DIY natural sugar scrub

Posted on May 7, 2014

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Sorry I’ve been a little MIA lately, but I’m back in action with a little DIY project that is just in time for mother’s day in case you need a last minute gift idea. I’ve classified this under the ‘cooking’ category even though this isn’t really cooking in its purest sense. Although it does make use of completely edible ingredients, I doubt you’d want to eat the end product…

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I’d made my mumsy some body scrubs as part of her mother’s day gift, and I thought I’d share how I made it. It’s pretty darn easy and is made from things that most people will have in their pantries. There is no actual ‘cooking’ involved, just melting down some coconut oil and mixing things up. It takes up 15 minutes of your time max and you’ll end up with a thoughtful handmade gift. And it doesn’t just have to be for mums on mother’s day, this is a sweet gift idea that surely anyone would love to receive. Especially since we’re moving into the blistery winter months! These scrumptious smelling scrubs will help you buff away dry skin, leaving it silky smooth.

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I made two batches, a toffee scrub and a blue berry tea scrub. The base recipe for any sugar scrub is 1 part oil to 2 parts sugar. The oil can be any of your choice, most commonly extra virgin coconut oil, olive oil, almond oil, safflower oil and grape seed oils are used. A blended vegetable oil wouldn’t be advised though. If you don’t feel like using an edible oil, baby oil also works well. For the sugar, regular white sugar has the best scrubbing consistency since it’s neither too fine nor too coarse. Beyond these 2 base ingredients, you can start playing with scents, flavours and essential oils and really experiment!

My preference is for extra virgin coconut oil. Mostly because it tends to be the oil of choice when making DIY body products and also because I adore the smell. To melt the coconut oil, I use the double boiler method, but you could also nuke it in the microwave. Leave the melted oil to cool to room temperature before mixing with sugar and other ingredients. This is important because you don’t want to melt your sugar! You want the sugar to stay in its granulated form, so make sure the coconut oil is cool enough to handle before mixing.

TOFFEE SCRUB (makes ~500mL)

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  • 3/4 cup extra virgin coconut oil (melted, left to cool to room temperature)
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sea salt (optional, but I like to add a little extra coarseness)
  • 1/2 tablespoon treacle or molasses*
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

*If you do not have treacle or molasses, you can substitute half the white sugar with brown sugar (brown sugar is essentially white sugar mixed with molasses). So here’s a little cooking take out from this post – if you are out of brown sugar, you can make your own by mixing 1 cup white sugar with 1 tablespoon molasses/treacle. To make a darker brown sugar, just add more molasses/treacle ;).

BLUE BERRY TEA SCRUB (makes ~500mL)

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  • 3/4 cup extra virgin coconut oil (melted, left to cool to room temperature)
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1/4 cup loose blue berry tea leaves
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt (optional)

Hope this has been a helpful post if you’re one of those in need of a gift idea. I will be aiming to get back into more regular blogging after mother’s day! Till then, hope your mum likes her gift or if you happen to be a mum, I hope your family showers you with extra love and attention.

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