Thursday, December 10, 2009

Kitchen Pantry Body Scrub

I’ve made body scrubs before using brown sugar and light vegetable oil, but I was never really satisfied with the results. The scrub was sticky and would clump up when I tried to rub it on my skin. Then I found a recipe in Janice Cox’s book, Natural Beauty All Seasons, which intrigued me. The recipe called for milk along with the usual sugar and oil combination. Here it is:

¼ cup sugar
2 tblsp light vegetable oil (I used grapeseed oil)
2 tblsp fresh milk


Combine the ingredients. Before you bathe, rub on skin to slough off dry, flaky skin and improve circulation. Rinse off.

I tried the scrub out last weekend and loved it. My skin felt smooth and moisturized after using it. According to Cox’s book, the protein, calcium and vitamins in dairy products make them good cleansers. They also contain lactose, an alpha hydroxy acid that gently sloughs off dead cells.
Plus, the scrub appeals to my eco side because I'm not washing harmful chemical preservatives, which are found in many commercially made products, down the drain into our water system.
So during these dry winter months, whip up this simple, eco-friendly body scrub to keep your skin smooth and soft.

13 comments:

Lynn said...

I am so impressed that you do stuff like that - I would have never thought of it.

hokgardner said...

I am so going to have to try this!

Talon said...

I love these type of skin beauty recipes that can be made easily from things you have on hand. I'll definitely give this a try as the cold weather does such a number on my skin!

Honey Mommy said...

What a fun idea. Once our heater is on I feel like my skin starts to really dry up!

Together We Save said...

Sounds wonderful!! Very easy to make. Dry winter skin is the worst.

Tanya @ TeenAutism said...

Sounds lovely! I definitely should try it.

pixiemama said...

Great idea. Essential oils would make the entire thing heavenly. You are so creative.

xo

Cookie said...

Wow! I never though to use sugar for a scrub.

Destiny's child... said...

Now, this is a coincidence...I was plannign to buy some facial scrub today..may be I should try this one out. Thanks! :)

Kathleen W. said...

What a great gift idea too. I could see it being packaged in a recycled jar wrapped in raffia with a sprig of evergreen.

Mama Zen said...

I've never tried adding milk. Thanks for the tip!

Maggie`s Mind said...

I am so going to try this! I can even find all of the ingredients here easily.

Janice Ellen Wright said...

Sounds nice! And I have all the stuff already, which I always like in any kind of recipe, for internal or external use.