Coconut Sugar Scrub

It has been a long looooong while since I have posted a none food related post, heck it’s been a while since I’ve posted a food related one, not that this post is purely none food related as it does involve basic consumable products, but the final product is not a comestible. Hurray!IMG_4678

Today I would like to share with you one of my favorite skin polishing treatments.  My Coconut Sugar Scrub is a gentle exfoliant that also works as an excellent moisturizer.  It’s made out of three simple ingredients – coconut oil, sugar, and peppermint oil.  Nice and easy.  I use this scrub regularly throughout the winter to help rehydrate and refreshen my skin, and this latest batch was made on my return from a tropical beach vacation to help maintain and extend that healthy sunny tropical glow.  Full discloser.  I’m a pasty white, especially after six months of winter, and my only other skin coloring alternatives are ridiculously freckled after religiously applying my 70 spf or lobster red when I miss a spot or decide to opt for the more environmentally “friendly” oxybenzone-and-octinoxate-free option.  Seriously, if anyone invents a 70 spf sunscreen that’s affordable and doesn’t kill coral, they’d be my hero.  Anyways, retaining any vestigial color goes a long ways to making me less corpse like, hence the sugar scrub.  The Coconut Sugar Scrub also works well on dry hands, another common ailment of mine, and I like to leave a small jar of it next to the sink.

Materials:

  • 1/2 cup Coconut Oil – a great moisturizer that is natural, temperature sensitive, and sweet smelling.
  • 1 cup Sugar – the exfoliant, the more refined the sugar granule the gentler the scrub.
  • 1/2 tsp Peppermint Oil – calming and soothing to the skin, it’s scent also complements the sweetness of the coconut oil.

Instructions:

  1. Combine all three of the ingredients together.  You may need to lightly zap the coconut oil in the microwave if it’s too solid to easily combine with the sugar and peppermint oil.
  2. Store and use as needed.  If the coconut oil solidifies again, it probably will if you live in a colder climate like Vermont, run your sugar scrub container under hot water.  This is easily done, if you bring it into the shower or bath with you.

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