I’ve noticed a trend recently, that I absolutely adore vanilla smells.
It started with this body scrub by Boots:
It smells good enough to fucking eat. It’s not that scrubby, but honestly I don’t care, I would use it just to smell all the vanilla on me.
Then, I went back and got this:
This is like, I think my first ever non-supermarket brand shampoo. Usually I just use Dettol or whatever. It smells like VANILLA. YUM. (apparently, cheesecakes and smoothies don’t smell very different.)
I also have this, even though I have no need for body cream. It smells GOOOOOD. Plus, the swirliness is so cute.
I have a generic brand vanilla lip balm. IT TASTES SO GOOD.
My very first MAC lipstick also smells of vanilla… I mean, everyone keeps saying that MAC lipsticks smell like vanilla, but you seriously don’t know what that means until you actually smell it. I swear I could eat that thing.
Colorpop Lippie Stix also smell like vanilla. People have said there is a synthetic quality to it. My very lousy nose detected a crayony smell underlying the vanilla, which is sad, but if I close my nostrils I can pretend it doesn’t exist and just smell the vanilla?
Seriously, VANILLA EVERYTHING! yum yum yum yum.
What other vanilla scented products are out there? Googling reveals a lot of body lotions and soaps, but what about MAKE UP? Are there like vanilla smelling foundations and blushes and SUNSCREENS? LET ME INCORPORATE THEM IN MY LIFE!
I am meticulous about facial sunscreen but not so meticulous with body sunscreen. It’s sticky and gross and I have too many things to do.
As a result, my face and my arms don’t match in colour. Heck, even the top of my arms don’t match the middle in colour!!! Oh, the woes of living in a tropical climate where it is 30C year round + humidity 70% year round.
My neck and my face colour is not too bad if you squint a little. Foundations that are a little darker than my facial skin match my neck well, and foundations that match facial skin well are a little pale but passable. So I don’t look like I’m wearing a mask.
But if I wear tank tops, or really if you look at me as a whole, my face looks much whiter than the rest of me because IT IS.
Anyone knows how to balance it out?
Right now I just make sure to apply sunblock especially on my arms at the elbow area where it is the darkest. It will take a long time to even out though.
Skincare is not something I do for parts other than my face. I only have time and energy and shelf space to cater for one part of my body, thanks.
Recently though my heels have become really, really cracked and dry and peeling and I’ve been craving for a good body scrub. We hacked away our bath tub when doing up our little apartment because very, very few people take baths in our country, I believe. (feel free to prove me wrong.) I only want to do a good bath/relaxing pampering thing every few months anyway. Our other little holiday apartment in a land where utility bills are dirt cheap is well stocked with bath rubbish like bath salts, scrubs, hair treatment masks, etc but not here.
So these are the way I came up with to do some nice exfoliating without running to the store to buy scrubs. They are sometimes unintentionally hilarious.
1. Use facial exfoliation scrub.
My weapon of choice was my Body Shop microdermabrasion, because I have a TON of facial scrubs and I’m trying so hard to go through them. I suppose if I use them regularly I’ll have the prettiest, most face-like feet in the world.
Pros: none that I can think of, except maybe convenience. Cons: way too gentle for my feet. I mean my facial skin is 1000000x smoother and softer than the rubbish on my heels. I don’t even think this made a difference even though it’s rather rough on my skin. Also obviously it’s gonna be super expensive if you use it regularly. Luckily I only used a small dollop and for my feet, not the whole body.
2. DIY Scrubs
next I went to look for recipes online for DIY home made scrubs. I mean, in the end, scrubs are basically something rough suspended in something smooth, moisturizing and hopefully nice smelling. My house is still in the middle of being done up so I’m lacking a lot of ingredients.
It makes you feel really professional and awesome, whipping something up.
Essential oils?? Sea salt? Coconut oil? Coffee? I don’t even have normal salt in my house I think. If you don’t cook much (or like us, haven’t been cooking much) or don’t have fancyass oils and rubbish in the house, this method is not for you.
Note: I have to confess I did not actually try out this method, because no oils. They said specifically don’t use cooking oil. Then another website said it’s fine to use cooking oil. MAKE UP YOUR MINDS.
3. My Lazy Method
Well… scrubs are basically some kinda oily stuff + rough stuff right? I found some massage cream (cocoa smelling no less! MMMMM CHOCOLATE) and dumped some sugar inside and used it.
1. Sugar in random plastic container
2. Massage cream in sugar
3. Mix until correct proportion, which to me is something like this
Looks highly unappealing. And I don’t know if my massage cream is expired or not. Oops. Well, it went over all the non important parts of my body, like all the rough and scrabbly bits – knees, elbows, calves, etc so I guess it doesn’t matter.
Idiot proof. Get some existing body butter or creamy thing or body oil of some kind, dump salt/sugar/some kind of abrasive in. If you’re anything like me, you have a shit ton of body butter in your house from aeons ago. Lotions don’t quite work here I think, the medium has to be creamy/oily.
I very stupidly used… I still don’t know what kind of sugar it is, but it’s too nice and pretty and smooth. It works ok for the body, but doesn’t feel as rough as it could/should be. DAMN YOU!
4. My Lazy Method 2.0
I got a cute little jar. It used to hold blueberry cheesecake.
Now it holds sugar and salt (which I finally bought.)
Here is a helpful photo showing how to squeeze massage cream into a jar.
Once again i must reiterate that I like living on the wild side because I have no idea if my massage cream is expired or not. In the end I get this kind of consistency:
I must say this worked pretty damn well. The salt is pleasantly rough, and I even left some and kept it in the jar. It seems to preserve pretty well, I used the same mixture a few days later and I’m still alive. In fact, the few days made the sugar and salt a bit more compact, which felt better overall.
So now that you have read about how to make your own body scrub the extremely frugal and idiot proof way, go forth!