A couple months ago, at our family’s Art & Crafts Fair, I purchased an awesome sugar scrub from one of my favorite vendors. The scrub is dubbed “Awake” because it incorporates a number of enlivening essential oils, like peppermint and a variety of citruses. Miss R became obsessed with using it as part of her hand-washing routine, though I had to remove it from her bathroom because her untidy ways were attracting too many ants. But since both of us enjoy it so — just rubbing the sugar crystals between our hands is a sensory delight — we decided to try making our own. We’re such active crafters around here, but other than our foray into the world of soapmaking, we don’t have much experience with hand-crafting specialty products. Let me tell you, creating a sugar scrubs was the perfect starter project for our entry into the world of kid friendly bath and body goods. Our experiment — which, admittedly, was a bit slapdash — took us around 15 minutes and rendered a beautiful and gloriously functional scrub. It also provided Miss R with her daily dose of tactile fun.
Ingredients and Recipe:
- 1/2 cup coconut oil (liquid)
- 1-3 tbsps olive oil
- 1 cup granulated white sugar
- 1/4 cup kosher salt
- orange essential oil (5 drops)
- lemon essential oil (5 drops)
- If your coconut oil is hardened, melt it in the microwave (30 seconds did the trick for us). Pour it into a large bowl.
- Add sugar and mix.
- Mix in the olive oil, tbsp by tbsp, using less or more if the texture is too course or runny.
- Pour in the salt and mix well.
- Keep adding sugar and salt to increase courseness, or oil to increase smoothness. As we played around with the consistency, Miss R really played around. Since the scrub holds shape so well, she formed balls and hearts with her hands.
- Add around 5 drops of lemon essential oil and 5 drops of orange essential oil — less or more according to your aroma preferences. Both oils, as citruses, are said to invigorate the senses as well as promote cleansing.
- Once you’re happy with the consistency, and if you want your scrub to be colored, add in a few drops of food coloring and mix well. Despite my suggestion to dye the scrub orange or yellow to represent the essential oils, Miss R went with pink because, well, it’s pink.
- Transfer the mixture to a mason jar or sealed container and you’re done!