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I have a confession… I’m a beauty product junkie. My husband has long been concerned about the fact that I easily have a six or seven bottles of shampoo and conditioner in the shower, a dozen scented bottles of lotion in the bathroom vanity, and countless tubes of lip gloss all over the house. However, I have recently had to temper my “addiction” because (if you haven’t noticed), it seems like the prices of beauty products are going through the roof. So, what’s a girl to do?
One of my favorite beauty products is a good sugar scrub to use in the shower. Sugar scrubs exfoliate dry skin, leaving mine glowing, moisturized, and smelling great. However, a good sugar scrub can cost $15 to $20 for 8 ounces at my favorite bath and body care stores. That’s a lot of money! So, I decide to see if I could make my own for less and still get the same great benefits.
Sugar scrubs are pretty simple to make. They are 1 part carrier oil to 2 parts sugar (or you can also use salt) plus fragrance. There are several types of carrier oils that work great for these scrubs: almond oil, coconut oil, grape seed oil, and even olive oil. The fragrance comes from a few drops of essential oils. For an energizing scrub try a few drops of grapefruit, tangerine, or peppermint essential oil. For a relaxing scrub try lavender, chamomile, or jasmine. For a warm, cozy scrub try cinnamon, vanilla (you can even use pure vanilla extract!), and clove in combination. Essential oils vary in price, and the organic versions are more costly. However, a small amount goes a long way! Start with just a few drops in your scrub, and add more to intensify the scent to your liking. (You shouldn’t put any more than 50 drops per 1 cup of carrier oil to prevent skin irritation.) Try mixing up one of these scrubs and putting it in a jar (a mason jar with a pretty ribbon around it works great!) for a thoughtful gift.
Here are two recipes to try:
Christine Luken is a Coupon Queen, Financial Coach, and author of the e-books, “Confessions of a Coupon Queen: Secrets Retailers Don’t Want You to Know” and “The Coupon Sisters Get Cooking: Discover the Magic of Meal Planning.” She has a passion for helping families save money so they can build up their savings and pay off their debt. Christine lives in the Greater Cincinnati area with her husband, Nick, and two cats, Peanut and Little Tiny. In her spare time, you can find Christine on the golf course, at the mall shopping for shoes (coupons in hand!), or at home watching cage fighting with her husband. You can reach her by email or on her website.
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