DIY Sugar Scrub – Using Magickal Ingredients from Your Kitchen
I have been making my own essential oil blends, sprays, and cleaning supplies for a while now, but yesterday I decided to look into making homemade skincare products.
Our skin is our largest organ and much of what we put on our skin ends up in our bloodstream, so it is very important to stay away from the chemicals found in conventional (store bought) skin products. Even though I only buy organic skin care products they are still filled with things that I would rather not put on my skin. I decided that making my own was a good option for me, and I started with face and body scrubs. I was shocked at how easy it is, and you only need two ingredients!
The Main Ingredients
Sugar and coconut oil. Thats it! All you need to do is add one part sugar to one part organic virgin coconut oil (olive oil works as well but I prefer using the solid coconut oil), mix it up, and store it in an airtight jar.
Different sugars work better for different parts of the body. Below is a breakdown. For more information on the benefits of sugar for our skin check out this article – 3 Ways Sugar is Good for Your Skin.
White granulated sugar because it is finer and wont be so harsh on sensitive facial skin. This scrub leaves my face slightly oiler than my skin requires so I use Dr. Bronners pure castile soap to cleanse afterwards.
Brown sugar is the best for body scrubs because it is a little more course than granulated sugar and out bodies tend to have tougher skin than our faces.
Hand and Foot Scrubs
Raw cane sugar is recommended for and and foot scrubs because the skin here is the toughest and can benefit from a rougher scrub.
Essential oils are great additions to the scrubs. I use Lavender essential oil in my face scrubs and and citrus oils (such as orange and grapefruit) into my body scrubs.
Citrus fruits are natural sources of vitamin C; an ingredient commonly used to lighten sun and age spots and even out skin tone; a natural astringent that tightens pores and brightens the complexion, so they are great in face scrubs as well. However, citrus fruits can skin more sensitive to the sun, so I try to avoid using them on my face unless I am using it only at night.
Tea Tree, Rosemary, and Eucalyptus oils are really great for the body scrubs as well and they each have many medicinal properties to help your skin look and feel great!
The possibilities are endless! Play around with it and have fun, but remember to use high quality essential oils – what you put on your skin can possibly end up in your bloodstream. Also, before adding your favorite scents do some research and make sure they are safe to use on skin.
Light and Love