We’ve all heard that sugar is bad for us, unhealthy, poison…well, when it comes to applying sugar to your skin, sugar does amazing things. Sugar is a natural source of glycolic acid which breaks down the protein that keeps dead cells on your skin. When you remove dead skin cells, your skin will glow with radiant new cells. As a precaution, it is advised that you test your skin prior to scrubbing your entire face with a homemade sugar scrub or a bought one for that matter. Apply to a small area and wait 24 hours. If no reaction appears on your skin or face, then you should feel fairly comfortable using the scrub. These scrubs do contain natural ingredients and are free of harmful chemicals.
Some bloggers suggests that if you have very sensitive skin, then perhaps exfoliate with oatmeal instead of sugar. Of course, never use any scrubs on irritated skin or wounds.
My first sugar scrub was given to me by my friend San. Thanks San for starting me on this wonderful journey. Make your friend a sugar scrub today. It is a wonderful gift.
Homemade sugar scrubs are very inexpensive, easy to make, and when presented in attractive jars make great gifts. I like to tie a ribbon around the jar rim to make these jars even more attractive. Be creative.
Most sugar scrubs are made with organic unrefined coconut oil, but since some in our family are allergic to coconut oil, I often use grapeseed oil or apricot oil. It really depends on who I am making the oil for and who will be using it. I have used olive oil when making sugar scrubs, but the olive oil is rather heavy and can rest too long on the skin.
I also choose the essential oils I use carefully and consider who will be using the product. If I know a friend loves lavender essential oil as I do, I would try to use lavender in the blend. If I wanted to give the sugar scrub as a gift to a friend who loves orange essential oil, I would try to work that into the mixture. Experiment and have fun.
Fruits are fun to add to sugar scrubs. However, the scrubs will not last as long and would need to be kept in the refrigerator. When I add fruit, I make small batches and try to use them right away. Fruit scrubs help get rid of dead skin as well as exfoliating. They also contain natural vitamins and minerals that are good for the skin.
My preference is to use 100% Therapeutic Grade essential oils instead of fresh fruit since the essential oil sugar scrub blends will last longer.
Most scrubs can be made using about ¾ cup of carrier oil such as coconut, grapeseed, or apricot, to about 1 cup of sugar. I have used up to 1 ½ cups sugar, so adjust the amount you need, depending on the carrier oil used and the other ingredients used in the mixture. If the mixture is too sandy, it may be difficult to apply. Just play with it until you get the consistency you like.
For darker colored scrubs, use brown sugar. Brown sugar makes some very attractive sugar scrubs.
TIP: I avoid using any sugar scrubs while in the shower. The oil will make your tub slippery. I apply the scrub and then wipe off the excess with a dry washcloth. Then I take my shower. Even then, be sure to use a shower mat, since some oil will still get in the tub. Clean the tub with baking soda mixed with a drop or two of lemon essential oil to get rid of any oil left in the tub. I use this baking soda/lemon essential oil to clean my bathtubs and sinks all the time. It makes a great and wonderfully smelling tub and sink cleaner.
Grapefruit Sugar Scrub
½ cup apricot oil
1 cup organic sugar, refined
10 drops of 100% therapeutic grade grapefruit essential oil (this essential oil like all citrus based essential oils is phototoxic so do not apply prior to going in the sun)
2 drops of 100% therapeutic grade orange essential oil
Mix the oil with the sugar. Add essential oils. Pour into attractive jars.
Lavender Sugar Scrub
1/2 cup organic coconut oil
½ cup grapeseed oil or apricot oil
1-1/2 cups organic sugar refined
20 drops 100% therapeutic grade lavender essential oils
8 drops of 100% therapeutic grade frankincense essential oil
Whip the coconut oil until soft. Add the grapeseed or apricot oil. Add the lavender and frankincense essential oils.
Apply to skin and rinse well. Avoid using these scrubs in the shower or tub since they will make the tub slippery.
Shirleen Sando, Biblical Health Educator