One of the most luxurious ways to ready your skin for fresh air and sunshine is to exfoliate and moisturize. However, body scrubs in boutiques and stores can run upwards of twenty dollars. (I know!) Here is a simple way to use ingredients you most likely have in your kitchen already to create your very own sugar body scrub. All it takes is a few minutes and you can have your very own spa day without ever leaving the house.
There are tons of recipes out there but I have found that simple is always better. Gather your ingredients: white sugar, brown sugar, ground coffee, olive oil (or grapeseed oil, almond oil, coconut oil – use whatever you have on hand), essential oil (if you wish) and a clean jar. There is no need to go out and buy a fancy jar. Here, I am using an upcycled jar from some delicious jam.
Now, I don’t really use specific measurements, I just add the dry ingredients until it is the texture I want. As a general rule, I tend to use more white sugar than brown but that’s just a personal preference. You can play around with your measurements to suit your liking. The ground coffee adds a great exfoliating texture and smells fabulous.
Shake and/or stir your dry ingredients to distribute as evenly as possible.
Pour in your oil, mixing as you go. If you are making a large batch, this works better in a bowl. I like the serious moisture that olive oil brings and there is just something so rustic about it, you know?
Add your essential oils or scents if you are interested. I added a couple drops of vanilla leftover from a soap-making brainstorm that never took hold.
Stir until you have the texture/consistency you’re looking for. I tend to go heavier on the oil than some. It’s a preference.
If you are giving this away as a gift (as I will be doing) then add some simple fabric and glue something pretty to the lid. Voila! Your very own coffee & brown sugar body scrub!
To use, I suggest standing in the shower. Cleaning up this mess off the bathroom floor isn’t the most relaxing way to wind down once your’e done. Simply rub the mixture into your skin and rinse off. You will smell great, feel softer than ever and feel proud of yourself knowing that you made this yourself!