It’s summertime! My favorite time of the year! I love the heat, the long days, the fresh food, the flip-flops, the freckles and tans, the comfy sundresses…everything. I am a summer girl through and through. (In fact, I’m at my favorite place on earth–the beach–with my husband and family right now!)
One of my must-do summer skincare rituals is using a body scrub regularly. Why? There are so many reasons: because I want my skin to be smooth since it’s more visible in the warmer months, so that I can get a closer shave, to get rid of dry/flaky skin on my heels, knees, and elbows, and so that my skin is exfoliated and even before I self-tan.
All that to say, today I’m sharing a quick and easy DIY body sugar scrub recipe. This is a chocolate version (it smells really good), but you could easily omit the cocoa powder and add essential oil or something else for a different scent. I made this recipe about three weeks ago and have used it about twice a week since then. My skin feels great!
DIY Chocolate Body Sugar Scrub Recipe
Recipe adapted from CraftyAllyson on YouTube
1/2 Cup White Sugar
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar (you could omit brown sugar and use 1 C white sugar instead)
1/4 Cup Olive Oil (you could substitute another kind of oil)
1/2 TSP Vanilla
1 TBSP Cocoa Powder (you could substitute essential oil)
Instructions: Just mix it all together! (I store mine in a Ziploc Twist ‘N Loc Container, but you could use a mason jar or any other airtight container.)
Notes: This mixture will keep for several months if there’s no water introduced into it, but if you take your container into the shower (like I do), the shelf life reduces because of the chance of mold. (You could add some Vitamin E oil to extend the shelf life a little, since it’s an antioxidant. Another idea is to use half salt/half sugar or all salt since salt is a natural preservative.) I estimate this batch of sugar scrub will last me about a month; if I used it less frequently, I’d likely make a half-batch, or store half of the full batch in an airtight container and keep the other half in the shower.
Alternatives: If you’re not the DIY type, I highly recommend the Tree Hut Shea Sugar Body Scrub. This was my go-to for years before I tried making my own!
// What body products have you DIY-ed?
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