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Homemade Beauty/04: Mother’s Day Edition

May 10, 2013




Happy Friday! Today I’m sharing an easy, last minute gift for mom. Body scrubs are some of my favorite homemade beauty products to make. They’re fast and inexpensive but super effective, and they can take on all sorts of scents and looks. I prefer sugar scrubs over salt scrubs because I find the sugar to be a lot more gentle on my skin. Salt is way harsh on cuts and freshly shaved legs (I know that one from experience. OUCH!), so sweet sugar is always my go to. I usually forego the essential oils in my personal sugar scrubs (out of laziness mostly), but because this is for mom, I suggest adding a little lemon essential oil for extra fragrance. Put your scrub in a cute jar and attach a small wood spoon with twine and a note to make this gift extra special. I have two friends celebrating mother’s day for the first time this year so a very special Happy Mother’s Day to Melinda and Ashley! Love you guys (and your littles) to pieces.

Have a nice weekend everyone! -xo





Yield: Makes about 1 pint

INGREDIENTS (use organic wherever possible)

1 cup extra virgin olive oil

2 cups raw cane sugar

2 tablespoon Meyer lemon zest (any lemon will do)

1/4 teaspoon Vitamin E oil (you can also use 2-3 Vitamin E capsules as well. Carefully split them open to drain oil)

Lemon essential oil for more fragrance (optional)


1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.

2. Store in an air tight jar.

3. Tie a bow around it and give it to momma.

Note: Because of the fresh lemon zest, I recommend refrigerating between uses.


Spread liberally all over body and scrub gently to exfoliate. Rinse with warm water and pat dry. Skin should feel soft, supple, and fresh. Not recommend for faces, the amount of sugar in this scrub would be much too abrasive.

NOTE: This scrub may leave your shower or tub slightly greasy from the oil. Rinse your space well to avoid slipping. 




  • Moisturizes
  • Helps to dissolve impurities
  • Fights free radicals and pollutants to maintain younger looking skin.


  • Enhances the clarity, glow and softness of the skin.


  • Natural humectant, it helps hydrate the skin.
  • Contains alpha hydroxy that keeps skin glowing and looking younger.
  • Exfoliates to remove dead skin cells


  • Strong antioxidant
  • Prevents premature aging
  • Promotes healthy skin


Disclaimer: I am by no means a medical expert or esthetician. These home remedies are based on my own research, opinions, likes, and experiences. I’m sharing them because they have worked for me. If you are allergic to any of the ingredients that I am suggesting, please DO NOT attempt the recipe. If you have any other concerns, please consult your doctor. Thanks, I love you, please don’t sue me!

15 Comments leave one →
  1. VVernhard permalink
    May 10, 2013 2:56 am

    Reblogged this on KP28 * Soul Food.

  2. gailchengster permalink
    May 10, 2013 3:07 am

    So sweet!!!!

  3. May 10, 2013 3:30 am

    a wonderful recipe and very inspiring and colorful images described both with 2 words…Love and Quality…thank you!

  4. May 10, 2013 4:47 am

    Wow, that’s a wonderful gift for the most loveliest person on earth……….

  5. May 10, 2013 8:15 am

    I’ve always wanted to try to make a homemade scrub. I think I will try this one! Can you make it without the vitamin e oil?

  6. May 10, 2013 9:00 am

    What a great idea! Such beautiful packaging. Nice!

  7. May 11, 2013 8:01 am

    Reblogged this on Fox in Paris and commented:
    What a great idea!!

  8. Mert Parsons permalink
    May 12, 2013 6:18 am

    Fabulous! Missing you all today – love you! XOXOX

  9. sarahjmir permalink
    May 12, 2013 5:57 pm

    I have been buying overpriced scrubs forever – did not know it was so easy! Also you take SUCH beautiful pictures!

  10. May 13, 2013 11:28 am

    Thanks for this easy recipe. I attend food swaps and am all out of ideas – this will be great for the swap.

  11. May 13, 2013 5:54 pm

    Oooooo! I am going to try this!

  12. Laurea permalink
    May 14, 2013 5:00 am

    Superbe idée :) Je vais essayer !

  13. May 14, 2013 8:06 am

    What a cute gift! I’ll have to keep this in mind!

  14. May 15, 2013 3:05 pm

    Reblogged this on A Window Into My World and commented:
    Made this yesterday. Lots of fun! And Mom liked it.


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