Make: Cinnamon Sugar Scrub

 
Cinnamon Sugar Scrub
Cinnamon Sugar Scrub

You could make this sugar scrub as a gift - or you could keep it for yourself and use it on your tired and neglected body like I intend to do. It's made with the same essential oils I used to make the reed diffuser - cinnamon, clove and orange - all of which are known for their energising properties. This is an ideal scrub to use in the mornings, or if you have scaly-old-lady hands like me you can leave it by your kitchen sink and give yourself a mini manicure every now and again. It leaves your hands super soft, your nails shiny and everything smells of cinnamon.

I used to be a beauty editor so I know only too well how much you have to pay for a body scrub made with essential oils. And they are, quite frankly, a huge rip off. You don't need technology to make a sugar scrub. The ingredients are cheap and you need absolutely no skills to mix sugar and oil. You're paying for the brand and the packaging and that's about it. I made this scrub in five minutes max and it has the same feel, scent and gives the same results as the most expensive ones I've tried.

How much of each ingredient you need depends on the size of your jar. To fill a jar like mine you will need:

400g golden caster sugar Almond oil - enough to moisten the sugar and make it easy to smooth over your skin - about 200 ml Essential oils - you can use any scent you like - I used 12 drops cinnamon, 8 drops orange and 5 drops clove A flip top jar

Cinnamon Sugar Scrub
Cinnamon Sugar Scrub

Method:

Pour the sugar into your jar and gradually add the almond oil stirring all the time until the sugar is coated with the oil and the mixture is loose enough to spread easily.

Add your essential oil and stir again. And you're all done.

If you're giving it as a gift you could fancy it up a bit by popping a cinnamon stick in the top. Or if you've used lavender essential oil you could mix in some dried lavender to make it look pretty. You could even etch the glass jar with your recipients initials.