I love doing scrubs on days I have a little bit of extra time when getting ready or before an event. Scrubs smooth and deeply moisturize the skin and impart a healthy glow. It baffles me why anyone would go out and pay $65 for scrubs sold in beauty stores when we can make better ones with organic ingredients and no preservatives for under $1 in our own kitchens. Scrubs can be applied to wet or dry skin (for deeper exfoliation). You could also apply the scrub before sinking in to the bath and then let the components dissipate in to the bath water. Ingredients are as follows:
- 1/2 cup sugar
- ¼ cup coconut oil (almond oil could work too)
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 3 drops bergamot essential oil (or sweet orange or tangerine)
- 3 drops vanilla essential oil (usually in a jojoba oil carrier)
Sugar is a great gentle exfoliator. Just be sure to use somewhat finely ground stuff. If you have really sensitive skin, brown sugar works well too. Really any oil (jojoba, almond, olive, grapeseed) would work in this recipe but the coconut oil gives a really nice scent and has the added benefits of being naturally anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. Coconut oil is one of the products I always recommend having on hand for kitchen beautician recipes anyway. The bergamot and vanilla mixed together give this scrub sort of a creamsicle smell and make you instantly feel like you have been transported to someplace tropical. If you don’t have essential oils, don’t worry about it. You could also try putting in a teaspoon of orange juice.
If you do this scrub in the shower, take care because the oil can make the shower floor a little bit slippery. This recipe should make enough scrub for about three uses.