EDIT: I’ve noticed a lot of you are searching for ways to prevent your sugar scrub from hardening when the coconut oil reaches room temperature. All you have to do is replace the organic virgin coconut oil in the recipe below with fractionated coconut oil and skip all the melting and cooling steps.
Ever since I can remember, I’ve had a mild case of keratosis pilaris on the back of my arms. I doubt anyone’s ever noticed, but I’ve always been self-conscious and it’s made me into the cardigan lover that I am today. Over the years, I’ve seen a half dozen dermatologists and tried a dozen different prescription lotions and potions, none of which has made the tiniest of improvements. The other day I was on Pinterest, and saw a pin mentioning coconut oil as a “cure” for keratosis pilaris. I figured it was one of those spammy pins and didn’t click, but since I had some coconut oil in my pantry I thought “what the hell” and slathered some on after my next shower.
Three days later, my arms were almost 100% clear.
Then I got to thinking about all those fancy scrubs and thought if coconut oil worked so well on it’s own, a coconut oil sugar scrub would be ever better! I couldn’t find any recipes using coconut oil, so I made my own. It turned out so pretty that I thought it would make a great Christmas gift – just slap a bow on the jar!
Enjoy this recipe for a coconut oil sugar scrub that’s quick, easy, effective, and pretty!
Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub
- 1 cup organic virgin coconut oil (available in the cooking oil section of most grocery stores)
- 2 cups sparkling sugar (I tried sea salt, but it wasn’t as pretty)
- A few drops of vanilla extract (or any essential oil of your choosing – I thought the vanilla went nicely with the coconut)
- 2 1-pint jars
In a medium bowl, measure out sugar. Over low heat, melt coconut oil in a sauce pan just until it liquifies then add vanilla. Slowly pour coconut oil into bowl and mix with sugar. You’ll want just enough oil so that the ingredients pack together, but not so much that they’re soupy. Once mixed, spoon into jar and let sit until oil solidifies (overnight).
Add a pretty bow for gift-giving and store in a cool dry place.