Monday, July 25, 2011
Homemade Sugar Scrub
You didn't see that coming, did ya?
But I did start on one little journey- last night I made some homemade sugar scrubs. Here's the thing, I LOVE sugar scrubs. They do amazing things for my skin and I feel totally all polished up (and smell delightful) after using them. But they are not cheap. Well, the good kind isn't ;) About $12 will buy you a 12oz tube which will last you around 5 scrubbings. For $15, you can make your own and have around 40 scrubbings. Quite a bit of savings, yes?
3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil (I used extra virgin but I have heard you could use Jojoba Oil, Coconut Oil or even Baby Oil. I wanted my scrub to be entirely edible so I went with Olive Oil)
2 Tablespoons of Honey (this is up to you, I liked the antibacterial nature of honey for my acne and skin tone issues)
1/2 Cup of Sugar (Cane sugar or regular brown sugar, I experimented with both. I've been told organic sugar is a no-no for this)
Domino Dark Brown Sugar
Yellow is my signature color and of course I wanted my containers to look nice when I was done, so I HAD to invest in some pretty ribbon to wrap around the top
So here we go, I swear I spent more time getting all my brand new products open than I did actually making my scrub =)
Trust me, if you are getting down to Bite The Dust, slipping up won't hardly matter nearly as much if all you had in your mind was the echoing failure you just committed.
I also suggest grabbing your refreshing beverage of choice to glug as you are creating genius.
Can you tell I try to turn projects into some kind of weird minuscule vacation?
~A bowl to mix in
~A spoon or spatula to mix it with (my Mom would be so proud if she knew I used this Pampered Chef spatula for the first time since I got it at Christmas)
~1/2 measuring cup and a tablespoon
In general, I was taught to eyeball everything but because this is new to me, I went the old fashioned route and actually measured my ingredients.
I'm sorry Grandma!!
So measure out 1/2 cup of sugar, pour in 3 tablespoons of Olive Oil, then add 2 tablespoons of honey. Word to the wise (and me), this stuff will s.l.o.w.l.y seep into your sugar so you will be tempted to think "this looks a bit dry, more oil/honey!"- DON'T FALL FOR IT Those measurements are perfect, just mix it well and then let it sit for a minute or two.
I was too impatient and started adding more left and right and I ended up with a bit too soupy a mixture that I had to fix.
At this point, feel free to add in any various smell ingredients. I chose mint and cinnamon extract as those are two fragrences I adore. They were out of lemon at Walmart :(
You could add in vanilla extract, orange extract, coffee grounds or really any kind of spice you like.
This is what my white sugar/honey/oil with mint extract looked like after mixing:
This is what the brown sugar/honey/oil with cinnamon extract looked like:
Now, toward the end, I got a bit crazy and mixed my sugars together. Sue me.
Frankly, I wasn't sure if I wanted to just eat it at this point or go ahead and do it right. I resisted the temptation and added in my honey/oil. Turns out, mixing sugars is a fine idea but really the only change is the color.
I was feeling pretty smug about my success with these sugar scrubs (I mean, I hadn't tried them yet but I figured they sure look pretty)
So there you have it, a way too wordy lesson on sugar scrubs. But wait! There's more.
After all that work.... alright, after spending 15 minutes doing this, I decided one cute ribbon wasn't enough for my handiwork. So I dug out (literally) all my old scrapbooking supplies and finished up the look by adding some ribbon around the sides and a note on the top of the jar. Behold my Martha Stewart moment:
(I put the plain jar with the fancy one side-by-side so you could see how much nicer it looks all dressed up)
So there is the true end. Honestly, I feel so good about doing this that I am thinking about making my next project be homemade lipgloss.
Oh! And as a bonus, try using your olive oil as a makeup remover or moisturizer. You will be pleasantly surprised if you put a light coat on your face at night and wakeup to smooth skin the next morning.
(as a side note- I did use the sugar scrub and it felt awesome! Just like *maybe even a bit better* than my $12 professional salon scrub)