make at home sugar scrub

{DIY sugar scrub + essential oils} via chevrons & éclairs

about 12 months

It was winter and the streets were vacant. Completely vacant as people tend to go home. London doesn’t really seem like it is a home to any single person. The residents of my complex, the streets of Oxford Circus and the public parks that are usually adorned with people were bare. One of my flatmates and I, both expats, were sitting at home. I was tending to my own business and calling friends in America who were making their ways to visit their families across states and across the nation. I wasn’t fortunate enough to see mine over the holidays, but I didn’t mind as I was with them just the week prior sipping wine under the California sun.

My flatmate was invited to one of her friend’s homes. A friend, like her, hails from India. To her, that was the closest to family. Though this narrative seems to go in the direction of relationships, but really it is about solitude.

{DIY sugar scrub + essential oils} via chevrons & éclairs
{DIY sugar scrub + essential oils} via chevrons & éclairs {DIY sugar scrub + essential oils} via chevrons & éclairs

solitude n. the state of being alone

As she left: the door shut, the latch clicked and it was precisely at that moment I realized I had not really been “alone” for about 12 months. We are constantly surrounded by people when you live in a city. On the tube, walking to a client’s, even in my flat that I share with 2 others. That feeling of solitude almost felt as if a heavy weight was lifted from my shoulders. I didn’t realize I was constantly switched on until my shoulders fell, temples relaxed and that subtle view of your chest exhaling is when you notice that you really needed it.

The serenity is absolutely important and something I’m now growing to understand and become more fond of it. My flat has been off-and-on empty as all our schedules seem to clash these days leaving us, albeit the one weekday dinner we have together. I decided to take those moments of solitude and invest in myself.

shirt c/o BODEN earrings c/o J. LAUREN

{DIY sugar scrub + essential oils} via chevrons & éclairs
{DIY sugar scrub + essential oils} via chevrons & éclairs
{DIY sugar scrub + essential oils} via chevrons & éclairs {DIY sugar scrub + essential oils} via chevrons & éclairs

relaxing sugar body scrub

This essential oil sugar scrub is made up of equal parts sweet orange and vanilla, a touch of cedar wood and comprised of a whole
lot of beauty. All vital ingredients for comfort, soothing and uplifting.

4 drops vanilla essential oil
4 drops sweet orange essential oil
2 drop cedar wood essential oil
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 cups sugar

Combine all the ingredients so it looks like bits of crunchy snow. Place in a bottle and use as you wish. It is the perfect pamper product to lightly rub all over your body and soak in a warm bath. It’s cleansing from the cedar wood, refreshing from the sweet orange
and calming from the vanilla.

{DIY sugar scrub + essential oils} via chevrons & éclairs
{DIY sugar scrub + essential oils} via chevrons & éclairs {DIY sugar scrub + essential oils} via chevrons & éclairs

  • lingo10

    Nice post, i love a good apothecary mix. Its nice making your own things sometimes, saving cost and your health, because you know exactly what you want and mix it, in terms of needs and ingredients.

    • Thank you so much for sharing! Yes, I noticed that I could make a billion sugar scrubs with the very few ingredients I have and it is tremendously cost effective! Do you have any particular essential oil that you love working with? I’m just now getting into it and can’t stop! x

      • lingo10

        lol thats good. if I want to feel a bit holy I use the frankincense and myrrh together. But other good oils is orange, roman chamomile, lavender, carrot seed, geranium, lemon, tea tree and bergamot. So its great to basically mix and match certain oils and do combos. Its all trial and error.

        • Oh thank you so much for your suggestions. I picked up chamomile, lavender and bergamot recently and hoping to use the 6 I have now on constant rotation before I get more. I might send you an email if that’s okay when I’m ready for more 🙂 x

  • Molly Hogan

    Such a great post! Your blog is the cutest 🙂



  • Loving this sugar scrub recipe girl and the photography is stunning! So happy I’ve stumbled across your blog – I really don’t get enough time to visit blogs these days but loving your whole aesthetic!! <3

    Sending you love from Sydney! x

    I've recently written about crossing off Ik Kil Cenote from my bucket list in Mexico and would love to hear your thoughts on my post hun!

    Helen x

    • Helen, that is so sweet! Thank you so much! I took the photos myself with a tripod, so your compliments are heard <3 x

  • SO simple and natural.

  • pinned this for later! I will have to try it some weekend when I need to unwind =o) thanks for the scrub recipe!

    • EEK! So glad you liked the post. Please let me know how you get on! I’ve started using mine as a light lip scrub too! x

  • First – you are a talented writer!
    Second – I bet that scrub smells amazing.
    Third – you were so right – that Charlotte Tilbury lipstick looks amazing. It’s like your lips but better!

    • Aw Jaelan! Thank you so much <3 It does smell amazing! It makes me want to eat it haha. You need to get the lipstick. It's super hydrating and it's my everyday color <3

  • Sarah

    Can this be used as a lip scrub too? Would make great gifts too!! xo

  • Sometimes we are so used to the constant stimulation of people all the time it’s so nice just to get some alone and quiet time right? That scrub looks great and would be such a nice gift as well!

    • Tell me about it! Your post from yesterday hit home for me too <3 And I plan on making these sugar scrub gift sets soon!

  • Love this! Thanks for sharing =)

  • Paige Allison

    Oh my gosh I knew I was going to like you! All of my DIY beauty posts involve essential oils and coconut oil. Seriously, that stuff can do no wrong! I have to give you my deodorant recipe. And yes to alone time! I get none of it with two littles and living in a big city. Like, I don’t even get to go to the bathroom solo – THAT level. But once they’re asleep I have about an hour or two before I pass out and that’s the perfect opportunity for this!

    • HA! It has been doing wonders for my skin and I’ve been using it for only a week? I’m going the more natural root as of recently because I have super sensitive, rosacea-prone skin. IF you have any (I mean ANY suggestions) PLEASE message me. <3 xx

  • Elena Holl

    Oh those photos are sooo nice! LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!
    XO from Germany 🙂

  • Lindsay Katherine

    I swear I can smell this scrub through the computer – YUM. I love your writing and storytelling – it’s very captivating. I completely understand the strange, tranquil feeling of being alone when we’re always surrounded by people. What a lovely way to spend and savor your alone time!

    • Yeah, basically I want to eat it. Smells like a refreshing flowering tea! Coming from a teacher, THANK YOU for enjoying my writing 🙂 x

  • Tiffany {A Touch of Grace}

    I love DIY EO recipes! I make a sugar scrub that I love as well. And alone time….girl we all need it. I would kill for some alone time right now. Even going to get a pedicure the other day I had the baby with me. One day, one day I will get it back. 🙂

    • Oh man I can totally imagine it’s crazy with the kiddos. I NEED personal space and time… not sure how you do it?!

  • Blue Adriatic

    Wonderful recepie for skin-scrub. I’m gonna try it these days.