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30+ Best and Easy Homemade Sugar Scrub Recipes You Can Try

30+ Best and Easy Homemade Sugar Scrub Recipes You Can Try

Taking good care of our skin is an important part of a solid beauty regime – especially scrubs that are an excellent way to exfoliate and clear up common skin problems. But how often do we just opt for the store-bought scrubs? To be fair, probably most of the time – after all, who has time to make them themselves?

Well, surprisingly, making our own scrubs can be easy, and with sugar being a wonderful component to get rid of dead skin cells, it can be cost-effective too (nearly a third of the price!) Not only that, but by making them yourself, you can make a huge variety of different scrubs to tailor to your skin type without all the chemicals that can be found in the scrubs at your local beauty store.

How The Sweet Stuff Benefits Your Skin

While eating sugar is not so healthy for our insides, slathering it onto our skin can do wonders, and here’s why.

1. It naturally draws surrounding moisture into the skin. In other words, it’s a natural humectant. So when you add sugar into a mixture and apply it to skin it actually hydrates and keeps it hydrated.

2. It promotes younger-looking skin. Even though ingesting sugar is known to create more wrinkles, applying it to the surface of the skin actually helps skin cells regenerate quicker. This is down to the glycolic acid that can easily penetrate the skin and encourage the cell renewal.

3. It’s an amazing exfoliant. The small particles of sugar obviously make it a good way of getting rid of the dead skin cells and freshen the skin. Brown sugar is less abrasive than white if you’re prone to sensitive skin but both do a good job of softening the skin on your body.

4. It keeps the skin’s natural oil balance. The glycolic acid together with alpha-hydroxy acid contained in sugar helps maintain the perfect oil balance in the skin, meaning it won’t dry your skin out.

5. Keeps toxins out. Sugar prevents toxins from attacking your skin cells, which again promotes anti-aging and slows down the aging process.

Why You Should Make Your Own Sugar Scrubs

As mentioned earlier, homemade scrubs are not only easy, simple, and fun to make, but also won’t put a dent in your bank balance.

Many of the shop-bought scrubs can contain harsh chemicals and don’t always contain natural ingredients. On top of that, we all have different skin types, so it can be hard to find a scrub that caters specifically for you.

By making your own, you can tailor-make a scrub and experiment with what works for you. Once you find the perfect combination you have a wonderfully cheap addition to your beauty regime!

How To Make A Basic Simple Sugar Scrub

A simple sugar scrub recipe is the best place to start, after which you can add different ingredients to suit your needs.

    Basic brown sugar scrub

    Ingredients

    • 1/2 cup of sugar (white or brown)
    • 1/2 cup of oil (olive or coconut oil work well)

    What to do:

    • Simply mix the sugar and oil together, putting it into an air-tight jar.
    • When in the shower or during your beauty regime, just take as much as you need, rubbing it in a circular motion on your body or face. Wash off with warm water.

    Yes it’s that simple!

    The sugar scrub will last for up to 2 months but using it twice a week will get you using it up in no time.

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    30 Great Sugar Scrub Recipes For You To Try

    Want to mix it up a bit? Here are 30 sugar scrub recipes that can help you get some inspiration.

    1. Raspberry And Lemon Scrub

      Get that fruity smell by adding fruit essential oils to your scrub. So good you’ll want to eat it!

      2. Chocolate Coconut Sugar Scrub

        If you’re a chocolate lover then this will be your ultimate scrub. It can also make a lovely gift when put into small jars.

        3. Green Tea Sugar Scrub

          Pack in some extra antioxidants with green tea – your skin will thank you for it!

          4. Eucalyptus Sugar Scrub

            Not only does this smell good, but it makes for a great body scrub as it’s cooling and energizing, antibiotic, and deodorizing.

            5. Cucumber And Mint Sugar Scrub

              Try this scrub for a refreshing smell and cooling feel – perfect for soothing tired skin.

              6. Cranberry Sugar Scrub

                Another great source of antioxidants, this cranberry scrub will smell good and keep your skin looking young, fresh and healthy.

                7. Lavender and Lemon Sugar Scrub

                  Create a refreshing lemon or a relaxing lavender scrub – or why not combine the two?

                  8. Pina Colada Sugar Scrub

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                    If you like to be reminded of that fabulous beach holiday you had last year then this is the scrub for you. Go with exotic smells to recreate this fantastic cocktail-inspired scrub.

                    9. Unicorn Poop Sugar Scrub

                      This is a bit more time-consuming, but makes a great, unique gift for friends and family with a sense of humor!

                      10. Sage And Blackberry Sugar Scrub

                        This combination gives a great earthy aroma and will leave your skin feeling super soft.

                        11. Peppermint Sugar Scrub Cubes

                          Adding peppermint will make sure you wake up properly in your morning shower. Making these convenient cubes can help control how many you use and also makes a great gift for someone special.

                          12. Vanilla Coconut Sugar Scrub

                            Try this winning scented combination for the ultimate shower experience in the morning.

                            13. Coffee Sugar Scrub

                              The stimulating properties of coffee makes this scrub great for cellulite and a bonus if you love the smell of coffee in the morning.

                              14. Orange And Pomegranate Sugar Scrub

                                Bursting with zesty smells, this is incredibly easy to make and will help heighten your senses.

                                15. Coconut Rose Body Scrub

                                  This recipe uses salt but substitute it for sugar and you’ve got heavenly scented softer skin.

                                  16. Whipped Gingerbread Sugar Scrub

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                                    This scrub makes a great Christmas gift – or just keep it all to yourself!

                                    17. Shea And Vanilla Sugar Scrub

                                      This scrub will leave your skin feeling extra soft with the addition of shea butter and coconut oil.

                                      18. Floral Sugar Scrub

                                        This pretty scrub gives an assortment of smells, and with the addition of flower petals, can look great in any bathroom.

                                        19. Spring Easter Sugar Scrub

                                          A great novelty gift idea in time for Easter. Create these carrot-style scrubs and make someone smile!

                                          20. Lemongrass And Camomile Foot Sugar Scrub

                                            Have a mini spa experience at home and make this great foot scrub that’ll leave your feet sandal-ready this summer.

                                            21. Black Tea Sugar Scrub

                                              If you prefer black tea to green tea then try this wonderful scrub.

                                              22. Strawberry Sugar Scrub

                                                You can’t go wrong with the smell of strawberries, and using cheap freeze-dried strawberries in this recipe will make the best-smelling scrub so far!

                                                23. Margarita Sugar Scrub

                                                  Having a girls pamper day? Why not try these margarita scrubs – be careful not to accidentally drink them!

                                                  24. Root Beer Float Sugar Scrub

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                                                    Continuing the drink theme, these root beer scrubs not only smell great but feel great too.

                                                    25. Red Wine Sugar Scrub

                                                      Prefer red wine over cocktails? Then this is the perfect scrub for you.

                                                      26. Coconut Oatmeal Sugar Scrub

                                                        The combination of sugar and oatmeal makes this the best exfoliator for dry skin together with the moisturizing qualities of coconut oil.

                                                        27. Pumpkin Pie Sugar Scrub

                                                          Love the smell of pumpkin spice? Then make this your go-to scrub this autumn.

                                                          28. Cookie Dough Sugar Scrub

                                                            If it’s good enough to eat out of the jar then it’s good enough to spread on your skin.

                                                            29. Butter Beer Sugar Scrub

                                                              One for the Potter fans, this is butter beer in scrub form.

                                                              30. Apple And Cinnamon Sugar Scrub

                                                                And finally, a classic smell combination for any time of the year. Just be careful not to eat it!

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                                                                How To Be Successful In Life? 13 Tips From The Most Successful People

                                                                How To Be Successful In Life? 13 Tips From The Most Successful People

                                                                What is success to you? How to be successful in life?

                                                                To some, when they think of success, they imagine wealth; others want power; some just want to make a positive impact on the world.

                                                                All of these are perfectly valid, indeed success is a concept that means different things to different people. Though no matter what success is to you, it almost certainly isn’t something will come easily.

                                                                There are countless guides and books to being successful, however, as success is personal and unique to each individual. The advice contained in these books can often not be relevant. Therefore following the advice of a single individual can often be unhelpful.

                                                                With this in mind, considering the advice of a great many people, people whose ideas of success were different both to each other, and quite possibly, to you can be a good alternative.

                                                                What follows is a list of thirteen of the best pieces of advice from some of the most successful people who have ever lived. If you want to learn how to be successful, these 13 tips are essential:

                                                                1. Think Big

                                                                  From Michelangelo Buonarroti, Great Renaissance Artist:

                                                                  “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”

                                                                  There are few artists as influential as Michaelangelo. Today centuries after his death, his work still inspires and connects to people. His work is world famous, just think of his statue of David, or the Mural in the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican.

                                                                  Imagine then, if he decided not to work as an artist.

                                                                  Being a successful artist has always been extremely difficult, imagine if he decided to give up this ambition in favour of something easier?

                                                                  Oftentimes, people often decided to put their dreams aside for something more “realistic”. To give up their dream for something easier. This quote teaches us the danger of such a point of view.
                                                                  Instead be ambitious.

                                                                  2. Find What You Love to Do and Do It

                                                                    From Oprah Winfrey, Media Mogul:

                                                                    “You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job and not be paid for it.”

                                                                    This is a good quote to remember and think about when you’re at work.

                                                                    Imagine being as successful as possible in your current job. Ultimately you’ll probably find yourself working extremely hard and this it will take up much of your time.

                                                                    If it’s a job you hate, then being successful at it might only mean filling your life with something you hate to do. What’s the sense in this?

                                                                    Instead, why not focus on doing something you love? When you’ve found what you’re passionate about, you get the motivation to keep you moving. Success at this means the fulfilment of your dreams.

                                                                    Not sure what your passion is yet? You should learn about this Motivation Engine first.

                                                                    Even if you’re not successful, you still filled your time with something you love to do. Many successful musicians spent years of their lives doing unpaid performances, the only reason they kept playing was because they loved to perform.

                                                                    3. Learn How to Balance Life

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                                                                      From Phil Knight, CEO of Nike Inc.:

                                                                      “There is an immutable conflict at work in life and in business, a constant battle between peace and chaos. Neither can be mastered, but both can be influenced. How you go about that is the key to success.”

                                                                      All too often, people think that to be successful, they need to make the object of their success their life.

                                                                      If a person thinks their job will lead them to success, then they may spend countless hours per day, and well into the evening working hard.

                                                                      However this comes at the cost of rest, your health and having an enjoyable life. Ultimately they may burn out and cease to be successful at their job anyway.

                                                                      If success comes from having a strong social life and a good group of friends, their job may suffer; meaning that they may lose their job, and then be unable to afford going out with friends.

                                                                      In these ways, success, as Phil Knight says above, is helped by balance. Think of it as a balance between rest and work, or work and play.

                                                                      To achieve that balance, this Ultimate Guide to Prioritizing Your Work And Life can help you.

                                                                      4. Do Not Be Afraid of Failure

                                                                        From Henry Ford, Founder of Ford Motors:

                                                                        “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”

                                                                        There is a story, it’s unconfirmed whether it actually happened, yet the message within is none the less true:

                                                                        Thomas Edison inventing the lightbulb was the result of several hundred failed attempts. In an interview, he was asked “How do you feel after all of your failed attempts?”

                                                                        His response was great, “I didn’t fail, I learned hundreds of ways not to invent the lightbulb”

                                                                        He saw each “failure” as a lesson. From that lesson he learned what won’t work, and also might work instead.

                                                                        Each failed attempt, each rejection, were key steps on his path to success. It is easy to feel like you should give up after a failure. But perhaps in that failure is a lesson.

                                                                        Pay attention to your failures, study them. Perhaps then you’ll learn how to succeed.

                                                                        If you find it difficult to fight your fear of failure, here’s a guide for you: Why You Have the Fear of Failure (And How to Conquer It Step-By-Step)

                                                                        5. Have an Unwavering Resolution to Succeed

                                                                          From Colonel Sanders, Founder of KFC:

                                                                          “I made a resolve then that I was going to amount to something if I could. And no hours, nor amount of labor, nor amount of money would deter me from giving the best that there was in me. And I have done that ever since, and I win by it. I know.”

                                                                          This, in many ways relates to the above quote about learning from your failures.

                                                                          It’s the easiest thing in the world to give up from a failure. The only way to push on is if you have the true burning desire to succeed, to not be moved or dissuaded from your goals.

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                                                                          If you are not truly dedicated towards success, then each failure will hurt more, each set back will slow you down.

                                                                          Success is hard; without the unwavering desire to succeed, this difficulty may seem insurmountable. With the desire, it is merely an obstacle to go through.

                                                                          6. Be a Person of Action

                                                                            From Leonardo da Vinci, Renaissance Genius:

                                                                            “It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”

                                                                            Though it was said hundreds of years ago, it works just as much today as it ever had. It applies to literally any successful person.

                                                                            Think about it, picture someone like William Shakespeare:

                                                                            When we think of the time he lived in, we think of the time in a way shaped by him. When we think of Renaissance era Italy, we think of Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci. Or think about the present day, Bill Gates or Steve Jobs. Our current way of life would simply be incomparably different if they didn’t accomplish what they did.

                                                                            You’re probably reading this article on a device by a company that they either founded or companies influenced by them.

                                                                            All these figures were proactive, they saw ways to do things differently and did them. If they let the world shape them, then they’d simply fit into the background. Instead they shaped the world.

                                                                            Applying this to you?

                                                                            Don’t be afraid of going outside the norm. If you can think of a better way to do something, do it that way. If you fail, try again.

                                                                            7. Cultivate Positive Relationships

                                                                              From Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of America: “

                                                                              The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.”

                                                                              The best leaders and some of the most influential people (and Theodore Roosevelt is one of the best leaders and one of the most influential people to have lived) were not those who caused commotions, who fought with people or disregarded people; but were people who were friendly to those around them.

                                                                              People liked them. They wanted them to do well.

                                                                              This is key to good leadership.

                                                                              It’s logical. If someone likes you, they want to help you; if you give them a suggestion, they’ll gladly follow through with it.

                                                                              But if someone doesn’t like you, they may either refuse to help or actively get in your way.

                                                                              What’s more, it’s always a good idea to cultivate good relationships. You can never tell who will prove to become someone who’ll be able to help you in a big way, or even be a good and supportive friend.

                                                                              As such, help people and they may help you; and be good to people, and they my be good to you.

                                                                              8. Don’t Be Afraid of Introducing New Ideas

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                                                                                From Mark Twain, Famed Author:

                                                                                “A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.”

                                                                                It is an unfortunate truth that those with the boldest ideas are often disregarded.

                                                                                Most of us are taught from an early age to think and do things similarly to everyone else. This can be great to fill an existing role. But to truly do things differently (and all successful people did things differently), you need to think differently.

                                                                                If you have a new idea, don’t throw it away because it’s new and different; instead, celebrate it. Your strange new idea might one day be the one that leads you to success.

                                                                                9. Believe in Your Capacity to Succeed

                                                                                  From Walter Disney, Founder of Walt Disney Company:

                                                                                  “If you can dream it, you can do it.”

                                                                                  Success has to be something you can imagine yourself achieving.

                                                                                  It is possible that you will come across those who doubt you and your ability to succeed. You must not become one of these people because the moment you cease believing and dreaming is the moment these dreams fall away.

                                                                                  Keep dreaming!

                                                                                  10. Always Maintain a Positive Mental Attitude

                                                                                    From Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of America:

                                                                                    “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”

                                                                                    Like the above quote says, you need to trust in your ability to succeed. This is the only way to cultivate the right mindset.

                                                                                    Replace negative thoughts with the positive ones. You need to approach problems, not as obstacles stopping you, but merely tasks that need to be completed for you to keep going.

                                                                                    If you stay positive and think like this, setbacks won’t affect you so much, people’s doubts won’t impact you and even the biggest obstacles will seem like minor problems.

                                                                                    However with the wrong mindset of doubt, you’ll be much easier to stop.

                                                                                    11. Don’t Let Discouragement Stop You from Pressing On

                                                                                      From Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of America:

                                                                                      “Let no feeling of discouragement prey upon you, and in the end you are sure to succeed.”

                                                                                      It is an unfortunate fact of human nature — all of us in some way, doubt ourselves. This can be made far worse if others doubt us too.

                                                                                      When surrounded by doubts, giving up can actually seem like a good idea.

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                                                                                      Don’t pay attention to the doubts. If you are discouraged, ignore it.

                                                                                      If this discouragement moves into your mind and you begin to doubt yourself. It is important to ignore this too.

                                                                                      This is How Self Doubt Keeps You Stuck and How to Overcome It

                                                                                      12. Be Willing to Work Hard

                                                                                        From JC Penny, Founder of JC Penney Inc.:

                                                                                        “Unless you are willing to drench yourself in your work beyond the capacity of the average man, you are just not cut out for positions at the top.”

                                                                                        You might have heard the quote that “success is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration” or you may have heard about the 10,000 hours idea.

                                                                                        Whichever way you frame it, they say one thing:

                                                                                        True success comes from work.

                                                                                        You’ll never become successful if you don’t work towards your goal in life and keep working towards it.

                                                                                        Check out this article and you’ll understand Why Hard Work Beats Talent.

                                                                                        13. Be Brave Enough to Follow Your Intuition

                                                                                          From Steve Jobs, Co-founder of Apple Inc.:

                                                                                          “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

                                                                                          In ancient Greece, there was a group of Oracles who lived in Delphi. Everyone who needed advice or to know their future visited them, from the poorest of society to kings. Above the doorway of the temple were the words “know thyself”.

                                                                                          If you strongly believe and desire something, chances are that you already have an idea how to get there. If not, you may naturally know what things will help you and what things will slow you down.

                                                                                          It’s like how your body can detect danger even when things seem safe.

                                                                                          Ultimately then, you need to trust your own instincts.

                                                                                          Final Thoughts

                                                                                          What you might have noticed is that many of the above lessons are similar — most are about developing the right state of mind. This clearly suggests that the key to achieving success, in whatever you wish, comes down to the way you approach it mentally.

                                                                                          Moreover, no matter what stage of life you’re at now, you can still make a difference and pursue success. You can make resetting your life possible when you do this: How to Start Over and Reboot Your Life When It Seems Too Late

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