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April 22, 2013

PINSPIRED: Silky, soft legs or death trap in a bottle?

One night a couple weeks ago, I sat with my feet in scalding-hot water and my legs slathered in olive oil and a couple other ingredients from the kitchen.

I was thinking to myself, “This must be what a chicken feels like while it’s being poached.”

How did I get here?

Boy, the things I do for this newspaper ... for better and worse.

One of the charming — and scary — things about Pinterest is how some of the more “life hacker” or “DIY” projects suggest using products in a way you’d never imagine. Toilet paper roll as speakers? How about coconut milk or baking soda in your hair? OK, let’s give ‘em a whirl.

The latest one I tried involved scrubbing a little bit of a mixture of olive oil, sugar and lemon juice on my legs as a combo exfoliator/shaving cream/moisturizer.

What it turned out to be was a bit of a death trap.

I’ve tried commercial sugar scrubs with an oil base before. I initially didn’t like the greasy feeling, but once your skin is dried off after your shower or bath, you’ll never want to go back.

I hadn’t used a sugar scrub in a while because it’s just one of those things I never think to purchase, and my Texas-raised, humidity-loving skin has never adjusted well to the extreme cold of Buffalo, so this pin for “soft, silky legs in a bottle” jumped out at me.

I combined the ingredients according to directions on the pin — which leads to the website www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com — and I was at first struck by just how oily the mixture was. Every other sugar scrub I’ve ever used was dryer.

The instructions call for 1/2 cup of oil — it says any kind of oil could work, including olive oil, which I had on hand — 11/4 cup sugar and 3 tablespoons lemon juice.

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