Sugar Scrubs for Sensitive Skin

Sugar scrubs are super easy to make. Maybe the easiest DIY ever! You can spend a lot of money buying them or you can mix together some oil and sugar and voila. Super simple.

I use about twice as much sugar as oil. I suggest starting with a cup of granulated sugar, add a half a cup of oil and stir. If it seems a bit dry, pour in a little bit more oil and stir. Get it to the texture you like.

I use organic sugar, no special brand. The oil varies based on my mood and what I have on hand. Common choices are olive oil, coconut, almond, jojoba and sesame. I will often add some essential oils too. A little goes a long way. If you want unscented, just stick with the oil and sugar only.

Sugar scrubs are awesome for anyone, regardless of your skin type. It’s a gentle way to exfoliate your skin and an easy way to add some moisture in a healthy way. While you wouldn’t want to eat these scrubs, you could by using oils and sugar safe to eat. I think the most healthful products to put on your body are ones safe to put in your body.

I have sensitive skin. When I was young, I could use pretty much any kind of product on my skin without issue. As I’ve gotten older, my skin has become more sensitive to chemicals. I also have psoriasis and so it tends to be dry. The sugar dissolves more easily than salt, so sugar scrubs are gentler than salt scrubs. They gently remove the top dry skin, allowing the oil to penetrate the skin more effectively.

I’ve bought wonderful scrubs made with all natural ingredients. Lots of great products out there. One day I was buying some and paying $15 for a small jar I got to thinking … instead of buying more scrub, I bought a bag of sugar. I already had the oils as well as a stash of essential oils, so I added a bit of lavender in my first batch and was hooked. Now I love mixing my own scrubs. I call them my magic skin potions. I’m using them regularly and my skin is loving it. I know what exactly is in each batch.

I mix mine up right in the container. I like to do small batches and wash the container after I use up each batch. If you take it into the shower, consider using something that isn’t breakable. Chances are you already have some kind of reusable acrylic or plastic container. If not, they aren’t expensive. Do get something reusable though. Our planet has too much plastic trash already.

I wish you soft, silky, healthy skin. Enjoy!


Magical Lemons & Limes

Many years ago, a friend taught me a trick she came up with for having fresh slices of lemon and limes in her water. She washes them, slices them, then puts them in the freezer. Whenever she wants a slice in her water, she pulls one out, plops it in and as it melts the juice flavors the water.


I still do this and love it. I drink a lot of water. In fact, it’s pretty much the only thing I drink most days. There’s the occasional cup of hot chocolate in winter or a glass of wine every so often. Sometimes I drink herbal tea. Most days though it’s just water. I enjoy sparking water, and have a soda stream so sometimes I spark my water and enjoy the bubbles. Most of the time it’s just water and adding my frozen slice of fruit makes it feel special. Every. Single. Time.

For some reason, this tip has recently popped up in conversation a few times. It’s not something I normally discuss or look for ways to work into conversation. But there it was, and each time I shared it the person was so appreciative of the tip. It got me thinking (perhaps overthinking) and it occurred to me that these simple slices felt more to me than easy ways to enjoy their fresh juices. They feel like a treat, like something decadent, like I’m doing something special for myself. I feel abundant and grateful to have them.

Each time this came up, as I was sharing my tip, I felt reminded that we can derive good feelings from simple things. Maybe in addition to the easy way to have a fresh slice, this came through as well. I hope so.

I’d love to know about your magical lemons and limes.