Photo: Rebecca Green

The weather has officially turned chilly in D.C. and winter skin conditions have settled in at our house. So we turned to our pantry’s holiday cooking ingredients to whip up a quick fix! We love making body scrubs — it’s such a simple DIY you can tailor to whatever you have on hand. And it makes a great gift too. In case you’re unconvinced, my son, who apparently is prepping for infomercial auditions, says: “Works like a dream! Immediate results.”

To make our Salty Brown Sugar + Vanilla Body Scrub, you’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar — an even combo of brown sugar and white sugar
  • 1/2 cup coarse sea salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Mix all ingredients in a bowl. If it seems too dry, add a little more olive oil. Apply with a light touch to clean skin in a circular motion. Rinse with warm water and pat dry. Store scrub in an airtight container (I put a little wax paper and metallic baker’s twine on them just for gifting purposes). Stir and shake before each use to redistribute oil.

Makes 3, 8 ounce portions