It was my sister’s birthday recently. Her birthday is three weeks after mine and her gift to me was very, very generous so I wanted to give her something special. Something from the heart.
It had to be girly and smell good. And I wanted it to knock her socks off which meant it had to be super moisturising with a good amount of exfoliation. So after some experimentation I came up with Em’s Tickle-Me-Pink Body Scrub.
Why DIY rocks
It’s environmentally friendly. Making beauty products in your kitchen will save a lot more energy than big businesses who use industrial machines.
- It’s cheaper. The first ingredient of most store-bought scrubs is Aqua – essentially you are paying big bucks for something with a main ingredient of water.
- You have more control. Feeling a bit itchy? You can double the peppermint oil. Or if you are after a vitamin E enriched product you can load it up with as much of it as you want.
- It is FUN!
Ingredients and their benefits
- 3 cups white sugar – great for exfoliation.
- 1 cup coconut oil – very moisturising, prevents sagging and wrinkles.
- 1/2 teaspoon of vitamin E – antioxidant and works as a natural preservative. It also promotes circulation and speeds up cell regeneration.
- A few drops of peppermint oil – soothing and healing, reduces redness or itchy skin.
- Red dye – keep in mind that cochineal is squished beetles. Ewww. I had no problems with cochineal staining my skin or the bathroom but when I remade this with a food dye instead and it was quite messy. Alternatively you could try raspberry or beetroot juice but this could limit the shelf-life of your scrub.
Method (in pictures)
- Add 3 cups white sugar
- Add 1 cup coconut oil.
- My coconut oil was solid so I microwaved it for 30 seconds.
- Stir in so there is no dry sugar. If it’s a bit too runny add more sugar.
- Add 1/2 tsp of vitamin E.
- Add a few drops of peppermint oil and add your red dye. Or if you are not keen on the pink just skip this step.
- I scooped mine into an old Lush container. It’s more practical for the shower than glass – especially because my sister has little ones in her house.
- But you could also use a glass jar to make it look pretty.
Variations: I accidentally reached for vanilla extract and poured that in instead of red dye. It added a yummy smell and gave it that extra girly oompf. Vanilla is good for relaxation although it’s best if you can make homemade vanilla extract from vanilla beans.
In conclusion: I’ve got quite a bit left to giveaway for other presents. I also kept some aside so I could test it out first. I’m really happy with how it all turned out. After using this my skin feels super soft. So now all I need to do is wait for my sister’s adulation.
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