Brown Sugar Scrub Recipe
Sugar scrubs have become a part of my daily bath ritual. Once I experienced the benefits of exfoliating my skin with a nourishing sugar scrub I haven't stopped using them. Many of you use commercial sugar scrubs as well on a regular basis. While there are many commercial sugar scrubs that are absolutely divine, sometimes you run out or are needing to save a bit of money and need to cut out some personal luxuries. There are many homemade spa recipes that can get you through the times you can't have you're premium bath products. Why live without, if you don't need to!
The Homemade Brown Sugar Scrub
This is one of my favorite brown sugar scrub recipes simply because of how quick and easy it is to make and how great it exfoliates my sensitive skin, leaving it silky smooth. I prefer brown sugar scrubs over white cane sugar scrubs most of the time due to the sensitivity of my skin and the smell of brown sugar is much better in my opinion. There are many varieties to this basic recipe and you can play with it until you get the sugar scrub just right for your skin type.
Ingredients You Will Want For Your Brown Sugar Scrub
- 1 Cup Brown Sugar
- 1/2 Cup Sweetened Almond Oil (Don't have any? Try this one)
- 1 tsp Vitamin E (I cut open a couple Vitamin E liquid gel caps)
- 1/2-1 tsp Vanilla Extract
Optional Recipe Ingredients and Substitutions
- The amount of almond oil you use will depend on your personal preference and skin type, experiment with more or less oil until you get your perfect mix.
- You can substitute the almond oil for pure sesame oil (not roasted). extra virgin olive oil, vegetable oil or any other oil you like that is suitable for the skin. I prefer almond oil due to the many benefits of almond oil on the skin.
- In place of the vanilla extract you can use your favorite essential oil or fragrance oil. Or if you are in a pinch you can leave it out altogether as it's mainly included for added aroma.
- The Vitamin E is also not a necessity but it adds some skin nourishment to the brown sugar scrub.
- You can add a little honey for extra moisturizing on dry skin.
To make the brown sugar scrub simply mix the Almond oil, vanilla extract and Vitamin E in a properly sized bowl, add the brown sugar and mix it all together. Separate the mixture into a couple of nice glass containers if you wish, otherwise a Tupperware will do.
Using Your New Homemade Sugar Scrub
Shower or bathe in moderately warm water. It is ideal to apply the sugar scrub after shaving but is not necessary if you are in a hurry and unable to find time to shave. Massage the brown sugar scrub in gentle circular motions from your shoulders to you feet. Focus on dry skin and rough patches where needed. Don't be rough with the scrub as it's not necessary to get a good exfoliation with sugar scrubs and could damage your skin.
When finished, rinse off the brown sugar scrub with warm water. Some people prefer to wash with soap prior to the scrub and do not use soap after rinsing off, others prefer to start with the sugar scrub and then wash with soap. Some people even believe there is no need to use soap when using these scrubs (I am not one of them. Germs people!). I usually will soap off before applying the scrub and when I am finished I rinse off with water and use a small amount of soap if my skin feels too oily. I do prefer letting the almond oil set in to my skin as that is one of the benefits of this sugar scrub.
Although it's not a complete replacement for playing with the variety of luxurious sugar scrubs that are out there, it definitely will not disappoint and it is better than a lot of the commercial sugar scrubs that I have tried. Give it a shot and enjoy the simple inexpensive homemade brown sugar scrub.
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