Have you ever made your own sugar scrub? Its so easy, and cheap + they make great gifts! Sugar scrubs are great for exfoliating and moisturizing dry skin and promoting circulation. I find the best way to use these is on dry skin, rubbing firmly in circular motions, then hopping in a warm to hot bath or shower – when the heat hits all your flavourings the smell is so luxurious and heavenly, it’s absolute bliss.
You could spend up to $30 on a brand name scrub when it only has two truly basic ingredients .. oil and sugar. Personally, I like to use organic virgin coconut oil as my base as sometimes I find some varieties of organic extra virgin olive oil too rich and thick for my liking. I also prefer to use raw sugar instead of white.. I find some white sugar to be too refined and I feel as if it doesn’t do the same job as the courser raw brown variety. From here the world of sugar scrubs are really your oyster.. whatever flavour your feeling.. add it in there. I will list some of my favourites below.
For a personal batch of scrub : 1 use only
– equal parts oil and sugar
– 4 tablespoons of sugar
– 4 tablespoons of oil – coconut, evoo, avocado, macadamia
.. mix together .. viola!
But here is where it can get fun.. depending on the result or flavour you are after, you can add whatever you like from here..
– chamomile, lavender and rose are all very soothing and promote calming and relaxation.
– lemon*, grapefruit, lime, bergamont, orange, mandarin and peppermint are uplifting, motivating and energising oils .. perfect for morning scrubs!
– the scent of sandalwood, ylang ylang, ginger, cedarwood, frankincense, clove or cinnamon have the aromatic ability to transport you to an exotic place and the spiciness feels so luxurious
– a mixture of peppermint, clary sage and roman chamomile and melaleuca can promote a relaxing, restful nights sleep with effects of clear breathing for those who are suffering environmental or seasonal congestion
– vanilla bean paste and spiced oils make great additives to scrubs and leave them with a festive cookie feel .. perfect for christmas!
Personally I like to make small batches of scrubs, and keep them in sterilized jars in the fridge when they aren’t in use to prevent oxidation and rancidity. Plus little jars make for great homemade gifts!
* lemon oil is photogenic and it is important to be aware of sunlight exposure after using this oil topically