Facial Scrub: Or, if you’re my mom, a great topping for toast.

My spouse, Michael, had gone through a phase where he was putting 2 T. of coconut oil in his coffee (you’d have to ask him…). Since we changed to a low-carbohydrate regimen, we also had sugar just sitting in the pantry. Imagine my delight when I came across this recipe in a local grocery circular. (I looked for the recipe on Kroger’s website, but alas, it’s not there. I’m happy I cut it out when I saw it!)

I decided to mix up a batch and it was awesome! It smelled so good and when I used it, my face felt great. The sugar exfoliates while the coconut oil moisturizes. It’s perfect for me because I have dry skin, but it still needs the occasional scrub. I’d made it around Christmas last year, and liked it so much that I gave some as gifts in small pimento jars.

Pumpkin Pie Sugar Facial Scrub

Pumpkin Pie Sugar Facial Scrub

My mom was one of the recipients. I always appreciate that she makes the 10 hour drive to come and visit us and the dogs twice a year. I asked her a week or two after her visit whether she tried the scrub and she said “Yes. It was really good on toast.”

I said “Um, you know that was supposed to be a facial scrub,” to which she replied “Oh, well, it’s also really good on toast.”

Well, it is actually edible…and I did put it into a food jar…and I probably mentioned that I tasted a bit of it when I mixed it up because I was curious…and it does smells like pumpkin spice…so I completely understood why she had mistaken it for a toast spread. Needless to say, we got quite a laugh out of it.

The next time I talked to her, she mentioned she tried it again and it worked really well on her face, too.

Still using the pimento jars.

Still using the pimento jars.

Kroger DIY Pumpkin Pie Sugar Scrub

  • 1 c. Coconut oil
  • ½ c. Brown sugar
  • ½ c. White sugar
  • 2 t. Vanilla extract
  • 2 t. Pumpkin pie spice

Mix everything in a blender or–if you have a nifty immersion blender–a bowl, and blend until smooth.

I kept it in my shower and it didn’t go off before I used it all, which was 9 months later. Just try not to get water in the container, or it’ll get runny. After I ran out and went a few months without using I, I really noticed a difference. I have since made another batch, which I use twice a week, and my face is feeling much more moisturized.

And remember, exfoliating is also good for your lips, as I wrote about in 1 Month and Going Strong , though I expect you could just use this pumpkin pie sugar scrub with the same effect, while using it on your face. Either way, exfoliating your lips will make a difference.


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