Summer is here and that means the weather is getting warmer. Warmer weather also means dried skin. I don’t know about you but my hands get so dry in the summer months. My feet also get dry and cracked, probably more from running around in my bare feet than anything else.
A few years back I made sugar scrubs for Christmas and they were a huge hit. I made them with peppermint to go with the season. Then last year at Food and Wine Conference Dixie Crystals had a station where we could make our own sugar scrubs to take home. It was really fun and I liked choosing my own scent.
I decided this summer I’d be making sugar scrubs for myself and for my family members. We have a lot of birthdays in the summer and I thought this would be a fun homemade gift that wouldn’t add extra calories. No one wants extra calories in the summer when it’s bathing suit weather.
I know a lot of sugar scrubs use essential oils but I find them to be expensive. Instead, I like to use extracts. You have to use more of them to get the desired scent but they are way cheaper. I wanted to do fruit scents since when I think of summer I think of fruits and vegetables. I chose lemon lime as my scent then bought corresponding fruit.
I know what you are thinking…why did you buy fruit? I thought it would be fun to put fruit zest in the scrub. It stays moist in the scrub so it helps to scent it and it adds color. Since I was doing a lemon lime scrub I used lemon extract that I already had on hand and added lime zest to the scrub.
The resulting sugar scrub was a pretty yellow color with flecks of green from the lime zest. It smelled citrusy and delicious whenever I opened it up. I love rubbing the sugar scrub on my dry skin in the shower because once I rinse it off my skin not only feels smooth but it carries a scent of citrus. This is a great DIY project that you can keep for yourself or to give to others as gifts.
- 4 c. sugar
- ¾ c. baby oil
- 1 T. lemon extract
- 1 T. lime zest
- 4-5 drops yellow food coloring
- 5 half pint jars
- In a large bowl combine the sugar, baby oil, lemon extract, and lime zest. Mix well until the mixture resembles wet sand.
- Add in the food coloring and mix well. I like to use my hands at this point to make sure the food coloring is well distributed.
- Spoon ¾ cup of the mixture into each jar. Tie with a ribbon and add a tag if desired.