Sometimes, at the end of a long week your poor feet just need some love. Rather than hitting up the big box store for something to pamper your sore feet, give this easy peasey sugar scrub recipe a whirl!
Sugar scrubs are a really simple bath product to make, and you can keep some trash out of the bin while you're at it! All you need is a small tupperware or glass container (maybe one that previously held some Chinese delivery soup or marinated artichoke hearts?), granulated sugar, and some sort of oil. For mine, I used organic coconut oil and turbinado for the sugar. Olive oil works really well, too, as does sweet orange oil.
The first thing you'll want to do is wash your container really, really well. You don't want your sugar scrub to smell vaguely of garlic or won ton soup! Since the size of the container is going to vary, let's talk proportions. Fill the container with water and dump the water into a measuring cup to see how much it holds. You'll want to use two parts sugar for one part oil. Stir the ingredients up well, and transfer them into your container. You're done! In the tub or the shower, massage a generous amount into your feet to soothe, moisturize, and exfoliate all at once!
An easy way to make the scrub even more luxurious is to add 15-20 drops of your favorite essential oil. For mine, I used a blend called Meditation that's got an earthy, soothing scent. For a pick me up, try tea tree, peppermint, or a citrus oil. If you're looking for soothing scents, give lavender or something musky a try. Feeling adventurous? Try making your own oil blend, like 10 drops each of lavender and tea tree oils.
If you want to get even fancier than that, you can decorate the bottle with a custom label. To make mine, I measured the height of the bottle's existing label, then cut a strip of a security envelope to wrap around:
I used a glue stick to attach a bit of white paper with the scrub's name to the strip, since I liked the printed back side of the security envelope. If your paper is plainer, you can also just write on the label. Get creative!
Use your glue stick again to secure the ends of the label together, if you're wrapping it all the way around. Since this is going to be in the tub, you'll want to cover the paper with a strip of packing tape to keep it from disintegrating.