Pampering yourself is so much fun and most of us don’t do it often enough. While I love a good massage or pedicure, the self-care tab can rack up charges quickly. It’s important to find ways to simplify self-care without breaking the bank so we will practice it more often!
I do yoga every day and get extremely sweaty so I have to shower and wash my hair every day. I typically only have about 15 min to shower and get back out of the door, so my routine has to be extremely efficient. Moisturizing my body takes a lot of extra time that I simply don’t have. This sugar scrub is easily used and is rinsed off in the shower so it completely replaces the need to apply body lotion!
This sugar scrub is also highly effective for healing eczema, psoriasis and other skin allergies. The synthetic fragrances (which are labeled as “natural”) in most body products, as well as PEGs, EDTA, Retinyl Palmitate, Vitamin A, Petrolatum and so many more Never List ingredients. Most of the clients I see heal their skin completely within 3-4 weeks if they make these three changes:
- Switch to safer body wash with a safer formula (try Dr. Bronners sensitive formula).
- Switch to safer body lotion (with this sugar scrub).
- Switch to safer laundry detergent (I recommend Molly’s Suds).
This DIY Sugar Scrub recipe is super easy and affordable. I love the Beautycounter Lemongrass Sugar Scrub and I buy it for special occasions, but for $30 I can make 6 months or more worth of my own sugar scrub for daily use. I buy the ingredients in bulk because the value is greater but you can also make this in smaller batches.
After you are done with your normal shower, with water still running, squeeze the water out of your hair. I like to twist my long hair into a knot but you could also pull it back with a hair tie. You don’t want to get your hair greasy from the coconut oil! Take a handful of sugar scrub and massage it on your legs, arms and anywhere else you want to exfoliate and leave the skin silky smooth and hydrated. Rinse your body with water and you are done! When I dry off I make sure to use one side of the towel only and then wrap my hair with the other side so it doesn’t get oily.
Refined coconut oil (refined doesn’t have a coconut scent)
Wooden spoon for mixing
Essential Oil of choice or Vanilla extract
(I prefer lemongrass or lemon eucalyptus)
Large glass container for heating coconut oil and storage
Small jar for the shower (I use my empty Beautycounter Lemongrass Sugar Scrub container).
- Put the desired amount of coconut oil into the glass container.
- Warm the oil until it is softened but not completely melted into a liquid. This doesn’t take long! You can use a microwave or stovetop.
- Pour sugar into the oil until there is very little oil left. Use either a wooden spoon or your hands to mix thoroughly. The mixture should be thick enough to pick up a clump of it without oil dripping everywhere.
- Add essential oils of choice or vanilla extract for a natural scent.
- Mix and let cool.
- Fill up the smaller sized jar to keep in the shower. Store the remainder at room temperature. When you refill your small container use a spoon to avoid contamination.