Treat yourself with Sugar Scrubs this season !

Looking out of my window this morning, the scene that greeted me was a dull, foggy and cold landscape, I pulled the curtains shut quickly…no inspiration there! It was easy to  get  swayed into that mood of doom and gloom rubbed off into you in an instant…………… SAD/ Seasonal Affective Disorder is real, people ! Coming from a sunny bright country, I never knew about it or heard of it before, until I landed in this country, in the middle of winter, slowly over the years enlightenment dawned on me that this weather is for real,  so what do I do now,  I choose a better feeling thought and brighter colors to shake that “wintery”mood away  and brighten my days!

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Some call it color therapy, some call it aroma therapy, it sure works ! Thus  arose my inspiration to try my hand at Homemade Sugar Scrubs, which had both color and smell and an added “FEEL” to it ….so off I went with a few ingredients I had handy in my pantry, to try my first venture into the land of Sugar Scrubs.I have heard rave reviews about the benefits of using them from friends and colleagues alike in the winter months, I was willing to give it a try this year .Just like candle making, this  sugar scrub making piqued my interest, wondering how it will turn out, what it would feel like on the skin ?

The benefits of Sugar Scrubs are far too many, said a friend of mine, unlike the salt scrubs, they do not dry up the skin, sugar is a natural humectant drawing moisture into the skin from the environment, to keep it supple and soft during winter, hence even widely used as lip balms too, to prevent chapping. Sugars are not healthy when ingested, but boy !do they do wonders on the skin, she cooed, this really got me thinking….it never hurts to try, after all you know all the ingredients that go into it.

Little did I know that those expensive scrubs , you see in departmental stores or smell when you walk across the store in the mall, cost you pennies to make at home & the benefits still remain the same.They are incredibly moisturizing and exfoliating to the skin.Try them this winter and feel the difference!

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For the Vanilla- Cinnamon Sugar Scrub :

Sugar (Fine White) – 1 cup

Coconut Oil – 1/4 cup

Honey – 1/4 cup

Vanilla extract – 1tsp

Ground Cinnamon powder – a pinch

First mix the Sugar, Coconut Oil and Honey together till they are evenly mixed, then add the Vanilla extract and Ground Cinnamon powder.The end product smells like delicious Vanilla ice-cream, so smooth and yummilicious enough to eat.

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For the Lemon-Honey Sugar Scrub :

Sugar – 1 cup

Coconut Oil – 1/4 cup

Lemon extract – 15 drops

Turmeric powder- a pinch ( for color and is a good antiseptic)

Honey – 2 tbsp

Mix the Sugar, Coconut Oil and Honey together, then add  a pinch of Turmeric powder while slowly adding the Lemon extract. Mix well, so the color is uniformly spread and you get a smooth paste like consistency.

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For the Orange -Peppermint Sugar Scrub :

Sugar- 1cup

Coconut Oil – 1/4 cup

Orange Essential Oil- 6-10 drops

Peppermint extract – 10 drops

Orange Food color- a pinch

Honey – 2 tbsp

Mix the sugar, Coconut Oil and Honey together, then add the Orange and Peppermint extract gently while continuing to mix, until the ingredients are evenly mixed. To this one may  add a pinch of Orange Food color, until all the ingredients are mixed evenly.

Store them in air tight glass jars and use them over the cold months, when skin gets dry and chapped easily, it helps in exfoliating and keeps the skin moist and supple and what’s more,they make perfect holiday gifts too !

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How to use the Sugar Scrub : Take a spoonful of the sugar scrub in your hand, after  letting your body soak in the hot shower for a few minutes, rub the sugar scrub in  a circular motion from shoulder down, or feet up, whichever is comfortable for you, allow it to exfoliate the dry dead skin, rinse in lukewarm water.Remember to use gentle pressure ONLY, you are exfoliating not peeling ! You will step out of the shower, thinking why you never tried it before, your skin will feel baby soft. Remember, happiness is homemade, so go on give it a try.Pat dry your skin or leave it a lil’ wet, best to do it before bedtime coz it will let you relax, while the oil gets absorbed into the open pores, left by the sugar scrub, softening your skin into silky smoothness.

Remember to scrub your bath tub immediately coz it might get slippery with all the oil. It is advisable, to use the sugar scrub once or twice a week, and the benefits of long term use are clearly visible, or so I am told. Make it a part of your holiday tradition if you must, coz that’s exactly what I plan to do starting this year.Have fun, while you are at it!

“Self care is not about self indulgence,it’s about self preservation” ~  Audrey Lorde

Notes:

You can substitute Olive Oil or Grape seed Oil instead of Coconut oil, if you wish, I love coconut oil and stand by it !

Honey helps to naturally moisturize the skin, acts as an anti aging formula,helps in exfoliation and prevents dryness, promoting new tissue growth  when used on the skin.

Sugar helps to exfoliate, acts a humectant,encourages new cell turnover, generating fresher younger skin. One can use fine white sugar or brown sugar which is  much finer, when using scrubs on the face.

Different essential oils or extracts of your choice, can be used , the base being the same of sugar, oil and honey.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Kris says:

    Wonderful! I really enjoyed this and the beautiful scrubs you made. Thank you for the recipes and instructions. Enjoy!

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    1. Thank you, Kris,for stopping by my blog and taking the time to share your thoughts. Glad to hear , you enjoyed the recipes, here’s to more of holiday fun with home made self care ingredients. Take care.

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  2. Karen says:

    This sounds wonderful Maya, and I’m going to enjoy some happy exfoliating 🙂 I particularly love the sound of the vanilla, so plan to start with that one first!

    And … wonderful Christmas Prezzies as well, so…Thanks Maya! ♡

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    1. Thank you, Karen for stopping by & taking the time to read my blog post. Enjoy, my friend, that vanilla smells & feels delicious too, so have fun during the holidays with some self care 😉 ❤

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