Thursday, January 10, 2013

Lemon sugar scrub

This is a very easy and inexpensive way to give gifts during the holiday season. Not only is it beneficial to keep your skin looking impressive during the sluggish winter months but also it is a great gift for busy gardeners and cooking enthusiast friends.

For starters lemon is a very clean scent that takes yucky smells off of your hands in the kitchen. Put a jar of this by the kitchen sink to remove scents such as fish and onions.

In addition, the sugar gets tough dirt off of your hands and nails. A busy day in the garden can lead your hands to cracking being submerged in dirt and water all day. Give this to your gardener friend for a gentle exfoliant that leaves your hands smooth.

The recipe:
1 cup sugar
1-2 lemons
1/4 cup olive oil

How simple and natural! 

I take some of the lemon rind by using a cheese grater and rubbing some of the rind off and set into a bowl.

 1 cup of sugar

1/4 cup olive oil 

I mix the olive oil into the sugar and mix into a large bowl.

I cut the ends off of the lemon.

Then I slice it in half and extract some of the seeds.

I then squeeze the lemon (or two) into the bowl of rind. As you can see I didn't use too much rind. If you want more, you can add as much as you want, up to two tsp.

I add the lemon juice and rind into the sugar and oil mixture.

The end result is a little less than a half jar of scrub. This happens to be a spaghetti jar (reuse these things, they are so useful for storage).

 Refrigerate in between uses. Use within a month. Happy exfoliating!