Once I found this great body scrub at a discount store for $6. I liked it so much I thought I'd buy more at the retail price. Then I found out its retail cost is $15 - for sugar, oil, and fragrance!
This tutorial will show you how to make a brown sugar body scrub inexpensively in your own home.
The ingredients listed here will make about 1 cup of sugar scrub.
This would make a great gift for the holidays.
Measure the brown sugar and dump into mixing bowl. Fluff it up.
Add the oil and honey. Start with 1/4 cup oil, then add each additional tablespoon as you feel is needed for your skin type, in general: 1T for oily/combination, 2T for normal, and 3T for dry skin.
NOTE: For some reason the ingredients list to the left says you need 1 cup of oil instead of 1/4 cup. You need 1/4 cup!
The type of oil you use is up to you. But you want to use an oil that is acceptable for body use (very important -- using oils not intended for the skin can cause a severe allergic reaction that might involve a lot of painful burning and probably cursing) such as nut oils, apricot, grapeseed, or olive. If in doubt, use only an oil you find in the cosmetics section such as a massage oil.
I used a lavender body oil which contained a mixture of nut, apricot and grapeseed oils. Extra virgin olive oil as used for cooking also works well. If you have body-safe fragrance oil, you can add a few drops to scent the scrub.
Combine the ingredients by stirring and using the spoon in a slicing motion (as if making sushi rice) to break up and thoroughly mix.
Transfer the concoction to a clean container that has a lid (this would be an excellent time to reuse a food container of some type).
VOILA! You now have brown sugar body scrub
When using an oily product in the shower or bath, be careful with your footing. Don't come crying to me if you decide to tap dance while exfoliating, slip, fall, and split your skull open.
How to Use Sugar Scrubs
It isn't necessary to used a lot of pressure when using a scrub -- let the texture of the scrub do the work. If you apply too much pressure you can damage the skin (burning and cursing). Get some of the scrub in your hands and work it in a circular motion all over the body concentrating on the elbows, knees, heels and ankles.
If you have dry skin, you can just rinse and be done, but if you have oily, soap off with a mild soap. Avoid your face because the skin is more delicate (the sugar granules are too large for the skin on the face), and getting scented oil in your eyes will not be fun (more burning and cursing).
You can also use the scrub only on the feet during a pedicure.
Update: You can keep this sugar scrub much longer than 3 months, as I previously said (see comments).
You can keep this stuff as long as 6-9 months.
Several reasons for this: 1) the oil* will have a long shelf life and help preserve the sugar, 2) honey is a natural antibacterial and will also protect the sugar.
Also, as you reach the end of a batch you may find that you have some oil left over. To make use of the oil that has settled, simply add a few tablespoons of brown sugar and mix.
*Oil does go stale, but it takes a long time. Much longer than you would ever have the scrub.