a smells-like-autumn cinnamon, ginger and orange brown sugar body scrub

We have entered into the cold feet time of year here. I admit that my cold feet often migrate towards the warmer side of the bed and the warmer body parts contained on that side of the bed. I figure that it is the least I can do to keep them soft. Freezing cold and rough feet just seems like a harsh punishment to inflict on your partner. This scrub might actually help a little with both – the cinnamon and ginger should help warm things up a little bit and the sugar scrub and oil will soften skin. Actually, it’s meant as a whole body scrub, but in my house it could also be known as a “for the love of Pete, would you do something about those feet” scrub.

You can add whatever spices you like – I will try it with Pumpkin Pie Spice or Apple Pie Spice next.

Cinnamon, Ginger and Orange brown sugar body scrub

  • 1/3 cup oil (I used grapeseed, but use any oil you like)
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • orange zest
  • juice of half an orange
  • 2 tsp ginger (or 3 tsp of fresh grated ginger)
  • 2 tsp cinnamon

Mix it all together in a jar and store in the fridge to keep it fresh (it does have real orange juice and zest in it). Use it anywhere on your body that needs a little scrub, moisturizer or general healthy glow.

Even better, warm up afterwards with a ginger, cinnamon and orange bath salt soak.

Linking to Frugally Sustainable, Mind Body and Soul, GNOWFGLINS, FOY Update

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41 thoughts on “a smells-like-autumn cinnamon, ginger and orange brown sugar body scrub

  1. seriously, I would not read anyone else who prescribes a foot scrub–but you always make things so funny-down-to-earth–I just love it–you could even write about science and numbers and I would read it because I known you could make even these subjects not Latin to me
    you have a gift Heidi–use it for good, not evil

  2. This is something worth trying! Winter makes my feet like sandpaper. Nothing seems to help. Except maybe actual sandpaper.

  3. PJ Girl says:

    Yum! This will be too delicious to put on my neglected, welly wearing feet! Great idea though it may scare my husband if my feet were soft as well as cold!!

  4. Alia says:

    This scrub sounds great!

  5. If there’s one thing I miss about having a partner was the ability to put my cold feet and hands on a warmer body. I loved the reaction I would get, and at the same time it amazed me that someone could tolerate, and even enjoy the feel of my cold appendices when they hurt me so.

  6. Sounds great. And a perfect christmas gift I think. Excuse me while I run off to make some…! ;D

  7. Shira says:

    This looks amazing Heidi! Agreed….us with the cold feet should really take the time to make them soft! My husband will thank you heaps 🙂 Thanks!

  8. Sounds like something to eat more than something you’d put on yourself. 🙂 Are you sure something won’t come up on me and think I’m breakfast? Sorry, for my lack of humor, I do mean well.

  9. When we lived in the mountains here in North Carolina, my feet would get cold about November and stay numb until April. And I used to think the same thing! Cold and rough is too much. The scrub sounds great.

  10. Kerry says:

    I’m the cold feet queen! Why not use foot scrub that sounds good enough to eat!!!

  11. MrsYub says:

    I totally agree with the eating comments! This would never make it near my feet! My mouth, however…..

  12. oceannah says:

    Heidi, yum… but what? did I miss the recipe somehow? I really need to pay more attention to my feet!

  13. cecilia says:

    at the very least you feet would smell tasty!! morning heidi.. c

  14. Lynne Ayers says:

    I have to ask – won’t this make your feet, or wherever else we might scrub it, sticky? I can imagine our dog, who licks far too much as it is, licking his tongue raw if I use this – 😉

    • Nope, a little oily, but since you are using it as a scrub in the shower, you’ll have a chance to wash it off afterwards. It scrubs the rough bits and moisturizes a bit, then you can soap up and wash off. It does make your feet a bit slippery though – I found that out the hard way. 🙂

  15. Sarah says:

    What a cool idea. I have to try this in the shower too. I love these little tidbits of information!

  16. Do you store it in the fidge once you open it or even before you open it…it sounds like a good idea for my xmas hampers?

    • Yes, you should store it in the fridge – or you could up the amount of oil and leave out the orange juice and peel and use about 6 drops or so of orange essential oil instead. That would make it ok to leave out of the fridge.

  17. I am such a moron. I was thinking about you this morning and wondering what you were up to. I couldn’t remember the last time I’d seen a post from you. And then when I clicked over here, I realized I had never come to visit! I’m so sorry! In the back of my mind I just thought I had followed you and you’d show up in my Reader eventually.

    I do love your blog! Excellent stuff.

  18. Somer says:

    Heidi, this would make an amazing Christmas gift for my girlfriends. Plus it looks like you’ve found a way to get the lovely smell on your body!

  19. I love sugar scrubs. I can almost smell this one from here.
    Also, your pumpkin pie granola looks awesome. I’m in a similarly pumpkin-abundant time and looking for recipes (although I’m not adverse to baking the puree with molasses, honey and coconut milk (pie filling without the crust) and just eating it with a spoon. As I’m, er, doing right now. Yum.

  20. This may be just what I need to deal with my husband’s feet. I’m the one with the cold feet, but his are so dry they’re crunchy (no disrespect to blog titles intended. Crunchy good in blogs and chips, not good in feet). There’s cracking, calluses and stinky odors. Hmmm… I just realized that cinnamon, ginger and orange might improve the smell as well… This is getting better and better. Thanks Heidi!

  21. Jennifer says:

    Woman! I wouldn’t know whether to eat it or scrub with it! 😀

  22. […] did make a cinnamon, orange and brown sugar body scrub. I’d like to make some other scrubs that would be suitable for Christmas gifts, but […]

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