This post contains affiliate links. This means if you make a purchase through one of my links, I may recieve a commission at no extra cost to you. See my full disclosure here.Winter time is notorious for causing dry, red, irritated skin. Between the cold, windy weather outside and dry, heated air indoors, it can be hard to avoid. Staying on top of your hydration and moisturizing are smart ways to keep the dry skin away, but often, as busy moms, our hands still take a beating. When you’re washing dishes, bathing kids, changing diapers, cleaning the house, and washing your hands constantly in between tasks, it’s nearly impossible to keep your hands soft and smooth. That’s when it’s time to treat yourself to some sugar scrub!
Sugar scrub is extremely effective because it helps to gently exfoliate dry skin with the sugar, while also deeply moisturizing with oil. The result is incredibly soft and moisturized hands that feel amazing! If you have never tried it, you are going to wonder where sugar scrub has been all your life! And it is so simple to make.
DIY Sugar Scrub Recipe
Here’s what you will need to make your own sugar scrub:
- 1/2 cup organic coconut oil
- 1 cup white sugar
- 20 drops essential oil of your choice (optional)- My favorites are peppermint, lavender, lime & bergamot, or dŌTERRA On Guard, but use whatever you like.
- a short, wide-mouthed jar with a lid (jelly jars work well)
Simply stir the ingredients together in your jar. The proportions given here are my preference for consistency but it is easy to adjust. If you prefer a drier consistency, add a little sugar to your mixture. If you prefer a smoother consistency, increase the coconut oil.
A note about using coconut oil in sugar scrub: Coconut oil is a solid at temperatures below 76 degrees F. Anything above that and it will be a liquid. Coconut oil can be used in the sugar scrub recipe in either state. Usually in the cold of winter, your coconut oil will be solid. It will soften easily and mix together with the sugar without trouble. Use your fingers for mixing to speed the process.
How long does sugar scrub last?
This coconut sugar scrub recipe has quite a long shelf life. As long as you keep the lid on it when not in use, it should last up to 6 months. (Of course, you are likely to use it up way before that!) Coconut oil itself has a long shelf life of up to two years compared to other oils, which is one of the reasons I prefer to use it over other oils in this sugar scrub.
A little pampering and self-indulgence are always in order, so try out some sugar scrub for yourself! It also makes a great homemade gift for any occasion with a pretty ribbon and note tied around the rim of the jar!