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Spring and Summer are right around the corner, and I am heaving an icy sigh of relief. Winter weather dries my skin out like you wouldn’t believe!
Scales are great for actual mermaids but, spoiler alert: I’m not actually a mermaid. I’m a fake, a fraud, an imposter! And I can’t get down with dry, scaly skin. Not now, not ever, even if there’s a fire!
I am in need of a good exfoliation so I began experimenting with sugar scrub recipes today, and I’ve stumbled upon something magical.
Not out-of-this-world, oh no. More like under-the-sea.
I bestow upon you this gift: a recipe for a DIY Mermaid Sugar Scrub.
This isn’t really a recipe, but a guide. Your sugar scrub is unique to you and depends entirely on your tastes. It can be any color, texture, and glittery only if you want it to be. The world is in your hands. You’re the Queen [or King] of the Sea, do your majestic kingdom good.
You will emerge from those blue seas (erm, bath) a glittery mermaid Goddess (or God)!
What You’ll Need
- Sugar – caster or granulated. I opted for regular granulated sugar.
- Food coloring – I chose green and blue to make a nice mermaid turquoise. The link will lead you to a perfect set of mermaid colors! Mermaid colors include pastel purple, sea foam green, teal, bright blue, and coral!
- Cosmetic glitter of your choice. Must be cosmetic glitter, not craft glitter! Cosmetic glitter is safe for the eyes!
- Olive oil or coconut oil — I prefer coconut oil, but it hardens when it’s cold! I used extra virgin olive oil this round.
- Massage oil or some type of body-safe scent. I suggest coconut, as it goes with our “Under The Sea” theme. [You can also use liquid flavors for baking such as cotton candy, watermelon, or tutti frutti.]
- A mason jar or something cute for storage.
What You Do
- Start with a clean bowl, and about a cup or so of sugar. Crush the lumps with your hands or your spoon.
- Throw in a spoonful of glitter [I added much more than a spoonful, but I suggest you start small!]
- Stir the glitter into the sugar until it’s mixed in evenly. Isn’t glittery sugar gorgeous? I chose gold glitter! It was called “Treasure Chest” how fitting!
- Time for color! You don’t want the color to be too dark or you can stain your skin. [Even if you did this on purpose, the staining is minimal and will likely wash off with a little bit of soap. ]
- Start with one drop, mix, and if you want it to be darker add in more one drop at a time, stirring in between. [I used 1 drop of green, and 1 drop of blue]
- You’re almost done! Finally, we add the oil. The oil helps the particles stick together, and leaves your skin feeling exfoliated and moisturized. Start with a spoonful at a time and mix until you achieve your desired consistency. Here is my desired consistency:
In the bath or shower, scrub the sugar into your skin and rinse! Your skin will feel baby-smooth and, as promised, you will emerge from those blue seas a sparkly mermaid Goddess (or God)!
If being sparkly isn’t your goal, I suggest lathering up and rinsing the glitter off before leaving the tub. That will remove the shimmer! 🙂