How to DIY a Sugar Scrub
Oh, you guys are going to love this. I just got a lesson in sugar-scrub-making at the Corbu Spa at the Charles Hotel in Cambridge, Mass. And, let me tell you, it was a breeze. Here’s what the process looks like—and here’s how we did it:

First, we took a cup of sugar. Just regular old sugar. Then we added oil to it—we used fractionated coconut oil, but you can use vegetable or safflower oil.

The key here is to get it into a pastelike texture. Once you’ve got that, you’re done unless you want to add a few drops of essential oils. But you don’t have to if you want to make the scrub do that whole “scrubbing” thing. It works as is, and you can expect it to keep for a couple weeks or so. Just try to keep water out of it since there’s no preservative involved.

Now that you know the basic how-to, you can experiment. I plan to play around with Sugar in the Raw, ‘cause I like a coarser scrub. And I’m interested in adding some coffee grinds in too, because caffeine has tightening effects. Oh, and maybe some cocoa—that would smell nice. Basically, I’m going to be DIY-scrubbing up a storm over here. I’ve tried other recipes over the years, but they always seemed so complicated. This was the most basic, totally doable scrub I’d ever seen, though, so I had to share. —Beth Shapouri