Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Basic Sugar Scrub Recipe

I like to dig in my flowerbeds without gloves.  I know some people love gardening gloves, but it just feels weird to me.  So I dig around and get dirt all under my nails and calluses and basically wreck my hands most of the summer.  I don't mind calluses, but I can't stand dirt under my nails.  So, what's a girl to do?  Well, come in and wash up with a soap and a sugar scrub and your hands will be as good as new.

Pinterest is full of sugar scrub recipes and all kinds of variations, but a plain sugar scrub is easy to make and cheap.  Here's how:

Gather your supplies.  You're going to need sugar, epsom salts, oil (I use sweet almond, but extra virgin olive oil will work if you don't want to invest in a body oil, or jojoba if you're into fancy body oils), and some essential or fragrance oils, even vanilla extract if you're in a jam,  and a container to put your finished product in.

Then you throw 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup epsom salt, 3 tablespoons oil, and your fragrance into a bowl.

Stir until everything is combined.

It will seem kind of dry, but it'll be fine, trust me.  Then, dump it all into your container.  I have some cute little latch jars, but jelly jars would work well too.  Or, scour thrift stores for unique containers.  Once you get your scrub into your jar, you can decorate it with ribbon, fabric, or just a label.

To use, just wet your hands, and pour a tablespoon or two of scrub into your palms.  Scrub until you feel the sugar and salt start to dissolve, paying close attention to your nails.  Then rinse clean, and enjoy you're silky smooth hands.  You can also use this in the bath or shower for dry knees and elbows, cracked heels, or anything else that needs so exfoliating.


  1. I never thought of making my own sugar scrubs, but they are definitely the best! I will check these out.
    Thanks for stopping by.

    1. I always want to try body butters and homemade lotion but they require lots of special supplies and a little more expertise than I have. Sugar scrubs are much more maker friendly. :)