DIY 5-Ingredient Sugar Scrub
I am a lady who values quality over quantity; I’d rather splurge once-in-a-while rather than indulge in mediocrity often. I am this way when it comes to everything I purchase, and I have learned time and again that investing in cheap crap (pardon my french) is usually short lived. There are of course, exceptions. such as a pair of fuzzy slides that will lose their sparkle in 4 months, or a cheap chapstick when you’re lips are dry on the slopes. A good rule of thumb: unless it’s urgent or super-trendy and prone to a fade-out, do your research and invest in something of great quality.
When it comes to beauty products, I follow a simple routine because I don’t want to shell out hundreds of dollars a month on products, I don’t wear much makeup, and I am too impatient for a daily multi-step procedure. I am consistent with a few essentials, like a high-quality face oil, and an organic moisturizer, but otherwise, I use apple cider vinegar as toner and water as my face wash. My biggest skin expense is facials, which I get religiously once a month. Coincidentally, when I began investing in facials I became much less reliant on products because my skin was overall cleaner and broke out less often. We can talk about facial specifics later, but for now, send me a message if you have any questions.
So, what about the products that aren’t essentials- the glosses and butters and exfoliators and such? When it comes to body scrubs, I just don’t believe that store bought is better or even necessary. Aside from the fact that store bought scrubs are often made with tiny pieces of plastic that harm the earth, they’re also pricey. It’s hard to find a scrub that leaves my skin baby soft without rubbing it raw first. And so, I created this easy, 5-ingredient DIY body scrub. It’s everlastingly adaptable, takes a few minutes to make, smells heavenly, doesn’t hurt the planet, and will save you the $35 you would have spent at Sephora. You’re welcome.
1. For starters, you’re going to need some sugar. I use organic white sugar, but you can use brown if that’s what you have on hand. Typically, brown sugar has molasses added to it, and for me, that’s not ideal for my skin, so I prefer white.
2. Next up, you’ll need a base oil. There are so many choices but my personal favorite is extra-virgin olive. I always have it on hand, it’s inexpensive, I love the smell, and it leaves my skin very soft. If you are someone who happens to cook consistently with coconut oil, or just prefer that scent and texture, use coconut! Just be aware that both of these oils are moderately comodogenic, meaning they can clog your pores,. I’ve never had any issues, but you can also swap out for safflower, sunflower or castor Oil - all of these are affordable and non-comedogenic. When you’re buying oil, aside from checking that it’s organic, look for terms like virgin or cold-pressed.
3. I like adding a second oil with some beauty benefits to my scrub, such as argan oil. Argan absorbs into the skin right away and has never caused me any kind of irritation or breakout.It is completely non-comedogenic, It’s also high in vitamin E, fatty acids, and antioxidants. Some other options are almond oil, jojoba oil or shea butter.
4. Honey! Have you heard that people will put a straight up honey mask on their face for all sorts of wonderful reasons? Honey has magic superpowers because it’s antibacterial, loaded with antioxidants and is extremely soothing. it is one of my favorite additions to a body scrub. It’s sticky texture also aids the sugar in sticking to itself, making it easier to use the scrub in the shower.
5. Finally, we’ll be adding an essential oil. I used a rose oil, because I love the rich floral scent. Rose oil is known to help balance hormones, help with the blues (aka fight depression), and heal damaged skin. All great reasons to slather it on. Pure rose oil is hard to find so make sure you're buying from a trusted source. I like the Bulgarian one from Alteya's shared below. It is pricey, but will likely last you a few years. If you prefer to use a less expensive essential oil, lavender or lemon are two of my other favorites.
So those are my five steps to a fantastic body scrub. The exact recipe is below, give a try tonight! I recommend scrubbing after you wet your body, but with the shower turned to the side or with the bath running. You don’t want the shower to rinse all the sugar off your body before you get a chance to scrub. If you make this, please do let me know your thoughts, successes, and favorite new combinations!
DIY Argan Rose Sugar Scrub
1 cup organic sugar
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, coconut oil, safflower, sunflower or castor oil
1/4 cup of honey
5-8 drops of essential oil, I used rose oil
2 tbs “beauty oil” such as argan or jojoba
Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl. Store in a tightly-sealed jar until you’re ready to use. When you're ready, just grab a scoop and scrub-a-dub-dub! Careful not to expose the scrub to water as that will cause the sugar to dissolve.
Use within a month- if it lasts you that long!