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An Insanely Good Raw Sugar Scrub Recipe

I’m on the hunt for a homemade body sugar scrub and it just so happens that I found a great post over at, who so kindly broke it down into an easy recipe to remember: 2 parts sugar to 1 part oil, plus your extras. Me like.

But you know, there was another site ( that had a fab idea for creating a cinnamon oil… and since I’m always game, I combined the two ideas into an insane sugar scrub to soothe and delight, ladies!

Cinnamon Oil? Yes, Please!

I used a bottle that I saved that had dried dill in it (from The Spice Hunter). Then I cut my cinnamon sticks to fit and the ends of the sticks went into a potpourri.

I covered them with (light) olive oil and let this sit for a couple of weeks. Now it’s onto the sugar scrub.

Raw Sugar Scrub Recipe For The Body (NOT YOUR FACE)

1/2 cup of raw sugar
1/2 cup of white sugar
1/2 cup of cinnamon oil*
a few drops of vanilla extract

Mix the two sugars together, then mix in the oil and extract. And that’s it!

Ahh, looks good enough to eat. This smells wonderful and I can’t wait to use it. But will it work? That’s the mystery. I’ll update you soon. 🙂

UPDATE: So is it a good recipe? Uh, yeah! This stuff is fab! The smell is mesmerizing, the sugar exfoliates like nothing I’ve ever tried before and the oil is so healthy and good for your skin. Very smoothing and soothing.


This sugar scrub recipe is so versatile that you can really have a lot of fun experimenting. A few add-in ideas for ya:

  • 5-20 drops of your favorite essential oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vitamin E oil (from a few gelcaps)
  • Other spices that you love (pumpkin pie spice was suggested on Wellness Mama)

Switch-Out Suggestions

  • Brown sugar in place of the white sugar
  • Coconut or almond oil in place of the olive oil

See? You can play around like crazy. Make it suit YOU – your skin, your personal preferences. I love this sugar scrub.


Isn’t this a terrific idea for a gift? So check out this site for free printable labels. Spread the love!

*Info: After using up the cinnamon oil, I just filled it up again to see if the sticks will go another round. Can’t hurt right? I’ll let you know how it turns out.

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How To Keep Your Braids Fresh All Summer

Braids are the ideal hairstyle for those times when you simply can’t fathom having to go through your entire hair routine on a regular basis. They’re a low-maintenance, protective style, but that doesn’t mean you can totally slack off while wearing them — at least not if you want them to last!

Luckily, keeping your braids on point all summer is a relatively simple task. Here’s what to do.


Wrapping your hair at night is essential for preventing dryness, which is especially important when you have braids, since you can’t access your natural hair to moisturize it as easily. A silk scarf will also help maintain the sleekness of your style.


It’s important not to neglect your scalp and exposed hair, especially your roots. Dry, itchy scalp is the mortal enemy of every braid-wearing woman. You may cringe at the idea of putting water on your roots, since it may cause frizzing, but a moisturizing spray of some kind will do wonders for your comfort level. Opt for an all-natural, lightweight leave-in conditioner or braid spray.


By the same token, though, avoid products that contain mineral oil or petroleum, which will build-up on the hair. You’re not thoroughly washing your hair when it’s braided up, so there’s no way to get rid of that build-up. It’s not good for your hair, and it’s kind of gross.

Whenever possible, opt for natural oils like plain old coconut oil or jojoba oil.


If you find yourself desperately needing to wash your hair, but don’t want to take out your braids yet — don’t fret! You can wash your braids. The only thing is that they absorb water like nobody’s business, and if you have yarn braids, forget about it. Rather than washing all of your hair, head to the sink and wash your scalp only.

You can even avoid water altogether by using a root rinse or dry shampoo to clarify your scalp. Apple cider vinegar is excellent for this purpose.


Your braids will inevitably start to turn fuzzy, even if you’ve been taking the very best care of them. Use a strong-hold gel to lay down the frizz, but don’t go too heavy. Remember, we’re trying to avoid build-up here.


Rather than battling all-over frizz, which you will likely never get rid of entirely, focus on the first layer of braids in your hair — the layer that faces the front. The best option here is to take them down and re-braid them entirely. It won’t take too long, and it’ll make your hairstyle look brand new.


Lastly, to avoid putting too much tension on your hair, make sure to let your braids hang loose regularly. Too many updos and ponytails will pull on your roots, shortening the length of the hairstyle and potentially damaging your hairline.

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