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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

How To: DIY Lotion and Sugar Scrub

The dry Utah heat has been leaving my skin so dry this summer! I tried making some lotion and a sugar scrub with the ingredients I feel like my skin needs. 

My mom and sister will be here the rest of the month from the humid east coast so, they might need a dry skin remedy as well!

DIY Lavender Lotion

This is a simple lotion made with ingredients I already had or are easy to find.  I used coconut oil because it is a great moisturizer, Aloe Vera gel, which is good for after sun exposure, and lavender oil that has a calming effect. Many homemade lotions include other ingredients such as beeswax, Shea butter, cocoa butter, etc. I'm sure these are beneficial to use, but I haven't ventured that direction yet! 

You will need:

1/2 cup Coconut Oil
1/2 cup Aloe Vera Gel
20-25 drops Lavender Essential Oil

To Make:
Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Beat on high speed using a whisk attachment for 3 minutes. Stop mixer and scrap sides of bowl half way through. Spoon into a 4-6 oz. container. Store at room temperature.

Either refined or unrefined coconut oil will work. Refined coconut oil will give a smoother lotion and will not have a coconut scent. 

Please Note: Coconut oil is a solid only at 76°F. It is best to store at room temperature. If your lotion exceeds this temperature, the oil will liquify, and start separating from the other ingredients. This is where a stirring stick like the ones below comes in handy. I just stir my lotion back up if it starts to separate. 

DIY Lemon Sugar Scrub

Dead skin feels and looks awful, so I love using sugar scrubs. Its great to leave your skin feeling smooth and fresh. Lemon is not only a refreshing scent, but the oil also helps soften calluses and acts as an astringent/skin brightener!

You will need:

1 cup Brown Sugar
1/4 cup Olive Oil
1 tsp Honey
20-25 drops Lemon Essential Oil

To Make:
Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Beat on medium speed with a whisk attachment for 2 minutes. Stop mixer and scrap sides of bowl halfway through. Spoon into 4-6 oz. container. 

Stirring Sticks

I made a couple of stirring/scooping sticks to use with my lotion and scrub. These are so easy! Just paint whatever designs you'd like on one end of a popsicle stick, then seal the stick with a clear gloss sealer to protect it from moisture. Use painted end as the handle.

You will need:

2 Popsicle Sticks
Craft Paint in desired colors
Fine Paint Brush
Clear Gloss Sealer

My skin is all set to fight this dry air! Now, I just need to go to the pool to beat the heat. ;)