Orange Cinnamon Brown Sugar Scrub
(inspired by this recipe at Oh She Glows)
1/2 cup sweet almond oil
the freshly squeezed juice of half an orange
1 tsp orange zest
several pinches of freshly grated cinnamon stick
Mix all ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl until they are well combined. Spoon mixture into an airtight glass jar for storage, and keep it in the fridge between uses for maximum freshness.
Coconut Peppermint Sugar Scrub
(inspired by this recipe at Food For My Family)
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup sweet almond oil
1 cup sugar (I used organic golden cane sugar)
2 to 4 drops of 100% pure peppermint essential oil
In a small saucepan over low heat, melt the coconut oil. Remove from heat and stir in the almond oil; let oils cool to room temperature. Stir in the sugar and add the peppermint essential oil one drop at a time, stirring after each drop, until you're pleased with the scent of the mixture. Spoon mixture into an airtight glass jar for storage.
To use either of these homemade sugar scrubs, simply wet your hands with warm water and add a small amount of the sugar scrub to them. Gently rub the scrub all over your hands in a circular motion, and then rinse with warm water. Use the scrub anytime your hands need a little extra love and care. These scrubs smell wonderful and are also great to use on your whole body.
For my first attempts at making my own sugar scrubs, I chose orange cinnamon and coconut peppermint because they seemed fitting for the upcoming holiday season. (Sugar scrubs packaged in cute little jars and tied with pretty ribbons also make lovely seasonal gifts!) You can experiment with many different kinds of oils, sugars, and essential oils to make your own favourites -- please let me know in the comments section if you do! I hope these sugar scrubs will help keep your hands happy throughout the winter season.