Tuesday, February 26, 2013

DIY orange sugar body scrub

Hello there bloggie friends!  I've been really trying to jump on the all natural products band wagon, so I thought I'd try my hand at some DIY beauty.  I'm still trying to find uses for all that citrus I've been getting in my CSA bin, considering it's the end of February, and nothing is growing in Seattle right now that we haven't been eating for months.  It is neat that citrus is so bright and refreshing in contrast to the long and gray winter.  Oranges are definitely a fave.

I've got suuuuuuuper dry skin.  Icky dry skin.  Why is it so hard to find products out there for dry skin that don't have unnatural fragrance or alcohol????  It slays me.  There are few products I can use on my sensitive exterior, and they are so freakin expensive.  GAH!

Enter orange and olive oil to the rescue!  This stuff is awesome.  I mean, my skin was soft and hydrated.  WHA??!!!  And all I had to do was mix up some goodies around my kitchen.

To make about a cup:

1 cup raw sugar (or some kind of coarse sugar for exfoliating)
1/2 cup olive oil
the juice of 1/2 an orange
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon ground clove

Mix well and keep in an airtight container.  I'm not quite sure how long this will keep because of the orange juice.  I've had mine for about a week and it seems just fine.  Some warnings though: this makes your tub super slick!!!  Be really really careful about using a glass container with a slick shower bottom.  I would definitely test this on your skin before using, and remember that citrus will make your skin more sensitive to sunlight.

It smells divine.  And the smell sticks with you too.  This will definitely be a weekly routine for me from now on.  I'd like to try some different combos though, like an herby lemony one maybe.  I'll be sure to post when I try them out!

Have a great day friends,



  1. mmmm I can already smell it! I've been meaning to make a sugar body scrub for aaaages now, I keep telling myself I'm going to do it but never do. I love the idea of this orange one! I was just going to do a brown sugar and olive oil scrub but this one sounds much nicer :) xxx


  2. Oh man, just looking at this and reading the ingredients makes me yearn even harder for spring! This would be a great way to get a bit o' summer during these gray (blah) months.
    Incidentally, I don't know what you use for body lotion or how strict you are about ingredients, but I have super dry, itchy skin as well and I'm also sensitive to a lot of perfumes and such (they give me headaches and affect my allergies/sinuses, etc.). That said, have you tried Curel lotion? It's about $8 for a big bottle, but it lasts a fairly long time. My faves are the "Daily Moisture" and the "Itch Defense." Just a thought.

  3. Ohh, this looks like a great DIY that I must try!
    Jillian - http://epic-thread.blogspot.com

  4. This sounds so good! I've hopped on the natural products bandwagon too, so I'll definitely have to try this!

  5. I bet that smells amazing! I'm going to have to make some!

  6. I'm going to try this definite xx

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  7. I have the same problem! I have the driest skin on earth it seems like! I will definitely be trying this out. I've uses a sugar scrub before but not one with citrus. Looks amazing. Thanks lady.

  8. oh, awesome! ya know i just bought ingredients for a coconut scrub that i was gonna try, this one looks good too. im a huge orange fan.
    thanks for stopping by today and for your sweet words. im so glad to be by visiting ya. :)

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