Sugar Facial Scrub with Honey

Honey Crafting

I’ve been reading a lot about honey — from beekeeping to beeswax to the benefits of daily consumption. It’s a rather fascinating topic and I’ve been enthralled by it since the honey bees swarmed in and the bee man arrived with his bucket!

Then the Fed Ex man arrived with a few books to peruse. They’re all delightful and I’ll be sharing a few other titles with you soon, but I first gravitated to Honey Crafting: From Delicious Honey Butter to Healing Salves, Projects for Your Home Straight from the Hive. There are 60+ projects and recipes in this book. I plan to try Honey Castile Soap and Basic Lip Balm. There’s also a host of divinely appealing recipes like Classic Steakhouse Salad, Baklava and Honey Swirled Pear Gelato. (That one may be next on my to-do list!)

I have constant companions in the kitchen these days, so I let the girls decide. Our first project: Sugar Facial Scrub with Honey. Honey Crafting authors Leeann Coleman and Jayne Barnes provide a recipe that calls for:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2-3 drops of your favorite essential oil


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We first measured our sugar and dumped it into a small mixing bowl. Next, we poured the 2 tablespoons of olive oil into our measuring cup and swirled it around the sides before pouring it into the bowl. Doing so makes the measuring cup slippery. Now when you measure out the honey, it won’t stick to the sides of the measuring cup. And that’s a pretty slick little cooking tip — literally! We didn’t have essential oil, but no matter.

The girls stirred it with a fork until it was a creamy, “sandy” texture and then we gently applied it to our faces. It goes on with relative stickiness as you can imagine, but the sugar gives it a fine-grade sandpaper quality that gently exfoliates skin and cleans pores. After a few slight circular motions and general scrubbing, we rinsed with water.

Aaahhh. Clean, glowing skin.

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The recipe made quite a bit, so we’ll keep it in the refrigerator in a jar.

Once a week mini-facials with ingredients we can pronounce? Sounds good to me.

Try it! Your skin will feel amazing. And now perhaps we’ll use the rest of our honey for something tasty, like Honey Oat Bran Bars or hmm, Homemade Honey Lemonade!

Take a look at this book for yourself. I think it will make an excellent summertime read and project treasure trove! You can order now, from here: Honey Crafting: From Delicious Honey Butter to Healing Salves, Projects for Your Home Straight from the HiveHappy summer!

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    Taryn May 30, 2013 (10:34 am)

    Sounds really neat! I want to try the honey lemonade. YUM!

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    Melissa May 30, 2013 (12:27 pm)

    I just picked up some local raw honey from a nearby co-op today, delicious. I’ll have to try the scrub too.

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    Weekend Cowgirl May 31, 2013 (11:57 am)

    Going to try!!!! The Honey Lemonade sounds good!!

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    Leeann Coleman June 5, 2013 (3:04 pm)

    Wow – thank you SO MUCH for the kind words about the book! It was lots of fun to write. If you have any questions about the bath and beauty recipes, give me a shout. I like talking about bees and beekeeping, and also making all natural stuff – there is so much garbage in commercial skin care products. Thanks again, Leeann Coleman, Co-Author, Honey Crafting.