Yesterday I made myself a batch of Vanilla Sugar Body Scrub. I found the recipe over on Freutcake yonks ago and as my skin has been looking a little dull lately, I thought I’d give it a try. This recipe comes together fast and so it’s great when you suddenly feel the urge to pamper your skin like I did.
I did make a few substitutions based on what I had in my cupboards which the recipe below reflect. However, if you’d like to see Leah’s original recipe (it includes some additional tips and advice both in the post and comments), you can find it right here.
Vanilla Sugar Body Scrub
Original recipe by Leah of Freutcake (with a few subs)
1/2 cup white, granulated sugar
2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup sunflower oil
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp vanilla extract
Combine and mix both sugars until they are blended. Stir in sunflower oil until it’s completely incorporated and then mix in honey and vanilla. Pop it in an airtight jar and you’re done!
I did a hand test with this yesterday by only exfoliating one hand so I could test the results. I could definitely feel/see a huge difference. My skin looked much brighter and was smooth all day. In fact, my skin on the one hand was still softer this morning.
Today I did a full test by using it all over my body, including my face. Hello silky smooth skin! I can’t stop touching myself (that sounds way kinkier than it is). My skin feels so moisturized and supple. The sugar just melts into your skin as you apply it and leaves it feeling refreshed. Once you’ve rinsed the scrub off, your skin will feel a wee bit oily but that is soon absorbed once you towel off and your skin has had a chance to absorb it more. I was concerned about it leaving my face oily (it does a fine job of that on it’s own) but it’s absolutely fine, even after applying make up.
RE: Using this on my face
As I used regular brown sugar which has a fine grain, this is a very gentle scrub. So, I didn’t think it would be too abrasive for use on my face and it wasn’t. I also didn’t use much – maybe 1/2 tsp or so. However, if you use the turbinado sugar recommended by Leah, she doesn’t advise it be used on your face as it could be too coarse.
In terms of the vanilla scent coming through, when I first mixed up the batch, I could barely smell it. But, once covered and left to marinate so to speak, the vanilla scent does get stronger. That said, I can’t really smell it on my skin after using it so any men in your life possibly adverse to smelling like vanilla could definitely use this too. I’m sure J will. He likes a bit of pampering too!
If you make yourself a batch, make sure you store it in a vessel big enough to allow you to stir it easily. The oil does settle over time and so you’ll want to whip it around quickly to blend it all again. I also read online somewhere that if you’re using your hands to scoop this out, you might want to store it in the fridge when not in use to keep bacteria at bay. I’m no pro at this so do whatever you feel comfortable with. I plan on storing it in the fridge just in case.
The scent options for this body scrub are endless. I’m going to make a batch using almond extract next time. And wouldn’t this scrub make for a perfect gift? Grab some masons jars, print some cute labels and then wrap a little jute twine around it for the perfect handmade finish. With Mother’s Day just around the corner, give it go!