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Every year the global beauty industry grows as men and women take advantage of new skin science and rediscover effective home remedies. According to "GCI" magazine, this marketplace will reach $91 billion by 2014. Save your beauty dollars by making your current beauty products pull double-duty. Baby oil not only soothes dry skin, but it is an inexpensive carrier for exfoliating sugar and essential oils. Make a sugar scrub to treat your feet, hands and legs.

Pour 4 cups of sugar into a glass or metal bowl. Break up any lumps with a wooden spoon.

Pour 1/2 cup of baby oil into the sugar, mixing it with the spoon as you pour. Stir the baby oil into the sugar well, then add the remaining 1/2 cup of baby oil. Adding the oil in halves prevents the mixture from becoming runny.

Squeeze 10 to 20 drops of your favorite essential oils into the bowl using an eyedropper. Mix well with the wooden spoon.

Scoop the sugar scrub into jars and cover the jars tightly with the lids. Store the sugar scrub in a cool dark cabinet until ready to use.


Use unscented baby oil if using essential oils. This will allow for a purer fragrance.