Salt and sugar scrubs are one of easiest home treatments that truly deliver. Not only is slathering sugar and oil all over your body wickedly pleasant, but the exfoliating factor leaves skin refreshed, vibrant, and as soft as a certain anatomical part of an infant.
But one of the greatest unsolved mysteries of all time is this: Why do beauty product companies charge such exorbitant prices for salt and sugar scrubs? It’s mind-boggling. A quick Internet search just turned up six products ranging in price from $31 to $39.99 for, basically, 14 ounces of sea salt or sugar mixed with oil and fragrance. Seriously.
So here’s an idea. Buy an 8.5 pound bag of beautiful all-natural Pacific sea salt which will give you enough salt to make almost 11 jars comparable in size to the commercial products. Invest in some oil and essential oils, and bingo. Same deal for sugar scrubs. It’s really just a matter of mixing a few ingredients together in the right proportions. You get to customize your ingredients, be assured that there are no funky synthetic chemicals involved, skip the excess packaging, and have some glowing skin to show for your not-so-much efforts. Here are some formulas to get you started.
Banana Sugar Body Scrub
When the bananas are starting to brown, grab those beauties and put them to use. This one skips the oil and relies purely on the benefit of banana and the gently abrasive sugar.
- 1 ripe banana
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract or your favorite essential oil (optional)
Smash ingredients together with a fork into a chunky goop. Don’t over-mash or it will become too thin. If you want a banana scrub for your face, reserve some of the banana and mash it separately without sugar. In the shower, pat the sugar mixture and gently massage over your body. For your face, gently massage plain banana there, avoiding the eye area. Rinse off with warm water.
Vanilla Coconut Brown Sugar Scrub
Coconut oil is subtly fragrant and slightly miraculous. This one is a super moisturizer, and can practically double as dessert.
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Mix ingredients together. Rub on skin while in the shower, massage, and rinse.
Sugary Minty Lip Scrub
For soft lips, this quick treatment is the ultimate treatment to make you a smooth kisser. Blend a bit jojoba or olive oil with caster sugar (also known as superfine sugar; you can also make your own by putting regular granulated sugar in the food processor for a minute) and a touch of peppermint or vanilla extract. Place some of the paste on your lips, massage and lick off.
Rosemary Lemon Salt Scrub
- 1 cup sea salt
- 1/2 cup pure organic almond oil
Pour the salt into a clean, sterilized container with a tight-fitting lid. If you’re using plain salt, add a zest of one lemon ,2 teaspoons fresh thyme, leaves stripped from the stems. Pour the almond oil over top and screw the lid on tightly. To use, just give the jar a stir to mix the oil and salt together, and scrub away in the shower! The scrub will keep for up to 6 months stored in an airtight container at room temperature.
Mediterranean Olive Oil Scrub
- 1/2 cup of sea salt
- 1/2 cup of brown sugar (like muscovado or demerara)
- 1/4 cup of olive oil
- A couple of drops of orange essential oil
Blend all the ingredients together, and then rub over damp skin in the shower. Rinse thoroughly. You shouldn’t need to moisturize afterwards, since the olive oil will leave your skin dewy-soft.
We hope you enjoyed our list and found the right sugar scrub recipe for you! Have a scrub-a-licious day!!