Sugar scrubs should be everyone's BFF during the winter!
When you take off your favorite black leggings or sweater do you find those white flecks all over the inside of your clothing? Exfoliating and moisturizing are both keys to taking care of those dead skin cells while conditioning and treating your skin ... and both can be accomplished in one easy step with a great sugar scrub.
And what a great DIY gift! A local shop here in my town sells their scrubs for $16.95 for a 4 oz. jar. I can make a, 8 oz jar for, well, I don't know because I hate math ... but for the cost of a jar, a little sugar, coconut oil, aloe and essential oils -- maybe a $3 at the most? And easy, too -- no double boiler and no hard-to-find ingredients.
Of course the addition of therapeutic-grade essential oils provides additional support to your body. Depnding on the oils used can can provide support and comfort to muscles and joints; open and clear your airway; boost your immune system; combat seasonal threats ... amd in general awaken and invigorate your senses!
I've tried at least a half-dozen sugar scrub recipes and finally just came up with my own, based on using ingredients that I know are safe, effective and gentle. I opt for sugar over salt bacuase if you have an owie, salt can hurt! Sugar exfoliates just as well, without irritation. I tried brown sugar and I didn't like the consistency or the overwhelming molasses aroma. I don't use food coloring, because that's Just. One. More. Thing. To. Buy. And it can stain. Plus, I like the pure white of my concoction. I use just plain old organic coconut oil (I've tried Olive Oil, Almond Oil, FCO, Grapeseed Oil and Vitamin E -- all in various combinations!) because it's so great for your skin -- deeply moisurizing. I add in aloe vera gel because of its healing and anti-microbial properties. And only the best essential oils (of course!). Based on the oils you add, this makes a great gift for men and women both.
* Notes on types of sugar:
* Notes of types of coconut oil:
Essential oil variations:
Choices are endless!
Sugar scrub recipe (8 oz. jar)
Add all ingredients to your mixing bowl and begin mixing. The mixture may be lumpy at first.
If needed, get in there with your hands (wash first!) and break up the clumps of coconut oil until the mixture is smooth and well-blended. The mixture will be almost like a grainy playdough consistency.
Spoon the mixture into an 8 oz. jar. There are tons of ways to decorate the top. I chose a simple hand-made tag made from a paper-making punch and a length of twine.
If you want to add instructions, remind your lucky gift recipents to apply in light circular motions to damp skin while in a bath or shower and to exercise caution when stepping out of the tub as it can make surfaces slippery!. Pat skin dry ... no additional lotion is required!
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