Monday, August 27, 2012

The PERFECT Sugar Scrub Recipe for DRY Skin

You know that feeling you get when you're at a spa?...that peaceful, relaxed and serene feeling? I recently managed to escape my busy days to enjoy a much needed, long overdue spa treatment. I had a combo treatment of a full body exfoliation followed by a massage. I have severe dry skin and I find myself applying lotion all day long. Being in the sun does so much damage to my skin, even if it's just for a few minutes. So as can imagine, I really needed this exfoliation and massage.

At the spa, the masseuse used this amazing mineral salt scrub mixed with lavender oil. It smelled unbelievable. I was instantly transported to heavenly bliss :) The smell of the lavender, the soft meditation music, the deep massage of rock salt on my entire body and muscles. It instantly took away my aches and pain. The body scrub instantly made a huge difference in how tired my body felt recently. I wondered why I haven't done this in ages...then I thought, oh yeah...It can get pretty pricey that's why.

Of course being the crafty person that I am, I asked the lady what it takes to make this salt scrub myself-to no surprise she didn't exactly want to tell me, but she did. I even secretly kept some of the salt that was on me to later inspect it. I noted the size, texture and even wanted to taste it (I didn't-hah). I even inspected the oils used...Here is what I came up with. It's pretty simple.

Things you will need:
  1. Course salt or sugar
  2. Lavender oil 100%
  3. Almond oil or olive oil
  4. Clean wide mouth glass or plastic jar

I decided to use sugar instead of salt because that's pretty much all I had at home... I had two types of brown sugar. On the left, I have a soft, finer grain sugar. On the right, I have a coarser granulated sugar.
I bought this lavender oil from the Whole Foods supermarket. I found the almond oil at a East Indian supermarket. (This almond oil worked really well for stretch marks during my pregnancies) It leaves your skin super soft and moisturized all day.

As part of my experiment, I wanted to see and feel the difference between both textures of sugar.

I mixed equal parts of almond oil to sugar (two tablespoon sugar and two tablespoon almond oil...mix well).
Below, I tested the feel and coarseness of the scrub mixture on my skin and it's perfect! (This is the smaller, softer sugar grain).

This is the coarser grain and it felt the exact same as the softer grain. Oddly, the softer grain sugar clumped up and therefore produced the same texture as the coarser sugar. Nice.
Since they were both good, I mixed them together in a clean, empty, wide-mouth jar. 
For this sized jar, I added half cup of each types of sugar (one cup total), then added one cup almond oil. I used the end of a small paint brush to mix. If you had to use only one type of sugar use the larger grain sugar.
Mix in a couple teaspoons of lavender oil----more or less depending on how strong you want the fragrance to be. Mix well.
Let the mixture sit for awhile (maybe a day) then add more almond or olive oil if you wish to have your scrub more on the liquid side. To me, it is better when it is a dryer mix. After a day or so the sugar dissolves a bit and becomes more liquid. So using less oil is a good idea. You can always add either more oil or sugar to fix it to your preference.
This was so easy to do. Use salt or sugar. Almond or olive oil. Lavender or any fragrance you prefer. Add lemon. It is really all up to you and what your senses react to. I absolutely love lavender. It wakes me up and makes all my tension, aches and stress suddenly disappear. You can never go wrong by making this at home. Have a few girlfriends over and make salt and sugar scrubs. Use all kinds of fragrance creative. Make them as gifts. Enjoy!
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  1. Thank you for sharing!

  2. This is amazing, great tutorial!

    1. Thanks Chelsea--The Almond oil is amazing for dry skin!


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