It is definitely bitter-sweet when September rolls around and it starts getting colder and darker. We may feel a bit melancholy looking at the yellowing leaves, having to accept that summer is over, and worse still, that winter is coming. But for a great deal of people autumn is also their favourite time of year. For some, the cooler temperatures may come as a relief. After months of wearing nothing but T-shirts and shorts it can feel oddly luxurious just to drape a scarf around your neck, or to wear those vintage gloves you got at a summer street sale. For others, it may be the abundance in fresh produce that the harvest brings about. In most northern countries, autumn is often a wildly beautiful time of year – although we are not quite there yet, the beginning of fall also comes with the promise of some great views and landscapes – when the maples turn a deep red and orange, almost like fire. But most of all, I think it’s the fact that autumn is a transition from life to death (at least in Canada – hello minus 30 Celsius) that makes us appreciate those last flashes of life even more, and makes us want to prepare ourselves and our homes for hibernation. So in the spirit of autumn I have created a spicy sugar scrub that is so easy and quick you can whip it up in five minutes, before your shower or bath.
There are lots of sugar scrub recipes out there, most of them are pretty similar. This one was inspired by the spices used in pumpkin pie and ginger snaps, and yields about 2 cups worth of scrub. Enjoy!
In a bowl mix:
- 1.5 cups Cane Sugar. Don’t use regular brown sugar because it will be too sticky. You want something on the dry side. I used cubed raw sugar that I pulverized with a pestle and mortar.
If you find the cane sugar too rough you can do the same 😀
- 1/4 cup Baking Soda (you can omit this if you are sensitive to baking soda, and just use a little less oil).
- 1 Teaspoon each of powdered cinnamon; clove; ginger; and 1/2 Teaspoon cardamom. You can use each to your liking of course.
With a whisk, mix all the dry ingredients well. Then slowly pour in
- 1/2 cup of Olive Oil. You can use sesame seed oil, or grape seed oil as well.
Mix until everything is well incorporated and until all the dry ingredients are oiled. If you find it too dry and hard, add a bit more oil, or if it is too liquid, you can add a bit more sugar. Try it on your hand if you are unsure about the consistency. It should look and feel a bit like thick cake batter. Resist the urge to lick the spoon though 😉 Put into a glass jar and store in your fridge or in a cool dry place. Wrapped with a ribbon and add a nice colourful sticker and this is a great gift!
When you are ready to use, point the flow of shower head away from you (so it doesn’t wash away) and scoop a bit out in the palm of your hand and scrub in circular motions (avoiding breasts and face). Scoop and scrub, scoop and scrub, until silky smooth! Enjoy!