Cinnamon Apple Spice Sugar Scrub

A deliciously perfect blend of apple and cinnamon to keep you warm this winter season – smells just like apple cinnamon oatmeal! 🍎

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup granulated sugar

Heaping spoonful brown sugar

Coconut oil (amount determines consistency)

Two bags Celestial Cinnamon Apple Spice herbal tea

1 tsp almond extract

1/2-1 tsp imitation* caramel extract (1 capful)

1 tbsp ground cinnamon

Oatmeal** (optional)

RECIPE

Mix granulated sugar, brown sugar and coconut oil together in a bowl. Do NOT add too much coconut oil to balance out the amount of cinnamon, tea, and (possibly) oatmeal you’ll add later! Once you have your desired consistency, cut open the two bags of tea and pour them in. I used the Celestial Tea in the ingredient list, but you can use a different cinnamon apple spice tea if you’d like. Mix well. Add the almond extract, imitation caramel extract, and ground cinnamon. For the imitation caramel extract, I have a small bottle in my kitchen and just added a capful. The capful came out to be the equivalent of approximately one teaspoon. Mix until the extracts and cinnamon are even throughout the scrub. At this point, your mixture should be the beautiful, earthy brown color in the pictures. If you’d like to add oatmeal to your scrub, add it now. I didn’t add oatmeal to my recipe, but I will the next time I make it! After you have added the oatmeal, test the consistency and add more coconut oil if needed. Store in an airtight container. Enjoy by rubbing onto your skin in the shower and rinsing. Not for use on sensitive areas.

Refrigeration: none

Edible: yes

Allergy info: contains coconut, cinnamon, almond extract, imitation caramel extract, may contain oatmeal

Disclaimer: As with every scrub, stop usage if your skin shows signs of irritation. If signs of irritation persist, contact your doctor. Redness (even a very bright red) is to be expected with sugar scrubs, as they are crafted with materials abrasive enough to remove a significant amount of dead skin. Our sugar scrubs are not tested by the FDA. If you have any questions or comments about our ingredients and whether or not you should use them, please contact us at thesugarscrubclub@gmail.com.

*Watkins Imitation Caramel Extract. I chose an imitation extract because a) it was the only caramel extract in my kitchen, and b) it will have a longer-lasting scent/flavor. You may use a natural caramel extract if desired (this may change the color of the scrub). Ingredients: propylene glycol, artificial flavor (contains alcohol), water, caramel color. Contains sulfites.

**Oatmeal is a natural ingredient that is easy on and can help soothe sensitive skin, sunburn, eczema, poison ivy, and other things that need special care. It normalizes the skin’s pH, which in turn reduces itchiness. Oatmeal also promotes hydration and protection from cracking, which are often issues in the cold weather.

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/05/oatmeal-beauty-benefits_n_4214053.html

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Peachy-Keen Sugar Scrub

Warm, peachy tones with a tang of citrus – the perfect comfort scrub for any cozy evening 🍑

INGREDIENTS

1 cup granulated sugar

Coconut oil (amount determines consistency)

2-3 bags of your favorite peachy/fruity tea (suggestion: Celestial  “Peach Passion” and Lipton “Green Tea with White Mangosteen Peach”)

1 whole orange, halved

1-2 tsp orange zest

1 drop red food coloring (optional)

3 drops yellow food coloring (optional)

RECIPE

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. To add the tea, cut the bags open and pour the contents into the mixture. Juice half the orange straight into the bowl, and fold in. Use orange zest in the scrub for texture and on top as garnish if desired. Store in an airtight container. Enjoy by rubbing onto your skin in the shower and rinsing. Not for use on sensitive areas.

Refrigeration: none

Edible: yes

Allergy info: contains coconut, citrus

Disclaimer: As with every scrub, stop usage if your skin shows signs of irritation. If signs of irritation persist, contact your doctor. Redness (even a very bright red) is to be expected with sugar scrubs, as they are crafted with materials abrasive enough to remove a significant amount of dead skin. Our sugar scrubs are not tested by the FDA. If you have any questions or comments about our ingredients and whether or not you should use them, please contact us at thesugarscrubclub@gmail.com.

Cucumber-Cranberry Sugar Scrub

IMG_7802A fresh, straight-out-of-the-kitchen scrub with subtle smells of cucumber, cranberry, and mint 🍎

INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

Coconut oil (suggestion: 1/8-1/4 cup, amount determines consistency)

1 tsp extra virgin olive oil

1/8 fresh cucumber, diced or pureed (if you choose to puree, use 1/4 cucumber for more cucumber smell and green color)

Small handful of fresh cranberries, diced or pureed

Organic honey

1/4 tsp mint extract (optional)

RECIPE

Combine sugar and coconut oil in a bowl, and mix until fully blended. Puree or dice the cucumber and cranberries, and add to the bowl. Mix well. Add mint extract, olive oil, and desired amount of organic honey. Mix well. (NOTE: at this point, I did a smell test. If your scrub smells too much like olive oil, add some more cucumber, cranberry, honey, mint extract, or sugar to dilute the smell.) Store in an airtight container. Enjoy by rubbing onto your skin in the shower and rinsing. Not for use on sensitive areas.

Keep in the refrigerator when not in use to extend shelf life.

NOTE: When using scrubs with fresh/refrigerated ingredients, ALWAYS make sure they are still fresh before you use them. You can check freshness by smelling the scrub or by checking for a change in color. If there are any signs of spoiling, dispose of the scrub. Avoid letting larger chunks of cranberries and cucumbers go down the drain.

Tip: If you’re as much of a cranberry fanatic as I am, you’ll love this super simple DIY recipe for sugared cranberries from Tabler Party of Two. Sugared cranberries and this sugar scrub make great gifts for the holidays!

Refrigeration: yes

Edible: yes

Allergy info: contains coconut, olive oil, mint, honey

Disclaimer: As with every scrub, stop usage if your skin shows signs of irritation. If signs of irritation persist, contact your doctor. Redness (even a very bright red) is to be expected with sugar scrubs, as they are crafted with materials abrasive enough to remove a significant amount of dead skin. Our sugar scrubs are not tested by the FDA. If you have any questions or comments about our ingredients and whether or not you should use them, please contact us at thesugarscrubclub@gmail.com.

Grapefruit-Orange-Honey Sugar Scrub

A soothing, whipped scrub with a delicious – but not overbearing – citrus scent that is soft to the touch 🍊

INGREDIENTS

1-2 cups granulated sugar

Coconut oil (amount determines consistency)

1 whole grapefruit, halved

1 small orange (clementine size), halved (you could also just use half a regular orange)

Orange and grapefruit zest

Organic honey (suggestion: 1.5 tbsp)

2 drops red food coloring (optional)

1 drop yellow food coloring (optional)

Lemon or other citrus extract (optional)

RECIPE

Before starting: squeeze grapefruit juice into a bowl or container that is good for pouring

Mix almost all of the sugar and desired amount of coconut oil together in a bowl. Make sure you leave about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of sugar out, to use later. Once the coconut oil is completely mixed in, add grapefruit juice a teaspoon at a time until the mixture reaches the desired grapefruit scent. (NOTE: since you’re using freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, the scent will be subtle.) The juice will make the mixture more runny, so add some more sugar (I added between a tsp and a tbsp) to get the consistency back to what you like. Squeeze some orange juice into the mixture (however much you want), and repeat the process of adding sugar if need be. If you would like your scrub to have a stronger scent, use lemon or other citrus extract to enhance the smell – I didn’t use any in this mix, so the smell is more subtle but still wonderful! Once you have balanced out the consistency again, add the two food colorings if you want the scrub to have a more pronounced color. Before adding the food coloring to my scrub, it was a very light/pale pink. Mix in the zests and your desired amount of organic honey. Store in an airtight container. Enjoy by rubbing onto your skin in the shower and rinsing. Not for use on sensitive areas.

Refrigeration: none

Edible: yes

Allergy info: contains coconut, citrus, honey

Disclaimer: As with every scrub, stop usage if your skin shows signs of irritation. If signs of irritation persist, contact your doctor. Redness (even a very bright red) is to be expected with sugar scrubs, as they are crafted with materials abrasive enough to remove a significant amount of dead skin. Our sugar scrubs are not tested by the FDA. If you have any questions or comments about our ingredients and whether or not you should use them, please contact us at thesugarscrubclub@gmail.com.

 

Why we love coconut oil

Coconut oil is one of the staple ingredients in almost every single one of our scrubs, and we think you should know the full list of reasons we constantly choose coconut oil, over and over again:

  1. It’s edible – we think it’s safe to say that anything you can eat is safe to apply to your skin
  2. Beneficial saturated fats: these saturated fats (medium chain fatty acids or triglycerides, for the science lovers out there) help lock in moisture and soften skin
  3. Capric/Caprylic/Lauric acid: though not much different from medium chain fatty acids, these three acids help protect against microbial infections and kill off some harmful bacteria
  4. Vitamin E: this wonderful vitamin aids skin growth, keeps skin smooth, and protects against cracking and premature wrinkling
  5. Proteins: help keep skin feeling rejuvenated and add to cellular health and tissue repair
  6. It lasts: coconut oil doesn’t get old and gross, like some other oils will
  7. Quick energy: medium chain fatty acids give the body a quick boost of energy and speed up metabolism
  8. It’s all natural: coconut oil contains all the same benefits of other deep moisturizing lotions and scrubs, but without all of the synthetic ingredients used by many commercial companies
  9. It helps you help yourself: your body naturally produces a fatty substance called sebum, which makes your face feel oily; coconut oil clears away the dirt and other particles that get trapped in sebum (sebum full of dirt and other stuff clogs your pores and leads to acne and other skin problems)
  10. It clears out the closet: granulated sugar isn’t the only ingredient in our scrubs that clears away dead skin – coconut oil does, too!
  11. It soothes: coconut oil can soothe bug bites, calm rashes (don’t use sugar scrub on a tender rash – that will hurt!), and speed skin repair
  12. Potential sunscreen: coconut oil was shown to block out 20% of UV rays in a study published by PubMed.gov
  13. We buy organic!

 

Sources:

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/oils/coconut-oil-for-skin.html

http://www.sunwarrior.com/news/is-coconut-oil-good-for-skin/

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22279374

EucaMINTus Sugar Scrub

A leading scent of calming eucalyptus with a hint of refreshing mint 🍃

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup granulated sugar

Coconut oil (amount determines consistency)

3 drops eucalyptus essential oil

6 drops mint extract

2 drops vanilla

1 tsp extra virgin olive oil

1/2 pack peppermint tea

2 drops yellow food coloring

1/2 drop green food coloring

RECIPE

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Add coconut oil until the mixture reaches your desired consistency. To add the peppermint tea, use a teabag of your choice, cut it open, pour the contents in, and mix well. Store in an airtight container. Enjoy by rubbing onto your skin in the shower and rinsing. Not for use on sensitive areas.

Refrigeration: none

Edible: no

Allergy info: contains coconut, mint, vanilla, olive oil, peppermint

Disclaimer: As with every scrub, stop usage if your skin shows signs of irritation. If signs of irritation persist, contact your doctor. Redness (even a very bright red) is to be expected with sugar scrubs, as they are crafted with materials abrasive enough to remove a significant amount of dead skin. Our sugar scrubs are not tested by the FDA. If you have any questions or comments about our ingredients and whether or not you should use them, please contact us at thesugarscrubclub@gmail.com.