Three Delightful Hand Made Sugar Scrubs

July 19, 2019

 

It's Winter here in South Africa and we're going on holiday next week to the coast. This means I need to de-hair my winter legs and get my skin glowing. Here are three of my favourite (aka easiest) sugar scrubs for the softest and most fragrant skin.

 

The thing with sugar scrubs is that they are easy to make, affordable and therapeutic, especially when using good quality ingredients. Up to 60% of what we put on our skin is absorbed into our bloodstream, so I like to make sure that I am using the best quality ingredients I can find.

 

Did you know that sugar is a humectant? That means it holds moisture in your skin. This is why I prefer sugar scrubs to salt scrubs. I like to use salts in the bath to remineralise the skin and body, but for scrubs, sugar is the most decadent and hydrating. Next you'll need some good quality carrier oils. I like to mix 2-3 oils to get the benefit from each one, and you can easily just use one oil if you prefer.

 

These scrubs are made for the body. If you'd like to use them on your face, I recommend placing the sugar in a coffee grinder to make sure it's nice and fine. Be very gentle when exfoliating the skin on the face.

 

Here's a quick look at some carrier (base) oils and their properties:

Baobab: Improves elasticity, soothes dry skin, regenerating with Vit A,D,E,F, fights free radicals, rich in omega fatty acids

Vitamin E: Anti-oxidant, nourishing, regenerating, natural preservative 

Jojoba: technically a wax, it has a similar fatty acid profile to the skin. Rich in Vit E

Sweet Almond: Vitamin D, nourishing, gentle

Grapeseed: Non comedogenic (doesn't block pores), anti-oxidant, high in Vit E

Apricot kernel: Gentle, Vit A, C, E (antioxidants), anti: -inflammatory, good for eczema

Evening Primrose: Essential fatty acids, nourishing, prevents sun damage

Olive Oil: Hydrating, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-aging

Coconut Oil: High in Vit E, anti-inflammatory, good for eczema and psoriasis, soothe sunburned skin

 

Lastly, you'll want to add some delicious fragrance and therapeutic benefit of good quality essential oils. You really can add whichever oils you prefer depending on your desired outcome. I've kept the bends simple to make the recipes more accessible, and you can use up to 2-5 oils together in a blend if you know how to use essential oils. 

 

I love to add some dried and ground herbs and spices for an extra sensory experience as well as fragrance and therapeutic effect. These can include lavender, mint, rosemary, cinnamon, dried and ground rind of lemon, grapefruit or orange, and vanilla (the perfect use for the pod once you've scraped the seeds for baking)

 

So, let's start with my oldest and favourite recipe...

 

Coffee and Vanilla Body Scrub:

 

Coffee is a great detoxifier when applied to the skin. I don't drink coffee but I love the smell of it and this decadent scrub is cleansing, energising and nourishing. it also helps reduce cellulite and scarring when used regularly. 

 

 

Ingredients: 

1 Cup coffee grounds (can be used grounds, just let them dry before making the recipe)

1 Cup sugar (brown or white)

½ Cup coconut oil (more if needed) 

1 Tablespoon of good oil (jojoba, grape seed, sweet almond etc.)

1 Vanilla pod or vanilla powder

½ -1 Teaspoon cinnamon

 

Method:

Melt the coconut oil in a double boiler. Remove from heat and let cool but not harden. Mix all the other ingredients in a bowl, add the oil and mix well. Place in a wide neck glass jar. Store in a cool dry cupboard.

 

 

Lavender Flower Sugar Scrub:

 

Herbs like lavender always help me feel happy, calm and like I'm on holiday in the south of France. This fragrant scrub does just that! 

 

 

Ingredients:

1 Cup of sugar (white will give you a more aesthetically pleasing look, but I used brown)

1/2 Cup of oil (choose the oils for the benefits you are looking for. I like to use coconut, jojoba and Apricot kernel for this one)

2-4 Vitamin E capsules broken for their oil (optional)

15 drops of lavender essential oil (I use doTerra)

Dried lavender flowers ground (optional)

 

Method:

Melt the coconut oil in a double boiler. Remove from heat and let cool but not harden. Mix all the other ingredients in a bowl, add the oil and mix well. Place in a wide neck glass jar. Store in a cool dry cupboard.

 

 

Detoxifying Citrus Body Scrub:

 

Lastly, if you're in the mood for something uplifting, citrus fruits are such a burst of freshness, have detoxifying benefits and uplift the mind. They are such happy ingredients!

 

 

Ingredients:

1 Cup of sugar (white will give you a more aesthetically pleasing look, but brown sugar works just as well)

1/2 Cup of oil (choose the oils for the benefits you are looking for. I like to use coconut, Grapeseed and Baobab oil)

15 drops of grapefruit or orange essential oil (I use doTerra)

Dried grapefruit or orange peel, ground (optional)

1/4 cup Grapefruit or orange juice (optional)

 

Method:

Melt the coconut oil in a double boiler. Remove from heat and let cool but not harden. Mix all the other ingredients in a bowl, add the oil and mix well. Place in a wide neck glass jar. Store in a cool dry cupboard.

 

As you can see, you can take the basic recipe and try any variations that you feel like. How about rosemary and orange, ylang-ylang and bergamot, cedarwood and clarysage. The options are endless. 

 

I'd love to hear your favourite blends and why you use them. Here's to a juicy skin and a happy mind...

 

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