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Thursday, April 30, 2009 - Consumerism

So, I came across this interesting site about a month or so ago.  I don’t really remember what I was looking for, but a recipe for a “sugar scrub” caught my eye and I bookmarked the recipe.  I had never heard of sugar body scrubs before, but I’m ridiculously obsessed with my skin being soft!  I figured I would give the recipe a try and (proving that I am so not the “everything-has-to-be-organic-and-green” type of person that are targeted on that site) I thought I could pick up the ingredients at Wal-Mart.  [-x  Ha!

Well, if Wal-Mart has the ingredients, I couldn’t find them, but I did find this:

Coconut Lime Shea Sugar Body Scrub

I figured that it made more sense to buy something that was already made rather than run all over creation trying to find ingredients that I had never heard of.  Besides, it was only about $6.00 and I was willing to lose that little bit on something that sucked provided that I wouldn’t lose a bunch of time, too.

Well, I lucked out and this stuff is incredible!!  Even the heels of my feet are extra soft!  I love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love this stuff!  :-x  The very first day I brought it home, I hopped in the tub and applied it carefully to my face.  I’m really not sure why, but I left it on like a mask instead of rinsing it off immediately and I still do that.  Then I moved on to my neck, arms, chest, torso, back (as best as I could), legs, and feet.  Naturally, the bottoms of my feet were the least soft to start, although probably not as bad as most people’s feet are.  However, for them to be as soft as they are is just astounding!

I’m still planning to try making my own and I found most of the ingredients I need on Amazon.  Now I just need to get around to ordering it.  :-p

In fact, over the next few months, I plan to try out several recipes.  I’m stretching it out because I have very sensitive skin.  I haven’t had any adverse reactions to the Shea Sugar Body Scrub, but that’s not to say that I won’t have a reaction to one of the recipes that I try.  I want to make sure that if I have a bad reaction that I know which recipe I reacted to and, of course, I want to make sure that I know which ones work best.

I’m going to share the recipes that I’m hoping to try with you imaginary people out there.  If you want to try these out, too, I highly recommend following the links (just click the name of the recipe) to the site and reading all the information and comments that they have about the recipes.  I have been very basic and provided only the recipe mostly because this is for my own personal use more than to share with people.  I’m actually printing this out when I’m done so that I have all the recipes together.  :-D

DIY Coffee Grounds Body Scrub

  • 5 tsp. ground coffee (used coffee grounds are fine)
  • 1 tsp. sugar or salt
  • 2 tsp. essential oil (avocado works well)

Mix ingredients together and using loofah rub in a circular motion all over your body.  Leave on five minutes and then wash off.

Simple Sugar Scrub Formula

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Enough cold-pressed oil (olive, wheat germ, peanut, corn, or sunflower) to dampen the mixture

Gently massage this exfoliating scrub all over your body and face before you shower with a light soaping and rinse.  Repeat once or twice a month.

Homemade Sugar Scrub

  • 50 percent white cane sugar (note that organic sucanat, while the best choice for food, doesn’t work as well for this recipe)
  • 50 percent vegetable glycerin to moisten the sugar (I used avocado oil since I was out of vegetable glycerin and it proved to be a successful substitute)
  • Small amounts of aloe vera gel, vitamin C crystals, or anything healing that dissolves in water
  • 1 or 2 drops of essential oil if desired (Larry recommends combining orange and lavender)
  • Enough ground hibiscus powder for pink color (if desired)

Combine the ingredients in a bowl. Scoop some of the scrub onto your hand and massage gently onto your skin for a minute (the scrub will actually tighten onto your skin like a masque). Leave on for 3 to 4 minutes before rinsing.

Banana Body Sugar Scrub

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract or your favorite essential oil (optional)

In the shower, before turning the water on, slather the sugar mixture and gently massage over your body.  For your face, gently massage plain banana there, avoiding the eye area.  Rinse off with warm water.

Mash ingredients together with a fork into a chunky paste.  Do not overmix or it will become too watery.  If you want a banana scrub for your face, reserve some of the banana and mash it separately without sugar.

Sweet and Spicy Brown Sugar Body Polish

  • 1 cup organic brown sugar
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup almond, soybeans, hazelnut, or macadamia nut base oil
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon, powdered
  • 2 teaspoons ginger, powdered
  • 2 teaspoons nutmeg, powdered
  • 40 drops cardamom essential oil

Massage approximately ¼ to ½ cup of scrub onto pre-moistened skin using circular motions.  Rinse.

In a medium-sized bowl, combine all ingredients except the essential oil.  Using a whisk, blend ingredients thoroughly, making sure to break up any lumps of brown sugar or spice.  Add the essential oil drop by drop, blending after each addition.

Spoon into a storage container with a tight-fitting lid.

Gentle Scrub for Fresher Skin Formula

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • Chopped fresh tomato
  • 2 tablespoons yogurt or sour cream

Allow formula to remain on skin for 10 minutes, then rinse with warm water and pat dry.

Place the sugar in a small bowl.  Add enough fresh chopped tomato to moisten, then add yogurt.  Combine and apply to a clean, damp face, using fingertips to gently massage the formula into skin.

That’s all I’ve got in the plans for now.  Of course, I’ve been browsing through that site randomly clicking their links so that I end up with things that I wouldn’t have thought to look for and I have seen lots of other things that I might want to try.

Now, I’ll be honest, I’m don’t care all that much about the green movement, or whatever it’s being called.  But I do recycle and I don’t really waste all that much to begin with.  I also don’t care at all about the LGBT messages that the care2 site is promoting.  However, just because I don’t agree with or buy into everything they are promoting doesn’t mean that I can’t still enjoy their site.  I’m prefectly capable of overlooking the things I don’t agree with without throwing a massive temper tantrum about their opinions being different from mine.

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