This is a sponsored post on behalf of Barleans. All opinions, as always, are my own.
Quite a few years ago, my aunt gave me a recipe for a DIY sugar scrub. I was amazed at how soft my hands and feet were after using it. The ingredients were super simple yet did better than any product that I could buy in a store. I religiously used it but then fell off the bandwagon.
Even though we are early in the winter season, my skin is already angry. Particularly my hands and feet. When I’m at work at the hospital, I wash my hands constantly. The soap isn’t the most skin friendly. It’s meant to kill mega germs after all. That, and the dry indoor heat, leaves my hands super dry with cracked cuticles. My hands age 40 years every winter.
And my feet. I’m a runner. Enough said, right? We aren’t allowed to have pretty feet.
I’ve yet to find a lotion that can help keep my hands soft all winter long.
In the upcoming year, I’ll be working with Barlean’s on spreading the word about their great products. I’ve loved their Omega 3 Swirls for years but had no idea they made so much more than that. FYI – Check out my Key Lime Pie Yogurt Parfaits made with Barlean’s Key Lime Omega Swirl.
This month we are focusing on coconut oil.
I was super excited when I came across my aunt’s old sugar scrub recipe. The original recipe didn’t call for coconut oil but I knew it was the perfect addition. Coconut oil is great for cooking and baking but it’s just as marvelous for your skin and hair.
Barlean’s coconut oil is non-GMO, fair trade, gluten free, non-hydrogenated, organic, solvent and chemical free.
Nothing but pure coconut!
That reminds me. I need to get back to Oil Pulling. Have you done that? I swear my teeth got a little bit whiter from the coconut oil.
This Peppermint Sugar Scrub is perfect for softening dry, rough hands, feet and elbows. The sugar gently scrubs away the dead skin while the coconut oil makes your skin feel silky smooth.
- ½ Cup Coconut Oil (I use Barlean's)
- 1½ - 1¾ Cup White Sugar
- 1 Tbsp Peppermint Essential Oil
- Warm coconut oil for 15-30 seconds in the microwave until soft in a glass bowl.
- Add 1½ cups sugar and Peppermint Essential Oil to warmed coconut oil. Mix.
- If too wet, add more sugar.
- Spoon into a container that has a tight fitting seal.
- Use on hands, feet and elbows to smooth and soften skin as needed.
I like using peppermint for it’s pick me up scent (my house smelled amazing after mixing the scrub together) and it’s perfect for the holiday season. Feel free to add whatever essential oil you desire. A citrus or lavender would be yummy.
It’s the perfect gift to give for someone who could use a little pampering. I’ve mixed up a batch for each of my kids’ teachers. Of course, mix up a batch to have on hand for yourself. You deserve to be pampered!
Have you made your own beauty products before?
Do you use coconut oil for anything other than baking or cooking?