Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Scrub a Dub

Today Ivy and I had fun making some brown sugar facial scrub. It's simple, quick and makes your skin feel so fabulously smooth!

I found directions and a recipe at Chickens in the Road. In just a few minutes of time, we had a nice little bowl of facial scrub. I think it took me more time to hunt for containers to store it in, but found a couple small margarine tubs tucked in the cupboard that worked marvelously. Of course a prettier container would have been nice, but sometimes you make do with what you have.
I googled "brown sugar scrub" to see what else I might come up with and really started congratulating myself on making this when I clicked on the first link. Here's a cosmetics company that is charging $65 for 14 ounces of brown sugar scrub, but they call it polish instead of scrub because that does sound slightly pricier. Did I mention that you receive free shipping with this size? But seriously, could somebody come apply it for that price? Yikes! (She does look a little polished in this picture, I thought.)

What's great about this scrub polish is that you probably have all the ingredients on hand already. I almost did, but was short on the brown sugar. I could have just halved the recipe, but that didn't occur to me until after I bought a new bag. It only takes four ingredients: 2 cups of brown sugar, 1/2 cup of olive oil, 1/4 cup of honey and a teaspoon vanilla. The vanilla is for making it smell yummy, so you could use essential oils or other extract for a different scent if you wanted. The mixture separates a little once it sits, but just keep something near the container to give it a little stir before you scoop a bit out for scrubbing your face. There's nothing bad for you in this recipe, so don't feel bad if you give it a little taste. We might have sampled it here, purely for research reasons.

As a side note, I got this little brown sugar saver as a souvenir in Maine, hence the lighthouse motif. It works great keeping your sugar soft instead of turning to a rock solid lump. It's made of terracotta, and you just soak it in water for 5-10 minutes, dry off and pop it in with your brown sugar. It's great!


Patrice Farmer February 11, 2010 at 9:04 AM  

That sounds much better than plopping down all the money for something that only takes a few minutes to make! Great tip, thanks!

ittybittyandpretty February 14, 2010 at 12:13 AM  

organic/natural products just make so much sense dont they?! if you can eat it then why not use it on your body. better than something that has the word acid in it somewhere...
ivy looks so grown up and sweet with a rosy glow.

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I am a thirty-something mother of two girls and a boy ranging from preschool to middle school. My husband and I keep working and reworking on our goal of raising our family healthier. Our house is a constant work under construction--adding on and remodeling. We're happy to have bought our property a few years ago, but as any homeowners know, owning a home just adds to your list of projects and chores because there's always improvements to be made and maintenance to be done. On our burgeoning homestead, we have chickens, guineas, a few goats, and our most recent additions-rabbits.
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I picked the name Petalz and Finz a couple years ago when I decided to try Etsy out. I wanted to custom make some baby related items and have things for girls and boys. I felt the name incorporated both my kids (at the time) into it--petalz for Ivy and finz for Finn.

I haven't had time to do much of anything with my Etsy for a while, but it's still my in my long term goals. In the mean time, I'm having fun with this blog thing. I've found some creative inspiration through my own posting, but also through many other wonderful blogs out there.
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