Are your legs looking a little dull? Not as soft and smooth as they used to be? Well my friends, I have the answer! Surprisingly, it?s not voodoo, snake oil or human sacrifice. It?s something you can make at home with your own two hands! Sugar scrubs are a great way to liven up your legs and get them beach read y in no time.
Each of these recipes uses sugar and coconut oil as a base. The only differences are the essential oils and other natural ingredients added.
Make the Base
1/4 cup coconut oil
3/4 cup organic cane or granulated sugar
Start by softening the coconut oil in the microwave for a few seconds to make it easier to mix. Be careful not to let it get too hot. It won?t do any damage to the scrub, but DIY projects are no fun when they end in second degree burns. Grab a medium sized glass bowl and mix the softened coconut oil and sugar well. Now comes the fun part?
Add the Scent
Choose one of the following flavors and combine ingredients with sugar and coconut oil base. Of course, when I say flavor, I really mean scent. However tempting it might be, don?t eat the sugar scrub. Much like play-dough, it smells great but tastes awful.
Orange Creamsicle Sugar Scrub
1teaspoon of vanilla extract
10 drops of orange essential oil
Coconut & Lime Sugar Scrub
Zest of one lime
5 drops lime flavoring oil
5 drops coconut flavoring oil
Pina Colada Sugar Scrub
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
Zest of 1 lemon
Vanilla Lavender Sugar Scrub
1/2 teaspoon real vanilla extract
15 drops lavender essential oil
Store your fancy new scrub in an airtight container. Tupperware is fine (not very glamorous, mind you) but a glass mason jar adds that fun, crafty touch. If you?re an overachiever, you can print out a fun label to put on the jar. The scrubs stay good for about two months. Beyond that, things might get a little rank.
While in the shower or bath, gently rub a spoonful of the scrub into your legs, using a circular motion. You see where I said ?gently? in the previous sentence? I meant it! Don?t grind it into your skin; it?s an exfoliator not a sandblaster. Rinse and go! You don?t even need to moisturize afterward.
I recommend shaving your legs after you exfoliate rather than beforehand. The scrub will remove dead skin cells from your legs, allowing a closer shave. Also, make sure to rinse your tub or shower pan really well after using your sugar scrub. All that oil leaves a slippery surface.
I hope you have fun creating your inexpensive, delicious smelling sugar scrub. Let me know about your DIY adventure in the comments section!
Selina Torres uses her perfectly moisturized legs as weapons of mass destruction in her kickboxing class. When she?s not assaulting punching bags, she enjoys freelance writing for Glisten, a fabulous new skin care company.
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