Wake Up To Winter with a Rejuvenating Sugar Scrub for Your Skin
How many times have you found a sugar scrub at a health food store, drug store, cosmetic counter, or health expo, and thought how great the label description was and how wonderful it smelled and then read the ingredients and put it back on the shelf? Way too many times for me. So why not make your own. Not only is it less expensive, but you can tailor it to your needs. The parabens, PABA, paraffins, mineral oils, silicon, artificial colors, synthetic fragrances, PEGs, preservatives, and so on, will all be absent from your scrub, and you get the joy of having created it yourself!
This is one of the easiest, yet most beneficial Do-It-Yourself products you can make at home. And what’s even better, you probably don’t have to run to the store as you most likely have what you need right in your kitchen! Sugar and salt scrubs are excellent ways to exfoliate old, dead skin from your face and body, while unclogging pores and providing a hydrating protective barrier for your skin.
An exfoliant is necessary in your scrub, as it is what removes the dead skin. Of course, the sugar. in our recipe is the exfoliant. *Optionally you can use Himalayan Sea Salt, and some folks use Baking Soda (which I find is far less tolerated by those with sensitive skin), or even Coffee Grounds or Green twig tea! Basically, you need an exfoliant to scrub off any dead skin and increase circulation while rubbing it on your body.
It is best to use sugar scrubs after you have been in hot water for a few minutes, to help open pores.
A general rule for making perfect Sugar Scrub is 2 parts sugar to 1 part oil.
What You’ll Need:
—Organic Sugar: The exfoliant in this scrub, is organic sugar. The finer the sugar, the less abrasive the scrub, so if you have sensitive skin, use the fine granulated organic sugar. If you like, you can use coconut sugar, or even brown sugar! (*Make your own brown sugar by combining organic sugar with organic molasses… about 1 cup sugar to 1 Tablespoon molasses…you can make it darker or lighter, as you wish.)
—Organic Emollient Oil: This is going to soften and condition your skin. My favorite is organic Jojoba oil, a luxurious oil that has a long shelf life, blended with organic Coconut oil. Jojoba is a bit more pricey than other oils, but offers a longer shelf life than most, and I like the quality of the scrub. Both are excellent for the skin. You can also use organic Olive oil (although adding essential oils is a good idea to mask the scent of the oil), organic Avacado oil, organic Apricot kernal oil, organic Sweet Almond oil, organic Grapeseed oil…or a host of others. Besides acting as a carrier oil for your sugar, the oils in your scrub will leave your skin hydrated, and conditioned.
–Organic Essential Oils: Lavender, Lemongrass, German Chamomile, Frankincense, Sandalwood (Australian), Neroli, and Rose are all wonderful oils for the skin, and generally well tolerated by sensitive skin types, when used in the correct dilutions.
For 1 oz (3 TBLS.) of carrier oil, use between 9 and 15 drops. If children or the tender skinned elderly will be using your scrub, use between 3 to 5 drops essential oil per 1 oz (3TBLS.) of carrier oil. Not recommended on infants and children under 3.
–Stainless Steel Bowl
–Glass jar with tight fitting lid, both washed and dried well.
Option 1. Activated Charcoal Powder: Adding activated charcoal to your scrub will make it a cleansing, exfoliating and detoxifying scrub, and is excellent for acne prone skin, but not when active open acne is present.. (When using charcoal, you can use your scrub several times a week in the shower, but we do not suggest using it daily. Also, the charcoal will darken your water and you’ll need to wash out your tub.)
Option 2. Organic Honey: When making a scrub for super soft skin, you can add a Tablespoon of organic honey to the mix. Careful where you store it…ants would love this scrub!
So Let’s Make It!
- 1/2 cup organic fine granulated sugar
- 2 Tablespoons organic Jojoba oil
- 2 Tablespoons organic extra virgin Coconut oil
- *Optional: 1 teaspoon Activate Charcoal powder.
- *Optional: 1 teaspoon Activate Charcoal powder.
- 4 drops organic Lavender essential oil
- 4 drops organic Lemongrass essential oil or German Chamomile essential oil
- 3 drops organic Neroli essential oil
- 2 drops organic Frankincense essential oil
- 2 drops organic Sandalwood essential oil
*Although Lemon, Orange, Grapefruit, Mandarin, Tangerine, and other citrus essential oils are also wonderful in a sugar scrub, they can be a problem for sensitive skin. The are also phytotoxic, so you should stay out of the sun if applying them to your skin. Always use your finished product on a test area first if you haven’t used that essential oil before, and of course, discontinue use if any irritation develops. See General Essential Oil Dilution Information below.
- Place the sugar, carrier oils, activated charcoal (if using) into a stainless steel bowl, and stir together with a stainless steel spoon until well combined.
- Add organic essential oils into the mix and stir until oils are evenly distributed throughout mixture, and there are no clumps.
- Spoon into your glass jar and seal tightly.
- Label and date your product.
How to Use:
Wet your body thoroughly in the shower in water as hot as you can handle. After several minutes, turn shower water off and apply about a teaspoon to a Tablespoon of your scrub to a soft wash cloth, (or for more abrasive rub, use a loofa mitt or loofa sponge). Rub into your legs, arms, and back, and pay special attention to your heels and elbows where skin is the toughest. For thinner-skinned areas of your body, like your chest, underarms, neck, and stomach, take it easy on the scrubbing. When combining just fine granulated sugar, carrier oils, and gentle essential oils, you can safely use this scrub daily.
If using your sugar scrub on your face, always wash face first. Apply small amount of scrub with fingers to face and gently massage using small circular motions. No need to over do it…a little goes a long way. Rinse with warm water and towel blot dry.
Not for use immediately before or after shaving your legs (or face, men!) You’ll feel the uncomfortable burn, and could encourage a rash on sensitive skin. Not for use with sunburn skin, active acne, or especially sensitive skin.
TIP: If you want to make a Soap & Sugar Scrub for daily cleansing, add 3 Tablespoons of Organic Castile Liquid Soap to the mix! Be sure to mix it in thoroughly. Follow directions above. When using in the shower/tub, be sure to use caution as the oils can make the tub slippery. Clean tub after use.
To help hold in the moisture and protect your skin we suggest following up with an organic, nourishing serum, for both under the eyes and on your face. If you don’t have one you absolutely swear by and love, feel free to try our organic Eye Serum with CBD and other essential oils.
General Essential Oil Dilution Information:
0.5% dilution: 1 drop essential oil to 2 tsp of carrier oil (Children 2 years & over).
1% dilution: 2 -3 drops essential oils to 2 tsp of carrier oil (Face & tender skin i.e. neck, underarms, stomach area application, and the elderly).
2% dilution: 4-6 drops essential oils to 2 tsp of carrier oil (Adult maximum daily).
5% dilution: 10-15 drops essential oils to 2 tsp of carrier oil (Short term acute care use, under supervision of a trained Aromatherapist, or your primary care physician).
Caution: Scrubs are made to be abrasive, so are not for use on baby’s sensitive skin, especially when combined with essential oils, which are we never recommended to rub on babies-not even diluted in a carrier oil.
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