Beauty Talks: DIY Economics, How to spend less

So we all know that these DIY recipes help us to avoid chemicals in personal care products. But did you realize how economical it is too? Some body scrubs cost $10-17 for eight ounces. Granted, some of the scrubs out there are high-quality with no added chemicals, but I cringe at the idea of spending money on something I can make at home. Maybe it’s because I’m a typical broke college student.

I have good news. A little coconut oil and brown sugar with a hint of lemon makes a thrifty alternative to those scrubs. During a recent trip to Wal-mart, I checked the cost of the ingredients. A 2-pound bag of brown sugar is $1.92 and a 32-ounce jar of coconut oil is $6 (both generic non-organic ingredients FYI) and a lemon is roughly 70 cents. Here is what it will cost to make the recipe:

½ cup of coconut oil = 75 cents
1 cup of brown sugar = 48 cents
½ lemon = 35 cents

That’s $1.58 for about four ounces of a great body scrub. That price is more budget friendly. Remember the coconut oil you bought for the body butter? It earns its keep in this recipe. I really like using this scrub because not only will it slough away dead skin cells, but it moisturizes too. Talk about multi-tasking.

Coconut Body Scrub
½ cup coconut oil
1 cup brown sugar
Juice of ½ a lemon

Heat coconut oil in a microwave safe container. Combine with sugar and lemon juice. You can add more brown sugar if you desire. I like using a cup or more of brown sugar. To use, rub in a circular motion all over and use it once or twice a week. Store in an air-tight container.

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