Beauty Food: Brown Sugar Scrub

Dinner's not the only thing you can whip up in the kitchen. Yeah, we all know it's important to eat your fruits and veggies, but what if you slap them right on your skin? Does that count as a serving? I think so. With a few ingredients most folks keep on hand, a bevy of edible beauty products can be created for the perfect recession-proof spa treatment. This week, we'll bring you a few secret recipes for some head to toe spa pampering, pulled from the pantry and the fridge.

Today: Brown Sugar Scrub. Tomorrow: Strawberry Yogurt Masque. Friday: Mango Hair Masque

Brown Sugar Scrub I love a good scrub. At any given time there are at least five in my shower. I can't help it. They smell great. They make your skin soft. And they are a snap to make. Although they are great stored in glass jars, be careful. There's nothing worse than broken glass in the bottom of your shower. Got kids? Overactive pets? Consider plastic containers instead. Another tip - I believe all scrubs are better with multiple textures, and some salt. Sugar-only scrubs tend to melt into the oil, and you'll end up using too much sugar for not enough texture. Mix it up with a salt of your choice. Find an extra teabag or two for added texture and scent.

1 cup brown sugar 1/3 cup salt 2 tea bags, any flavor (I used roiboos, orange, and cinnamon) 1 tablespoon of honey 8 tablespoons of peanut oil

1. in a clean container, add brown sugar, salt, and contents of 2 teabags.

2. add honey, and stir. A bamboo bbq skewer is perfect.

3. add peanut oil, 2 tablespoons at a time, and stir until combined. Keep adding oil, 2 tablespoons at a time until you reach your desired consistency. Too much oil is better than not enough, since the tea leaves and sugar/salt will absorb some oil. You can substitute other oils here, but be careful. Olive Oil, while great for the skin, is not easy to rinse off. Canola oil is light enough, but has too strong a smell.

4. Scoop out as much as needed, and use in the shower. Be careful - the tub might get slippery! This will keep for 3-4 weeks.