I dislike shaving, but I enjoy the feeling of smooth legs, so I’m always on the look out for effective hair removal techniques. I’ve tried those awful chemical preparations that dissolve the hair, sugaring, waxing, and of course, shaving. None of them have come close to this simple scrub.
There are quite a few recipes for sugar scrubs out there, and after perusing them, I decided to make my own. Here’s what you need:
- Coconut oil
- Lavender oil
It’s pretty simple.
Step 1: Plop a tablespoon to a tablespoon and a half of coconut oil into your bowl, and heat if the oil isn’t already soft. This gave me enough to use on my entire body after the first application to my legs, so an even lower measurement might work for you.
|It was a warm day when I did this, so the oil was already pretty soft.|
Step 2: Mix about 1/5 to 1/4 cup of sugar into coconut oil. If you’d like a grainier texture, add more sugar. Naturally, if you’d like it less grainy, use less.
|I may use less sugar, next time.|
Step 3: Mix in about 10 drops of lavender essential oil. You don’t have to use lavender if you don’t like it, but I use it because it’s excellent for healthy skin.
The coconut and lavender oil will moisturize and revitalize your skin as the dead cells are sluffed off by the sugar.
Rinse your legs, then shave as usual. Reapply the scrub, rinse and shave again to get any missed stubble.
I personally dislike the feeling of oil lingering on my skin, so I wash with soap again after this step, but that last step isn’t necessary for everyone, especially if you have very dry skin.
After I’m finished and have dried off, I’ve gotten into the habit of applying a mixture of tea tree and lavender oil to my legs. It soothes any accidental razor burn, smells nice and generally feels wonderful.
I’ve noticed that I don’t need to shave as often, because the shave is closer, and my skin is healthier than before I started doing this routine.
Do you have a favorite homemade scrub or lotion?