Chad and I were given the incredible blessing of escaping for the weekend to Cape Cod. It was a much needed "calm before the storm". Brain Surgery Stage One begins on Tuesday; a mere five days away. Just typing that now makes my stomach sink.
I'll be sharing a post update of how our trip went, plus some fun pictures. But running the sand through my hands on the beach yesterday before we left reminded me to make a new sugar scrub. I've been spoiled rotten by my sister who makes an amazing scrub, but I thought it was time to give it a go myself. My skin specifically struggles with redness and uneven skin tone, so I made sure to use peppermint oil as my sister's recipe instructs, and then add pure lavender essential oil. Both will help even my skin tone and cool any red spots.
My recipe is somewhat loose, lending toward your own preferences and needs. Everything I used was either organic or all natural/GMO-free ingredients. Here's what I used (in approximations, as I am one of those " I don't measure" crazy ladies):
DIY SUGAR SCRUB
2 cups sugar (I used large, granulated, unrefined sugar and fine, organic table sugar)
3/4 cup salt (I used finely ground organic sea salt)
1/2 cup coconut oil (melted)
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
10 drops of lavender EO
6 drops of peppermint EO
1 sprig of lavender leaves (optional... I placed in the bottom of my jar)
First, I melted the coconut oil and blended my EO (essential oil) drops well. I then poured this in with the olive oil and whisked until evenly mixed. Next, I poured the sugar and salt in and stirred, making sure to crush the salt and sugar in evenly to the oil mixture. I then just mixed and blended until I was happy with the consistency. Feel free to add more oil or dry ingredients to get the consistency you like. I usually use my sugar scrub right in the shower, so I like a dryer mix. However, some people use it just for their hands or face, and it needs to have a little more liquid for that.
Once it was mixed, I tossed it in a mason jar and it will sit on the edge of my tub as I use it over the next two months or so. It's a really simple scrub to make with amazing benefits. Exfoliating and moisturizing at the same time is a win for me. Let me know if you try it! You'll be amazed at how soft your skin is after!
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