Simple Sugar Scrub... here's an all-natural, relatively inexpensive, homemade, 3-ingredient body scrub you can easily make with things you probably already have in your kitchen pantry or cupboard! Plain white sugar, olive oil, and essential oil are all that's in this effective scrub!
It's early days in winter here in The Far North still, but my skin feels like it's been a looong cold season already. I have a difficult time during winter with my skin--all over, but face, hands and feet especially. Moisturizing and occasional exfoliation help me through the season. This sugar scrub I make is just the thing!
The sugar in the scrub offers gentle exfoliation, while the oil moisturizes the skin. A good all-over exfoliant offering moisture, and is especially effective on the feet, elbows, knees and other spots on the body that tend to get dry and rough.The essential oil adds fragrance, but depending on the oil you choose, it will lend healing and therapeutic properties too. The essential oil is not necessary for the effectiveness of the scrub. So adding essential oil is really optional , depending on your budget and what you might already have at home. Personally, I like the addition of a beautifully scented and healing oil!
Simple Sugar Scrub
1 cup white granulated/caster sugar
1/2 cup liquid oil (see tips below)
10-12 drops essential oil, or oil blend
1 jar (that will hold at least 8 oz/220 g)
Mix the sugar and the oil in a bowl, stirring until well combined. Add the drops of essential oil. Spoon the scrub into clean jar, top with lid, and add a label.
Before, we move to the tips on oils... a *disclaimer*... I'm not an expert on essential oils, and not educated in the field of their usage. I only know by years of self-care use/self-education, personal research, trying of oils, etc. Please use caution with essential oils. If in doubt, consult your doctor, or a holistic therapist, to find out about oils that will benefit you. Essential oils offer a wide range of healing for the body and mind!
Tips for the liquid oils... Most any vegetable-based liquid oil will work well. I use extra virgin olive oil. (I use extra virgin olive oil for all my own homemade body-care products, and as an all-around moisturizer.) Regular olive oil also works fine. Sweet almond oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil, are among many others also worth considering. Even an unrefined sunflower oil is an option, and is budget-friendly compared to other oils. Knowing your skin will help you make the best choice. The oil amount in the recipe is just a recommendation. Feel free to add more oil if you like, or need to. If you find the scrub becoming a little dry in the jar between uses, add a little more oil.
For the essential oil... Use your favorite scented essential oil, or one with a healing property that you find supportive. I used lavender in my current mix, as lavender essential oil is a great all-around oil, and it just smells wonderful--reminds me of summer! Peppermint oil is great for tired feet, if you want to focus the scrub on foot use, and is a very uplifting scent. For feet too, tea tree oil is anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial. A floral single note oil, like rose or jasmine, adds a touch of luxury. Or an oil blend is another idea--using a few drops of two oils blended together.
I can recommend oils from Aura Cacia and Young Living. Links to both sites contain good information about different types of essential oils, their uses, oil safety, as well as ordering of oils.
Well... this probably seems like a very long post for a simple body scrub. I just want the best for you, you know!? ;)