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18 Ingenious Beauty Uses for Average Kitchen Items

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$65 Brown Sugar Scrubs vs. My $1 Homemade Version
18 Ingenious Beauty Uses for Average Kitchen Items

A homemade body scrub made from sugar and oil

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I have a $65 bottle of brown sugar scrub in my cabinet from Fresh. Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish is amazing and yummy and leaves my skin feeling soft and supple. But here's the thing: I get the same exact results from my simple brown sugar and coconut oil scrub.

How much does my homemade brown sugar and coconut oil facial scrub cost? Oh, less than a dollar.

I have a rule that any beauty product that stays on your face for a very short time (cleansers and scrubs) are not worth spending lots of money on because you are washing the product down the drain mere moments after you used it. And that means you are washing that $65 down the drain.

Fresh's Body Polish has about 30 more ingredients then my facial scrub does. Here they are: Sucrose, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Simmondsia Chinenesis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Passiflora Incarnata Seed Oil, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Citrus Medica Vulgaris Peel Oil, Litsea Cubeba Fruit Oil, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Oil, Limonene, Citral, Linalool, Citronellol, Geraniol.

If you feel you need 20 different oils on your face for those 2 minutes, then by all means, spend your $65. But I promise you'll get the same effects with 2 ingredients.

The purpose of a scrub is to exfoliate and moisturize. There's nothing better than sugar for exfoliating and nothing better than a wonderful oil such as coconut oil, jojoba oil or sweet almond oil for moisturizing. And you can get these things in your kitchen.

The key to making a body or facial scrub is 2 parts sugar and 1 part oil. Pick your favorite sugar (brown or refined sugar) and mix it in with your favorite oil (Sweet Almond Oil, jojoba, organic coconut, organic olive). Get the full recipe here: How to Make Salt and Sugar Scrubs.

Also, check out The Right Way to Apply a Body Scrub.

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