DIY Vanilla Sugar Body Scrub | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsBefore having children, I had never even heard of keratosis pilaris, but after having 3 kids suffer from this common skin condition, I’m all too familiar with how hard it is to treat. “Keratosis pilaris (ker-uh-TOE-sis pih-LAIR-is) is a common, harmless skin condition that causes dry, rough patches and tiny bumps, usually on the upper arms, thighs, cheeks or buttocks. The bumps generally don’t hurt or itch.” The condition was especially difficult with Primo, as it gave him a perfect outlet for his autistic stemming tendencies and he would pick at it until it bled. So after trying many natural home remedies, we took him to the dermatologist, who prescribed him lots of creams that cost a lot and only worked a little. Noctis had the condition and it was no big deal for him. Now Sola has developed it also, but she is really bothered by the appearance of it. So once again, we started trying to find a safe and natural home remedy.

After doing lots of research and learning that the main goal of most keratosis pilaris treatments is to exfoliate the skin, I finally decided to try a sugar scrub on Sola. Amazingly, it has worked so much better than any other keratosis pilaris treatment we have tried! To make it even nicer for her, I decided to make the scrub with the used vanilla beans for our homemade vanilla extract.

DIY Vanilla Sugar Body Scrub | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsFirst, I removed the beans from the extract and then ground them up in the food processor with sugar. I used 2 cups of sugar for 4 vanilla beans, but it really can be whatever ratio you want.

Secondly, I let the beans and sugar sit for two weeks to allow the sugar to really absorb the vanilla smell.

DIY Vanilla Sugar Body Scrub | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsFinally, I mixed equal parts sugar and coconut oil together. (Once again, you can experiment with the ratio.)

While Sola was in the shower, we scrubbed her arms with the mixture and then rinsed it off. Her skin came out much smoother and softer and she loved the scent.

As an added bonus, the scrub is wonderful for me to use too! And it is free from microbeads! Have you or your children had keratosis pilaris? If so, what do you use to treat it?

Our Favorite Wordless Books | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

Wordless picture books often are the best books for reading out-loud together, because the elaborate illustrations and lack of text promote lively discussion. At the same time, wordless picture books also allow pre-readers to “read” books independently, thereby developing reading confidence. Meanwhile, wordless books allow early readers to focus on the joy of reading without […]

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May Day Baskets | From Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

I have often wished that we could celebrate May Day properly with a May Pole, but every time we have known of a place that was hosting such a celebration, the event was ridiculously crowded. Then May Day became associated with protests and riots in Seattle, so it just started to seem best to stay […]

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