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Topic: Looks so dirty, feels (and smells!) SOOO good!  (Read 2907 times)
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« on: January 30, 2010 12:11:00 PM »

I made a new body scrub!  I was eating a fresh orange from my tree this morning and it smelled so good that I started thinking about orange soap, orange potpourri for the stove, and all kinds of other orange related things.  I was too tired/lazy/broke to really try anything I didn't already have the supplies and knowledge to make, so I of course reverted back to my favorite bath time treat - a sugar scrub.

Usually I use almond oil.  Today, I was out of it...and broke...and lazy...(lol)...so I used some really pure extra olive oil I had on hand. I didn't measure how much I used, but it was probably only about a three of four tablespoons. Honestly, I didn't notice too much of a difference between the two oils, to tell the truth, but I would still prefer to use almond oil next time just because it feels more proper.

I also used the juice of half an orange (which is why I didn't need much oil, the orange was really juicy) and about six drops of clear vanilla extract that I had on hand.

For the sugar, I used half a cup of regular white sugar and half a cup of brown sugar.   I like the exfoliating aspect of the white better than the brown, but I love the way brown sugar smells, so this was the perfect compromise!

It smelled like some heavenly bakery had taken over my bathroom and kitchen!  It kind of reminded me of cookies or biscuits with orange marmalade on them...yummy.

I had a small empty glass jar left over from some Knott's Berry Farm jelly I got on sale.  It was the perfect size for this amount of sugar scrub.

One other note before I put the pictures in and shut up - my skin is super dry, and super sensitive to everything.  This scrub not only does not irritate my skin, it leaves enough moisture behind that I only have to use a small amount of baby oil after I dry off.  Be careful if your skin is naturally on the oil side, or if you don't like to feel a tad bit slippery after your shower.  Smiley  I do use this scrub on my face, but afterward I used a wet wash cloth to kind of rub off the extra oil.

Okay, this is the view from the top (of the jar, lol):


See what I mean in the title?  The brown sugar and the oil make it look a little...dirty.  My daughter thought it was dirt in a jar.

Here are a few glory shots...



And that's all there is to show!  C & C always appreciated, thanks for looking!  Grin
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« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2010 02:39:43 PM »

I bet that smells delicious. mmm, orange brown sugar, sounds like a really good soap combo or exfoliating sugar cube.
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« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2010 09:21:55 PM »

Seriously, it smells amazing.  After I got out of the shower and got dressed my kid came in the house and sat down by me, then sniffed my arm and accused me of hiding cookies!  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2010 12:05:44 PM »

Sounds like a good scent combo!

I would definitely keep it in the fridge, if you don't use it up quickly the juice may cause it to mold.
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« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2010 12:37:24 PM »

That's what I was thinking too Mare.  Although, truth be told, I used about half of it yesterday in one shower alone, so I'll probably use the rest of it within just a few more showers, lol
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« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2010 12:40:35 PM »

Oh yeah, if you're using it up that quickly it should be fine! I bet the alpha hydroxy or whatever in the juice is good for your skin!
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« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2010 01:11:58 PM »

Usually, I have to put some kind of oil or lotion on every morning (seriously, my skin is freakishly dry, it's horrible) or else I feel all itchy and tight all day.  Something in that scrub is working so well that I didn't have to use a drop of anything on my skin this morning!  I really am thinking it's the orange juice, because that's the only thing I've never put in one of my scrubs before.

I was afraid the orange would be drying or something, but I think you are right...the alpha hydroxy or whatever is in the juice IS really good! 
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« Reply #7 on: February 03, 2010 12:32:10 PM »

This definitely is something that smells good. It doesnt really look dirty dont worry.  Grin
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« Reply #8 on: February 03, 2010 02:00:12 PM »

*drools*
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« Reply #9 on: October 26, 2011 06:56:07 AM »

I made a variation of this (just olive oil, white and brown sugar with a couple drops of fragrance oil) and LOVED it!! I love how soft and smooth it made my skin feel. The only issue I have is when I get out of the shower, keeping my hair from picking up too much of the oil since it's already prone to oiliness.
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