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We’re Redefining Thrift Stores

We’re Redefining Thrift Stores

There are so many directions I could go with that statement. One way would be to finish what I started last month with more home decor ideas. But instead, I found the posting below from 2009 on one of those Facebook Memories and thought…”well, here you go!”  Funny thing is I don’t know what I meant by We’re Redefining Thrift Stores when I wrote this seven years ago!  Maybe you can figure it out.

From 2009

At Christmas, I was given a gift certificate for a massage at a local spa, which by the way, was definitely the perfect gift. A bottle of Sugar Scrub was included with the gift certificate, which I thought was nice at the time, but then I never gave it another thought. I had never heard of or used a sugar scrub before, and just wasn’t sure about the usage. I was almost tempted not to ever use it, but then I finally remembered I had it and gave it a try. Are you kidding me? Where have I been all of my life? I never realized how totally stuck in my box I’ve been to where I never had a clue that something so wonderful existed. I’ve spent my entire adult life suffering from scaling skin each winter and buying non-penetrating lotion after lotion to try to make my skin soft again while the whole time the remedy was so near at hand. Ridiculous!

So now my bottle is getting close to being empty and I decided to go the website of the company that makes the scrub to buy a new bottle and I have to tell you I was shocked at their price. Remember, it’s sugar based. There was just no way I was going to pay $32.00 for a bottle of sugar and some oil. I have a thrift shop, remember? So I continued looking for other sources and found several sites with directions on how to make the scrub. Hallelujah! It is so easy to make and once again I had to wonder what rock I crawled out from under. I mean who knew?
Another important fact I learned is that sugar cane produces glycolic acid, one of the natural alpha hydroxy acids that exfoliates the skin. Again, who knew?

Below are a couple of recipes to make your own sugar scrub. Trust me, you won’t be sorry.

Sugar Scrub #1
This super-simple formula has been softening and nourishing skin for centuries.
It only calls for two ingredients, and the results will gently exfoliate dead skin cells,improve skin clarity and softness, and stimulate your glandular system.

INGREDIENTSHow to make a sugar scrub at

1/2 cup sugar
Enough cold-pressed oil (olive, wheat germ, peanut, corn, or sunflower) to dampen the mixture. You may also add a drop of your favorite essential oil. Check to see if your essential oils must be diluted before touching your skin.
Gently massage this exfoliating scrub all over your body and face* before you shower with a light soaping and rinse. Repeat once or twice a month.

*I’ve used the scrub I have on my face, but if you have extremely sensitive skin you may want to skip this part.
The next scrub uses more ingredients, but only if you want to add the other items.

Scrub #2

INGREDIENTSRelax at you 'at home' spa.

50 Percent white cane sugar
50 percent vegetable glycerin to moisten the sugar. (Basically, this means olive oil, avocado oil or something similar.)
Small amounts of aloe vera gel, if desired
1 or 2 drops of essential oil if desired. Try combining orange and lavender
Enough ground hibiscus powder for a pink color if desired.

Combine the ingredients in a bowl, scoop some of the scrub onto your hand and massage gently onto your skin for a minute (The scrub will actually tighten on your skin like a masque) Leave on for 3 to 4 minutes before rinsing.

Warning: Once you use this scrub, you’ll never stop!

Here is a variation of the sugar scrub I thought was worth adding to the mix.

Banana Scrub

Too many bananas in the fruit bowl? Skip the banana bread and feed your skin instead with this luxuriant yet simple homemade banana body sugar scrub.
Bananas are a natural for body care. Their creamy pulp is luscious and soothing and works well as a carrier for other ingredients. Banana is nourishing and moisturizing and can be used for gentle exfoliation and skin-tightening.

In this simple formula, bananas and sugar are combined for a wonderfully aromatic and gently exfoliating body scrub.

Bottles to pour you sugar scrub into. Gone-Tomorrow.comINGREDIENTS
1 ripe banana
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract or your favorite essential oil (optional)

Mash ingredients together with a fork into a chunky paste. Do not over mix or it will become too watery. If you want a banana scrub for your face, reserve some of the banana and mash it separately without sugar.

In the shower, slather the sugar mixture over your body avoiding the shower flow if possible and gently massage over your body. For your face, gently massage plain banana, avoiding the eye area. Rinse off with warm water.

How many times have bananas gone bad, and you end up throwing them out? Countless times for me and so now I have alternative usage to making banana cake or whatever. Something I rarely do, by the way.

I hope you find this information useful and that you give one of the recipes a try. I know I will.

What do you think?  Did we ‘Redefine Thrift Stores’ with this posting?