Who would have thought about putting the “S” word on their face? I am all about the natural stuff but I never would have dreamed of making a facial scrub out of it. My daughter Kellie Malone was the brilliant one that gave me the idea. Kellie is in a sorority and had to come up with some economical gifts for all her sorority sisters this holiday and sugar scrubs is what she came up with. Darn right brilliant and amazing. The hardest part of the whole experience was actually going to the store and buying sugar. I have not had sugar in my house for years. I still purchased the organic stuff because my face is worth it. I have to tell you that I think Mike was more excited about this stuff than I was. He was in awe of how it made his face feel. He was so intrigued by it he asked me to try and make a body scrub as well.
The other day I had one of my Facebook followers mention she needed something to help with her oily skin. I am hoping these recipes will help. Here are two of the the recipes that I used in the past. You can get wild and crazy with them and use whatever you really want to use. I ended up giving some of these scrubs to people for the holiday as well and they loved them. If you want to give them away as gifts I would suggest putting them in mason jars.
Brown Sugar Facial Scrub ( This is a great facial one because brown sugar is such a fine granule)
1 Cup Dark Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil, can substitute Sweetened Almond Oil. I usually use Almond Oil
1 Teaspoon Vitamin E -if you have E capsules you can cut those open and use them
1 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract , optional (or your favorite citrus essential oil)
1 Tablespoon honey, optional for dry skin.
Place all of the ingredients in a large bowl and give it a good stir. You want to make sure all the ingredients are mixed together well. This scrub will last weeks but honestly it won’t if you know what I mean. I use it once a week. You can get really creative with this recipe. I have used almond extract instead of vanilla and it was lovely.
Another one of my favorite scrubs is more appropriate for your whole body.
Using Epsom salts is just a darn right economical, smart and healthy. Honestly I really never understood exactly what they did or, for that matter, what it even was till I started struggling with sleep and discovered what a dynamic source of magnesium they had. Epsom salt is an incredible skin-care product. It is a natural mineral composed of magnesium sulfide, which is readily absorbed by the skin. It naturally softens skin, sloughs away dead cells, reduces inflammation, and relaxes muscles. It can be substituted with coarse salt crystals, which will cosmetically do a similar job, but which lacks the benefits of the magnesium sulfide. These are a “must-have” for every bathroom in America in my opinion. 🙂 I get the Costco size 🙂 Here is one of my favorite scrubs.
Epsom Salt Peppermint/Lavender Body Scrub
A few shakes of pure peppermint essential oil
Juice of one lemon or lime
1 Tablespoon dried lavender
½ Cup + 2 Tablespoons epsom salt or coarse salt crystals
2 Tablespoons of olive oil or almond oil
In a large bowl mix all the ingredients together till they are well blended. If the lavender pieces are large you might fine chop them with a knife before you add them to the other ingredients.
Making facial and body scrubs has been a complete joy for me. I love the idea of putting all natural products on my body. I challenge you next time you need to buy a beauty product to check out the recipes in this book for a do it at home version. It is not only fun, its cost effective and really cool putting only the best of the best on your skin.