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DIY Vanilla Brown Sugar Scrub

By Jeanette Hurt

Vanilla Brown Sugar Scrub

Relaxation is essential to healthy living, and being calm can help you make better decisions. If you’re overworked or just a bit stressed out, pamper yourself with this yummy-smelling non-food reward made with ingredients from your pantry.

Here’s a balm to soften your rough edges—hands, feet and elbows—and it makes a perfect gift. Dress up the scrub by pouring it into 6-oz. Mason jars decorated with ribbon!

Makes about 1¼ cups, or enough for three 6-oz. jars.

Ingredients

  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • ½ c. olive or coconut oil (not vegetable or any frying-type oils)
  • 4–5 t. vanilla extract

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, stir together the brown sugar and oil until combined, but still crumbly-looking.
  2. Add vanilla extract, stirring in a teaspoon at a time. If, after 4–5 teaspoons, the fragrance isn’t vanilla-y enough for you, add another 1–2 teaspoons.
  3. For extra indulgence, add 5–10 drops of lavender or another flowery essential oil.

Note: As with any oil-based body product, always exercise caution when using in the bath or shower to avoid slips and falls. It makes the bathtub very slick!