Sugar Scrub Recipe

The chemicals and preservatives in store-bought scrubs leave your skin dull and dry. Ditch them, and do it yourself. Sugar scrubs are an easy DIY project that will give you silky soft skin and are perfect for exfoliating the day before your spray tan!

 Our DIY scrub bar at Excelsior's Christkindlsmarkt

Our DIY scrub bar at Excelsior's Christkindlsmarkt

Our basic sugar scrub recipe calls for three simple ingredients - sugar, oil, and essential oil. You can always add other pantry items like honey for a hydration boost, or caffeine-filled coffee for a skin tightening scrub. We get our essential oils from Meghan of Meghan Joy. If you're curious about essential oils, she's your girl! 

To make your scrub base, shoot for a 80% sugar / 20% oil ratio.


  • Fill jar 1/2 way with white sugar.
  • Add 1-2 tbs melted coconut oil + 1 tbs olive oil + 5-10 drops of citrus essential oil, we like grapefruit.
  • Add more sugar to desired consistency.


  • Fill jar 1/2 way with raw brown sugar.
  • Add 3 tbs melted coconut oil + 3 tbs coffee grounds + 1 tsp vanilla extract.
  • Add more grounds or white sugar to desired consistency. 


To use the scrub, apply to your body while in the shower. Use gentle circles on elbows, ankles, and hands for deeper exfoliation.

 Making sugar scrubs at home is easy, fun, and a little addicting if I'm being honest! There are endless possibilities! Have you made a scrub at home before? What's your secret ingredient?



Green Beauty: Krin's Nightly Beauty Routine (Yes, It's Spray Tan Safe!)


Green Beauty

Glow Girl Approved

Krin is Mollie's right hand lady at Glow Lounge! She manages our three stores and handles brand relations, social media, and marketing for The Glow Lounge!

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1. First up is the crowd favorite One Love Organics Vitamin B Cleansing Oil. Give yourself a one-minute facial massage to destress while you remove make up and dirt. Rinse face. This product replaces make-up removing wipes, but don't worry! That loss is your gain. If the tan on your face typically fades faster than the rest of your body, consider the Vitamin B oil your new bff.

2. Step 2 for me right now is a pea size amount of Gingerly Organic Shower gel. This is a perfect, non-stripping cleanse that doesn't leave you feeling dry, which is my biggest concern transitioning to fall.

If you're a Minnesota girl you understand that nightly routines change seasonally and also during certain times of the month (๐Ÿ˜’). A fave for fall is the One Love Organic's Brand New Day Scrub/Masque and honey for a DIY deeply hydrating face mask. 

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3. After a gentle pat dry, I spritz the Vitamin D mist like I'm Beauty Bets I use this several times a day - in the AM and afternoon when my face needs a little wake up. 

4. Skin Savior. The Multi-Tasking Wonder Balm. The name says it all. Your skin will be dewy and glowing like โœจ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ’•

5. I finish off with Vitamin E Eye Balm around my eyes and Henneยด Organic Lip Balm.

I sleep easy knowing my skin is hydrated and happy and these green godesses are protecting my spray tan.


Glow For Good Melanoma Awareness Party

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 5% of every single tan purchased at The Glow Lounge in May was donated to the Melanoma Research Foundation. 

May is nationally recognized as Melanoma Awareness Month.

Each year during the month of May The Glow Lounge raises awareness for skin cancer education and prevention. The Glow Lounge Minnesota's first 100% UV free tanning salon specializing in heat-infused custom spray tanning.

To help spread the word about our #glowforgood campaign, some of our favorite people got their glow on and joined us for sips and small bites in our Edina salon. 

We enjoyed sandwiches and salad from the always delicious Agra Culture (our favorite is the Harvest Salad!) Our girl Amy at Amy's Cupcake Shoppe whipped up some delicious lemon and coconut mini cupcakes for dessert. Laura Rae aka the life of the party made us all smile, and then captured the moments so delicately. After photos, and more champagne, we gave away a Minny+Paul gift box. 

We are so thankful to have friends like these, that stand by us through thick and thin, who are willing to fight the good fight against skin cancer. 

Melanoma Awareness month may be over, but we promise to continue promoting a sun safe lifestyle. With warmer weather here to stay, now is the perfect time to choose healthy tanning alternatives and #GlowForGood
So what do you say, are you in?! Tag us in your photos for a chance to be featured on our page!

All of the photos in this post were generously donated by Laura Rae Photography, you can check her out on Instagram here.