You may have read my blog post last month on How to use coconut oil in your beauty routine. I mentioned using coconut oil to make a sugar scrub. I thought I would elaborate on that this month with a step by step guide (with images) on how to make it.
A couple of things before I dive in with the step by step instructions:
You may use any kind of sugar for this. It depends on what kind of exfoliation you like. I have used raw sugar, if you prefer a less abrasive scrub, try using white sugar or castor sugar.
In my opinion, virgin is best. The oil needs to be room temperature (solid). If the oil is too warm, it will dissolve the sugar granules. This recipe calls for coconut oil but olive oil also makes a beautiful scrub.
The essential oil
It is easy to use too much essential oil. One drop goes a long way. I recommend two drops, max. Even though they are natural oils, it doesn't mean your skin can tolerate large doses. I have used two drops of mandarin essential oil in this scrub. Mandarin oil is said to be uplifting, antiseptic and antispasmodic. It is also said that it maintains the moisture balance in the skin and is great for circulation and the nervous system. Some other great essential oils ok for skin use are Rosehip oil and Sweet Almond oil. Always check the instructions specific to the brand of oil you choose to use.
You will need:
1/2 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of virgin coconut oil
Essential oil of your choice (1-2 drops max)
A shallow jar or container
In a bowl, combine sugar and coconut oil. Add a drop or two of your essential oil and stir until well mixed. Spoon mixture into an airtight container.
This scrub makes an excellent gift and is so lovely to use. The raw sugar is great for exfoliating, although maybe a bit coarse for first-time users. My recommendation would be to start with castor sugar and work your way up through the grades. After using this, my skin feels silky, smooth and hydrated.
I would love to hear from you if you try this scrub. Let me know which sugar and essential oil you tried? Did you like it? Let me know in the comments below.
Until next time,