I love sugar scrubs, especially ones I make that don’t make my sensitive skin run for the hills. 😉 They leave my feet feeling so soft, and make my legs look renewed! I find it is important to use two things: 1) brown sugar as well as white table sugar 2) Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
The reasons for my two secret ingredients is that the brown sugar is better for sensitive skin, and so is the coconut oil. I have tried using Extra Virgin Olive Oil in the past, and it makes the scrubs more oily. I prefer my scrubs have light scents and not so oily it makes you wonder if you are going to break your neck standing in the tub. With our sensitive skin, it’s no wonder I prefer those two things. I made a Pumpkin Latte Sugar Scrub for my sister. It is the only type of coffee she ever drinks, and she misses it the other three seasons each year.
Here is what I used:
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
About ½ a cup of Coconut Oil (organic)
2 teaspoons EVOO
5 teaspoons Pumpkin Pie Spice
½ teaspoon coffee extract
Then just a Ball Pint jar to put it in.
I started by mixing the sugars together. This mixture will make a little over what you need for one pint jar. Next I mixed in the coconut oil, it might seem like there is not a lot but keep mixing. I like this ratio because it is enough to rehydrate your skin but you are not dripping in oil. I separated the extra out before adding the rest of the ingredients. Then I mixed the Extra Virgin Olive Oil, pumpkin pie spice, and coffee extract in a separate bowl. If you want a really strong smell you can add more than what I used, just remember in the hot shower the smell comes out! This version is not overpowering in the jar, but smells delightful when the hot water hits it. Get it good and mixed up, then put it in your jar of choice. I added a little string of blue wire tinsel around the top, and made a little tag to put on the front.
Now, I bet you are wondering what I did with the extra sugar mixture. =) My favorite sugar scrub is a lemon one. So I added a few good squirts to the sugar, making it about the same consistency of the first one. This little jar was the perfect amount for one good shower scrub. I used it last night, and my skin feels so soft, and refreshed! Plus I smell slightly of lemon! Year round this is my favorite smell. You can always mix in different scents to fit you or whoever you are making it for. I have made them with lavender, eucalyptus, and peppermint (very little goes a long way!!!) Almond oil is a good antimicrobial, and can be used in place of the coconut oil if you have it on hand. Perfect if you have anything like bug bites on your legs. Just store in a dry cool place, and it will last for ages. Well, that is if you just never use it. But let’s be honest, it won’t last long. 😉