DIY: Slough Off Winter

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Slough Off Winter
Click to view this article in ADVENTURESS magazine spring issue.


When you are an outdoorswoman, whether hunting, fishing, farming or gardening, the skin on your hands really takes a beating. I recently fell in love with making and using homemade sugar scrubs, and I think you will too! They are easy, affordable, and the comfort and smell is amazing (Cinnamon Sugar is my favorite!). These really rescue my skin after deer season and throughout winter, but they are also great year-round. Plus, I have given away many for gifts and receive great reviews! The sugar exfoliates your dry, rough skin and the oils help soothe and protect your skin. Perfect to do before going to bed at night! So simple, and you’ll feel the difference!

MAKE IT YOUR OWN: The amount of each ingredient can be tweaked to your liking. Try different oils, spices and smells! I mainly use coconut oil (easy to find and cheap – I buy a tub of it for around $10 at Hy-Vee grocery store), but baby oil, almond oil, vitamin E-oil and light olive oil are also popular.

MELTING COCONUT OIL: Heat coconut oil in the microwave for about 30 seconds, or until mostly melted.

Each recipe fills three 8 oz. canning jars. Rub on hands ~ rinse in warm water ~ pat dry. 


2 C brown sugar

1/2 C white sugar

2 Tbsp. cinnamon

1/2 C coconut oil

Combine sugars and cinnamon. Slowly pour melted coconut oil over mixture and stir until well blended.


2-1/2 C white sugar

1/4 C coconut oil

1/4 C vitamin E-oil

1 Tbsp. peppermint oil

Stir first two oils into sugar. Add peppermint oil and mix well.


2-1/2 C white sugar

1/4 C coconut oil

1 lemon

Melt oil and pour over sugar mixing well. Zest the rind of one lemon. Cut zested lemon in half and juice. Add juice and zest to sugar mixture and stir to combine.