Sustainable Lifestyle For Beginners

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Hi, I am Reshma and I run the sustainable lifestyle blog, Smart Money Green Planet.

I write about home and garden ideas, as well as, natural skincare recipes to inspire you to achieve a minimalist home, develop a love for organic and edible gardening; and introduce you to an alternative non toxic, natural skincare routine.

You will also find blog posts about frugal living ideas to save money in the long run.

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Creamy Homemade Sugar Scrub Recipes You Can Make at Home

Creamy homemade sugar scrub recipes can moisturise and exfoliate your skin for literally pennies.  Using everyday natural ingredients from your kitchen means less waste and less spent.

You will save a lot of money because you will no longer need to buy brand names or worry about going to a beauty salon frequently. 

Ever since I hit my 40’s, I noticed my skin was ageing much faster than I would have liked.  Once I reached 40, I felt unprepared of what was to come.  One of the reasons I started to see the glow of my skin disappear was because I had stopped looking after myself several years earlier.

Looking after the home, children and working full time eventually took a toll on me, as it does on many women.  We forget to look after ourselves when we are taking care of others.  This is when tiredness kicks in.  Once tiredness takes over the body, our skin becomes dull and signs of fatigue become more obvious. 

Whilst I cannot do much about the natural process of ageing, I can do something about the tiredness.  In other words, I can start to care for myself so I can age gracefully.  

I now have a weekly routine to make sure that I look after myself.  As mums we need to take time out from our everyday busy lives to eat well, sleep well and glow well. 

That is my motto for the upcoming years, because I want to embrace and age gracefully.  Therefore, I have dedicated 2 hours of a Sunday afternoon to keep up with my glow well promise. 

Glow well homemade sugar scrub recipes

In order to glow well, I follow a weekly homemade skincare routine.  Switching to natural, homemade beauty products is one way to save a lot of money whilst also getting into a routine of looking after your skin. 

Making your own homemade sugar scrub is how I keep up with my glow well motto.  Sugar scrubs are a natural and frugal way of achieving a good skincare care routine that does not require hundreds of pounds a year. 

The scrubs exfoliate dry, dead skin cells that build up on our skin for virtually pennies at a time.  These dead skin cells is what makes us look tired and aged. 

If you are new to making homemade beauty products, then start with simple and natural sugar scrub recipes.  They are easy to prepare, reduce waste and cost pennies. 

Creamy sugar scrub recipes made at home can moisturise and exfoliate the skin for literally pennies.  You will save a lot of money because you will no longer need to buy brand names or worry about going to a beauty salon frequently. 

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How to make homemade sugar scrub recipes

Below are recipes to prepare creamy sugar scrubs at home.  

Once you get into the habit of making your own homemade sugar scrubs, you can get as creative as you want.   Instagram has an array of recipes and creative ideas to keep you inspired to continue making your own homemade sugar scrubs. 

Sugar scrub exfoliation for the face vs. body

The type of sugar scrubs that you use on the face should be different from what you use on your body.  The skin on our face is very delicate.  It does not need an abrasive scrub to remove dead cells.  It is also prone to breakouts if exposed to oiliness.  Therefore, I have included sugar scrub recipes for the face as well as the body.

Creamy sugar scrub recipes for face

Most whipped or creamy sugar scrub recipes will use an oil base, such as coconut oil.  However, you can make sugar scrub recipes without coconut oil.  I often make oil free sugar scrub recipes for my face because my skin is prone to breakouts. 

Instead of oil, I use natural Greek yogurt to make a creamy homemade sugar scrub recipe for the face.  I stick to Greek yogurt because it is the creamiest of all natural yogurts.

I also use turmeric or cocoa powder when making a sugar scrub exfoliate for my face. 

Culturally, Indian brides are massaged with a turmeric and sandalwood body scrub a couple of days before their wedding. The turmeric body scrub is meant to refresh your body and make the skin glow.

Turmeric acts as an antiseptic. It is known for its healing properties.  I have also noticed that my skin glows whenever I add a tiny amount of turmeric to my homemade sugar scrub for the face. 

Sugar scrubs with coffee or cocoa powder is ideal when you want the scrub to have an edible and luxurious smell.    

How to make a creamy sugar scrub recipe for face:

Place all the ingredients in a bowl and gently whisk until it turns creamy. The consistency should represent a whipped buttercream texture with the sugar being rough.

Turmeric sugar scrub recipe:

  • 2 tablespoons natural Greek yogurt
  • ½ teaspoon cane sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric

Orange coffee sugar scrub recipe:

  • 2 tablespoons natural Greek yogurt
  • ½ teaspoon cane sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon grounded coffee
  • 2 drops orange essential oil

Oatmeal and chocolate spread sugar scrub recipe:

  • 2 tablespoons natural Greek yogurt
  • ½ teaspoon cane sugar
  • ½ teaspoon oatmeal
  • ½ teaspoon cocoa powder
Organic Turmeric Powder

Wash your face with warm water before you apply the scrub.  Then, using your finger tips, gently massage the scrub on your face for about two minutes.  If the scrub feels dry, wet your fingers and continue massaging.

Leave the yogurt sugar scrub on your face for another 5 minutes before washing it.  This will act as a mask, as well as, a scrub.  You can also try adding mashed cucumber to the face scrub for a cooling effect.

Homemade sugar scrub recipes for the body

Using organic coconut oil for body sugar scrubs will make the sugar scrub creamy and easier to rub.  Your skin will feel silky smooth once you are done.  Use the scrub generously when you are showering.  However, just be careful as the coconut oil can make the bath area slippery. 

If you are making a sugar scrub for your body, add a few drops of an essential oil to benefit from their healing properties.  For example, peppermint is good for relieving muscle pain and headaches.  Eucalyptus oil is great for focusing and grapefruit oil helps to boost our mood. 

Use a mini food mixer or a hand blender to blend all of the ingredients. Once again, you want a cream texture, but the sugar should be rough. It is the sugar that scrubs the body of dead skin cells. Use a gentle exfoliating glove or loofah to massage your skin.

Spiced tea body sugar scrub:

  • ½ to 1 cup of cane sugar
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • ½ tsp vitamin E oil
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder

Vanilla scented sugar scrub:

  •  ½ to 1 cup of cane sugar
  •  ½ cup almond or coconut oil
  • 1 tsp  vanilla extract

Tropical breeze scented sugar scrub:

  • ½ to 1 cup of cane sugar
  •  ½ cup coconut oil
  • ½ tsp vitamin E oil
  • 5 – 10 drops of grapefruit essential oil (depends on how strong you want the scent)

Healing mind, body and soul sugar scrub

  • ½ to 1 cup brown sugar
  •  ½ cup coconut oil
  • 5 – 10 drops of an essential oil (peppermint or eucalyptus)
Eucalyptus Essential Oil

How to store homemade sugar scrub recipes

Homemade sugar scrubs made with organic coconut oil or almond oil can last for several months as long as they are stored in an airtight container.  Take care that water does not get into the scrub. 

On the other hand, yogurt based scrubs will only last a couple of days and they should be stored in the fridge.  Therefore, it is best to make a small amount and use it up immediately. 

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Preparing your own creamy homemade sugar scrub recipes will save you hundreds of pounds every year.  There are virtually hundreds of recipes available on the internet nowadays.  So you will never get bored of making your own sugar scrubs. 

The benefit to natural homemade beauty products is that they are chemical free and you can prepare them whenever you need them.  The ingredients are readily available in the kitchen, therefore, the amount of waste from unused shop bought products will also drop drastically. 

We would love to hear from you! 

Have you tried making your own homemade sugar scrub or facial product? We would love to hear from you.  Feel free to share which ingredients work best for you below in the comments section.

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How long will a homemade sugar scrub last?

Homemade sugar scrub recipes that use oil, such as coconut oil will last for 2 months or even longer.   Use an airtight container to prevent water from entering the scrub.

How do you make a homemade sugar scrub?

The type of sugar scrubs that you use on the face should be different from what you use on your body.  Mix a base oil, such as, coconut oil for the body, or yogurt for the face, with an essential oil and cane sugar to make a homemade sugar scrub.

How often should I use a sugar scrub on my body?

It is best not to overuse any scrubs, homemade or shop bought too frequently.  Using the scrub once, a week is suitable for most skin types.

How can I exfoliate my hands naturally?

Prepare a homemade sugar scrub using a base oil, sugar and an essential oil.  Take a small amount in your hands and massage the scrub around your hands as though you are washing them. The sugar will aid in removing dead skin cells and give the skin a silky smooth feel.