DIY: Brown Sugar Scrub
I am going to give you a simple recipe for my Brown Sugar Scrub. You can probably find any and all of these items in your pantry, or medicine cabinet. Use an old mason jar to store your scrub until it’s finished. I suggest using it every other day, especially during the warmer months. The amount of dirt and debris that gets on your skin is unbelievable. Use it on and under your feet too! But be careful in the shower or bath. Because of the oil content things can get slippery.
This actually makes a great gift (Mother’s Day maybe?), and upcycling glass jars is always good for the environment.
Before I give you the full recipe, let me explain how this whole thing happened…
I’m not the Do-It-Yourself type. Not in the least. I’m just not crafty. Creative, but not crafty. However, I was having some serious skin issues. My skin was extremely dry, with small plaques of silvery skin. Lotions, creams and oils were not helping. I was using an exfoliating brush. No luck. I used another scrub. It got worse. So finally I decided to take matters into my own hands.
I decided to use honey because it’s a great moisturizer. I suggest an unpasteurized honey as it has far more benefits with its antioxidants and all that other good stuff. Trust me on it. I did my research. I also used raw cane sugar, not Domino brown sugar, because that’s what I had on hand. However, if you like a gentler exfoliant, you should use a fine sugar. Any sugar (white or brown; Domino or Turbinado) will do, but I am a sensory person, and I enjoy the smell of brown sugar. At this point I had a thick paste. In an effort to loosen it and make for easier handling, I added some Extra Virgin Olive Oil, mixing until I had a consistency I was happy with. I added some Vitamin E oil that helps boost cell regeneration. Remember, I was having some skin issues! By the time I was done, I had a pint sized jar.
Using this every other day on my entire body, except for my face, within a week most of those plaques were gone. My skin was softer and glowing.
A week later, I had an allergic reaction to something I ate. Sigh! A girl can’t catch a break. I ended up with hives and a horrible lip reaction. My hives went away within a few days after some serious medication, but my lips split and were swollen. Dry and cracked, nothing I used would help. I made another batch of my scrub, rubbing it against my lips morning and night. 3 days later and I had the softest most kissable lips ever! At least, I think so.
Anyway, I say use this scrub! It did wonders for me. On occasion, rather than using Vitamin E oil, I use vanilla or almond to scent the scrub. You can also replace the EVOO with coconut oil or sunflower oil. I don’t use this on my face, as I use a salt scrub, but it is safe to use on any part of your body. Here’s the basic recipe:
All Natural Brown Sugar Scrub
2 cups Brown Sugar (coarse or fine)
1/2 cup Unpasteurized Honey
1/2 – 3/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil/ Coconut Oil/ Sunflower Oil/Almond Oil
1 teaspoon Vitamin E Oil/ Real Vanilla Extract/ Pure Almond Extract
In a medium sized bowl, add your sugar. Stir to get any clumps out.
Add the EVOO, or whichever oil you would like to use, a little at a time. Stir, trying to keep any clumps to a minimum.
Add the honey, mixing well.
The scrub should be easy to stir, not too liquid and not too firm. If it is too firm, add some more EVOO a teaspoon at a time. Think cake batter consistency.
Add the Vitamin E, or extract of your choice. Mix thoroughly.
Empty into a jar of your choice. Keep it for yourself or give it away. It’s all up to you.
You may find that you need to stir the scrub before each use, as separation will naturally occur. DO NOT use a loofah, washrag or body brush with this. You will not be happy with yourself. Instead, use your hands or a soft sponge to gently rub the scrub into your skin, in small circular motions, focusing on rougher places like elbows and knees. Soap your skin prior so you don’t wash away all those moisturizers in the scrub.