This is my latest obsession. After spending over a month in northern Europe over the holidays, and then coming back to an unusually cold spell in New Orleans, my skin was lizard-like. I used all of my favorite moisturizing shower scrub from REN and needed something else right away. I had been applying coconut oil to very dry spots and then realized I could probably make a simple scrub with sugar and coconut oil and….wait, that’s all! So I gave it a shot and it worked out just great. I have been using it the past few weeks and my skin has never been so soft! I also like that it’s a time-saver: using the scrub in the shower means I can skip body lotion afterwards. Update: I have also tried making this with sea salt and it’s just as great!
Here’s how I made it: Take 1 part organic coconut oil (I used this Nutiva coconut oil) to 2 parts organic cane sugar (or sea salt). If you use the same size Nutiva coconut oil that I use which is the 15 ounce size, then you’ll need about 3 pounds of sugar or sea salt. Coconut oil is solid at room temperature, so I put it in a pan and turned the heat on VERY low. The coconut oil melts almost immediately. Then I poured in the sugar and stirred. That’s it! Seriously – it took me less than 5 minutes. I scooped it into a couple of containers (I used the coconut oil container and the one my REN scrub came in).
I like that it has very little scent (just a mild coconut scent), because I tend to prefer unscented or mildly scented products. But you could easily add some of your favorite body or bath oil, or a few drops of essential oil if you want to mix it up a bit.
Normally I ration out products like this to make them last longer. But I’ve been piling this stuff on every time I take shower, since I know it’s so easy to go downstairs and make another batch
This is the first time I’ve ever made any beauty products at home, but now I’m curious to try a few more. Any ideas?