Want silky smooth healthy, camera ready skin? Try these proven DIY recipes.
Sugar scrubs are a simple beauty recipe with countless variations, and they can be incredibly moisturising and exfoliating to the skin, followed by a body butter, gives you smooth, silky skin.
If you are new to making your own beauty products (or even if you are a veteran natural beauty alchemist) I highly encourage you to try out these sugar scrub and body butter recipe.
They can be used on face, lips, body or (especially) feet for silky skin. You can add endless ingredients for your desired outcome, and they take under ten minutes to make.
Here’s The Basic Recipe:
Sugar (white or brown)
Oil- Extra virgin olive oil, or Almond oil, or Coconut oil
Shea butter or Petroleum jelly (optional)
Use 2 parts sugar (regular white or brown sugar work great) to 1 part oil (almond, olive and coconut are great), honey and shea butter, add 1/2 tsp Vitamin E oil (or the gel from a few capsules), and mix well.
Scrub shouldn’t be too runny or to dry, mix for the right consistency.
Sound simple? It is!
This lasts for up to 2 months (or more) and smell good enough to eat… Actually, they are good enough to eat, but don’t… sugar is bad for your intestines!
To help make your scrub last longer, add Vitamin E as a preservative. 2-3 Vitamin E capsules that have been opened and stirred in are generally enough.
Apply sugar scrub in the bath, using a dry bath glove to gently massage the scrub into the skin.
(The oil makes the bath slippery, ensure to clean out the bath to prevent an accident.)
Follow with a moisturising body butter, you can also make yours. Here’s the recipe;
Makes 2 1/2 to 3 cups whipped butter.
1 cup organic raw shea butter (solid)
1/2 cup coconut oil (solid)
1/2 cup almond oil (liquid) or 1/2 cup Olive oil
1. Melt shea butter and coconut oil in the top of a double boiler. Remove from heat and let cool for 30 minutes, or whisk both together in a bowl. Mix thoroughly.
2. Stir in almond oil and essential oils of your choosing.*
3, Place oil mixture in freezer or outside to chill.
4. Wait until oils start to partially solidify then whip until a butter-like consistency is achieved.
4. Place in clean, glass jar and enjoy! A little goes a long way.
*Not all essential oils are skin friendly or child friendly. Please do your research before adding.
TIPS: PLEASE READ!
1. You can use what ever oils you wish, just make sure you keep the ratio 75% solid to 25% liquid. SO IF YOU ARE ALLERGIC TO ANY OF THE ABOVE LISTED OILS, JUST REPLACE THEM WITH AN OIL THAT YOU ARE NOT ALLERGIC TO. Just make sure you replace a solid for a solid and a liquid for a liquid.
2. The chilling step is crucial. If you don’t chill it properly, it won’t whip or stay whipped. About 20 minutes in the freezer usually does the trick for this batch. Make sure you scrape down the sides before mixing.
3. Since this recipe does not contain any water, it will not mould. You should keep in a cool place but it does not have to be refrigerated.
I do not know the exact shelf life but I know it will keep at least a few months, plus.
The body butter melts as it goes on and gets a little oily but absorbs beautifully, quickly and leaves your skin very soft.
Ever made your own sugar scrub or body butter? What is your favourite combination? Let me know below!
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