Vanilla Sugar Body Scrub

With the new year in full swing, we are in the throws of renewal. Renewing our diets, our goals, our lives. And I have one more step to complete my sloughing off of 2011 – literally. My love of all things Bath and Body works knows no bounds. I’m addicted. Coupon? I’m heading in. Buy two get three free – you bet I’m there! But sadly, the cost is too much to bear on my pocket.  I’m a girl on budget.

Between the wedding to plan and pay for, a allergy ridden hound to take to the doggie dermatologist and fueling my all out obsession with World Market dinnerware, I’ve got to save money where I can and dumping boat loads of money into body scrubs just isn’t where it’s at.

But no fear! I have the answers. Like Oz, just prettier. And I don’t look that good in green.

This scrub is made from things most likely found in your own kitchen, or if they’re not – they’re all easy enough to find and put together.

Start this project off with a bag of raw sugar, light olive oil or saffola oil, 1 vanilla bean and mason jars of whatever size you choose.

Fill your mason jar 3/4 of the way with raw sugar. Easy enough.

Pour enough Saffola oil over the sugar to saturate it. Use a spoon to incorporate the sugar and oil together. If you like your scrub super oily like Bath and Body Works, add more oil. If you like it more grainy add less. This is the beauty of it – it’s all up to you!

Take half a vanilla bean, slicing it length wise and scraping out the caviar. Stir in the caviar and the vanilla bean remnants, stirring to incorporate again.

Cap it off with a lid and ring and bam – ready to use.

These make a great gift for the girls on your list. Talk about making your hands soft and primed for a manicure – and for the chicks out there (most of you) – sugar scrub will give you the most epically soft legs ever. Scrub, shave, revel in your smooth legged glory. Sorry for the detour guys, I’m done now. Back to my regularly scheduled blather.

The point is – this is simple, easy, inexpensive and easy adaptable for whatever scent you want. Omit the vanilla, and add in citrus zest – whisk yourself away to an imaginary island paradise.

Now, go forth and scrub yourself into utter relaxation and a new year.

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Yield: 6 - 8 oz jars

Vanilla Sugar Body Scrub

Make one scrub or many for all the women in your life!

Ingredients:

For one 8oz. jar-
2/3 cup Raw Sugar
1/3 cup Saffola Oil
1/2 Vanilla Bean
1 8oz. Mason Jar

For Multiple Jars-
1 - 2lb. bag Raw Sugar
1 quart Saffola Oil
3 Vanilla Beans

Directions:

Into clean 8oz. Mason Jars, fill each jar with 2/3 - 3/4 cup Raw Sugar. Top with 1/3 cup of Saffola Oil. Add more or less oil to get desired consistency of scrub. Stir to incorporate sugar and oil.

Halve vanilla beans. With knife, run along the length of bean and split open. Scrape out caviar and stir into jars of scrub. Add skins of vanilla bean into the jars and allow to remain there to infuse.

Stir again.

Seal jars with lid and ring. Use whenever you need to slough off a hard day's work.