Happy New Year! I hope your celebrations were full of some bubbly drinks with friends and family! Before I get into this DIY sugar scrub, I thought I’d do some reflecting, since it’s a new year and all. I spent my NYE with group of very close knit friends and you know what? It was very eye-opening. Not only did I meet some excellent new people and make some new friends, but I somehow was able to catch a glimpse of how people saw me, and how I saw myself.
I typically see myself as a logical, down-to-earth kinda gal. Anytime I meet new people, I somehow pull the extrovertedness out from wherever it likes to hide, and I become this super confident, loud, and happy person. Smiley, witty, and a little flirty.
I don’t know where any of these attributes come from, I guess it’s part of my alter-ego. It’s a switch that gets flipped when the time is right. I feel like I channel a little Sasha Fierce whenever this happens.
Anyway, whenever my version of Sasha Fierce gets turned on (let’s call my alter ego Lulu because I think she’d be like an adult Little Lulu), I become hyperaware of how I typically would react to a comment, but then ignore that initial reaction, and react how Lulu would react.
Cool, a little brash, and fun.
But when the glasses are empty, the lights are off, and I’m wrapped in a tangle of sheets from tossing and turning, I replay these moments in my head. Sometimes I think, man. I should channel my inner Lulu more often. Lulu is sexy, fun, smart, and so quick on her feet. Lisa thinks of clever comebacks too late and is left with a bruised ego.
One thing that really hit home was the objective glance at my beauty. Or rather how someone would perceive my beauty. The subject came up, and it was deemed and agreed that I was average looking.
Not pretty. Not ugly. But average.
Both Lisa and Lulu agreed.
Self-consciousness, objectivity, a culture dominated by the concept of photoshopped and Western-centric standards of beauty have penetrated my perceptions so deeply that not only was Lisa saying that she was under no illusions that she wasn’t “pretty”. But Lulu too? The smart and flirty Lulu?
I had a grotesquely large reality check as I laid in bed at 5 am, thinking about my NYE celebrations and conversations.
How do I expect anyone (i.e. Chris) to think I’m pretty if I don’t think I’m pretty?
That mindset is something that needs to change. My Happy and Healthy Saturdays are going to start including ways to change the way I think of myself. Self-confidence â€” true realization of my beauty both inside and out â€” is something that is essential to leading a happy and healthy life (IMO anyway).
I need to really believe so that both Lisa and Lulu agree that they are pretty. (Is this alter-ego business confusing? Who is “I” in this scenario? We’re not sure.)
In other news, I finally upgraded my camera to a Canon 60D! It’s now equipped with video, an LCD screen that flips out and rotates so I can take photos more easily, better low light sensitivity, and a more powerful processor in general. EEEE I’m so excited. So to celebrate, I shot a little instructional video for you! Excuse the cheesy royalty-free music and the low qualityâ€”my camera takes 1080 HD but my SDHC card is only Class 4, so it was only able to handle standard video. Womp.
Now check this out.
My editing skills from my YouTube vlog days are paying off! (I deleted those videos, so good luck trying to find 17-year-old Lisa’s vlogging days)
DIY-sugar-scrub from Lisa Le on Vimeo.
This sugar scrub can be used on your body, hands, and feet! Great for exfoliating, hydrating your skin, and just brightening up your complexion a bit by polishing off the old, dead skin. Jojoba oil mimics your skin’s natural oil (sebum) and helps moisturize and cleanse your skin. Coconut oil is also great for your skin (it’s used in Vietnam to relieve and cure dry skin all the time), while super-refined sugar sweetly scrubs away your rough patches.
If you use it on your face, just be gentle! You don’t need to scrub your face raw to make your skin a little brighter. Rub in gentle circles, rinse off and pat your face dry. If you need to moisturize after, do so, but the jojoba and coconut oils should be plenty.
These make a great gift for friends! Use mason jars with cupcake liners (or a personalized circles if you’re fancy with graphics and a printer) to showcase the bright colour of your sweet DIY sugar scrubs =)
Happy New Year!
DIY Sugar Scrubs
Use this scrub on your hands, feet and body to polish off any rough patches! You can also use it on your face and lips but don't scrub too hard, it's not good to exfoliate too much where your skin is delicate.
NOTE: So the friends to whom I gave these scrubs noted that the food colouring does rub onto the skin a bit. If you dye the scrub, I recommend not using very much (like a drop. maybe two. Definitely not as much as I did).
- 5 cups white granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup organic coconut oil (melted)
- 1/3 cup organic jojoba oil
- 3 tsp extract (mint/orange/lemon/vanilla*/rosewater) (use 1/2 tsp per 1 cup sugar mixture)
- a couple drops food colouring
- In a large pot with a can protector (or what I did was put the rims of the cans on the bottom), place the cans at the bottom, and fill the pot until the water covers the jars. Heat to a simmer then remove to let dry. Turn off the heat and let the mental lids sit in the hot water while you fill the jars.
- Mix together white granulated sugar and both coconut and jojoba oils until evenly distributed.
- If you're making a big batch of 1 flavour, add 3 tsp whichever extract and food colouring and mix until incorporated. If you're making separate flavours, add 1/2 tsp extract per 1 cup of the mixture.
- Store in the sanitized, jars, packing the sugar tightly. Store in a cool place away from direct sunlight.
*If you use vanilla, it's a little strong so reduce it to 1/4 tsp and add more as you see fit. If you add too much like I did, subdue it with a little bit of honey =)
Great 1st post for the new year. Those colours will give you the brightful year of happiness and success. I am so proud of you as always. Love you.
Heather @ French Press says
what an inspiring post for the new year. as women we are often SO harsh on our perception of what “pretty” is. as the mother of a daughter it is even more important to stress that we need to be kind to ourselves. This sugar scrub is a great way to pamper and feel pretty :) and I am SO jealous of the new camera – someday soon I NEED to upgrade
Lisa Mai says
Thanks Heather! It’s so true, both daughters and sons look up to their parents and how they treat themselves and each other to know how they should see themselves.
Great! Now I know what to do with this leftover white sugar that has been sitting in my pantry ever since my mother made donuts months ago! But won’t the colour transfer on your skin though?
Lisa Mai says
If you use only a little bit of food colouring, it’s not that bad as long as you mix it in thoroughly. However the more vibrant colours like the pink and green may leave a bit of a tinge at first. To be safe, just don’t use it on your face, but your body should be fine =P
LeSha B. (@TheLovelyPhotog) says
Love this recipe! I’m going to try it ! :) Thank you for posting!
Lisa Mai says
Thanks LeSha! Let me know how it works out!
Misty Cox says
Wondering where you get those jars and what size they are?
Lisa Le says
Hey Misty, they’re the wide-mouth Ball jars (250 mL) and they come in packs of four. I bought it at Canadian Tire, but I’ve seen them in larger stores like Walmart before.
This sounds like a great recipe and am anxious to try it! Just one question..How long will this hold up and do you know if i could use a natural preservative in it? I have optiphen that I use in other homemade products. Do you think it would work with this recipe as well? Thanks and thanks for the recipe.
Lisa Le says
My friends have had it for a while now, I’m pretty sure as long as you use sterilized jars and clean tools to mix and make the scrubs, I’d say about 6 months (as is the shelflife of most commercial products like this…6-12 months I think). I have no idea what optiphen is so I wouldn’t be able to give you any advice.
Thank you for your reply but optiphen is a used in alot of natural products. I did a quick follow up on it this morning and it said that optiphen is great for body scrubs and other homemade products.. Yippee using this will give it a longer shelf life. Thanks again and I love your post.
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such a great idea!!
I was curious of what kind of extracts to use? Like extracts for food? Or any kind of extract that I come across? Sorry if that is a ridiculous question but I’m curious.
Lisa Le says
Hey Jamie, I used food extracts cause I’m a food blogger and that’s all I’ve got haha, but essential oils would probably be more potent. I’m just not sure how much you should use in comparison to extracts because essential oils are much stronger.
Jamie , I would like to add that Essential Oils are better in this recipe..the fragrance is stronger and holds up longer..plus EO are all natural which is another plus.
I cannot for the life of me find jojoba oil anywhere in a store! Where do you get it? And is there something I can substitute if I can’t find it??
Lisa Le says
I know that grapeseed oil and almond oil are great for your skin but I’m not sure I know enough about DIY skincare to recommend another oil =P Have you tried local health food stores that sell natural skincare products. Often they’ll have oils near soaps or deoderant?
Trying to plan a Christmas themed baby shower and wanted a cute inexpensive gift for the game winners. So glad I found this link! I did two batches and made one with peppermint and some red food coloring and left the other white with vanilla and then layered them into mason jars to give a candy cane effect. It looks great! So glad I found this page. Thank you!
is there another way to color these so it wont change the color of the skin
Lisa Le says
I found just using less food colouring was better =P The colours will be more pastel-like, but you won’t have green skin haha.
I thought granulated sugar was not vegan?
Lisa Le says
In the US, it’s often filtered with bone char, but in Canada most sugar companies are vegan friendly (like Redpath and Lantic’s East processing plants)