Sunday, November 18, 2012

Sugary Sweet: A Sugar Scrub DIY

My sanity came into question this morning as I was whipping up the sugar scrub I'm planning to talk about. My poor husband (who puts up with all of my craziness with a grace that I will never be able to emulate) walked into the room and looked at the counter with a confused and slightly worried expression.

"I thought you weren't supposed to be baking anything for a couple of days."
"I'm not. I'm making a sugar scrub for my face. I'm even going to try it on my legs cause they are so dry."

Ladies, the look he gave me was a mix of horror and pity. Like I had lost my mind and he knew it wasn't coming back. He was so sweet, though, as he asked questions like "won't the olive oil clog your pores? You work so hard to keep your face clear."

I love this man.

But... I seem to have gotten off topic.

Sugar scrubs! A wonderful way to get that soft skin and beautiful complexion without spending (for me) anything. Also, a wonderful gift for a girlfriend! All of the ingradients were sitting in my kitchen oddly enough. When trying to do something like a DIY, I'm ALWAYS missing something.

Here are the measurements I used. I say experiment to figure out the right consistency for your skin.

  • A container
  • 3/4c Sugar (granulated or raw). I used raw for mine.
  • 1/2c extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 cap full of vanilla

I don't have picures because my toddler was playing with my phone at the time, but all you do it mix it all together and voila! Instant scrub.

I think I watched about 45 thousand youtube videos on the subject because I am always looking for something new to try that is cheap but won't kill my skin. There are a million different variations. Some say to use baby oil, others put citrus in it. Yogurt is another favorite. But, again, I had all of these ingredients already, so it was free for me to try. I love a good bargain!

If you're sitting here wondering "why would I put this on my face? It sounds like the start of some kind of pastry!", fear not! Everything in the scrub is wonderful for your face. The olive oil will not clog your pores (should not, I say. Though there are probably some that cannot use it. So far, with my extremely terrible oily skin, I haven't had any problems). The honey is an antibacterial, and the vanilla....well, the vanilla was to make is smell less like a bad chapstick. Extra virgin olive oil has a distinct smell. Ew.

After I finished it, I went straight into the bathroom to try it out. For those of you that have never used a sugar scrub before, it's kind of messy. At least mine was. I'm also terribly clutzy and tend to be awkward, so it could just be me. All I did was.... dipped my hand in and rubbed it on my face. After that, I washed and moisturized as normal.

Did it work? Oh, I can't even express how wonderful it is. My skin is so soft and clean feeling. I am hooked. I'll try this two or three times a week to start because I don't want to ruin my skin, but I'm excited about it. A fabulous free facial (say that three times fast) that is completely mom friendly.


  1. Love Sugar Scrubs for my lips and body but never tried it on my face..Too scared that it would hurt..But if it did I'm sure you would have mentioned :)

    1. Oh, it's not much more than a really good exfoliator. :D As long as you don't bear down too hard, it doesn't hurt at all!