How to give up sugar for Lent (but not really)

How to give up sugar for Lent (but not really)

I don’t know about you but I am usually way more successful when it comes to keeping my New Year’s resolutions if I wait and start in March instead of on January 1st. I find those first two months of the year so depressing, dark and boring that healthy resolutions have no chance. I mean: when it’s cold and windy outside do you really think I can resist the idea of hot chocolate with stroopwafels and instead go outside for a nice brisk walk? Yeah, no. However, when little those purple crocuses start popping up everywhere, it’s still light outside after 5 PM and you won’t freeze your toes off when you want to go out for a little walk: I think that is the perfect time to reboot your lifestyle a bit.

So: starting in March (apart from setting myself this tiny challenge of blogging daily about a big crafty adventure) I am going to try and keep sugar out of my diet as much as possible. Luckily for me I found a way to still be able to use it in the kitchen for there is something really gratifying in slowly pouring snowy white sugar into a bowl. Is that weird? Surely not. That is why I now present to you: How to give up sugar for Lent (but not really).

This rosemary&citrus hand scrub moisturizes your hands while you get rid of nasty cooking smells like garlic. Big plus is that it uses ingredients that you probably already have lying around your kitchen (or kitchen garden): coconut oil for moisturizing, sugar as the scrubbing agent and you add some herbs and citrus peel to make it smell divine!

I made this scrub at a friend’s house and she had some beautiful rosemary in her garden.


Measure out your coconut oil in a bowl (100 grams) and then…….add your white sugar (150 grams). Enjoy this moment. Trust me.


While you get your lovely friend to play assistant and mix the coconut oil (which is solid at room temperature) with the sugar


You can focus on cutting up the rosemary into the teeny tiniest little pieces – until it’s almost a powder.


Add that to the coconut mixture


Then you zest a lemon…



…and  decide that it also needs some orange zest even though it’s not in the recipe. You can never have too much citrus in anything, right?



Add some tea tree oil (I think lavender oil would be nice as well – but then I would leave out the orange zest).



Don’t over mix: you want to keep it airy and fluffy. Put into glass jar and write a nice label for it.




Thoughts about this pin:

I think I would leave out the orange zest next time. That will teach me to not stick to a recipe! The orange peel added a bit too much moisture and made the whole mixture a little too pasty and not fluffy enough. However: it does its job very well! You get very soft hands after using this stuff just like you would use any other scrubbing cream. I love these little DIY hacks: it works perfectly and you know exactly what’s in it. Makes me feel oh self sufficient!

(come to think of it though: I have no idea what’s exactly in that coconut oil…)


  1. This sounds delicious! I’ll definitely give it a try!
    You should take a look at this Vanilla Latte Sugar Scrub recipe.
    It also uses things you might already have at home, plus it smells deliciously like vanilla latte and makes your skin super soft!

    • Oooh! Yesss!

  2. I love this idea, I think I’m going to try it this weekend! Thanks Roswitha :)

  3. Sounds great! I’m going to try this one too! :)



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