It’s mid-November and the temperature has already dropped in North Florida. I’ve been subjected to chilly temperatures and a sudden stream of chilly rain that forced me to bundle up in my warmest jacket. Needless to say, it wasn’t fun and I’m not enjoying it so far.
But with weather changes come new ideas for another body scrub recipe, so here I am telling you about it! This recipe is loosely based on an original recipe I read in the latest issue of Willow and Sage magazine for the Christmas/Winter season.
If you haven’t read any of the Willow and Sage issues or even heard of it, please check it out! It’s published by the same company that makes In Her Studio, Artful Blogging, and Bella Grace: Stampington & Company. I read all four issues when they’re released and all are very inspiring to me and relate to what I do in my life.
Anyway…ahem. Back to the scrub recipe! This is a modified version of the “Gingerbread Sugar Scrub” seen in the magazine. My recipe is shown below:
– 5.6 oz dark brown sugar
– 2.8 oz pure cane sugar
– 4 oz virgin coconut oil
– 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
– 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
– 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
– 1/8 tsp ground ginger
The original recipe called for both dark brown sugar and light brown sugar, but I only had dark brown sugar so I used cane sugar to mix it with the brown sugar. The original recipe also called for ground cloves, but I didn’t have that so it was omitted.
Making the scrub is easy! To be as accurate as possible, measure out your ingredients with a scale before making the scrub. I did this and it really helped.
Combine the two sugars in a large bowl and whisk to remove lumps. Add the ground spices one at a time and stir until fully mixed in.
Scoop out the coconut oil and place it into a small jar or bowl. Place the bowl or jar in a large container of hot water to melt the oil down into a liquid. NEVER microwave the coconut oil or you’ll destroy the nutrients in it. You can skip this if you have fractionated coconut oil or if you’re using another oil.
Slowly pour the melted coconut oil into the sugar/spice mixture (a little at a time) and mix together until it is the consistency you desire. I like my scrubs to be in-between gentle and abrasive, so I eventually found the right consistency to work for my skin.
Once it’s what you like, scoop the scrub into a glass jar or in my case, I reused a pot from LUSH.
That’s it! You’re done! In the shower, rub gently onto wet skin and rinse off. I like to scoop out my scrub with a small spoon rather than with my hands so water doesn’t get into the container.
I’ve been using this for a while and not only does it smell good, but I don’t need to add that much lotion on my skin afterwards due to the coconut oil. Plus, my skin is much smoother and even!
Give this a try. You might like this recipe or you can alter it to suit your needs!