my husband hooked on its softening effects! I mean really though, who doesn’t love the feel of softer skin?!
I highly recommend this easy at-home pampering recipe and frequently keep it on hand. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
Without further adieu, here we go!
Recipe: DIY Sugar Scrub*
1. Gather Your Ingredients & Tools
You will need the following tools:
- Glass mixing bowl
- Metal or wooden mixing spoon
- Glass storage container
You will need the following ingredients:
- 1/2 Cup of Sugar
- 1/4 Cup of coconut Oil
- 1/2 Tablespoon of a Preservative (such as lemon juice or witch hazel)
- 1-3 Drops of an Essential Oil (Peppermint or Lavender are great options!)
- OPTIONAL: 1-3 Drops of Vitamin E Oil (for added skin benefits)
2. Combine Sugar & Coconut Oil
The consistency should look similar to the crumbly consistency below:
3. Add Preservative & Other Oils
Now add your lemon juice (or witch hazel) to the mixture and stir to combine. Once combined, add your essential oil drops and combine. If you are adding the vitamin E oil drops, add those now too, and mix to combine.
The mixture should look similar to the slightly goopy consistency that is pictured below:
4. Move Mixture to Container
Once everything is combined, transfer the mixture to a non-reactive glass container (preferably one that seals tightly, to enhance preservation).
I got the container pictured here from Walmart’s Home Goods section.
For best shelf-life & usable consistency, store in refrigerator until ready to use and between uses (especially in the summer, as coconut oil melts in warmer temperatures).
5. Pamper, Use & Enjoy!
Directions for use: Scoop out and apply a liberal amount to skin and massage in circular motions (avoiding obvious sensitive areas like eyes, etc. I would not recommend this for facial use as coconut oil tends to be very thick, but that is entirely your own preference). Rinse off with warm water. Enjoy your fresh, soft skin!*
*This recipe and directions are not to be taken as medical advice or health advice. Talk to your doctor before use.
fearfully & wonderfully,