My gift to you: How to make your winter skin incredibly soft!
Have you ever heard of a sugar scrub? Once you try one you will be a convert. Gives you baby-soft skin for days! They can be pricey to buy but are in reality very cheap and easy to make. I have a 2-cup plastic container with an airtight lid so I can make enough for 2-3 applications at a time.
At its most basic, a sugar scrub is just sugar and oil, maybe some scent or essential oil or liquid glycerin soap (easy to get at health food stores or organic markets, so is jojoba oil mentioned below). If you do a Google search for sugar scrubs you'll find a ton of homemade recipes. There are also salt scrubs but I have not tried those yet.
The latest concoction I have to admit is the best-smelling so far. Improvisation is best, and what I ended up with was about a cup or so of raw sugar, couple tablespoons of brown sugar, a little bit of fresh squeezed lemon juice, walnut oil, jojoba oil, Neutrogena oil, lemon oil, couple spoonfuls of white sugar (because yours truly put too much oil in the mix and it was far too runny hehehe) and a tiny bit of liquid glycerin soap.
When you mix up a sugar scrub, it should be like cookie dough: kinda clumpy, not runny, falls apart easily. Have to say, that latest experiment smelled great!
A major word of caution, though: watch your step in the shower! That oily sugary mess on the floor can be more slippery than, well... oily glass. Stand on an old terrycloth towel, it'll give you traction and save your noggin.
Couple weeks ago I did a white sugar, olive oil, jojoba oil, glycerin deal with some lavender oil that was very nice. And no, I didn't smell like a Greek salad, but that was one slippery floor. Olive oil is considerably slippery on the skin, also, so just watch your footing and handholds.
Plastic airtight containers are best and avoid glass containers around your tub/shower (just in case it drops and breaks!). Sugar scrubs make excellent gifts too. Package several different varieties in containers, label and tie a ribbon or two around them, add to a gift basket of assorted spa-type things, and you have a unique easy-to-make gift.
Happy Holidays everyone!
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