Scrub Away the Winter Blues

Did It Myself Sugar Scrub

I have a confession to make. It’s been 3 weeks since my last pedicure and my toes could seriously use some scrubbing. I’m on a tight budget this week so I decided to attempt a homemade sugar scrub to keep stress out of my wallet. Here’s what I learned. You need 3 ingredients to make a scrub: the scrubby stuff, an oil, and a fragrance.

Common household items for exfoliants

Scrubby stuff:
Brown or white sugar
Sea salt
Coffee grounds

Baby oil
Olive oil

Any essential oil

I decided to go the brown sugar route as one of my fave store bought scrubs is Tree Hut’s Shea Sugar Body Scrub.

Here’s my DIM recipe:

Most of these came from Whole Foods.


3/4 cup organic brown sugar
1/4 cup organic sunflower oil
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract (I didn’t have essential oils…here’s hoping I smell like a cookie)
1 teaspoon Baby Hugo Lavender Camomile Bedtime spray

Stir until it looks a little moist but still grainy. Keep the remainder in a closed container to prevent drying out or as I say, crustiness.



I got super excited about the quality and went a little crazy with my scrubbing so I used about half the mixture for my shower. It smelled deliciously like buttery cookies, washed off easily and left my skin soft. My boyfriend was impressed with the feel of my skin.

Feeling lazy or looking for something more exotic? Try Chicago natural hotspot Mojo Spa, the place that makes scrubs good enough to eat…think chocolate, pumpkin, cinnamon…cupcakes!

Does anyone else have some scrubs that they’ve successfully made?


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