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Once upon a time, farmers kept a jar of soap, water and sugar next to their sinks for cleaning off motor oil, paint and other hard-to-clean stains. The grainy texture of the sugar in the scrub helped to lift dirt better than regular soap could.

Today, gritty soaps with pumice provide the same service to mechanics and farmers, and spas use sugar scrubs for their rejuvenating properties. Sugar scrubs help to exfoliate dead skin. After using a sugar scrub, your own skin will feel softer and look younger. Best of all, the ingredients for a sugar scrub can be found in your own kitchen pantry.

A sugar scrub makes a nice gift for expectant mothers at baby showers, a housewarming gift for a new neighbor, or a great Christmas gift for multiple female friends. Here are several good recipes that you can try.

Lavender Sugar Scrub

1 tablespoonful of dried/crushed lavender petals
1 cup sugar
Olive oil

Combine lavender and sugar in a jar with a lid on it such as a canning jar. Place the jar into a cabinet well away from sunlight. Shake the jar every day to perfume the sugar. After 1 week, add enough olive oil to moisten the sugar. The moist sugar should be the same consistency as damp sand. Place the scrub into a smaller jar for presentation and seal with a ribbon.

Honey Grapefruit Sugar Scrub

1 tablespoonful of dark organic honey
4 tablespoonfuls of sugar
½ fresh grapefruit

Peel the grapefruit and place it into a blender. Add honey and sugar and pulse until the contents are blended into a smooth paste. Scrub your face and body for 2 to 3 minutes. Wash your body with alternating blasts of hot and cold water. Finish with cold water and pat dry before toning and moisturizing. Use this scrub immediately, or refrigerate for no more than 3 days.

Old Fashioned Homemade Sugar Scrub

1 ½ Cups Sugar
¼ Cup Olive Oil
Essential oil for Scent

Mix all the ingredients and store in a decorative bottle. This sugar scrub is good for removing stains on your hands such as oil and paint. Using it frequently in the winter helps to prevent dry, cracked and chafed hands from dry, winter air.

Vanilla Brown Sugar Body Scrub

2 Cups Brown Sugar
1 Cup Granulated Sugar
1 Cup Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract

Mix the sugars together until they are smooth with no lumps. Add olive oil and vanilla. Mix until the concoction is thoroughly damp. Place in a sealable container and add a decorative bow.

by Tracy S. Morris

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