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Exfoliating Sugar Scrub Recipe
As we age, our skin can often use
a little help in shedding dead skin cells. So many chemical based
exfoliating products are available, but they can be harsh and expensive.
Natural sugar scrubs are a wonderful alternative and can be found
online and in many natural and specialty stores. They more gently
polish and exfoliate the skin, are luxurious and smell naturally
delicious. They can be used on the body and feet. With gentle application,
they can be used on the face.
You can make Exfoliating Sugar Scrubs
yourself. It's quick, easy, affordable and allows you to tailor
the proportions to match your skin type and preferences.
This customizable recipe will make
approximately one 8 ounce jar or two 4 ounce jars of Exfoliating
- Add the sugar to a small-medium mixing bowl.
- Add the oils, glycerin and castille soap to the sugar and mix
well with a fork.
- Add the essential oil and mix well.
Essential Oil Suggestions:
- This recipe makes a moist sugar scrub. If you prefer a "dryer"
sugar scrub, you may adjust the proportions of vegetable oil,
vegetable glycerin and castille soap.
- Turbinado and Demerara sugars contain molasses, but are not
as dark or moist as brown sugars. They lend a natural brown
color to your scrubs. A selection of natural sugars can be found
through several of AromaWeb's valued advertisers (you can support
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If you're in a pinch, Turbinado sugar can be found at the grocery
store in the baking/sugar isle (look also for the brand Sugar
in the Raw).
- Refined, white sugar may be substituted for turbinado or demerara
- The finer the texture of the sugar, the more exfoliation that
it will impart onto the skin.
- Sea or Dead Sea Salt can be substituted in this recipe, but
do not use salt scrubs on the face even if you have oily
- Vegetable glycerin acts as a natural moisturizer and humectant
that draws moisture to the skin. Its use allows less vegetable
to be used in the scrub. Too much vegetable oil can leave the
face feeling too oily.
- Nourishing vegetable oils and vegetable glycerin are used to
help fortify the skin that is revealed after exfoliation. If you
have oily skin, you can experiment by reducing the proportion
of vegetable oil used in the recipe. Be sure to stick with light
- Avoid Olive Oil. Its aroma and color can be unappealing in this
- Avoid using mineral oil (also known as baby oil). Mineral oil
clogs the pores and can be harmful to the skin. See the Harmful
Skin Care Ingredients article for more information.
- The Vitamin E Oil can be left out of this recipe if necessary,
but it helps to nourish the skin and also helps to extend the
shelf life of the scrub. Vitamin E capsules can be used in place
of Vitamin E Oil. To use capsules in the recipe, carefully cut
the tips off 2-3 capsules and squeeze the capsule contents into
the sugar scrub and mix well.
- If you have a sensitive shower or sink drain, use caution when
using sugar scrubs. Over time, the sugar/oil combo can slow your
drain, especially if you use a lot of the exfoliant during your
Spoon your Exfoliating Sugar Scrub into an 8 ounce jar or into
two four ounce jars with and label them. Select jars that are clean,
sterilized and have tight fitting lids. Many of AromaWeb's advertisers
have beautiful jars that are perfect for storing Sugar Scrubs. Include
the date that you made the sugar scrub on your label.
- This scrub can be used on the face or body.
- Avoid use if you have sensitive skin or skin conditions such
as eczema, and avoid use on wounds, cuts, abrasions or damaged
- Scoop a tiny amount of the scrub onto your fingers and apply
to wet skin.
- Scrub gently in a slow, circular motion. Do not grind the scrub
into your skin.
- Rinse off.
- If desired, follow the exfoliating scrub with gentle cleansing.
- Moisturize the skin with a natural moisturizer after exfoliating.
With the exception of the natural anti-oxidant properties of
the Vitamin E oil, this sugar scrub does not contain preservatives.
For maximum freshness, use the scrub within a
month and discard any that hasn't been used within that time.
Because you will be exposing your scrub to bacteria
and other contaminants each time you reach into the container to
take out product, this scrub will have a much shorter shelf life
than similar commercial products.
Ideally, use a clean utensil to scoop the desired
amount of scrub into a clean, tiny jar and work from that small
portion as you exfoliate. That will help keep your primary quantity
of scrub from being contaminated.
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