This sugar scrub couldn’t be easier, and you can make it right now with items from the kitchen. What could be better?
The basic recipe:
1 part sugar (white or brown, I prefer to use white)
1 part oil*
*You can use any oil you have in the house. I often make it with olive oil since I always have some in the house, but I’ve also used coconut, grapeseed, and almond oil with wonderful results
You can use any essential oils you like in this recipe. I frequently will use lavender since I love it, but I’ve used many different oils with good results. The best thing about this scrub is you can't really have a bad result!
The quantity you make will determine the amount of essential oils used. If I mix ¼ cup of oil and sugar, I will usually add about 10-15 drops of essential oils, though you can make it stronger or weaker to your preferences.
Take care in using cinnamon oil. If you do decide to use it in a scrub, do so sparingly since it can be irritating to skin. Citrus oils would probably be a good idea to avoid in a facial scrub since they can increase the skin’s sensitivity to the sun.
If using as a facial scrub, I will frequently add in tea tree oil since it has antibacterial and astringent properties. Some other great essential oil ideas are below.
• Sandalwood and/or frankincense for dry skin and wrinkles
• Grapefruit oil for reducing the appearance of cellulite
• Juniper for oily skin
• Sweet orange for reducing the appearance of cellulite- massage from ankle to thigh which will help the lymphatic system
• Tea tree oil for acne
I always have a batch of this scrub in the house, since it’s so simple to make!