Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Sugar and spice and all things nice!

Just recently I was using varnish on one of my other craft projects and got some of it on my hands, which was a disaster. I didn't have enough nail polish remover at home to get rid of it, so i had to depend on good old google for a solution. Cooking oil & Sugar - said google - and guess what, it worked and not only did it work, but I had the smoothest hands right after! :) So I looked up handscrubs and found loads of them in blogland. This is my version made with whatever I had in the kitchen.

You will need:

White Sugar
Brown Sugar
Olive oil (You could use another cooking oil, like vegetable oil or corn oil)
Lemon zest
Essential oil (you can use whatever scent you like)
A container for the final product (I recycled a scented candle container)

First add equal amounts of white sugar and brown sugar in a bowl and whisk together till all lumps are removed.

Spoon the sugar into the container until about 3/4 full.

Gradually pour in the oil. This step needs to be done slowly. Allow the oil to seep through the sugar and keep adding oil slowly until the sugar is well covered with oil. You want just enough so that its not floating on top.

If you have poured in too much oil, you can top up the sugar now.

Add about 7-8 drops of your essential oil.

I added the zest of a lemon.

Mixed it all up together and ta da! Its ready! Try some now - you won't be disappointed. While sugar is an excellent exfoliant, it can be a bit abrasive, so if you are using on an area other than your hands, please do so carefully as your skin may redden. But you will have wonderfully soft skin after you've used this, as I found out accidentally!!!!

I dressed it up with some ribbon and a felt flower I made. Doesn't it look lovely? Perfect handmade gift.

Let me know what you think!

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  1. I make my own sugar scrub too - adding lemon zest is a really good idea, may have to try that.

  2. for some strange reason it looks delicious...

  3. Thanks Leah I love citrusy smells and the zest contains oil - so it should work!!!

  4. Thanks Kiran - it does actually and probably not a good idea to keep it in the kitchen!!!

  5. That's seems cool!
    You know, my hand are so so so dry I usually scrub them with a misture of rock salt and olive oil for some minutes and then I wash them with hot water. It's great because you scrub and hydrate at the same time!

    I'll try your idea!


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