I haven’t ventured from my original sugar scrub recipes in a while and I wanted to give them a spruce for the winter months when my skin needs a little extra love! These three sugar scrub recipes are simple to make, use quality ingredients, and feel incredibly luxurious on your skin. You’ll feel like you are at the spa when you use these and it’s a perfect way to pamper yourself or a loved one as well!
My 5 Favorite Ingredients To Stock Up On
1. Organic Tea Bags – I ordered Chai, Chamomile, and Peppermint tea bags from Thrive Market recently and keep them in a big mason jar in my kitchen. I mostly use them for hot tea before bed, but they are a wonderful addition to sugar scrubs as well to add an anti-oxidant boost!
2. Local Raw Honey – A good quality raw honey is filled with minerals, nutrients, and is a natural humectant by drawing moisture to the skin. Raw honey also has natural antiseptic and antimicrobial properties and contains gluconic acid that brightens and smooths the skin. It’s magic, basically!
3. Organic Oats – I like to grind these up in a food processor and keep them on hand for homemade facials and sugar scrubs! Ground up oats are a great way to gently exfoliate your skin and offer nourishing benefits to dry or itchy skin as well. I love the texture they add to sugar scrubs!
4. Organic Vanilla Beans – Ever since I first opened the bag of vanilla beans to make my own vanilla extract, I have been intoxicated with the aroma from using them! I used the same process to remove the beans from the pod as I did when I made my own scented perfume sticks. I cut the vanilla beans in half and then again length wise and split them open. Then I used a toothpick and scooped out the beans to use in my sugar scrubs! You can add the pods to your vanilla extract instead of tossing them out, so nothing is wasted from the delicious scent!
5. Scented Liquid Castile Soap – I like to add a tablespoon or two of liquid Castile soap to my sugar scrubs. Adding a little soap will help your hands not feel greasy after using the sugar scrub and helps to cut the oil a little bit. Your skin will feel soft and smooth but not at all greasy when you add in a little of this soap. Almond, Rose, Lavender, and Peppermint scented Castile soaps are my favorite!
For an 8 oz jar, I roughly add 7 ounces of organic sugar to a measuring glass. Then I add 1 ounce of either kosher salt or ground oats. This will give the sugar scrub a slightly more course texture. In my experience, this has also helped the sugar scrubs hold up a little better and not be quite as mushy. I added vanilla beans from 2 pods to the base as well!
Next add 1 bag of loose tea leaves to your mixture. Look how pretty it is already! There’s good things happening here 🙂 Now your base for the dry ingredients is complete!
Add your dry ingredients to a small food processor and pulse them for about 30 seconds. This will make all of the ingredients about the same size and will give the sugar scrub a really lovely consistency!
Next Up – Add In Your Wet Ingredients!
Now you’re ready to add in your “wet” ingredients – your favorite carrier oils and honey! I used 1/4 cup coconut oil and 1 tablespoon each of avocado oil and raw honey. You can definitely substitute other carrier oils if you would prefer or don’t happen to have these on hand. I chose coconut oil because it smells absolutely amazing in these recipes and avocado oil because it is rich and moisturizing! My favorite brand of coconut oil is in the Zeal and Grace Market if you need to stock up on your supply! I’m not super brand specific, but ideally you want to use coconut oil that is organic, unrefined, and cold pressed. Once your “wet” ingredients have been added in, pulse the mixture again for another 30 seconds. Voila! Your sugar scrub spa base is complete!
The Finishing Touch – Add In Your Favorite Essential Oils
I like to add essential oils to my sugar scrubs to further promote healthy looking skin! I prefer to transfer my completed sugar scrub base to a glass mixing bowl. This will ensure that any citrus or “hot” oils (such as Cinnamon, Clove, or Peppermint) won’t damage the plastic container in your food processor. I also feel like I’m able to get the essential oils to evenly distribute with the sugar scrub base when I mix everything by hand!
My 3 Favorite Recipes For 8 oz Jars:
I used the sugar scrub base and added 1 oz of kosher salt, a bag of organic chai tea and 15 drops each of Cinnamon and Clove. This sugar scrub has a warm, spicy, and slightly smoky scent from the tea and smells even better with the vanilla beans mixed in! This has been my go-to recipe to keep by kitchen and bathroom sinks. Little Tip – If there are vanilla bean remnants left on your hands, follow up with a little Almond Castile Soap and they will wash right off! Why almond? It smells SO good with this chai hand scrub!
I used the sugar scrub base and added 1 oz of kosher salt, a bag of organic peppermint tea and 15 drops each of Peppermint and Spruce. This sugar scrub smells like winter to me and has hints of the outdoors, mint, and vanilla! This is my go-to recipe for a foot scrub and leaves my feet feeling refreshed and removes dead skin cells like nobody’s business!
I used the sugar scrub base and added 1 oz of ground oats, a bag of organic chamomile tea, 20 drops of Lavender. This sugar scrub has the most calming aroma to me with hints of Lavender, oats, and vanilla bean! It’s my favorite body and facial scrub for the shower. You will feel like you just left the spa after you use it!
A Special Touch
Adding these wooden spoons to your jars of sugar scrubs will make it really easy to scoop out the right amount of sugar scrub you need and they look super cute for whenever you give sugar scrubs as gifts!
by Perfect Stix [Perfect Stix, LLC]
by Perfect Stix [Perfect Stix]
Keeping a few essential ingredients on hand – organic tea, raw honey, ground oats, vanilla beans, sugar, liquid castile soap and your favorite carrier oil will make it super easy and convenient to make your own spa worthy sugar scrub whenever your skin needs a little treat!
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by Dr Adorable [Dr Adorable Inc]
by Numi Organic Tea [Numi Tea LLC]
by Ball [Hearthmark Llc]