In Myanmar, there are three seasons: the rainy season, the HOT season and “Winter.” Right now we’re in the HOT season and it’s… HOT- most days are in the high 90’s or low 100’s but we’ve had a few 111 scorchers. Plus it’s humid. Basically, this means a lot of time in the air conditioning, which in turn means lots of dry itchy skin.
As a solution to this problem, I decided to make a sugar scrub. I looked at several recipes on pinterest and found that most used ½ cup of sugar and ¼- ½ cup of oil. Most recipes called for some specific kind of oil, but as far as I’m concerned (out here with limited selection especially) oil is oil. I had a scrub before that I thought was too oily- I thought I might slip in the shower because there was so much oil on the floor. So I went for ¼ cup of oil but you might like more for easier spreading over your body.
The other thing that varied in the recipes was the sort of flavoring. In the words of my kindergarteners: “Can do as you like?” Yes. In general the scented additions won’t affect the composition of the scrub enough to worry about.
We have lots of raw spices sitting around—at one point, I was planning to make spiced wine but “Winter” was never cold enough to make it necessary. So, I grated the spices up (and hammered some down). Once, I got a mint scrub at Watson’s in Bangkok and it had walnut shell chunks in it that I liked. So I lefts some of my spices a little bit course rather than grinding them all down to powder. I had cinnamon, nutmeg, anise, ginger, and some vanilla essence. If I was planning to keep the scrub longer or making a bigger batch, I probably wouldn’t use the fresh ginger- I think it could go bad. But I’m using mine right away and I liked the smell.
When I was finished, I was tempted to put an egg and flour into the mix and bake it up- it smelled so good! Instead, I took it to the shower and rubbed it all over myself. It was a success! I came out much smoother and my summer skin was much less itchy.
½ cup sugar
¼- ½ cup oil
Spices or other flavorings
Mix the dry ingredients first then add oil bit by bit to reach your desired consistency
THEN take it to the shower and scrub-a-dub-dub