Twelfth Day of Christmas: DIY Sugar Body Scrub
♫ On the twelfth day of Christmas, Katie Crafts gave to me- a make-at-home sugar scrub recipe! ♫
It’s our last day of Katie Crafts’ 12 Days of Christmas daily posts! Don’t worry, it isn’t the end of posts for the year entirely. In fact, I already have a few ready for next week! 🙂 Today’s post is a simple three ingredient sugar body scrub that you can make for your own dry wintery skin, or put in a mason jar and gift to someone this holiday season!
Let me preface this by saying, I. Love. This. Scrub. I keep a tub of it in my shower and use it for my dry skin. As I mentioned before, there are only three ingredients in it so it’s a quick recipe too.
- granulated sugar
- extra virgin olive oil
- tea tree oil
I’m leaving the exact proportions out because it’s up to you how much you want to make, but I’ll explain that below.
- Pour one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil in a bowl.
- Add a few drops of tea tree oil.
- Add one teaspoon of sugar at a time, mixing the concoction until it is a thick paste.
That’s it! The above recipe will yield a small amount of scrub that will give you a couple of showers worth. You can make a bigger batch by adding more of each ingredient. The great thing about this recipe is that you can just keep adding to your bowl and making the batch bigger with very little effort. If you add too much sugar to your initial recipe and it begins to clump, just add a smidge more oil to it. You don’t want it TOO thick because the sugar will already exfoliate your skin enough as it is. Too much sugar may just aggravate skin.
To use: Wet skin. Take small amount of scrub in palm and add a pinch of water, rubbing between palms. Scrub skin in circular motion for a few minutes to rid yourself of dry flaky skin. After letting oil soak in for a couple extra minutes (or until your skin is happy!), rinse off well with cool or luke warm water and blot with damp towel. Use your favorite lotion to lock in moisture.
Voila! Soft and silky skin!
Here are some benefits to each of the ingredients, along with some tips!
- The tea tree oil has several antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic qualities which can help fight blemishes on your skin, thus making it great for acne prone spots. The scent is strong and not something everyone loves, which is why my recipe says to add only a few drops. If you don’t mind the scent, or perhaps find it pleasant, you may add more! If you want to hide the scent all together, try adding just a couple drops of your favorite essential oil to the mix.
- Granulated sugar is a fabulous exfoliate on dry skin. Use sparingly on face and sensitive skin.
- Olive oil will help retain the moisture in your skin. Stir in a little extra oil when scrub begins to dry out.
Store your DIY sugar body scrub in an airtight container. For external use only. Keep away from eyes and mouth. Each ingredient (and therefore the scrub as a whole) lasts for years! Or until you use it all. If the sugar and oil begin to separate over time, simply stir together with spoon! As with any recipe, test a small area before using all over.
Hope you liked my tea tree oil body scrub recipe! Let me know if you decide to use it!
And I also hope you liked all my 12 Days of Christmas posts! Which was your favorite?