Awesome DIY Salt Face Scrub

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Awesome DIY Salt Face Scrub

2 ingredient facial salt scrub2

I have to be honest – when I first tried this product, I didn’t really like it. I was really excited to try it, so I rubbed some on my face just before going to sit in the bath and relax with the book I’m currently reading. However, I really didn’t like the way it felt on my face. It felt oily and the salt felt kind of weird. But I figured I already made a whole jar, I may as well get some use out of it. So I left it on for about five minutes and wiped it off with a wash cloth.

It was after cleaning it off that I began to like it. The oil slowly went away to the point where it simply felt like I’d put some moisturizer on. Over the next few days, I paid attention to how my skin felt: soft and smooth.

I’m in my thirties and most of my life have been a tomboy type. In recent years, however, I’ve begun to notice the affects of my former beauty practices (or lack thereof). I’m sure a lot of it has to do with having kids, and other adult-like stuff. But it has opened my eyes to the fact that I’d like to take care of my body the best I can. This is why I now love this facial scrub. With most store-bought face washes, I’ve always felt like they leave my skin too dry or oily. This scrub left my face felling refreshed!

The best part: it costs about $1.67 to make a 4oz jar! I hope you like it as much as I do!

Necessities:

  1. Salt
  2. Coconut oil
  3. Jar to hold it

Optional:

  • Essential oil
  • Shea, cocoa, or any other kind of butter. If you want it to be softer, more creamy

Substitutions:

  • Another kind of oil. I really like the texture of the coconut oil and I like how my skin reacts to it.
  • Sugar or baking soda instead of salt. I tried the salt scrub from Lia Griffith, but I’d also like to see how it turns out with baking soda like this one from the Frugal Farm Wife.

Tutorial

This is SO easy! I used a 4 oz canning jar for mine, so these measurements will match that amount. Scale up or down as necessary based on the size of your container.

Ingredients I used:

~1/3 c sea salt

2 Tbl coconut oil, melted*

4 oz canning jar

1. Pour sea salt into the jar.

salt in jar for scrub

2. Melt the coconut oil. There are many ways to do this. I did it in the microwave, by 30 second intervals. You can also heat it on the stove by way of hot water bath (don’t put it directly in the pan; place the jar in a pot with hot water and boil it). Or you can place the jar in the sink filled with hot water and let it melt.

coconut oil in tablespoon

Coconut oil melted in pyrex

3. Pour melted coconut oil into the jar and mix with salt. You want it to be a paste-like consistency, so add salt as needed.

pouring coconut oil into salt

oil in salt

paste like salt scrub

4. If you’d like to add an essential oil, now’s the time.

5. Let it cool while you make a label. I’ve included the label I created below, or Lia Griffith has a printable one on her tutorial.

Creating a label

  1. Trace the bottom of the jar onto your paper to cut out.

tracing bottom of jar

2. Cut out the circle. I used these scissors that make the line wavy, but any scissors would work.

wavy line scissors

3. Write your label on it. I wouldn’t say this is my best calligraphy work, but it did the job. If I was making this for a gift I would’ve probably taken a bit more time with it.

diy salt scrub label

4. Glue the label on. I used a homemade modge podge. Be sure to get a good layer under and on top of the paper. If you printed a label, don’t put a layer on top as it could make the ink run. If you’re using a canning jar like me, be sure to only glue it to the lid and not the ring.

homemade modge podge

5. Let it dry. This can take a long time. I didn’t put the ring back on until it was totally dry, that way I can still reuse it for canning if I want in the future.

facial scrub drying

Final face scrub

Instructions for use:

1. Apply to dry face, rubbing into skin for 3-5 minutes.

2. Let sit for up to 5 minutes before rinsing with a warm, wet wash cloth.

3. Pat dry & moisturize like normal.

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Easy, Inexpensive Homemade Sugar Scrubs!

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Easy, Inexpensive Homemade Sugar Scrubs

Easy Homemade Sugar Scrub

So here’s another idea I found this last Christmas season when I was trying to find some quality gift ideas that I could make with minimal cost. I had lost my job in September, and although my husband and I had each worked here and there, we were struggling to get by. I found myself searching the web to find neat ideas that were inexpensive, but wouldn’t come across as cheap. This was one of my favorites! Whether you make a small batch to keep and use at home, or want to make some for others it can fit your needs!

You might not even need to buy anything to make this because most of these items you probably already have in your home. I used some that I had at home, and bought some. The dollar store is GREAT if you need to buy your items but are working on a budget.

Necessities:

  1. Sugar
  2. Some sort of oil, shampoo, or body wash. Any ONE of these items will work (you’ll see different variations below).
  3. A container to put it in.

Optional:

  • More oil, shampoo, or body wash (to make multiple kinds)
  • Essential oils for scent
  • Other spices that will affect the aroma of the sugar, like cinnamon.

Substitutions:

  • For the sugar: Brown sugar, salt (sea or epsom are commonly used), or used coffee grounds.
  • Body scrubs instead of shampoo or wash (usually you need more if you’re mixing it in)
  • Oils: almond, coconut, baby and olive oil are all very common in scrubs. If you have a different kind you’d like to use, try it out! I’ve even seen some products with butter in them!
  • Instead of a plastic tub like I used, you can use any sort of jar or container. Just keep in mind it’s going to be in the shower where things get wet and can be dropped easily. This is why I opted away from glass even though many people like the way it looks in the finished product. I like the tubs because they’re short (sturdier) and durable.

Tutorial

Sugar Scrub Ingredients

As I said before, most of these ingredients can be picked up at the dollar store. I even got the plastic tubs from the dollar store, only $2 for 9 of them!

There are two ways to mix your sugar scrub: layered or not.

Not Layered Sugar Scrubs

1. These are the easiest to make. You simply fill your tub most of the way with sugar.

Sugar in tub for scrub

2. Pour some body wash or shampoo on the top. If you use a scrub, you’ll likely need to add more because it won’t mix in so easily.

body wash on sugar

3. Stir it in. Once you’re done, check the consistency. You may want to add more sugar or shampoo to get it to your desired consistency. I like to mix it up for myself and try different variances. The consistency will change a little once it’s sat a while. You may want to check back after a few hours, or a day, to see if it’s still how you like it.

Blackberry sugar scrub mixed

4. Once you’ve got it at the desired consistency, slap the lid on and label it! You can buy labels to write on, print them either on paper or sticker paper, or just write on the container. I chose the cheapest option this time.

Blackberry sugar scrub

Layered Sugar Scrub

These take a little more time to put together, but come out so much more beautiful! The ones I made are all layered with a scrub that I bought from the store, but if you only want to use sugar and oil you can still make a pretty layer. Check out the layers from this sugar scrub at The Idea Room.

  1. If you’re using an oil in your sugar, mix them together in a bowl. I mixed oil with my sugar that I layered mostly because the scrubs I was using to layer were pretty thick. I thought the sugar would need a bit more moisture. If I was using only sugar for my layers, I would’ve added a bit more oil.

sugar and baby oil

2. If you are using only sugar for your layers, separate half the sugar into a different bowl. You want at least one of the halves to be colored with food coloring. This is how you’ll see the different layers.

3. Add enough sugar in the bottom of the storage container to make your first layer.

First layer sugar scrub

4. Add some of your second (colored) sugar layer, or your other scrub. Keep alternating layers until you reach the top. I used a butter knife to spread my scrub on the sides so that the layers looked better.

Layered apricrot sugar scrub

If you don’t use a knife to spread it around, your layers might not look so smooth.

5. Put the lid on, label it, and voila! You’re done!

Feel free to check out some of these places where I got my inspiration:

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DIY Dry Shampoo

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DIY Dry Shampoo

Easy DIY Dry Shampoo

I was first introduced to dry shampoo by a close friend and coworker around Christmas 2012. This friend gave me this small bottle of it as part of a Christmas gift. At the time, I kept bangs and I started using it as a way to keep my bangs from getting gross-looking when I went out or was at work all day. It really helped to keep them from getting all yucky when I would sweat on my forehead.

That bottle lasted me a really long time the way I was using it, but once it was done I wanted more. It was hard to find anywhere in regular department stores, though, and even now that brand isn’t available to purchase on most online websites. So I started doing some research and found out that dry shampoos are actually MUCH better for you than wet shampoos. Now-a-days I mostly use dry shampoo to keep my hair clean, and only use wet shampoo about once a week (or so). Depending on your hair & scalp type, you should use it every 1 to 3 days. I personally have a fairly dry scalp, with very thin, straight hair. I use it every 1 to 2 days depending on how my hair feels and how busy I get with MOM stuff.

Even though I now had a new understanding of how great dry shampoo is, I still needed to find some that I could afford regularly. So I did some more research and found that it really doesn’t take much to make a dry shampoo. In fact, for a mom like me who tries to find savings wherever possible, it’s a ridiculous amount of savings! That’s why this last Christmas when I was pretty strapped for cash, but still wanted to find thoughtful gifts to send to family and friends, I decided to make a whole batch to send out as gifts.

Necessities:

  1. Some sort of powder. I’d argue corn starch is the best base to use, but check out the substitutions for all sorts of others you can mix and match with.
  2. Something to put it in. I used some salt/pepper shakers that I bought for $1, but you can also re-purpose an old spice shaker.

Optional:

  • Baking soda
  • Baby powder
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder. Use this if you have darker hair.
  • Cinnamon. Use this if you have red or auburn hair.
  • Essential oil. To make it smell better.
  • Other spices. Again, for scent.

Substitutions:

  • You can replace my corn starch base with any other kind of powder. Some examples are baby powder, flour, or corn meal.

Tutorial

This recipe is the way I like it because it works best with my hair (and most of the people I was making it for had darker hair). I recommend playing with the options and substitutions listed above to see what works best for your scalp and hair type.

Ingredients I used:

1 c corn starch

1/3 c baby powder

1/3 c baking soda

1/2 c cocoa

  1. Whisk all the white ingredients together in a bowl.

DIY Dry Shampoo whisk white stuff

2. Add baker’s cocoa a little at a time until it’s your preferred color.

DIY Dry Shampoo Cocoa

3. Bottle it. You can buy  a funnel to help get all the powder into your bottle, or do just make your own. I rolled up a piece of paper to funnel it in.

Empty Salt Pepper Shakers for DIY Shampoo

Paper Funnel for DIY Dry Shampoo

4. When I was done, I didn’t have enough for my last jar, so I just poured some out of the other jars that were mostly full.

Completed DIY Dry Shampoo

5. Then I taped the lids so that the shampoo didn’t spill when I mailed them.

DIY Dry Shampoo Taped Lids

Instructions for use:

1. Apply near the roots of hair first. Some people like to use a makeup brush for this. I just pour a little into my hand and use my fingers to rub it in.

2. If needed, apply away from the roots. Only do this if your hair still feels dirty or oily after applying by the roots. Some people will brush their hair to help apply away from the roots.

3.  I don’t always shower immediately after application, but when I shower I do like to apply the dry shampoo first. With my hair, it seems to work better when it gets wet after putting the shampoo in. I still use a wet conditioner in the shower, but I’m looking into homemade solutions for this too. I also have a leave-in conditioner that I use after showering, mostly applied toward the ends of my hair.

4. Enjoy your hair being healthier! It took at least a week or so when I started this routine to start noticing some major differences. I still use a wet shampoo about once a week.

Feel free to check out these pages, some of the places where I got my inspiration:

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