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Lemon_Dream_Sugar_Scrub_7oz_450I spent Thanksgiving weekend in Denver, where it was snowy and bitterly cold. My hands and face took a beating and were drier than usual upon my return. Fortunately, I had just received a new product from Zoya the week before—their Qtica Smart Spa Lemon Dream Sugar Scrub. Sounds amazing, doesn’t it?

I received a free full-size 7-ounce tube with a (rather large) nail polish purchase. I love it when brands throw in freebies! And this product is as fantastic as it sounds. It’s definitely the kind of treatment you would expect to find in a spa or high-end nail salon.

As the name indicates, it’s a citrus-scented sugar scrub designed to exfoliate your skin. You can use it on hands, feet, or body. I plan to make it a regular part of my weekly at-home manicures. It left my hands feeling silky smooth and moisturized, even before I followed up with hand cream. It’s paraben-free and not tested on animals. And because the exfoliating factor is sugar rather than microbeads, it won’t cause environmental damage.

In fact, sugar and sea salt are two common household items that you can use to make your own exfoliating scrub. Williams-Sonoma used to sell a sea salt hand scrub, but as far as I can tell, they no longer do. It was great after a long day of baking or cooking, when your hands are constantly being washed. When I run out of my Qtica scrub, I think I’ll make one of these easy recipes!

Citrus Salt Scrub

1/2 cup sea salt
1/2 cup oil (olive, jojoba, almond, etc.)
1 teaspoon citrus zest (orange, lemon, grapefruit, etc.)

Mix together. Apply to hands, feet, or body (in the shower), massaging to exfoliate, then rinse.

Vanilla Coconut Brown Sugar Scrub

1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Mix together. Apply to hands, feet, or body, massaging to exfoliate, then rinse. (Or use it to garnish your ice cream!)

Peppermint Sugar Lip Scrub

1 teaspoon coconut oil
2 teaspoons superfine sugar (you can make your own by processing regular granulated sugar in a food processor or Vitamix)
3-4 drops peppermint extract or essential oil

Mix together. Apply to lips, scrub gently, then rinse (or wipe it off, or eat it!).

See here and here for even more recipe ideas. With just olive oil, sea salt or sugar, and essential oils, you can make yourself an entire variety pack of exfoliating scrubs!