Hummus. Skim Milk. Dried lentils.
There are things I miss, now that we live in Tonga. Sometimes you’ll find an item in a supermarket, only to have it disappear the next week, never to be seen of again. I’m currently experiencing this with vegemite. I have to resort to peanut butter on my toast. And that’s just not the same.
I also miss a good body scrub. My tub ran out after a few months and I searched in vain for a replacement. The closest thing I could find was a body wash with itchy little granules that gave me a slight rash. Ewww.
So, I decided to improvise and make my own. It turned out really well and smells good enough to eat! Not only was this much cheaper than buying something from a store, it was made with things I already had in my pantry. Plus there are no added chemicals.
There are a whole bunch of recipes that you can google or look up on pinterest. This is a combination of a few, after a bit of testing. It’s what worked best for me.
DIY body scrub
1 cup white or caster sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract or essence
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon olive oil (you could also use almond oil or coconute oil)
Mix sugar, cinnamon and vanilla together. Add in the olive oil. Add more oil if you want it runnier, I like mine firm. Put into a small plastic container with a lid (yes, I put mine in a yogurt container. I make that from scratch too!). Keep in the fridge for freshness.
I’ve been using this once a week and my skin is so much happier and smoother. Make sure you wash it off well, if you don’t like a slightly oily feeling on your skin. I just leave this to soak in for extra softness!