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.
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.
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.