Sugar, Sugar…

“Pour a little sugar on it honey, pour a little sugar on it baby…”- The Archies

I am soon to be travelling down south for a wedding and after a long, cold, dry winter, my skin is in need of both some bad ass moisture and some intense exfoliation. I recently hunted for the perfect “miracle body scrub” and after visiting a few stores, I was hit with an idea. Why spend money on something that may or may not work when I have raw sugar and coconut oil in my pantry?

Coconut oil is big right now. Not only is it a healthy, organic oil to cook with (which is why I keep it) but it also has approximately 1561 other uses (this may or may not be an exaggeration that I may or may not have pulled out of my rear end…).  It has anti-microbial properties and is a wonderful moisturizer for your body, lips and even your hair. I know people who use it to remove eye makeup and people who use it as a healthy source of good fat. You can even use it to season cast iron pans! Like I said, it is big right now and for good reason.

My body scrub took a little bit of trail and error to find the right ratio of ingredients but it was more than worth being a mad scientist in my kitchen. I couldn’t be happier with results, my legs are smoother and softer than they have ever been. Package it all up in a little mason jar and tie on a little ribbon or use some cute-sy fabric on top and you have a lovely, hand-made gift that will leave your friends feeling pampered and special. Recipe below! Happy exfoliation all!

Coconut-sugar body scrub..

In a small mixing bowl combine 1.5 cups of raw brown sugar (regular brown sugar would work too!) and six tablespoons of melted coconut oil (not hot, just barely melted!). Mix thoroughly and take a sniff (it’s smells soooo good). If the dreamy smell of sweet coconut is not for you, you can always add a few drops of an essential oil to your liking (lavender would be the bomb-diggity). In an air tight container this should last for six months or so. Tips- apply in a circular motion to damp skin and be sure to rinse your tub afterwards. Coconut oil is slick on the bottom of a tub and we don’t need head injuries now do we?

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