Your skin is your body's first line of defense against a host of tough customers - sun exposure, pollution, hot days and freezing cold temps. It's important to take good care of your skin with organic tools - such as body scrubs and essential oils - so it can take good care of you.
Basic formula and function
Start with the basic formula: something scrubby + skin care oil. For scrubby ingredients, use food-grade, biodegradable ingredients like sugar, salt or coffee grounds (before or after brewing). These will exfoliate the skin, removing dry, dead and dull-looking skin cells and helping to prevent clogged pores. Incredibly, your skin will respond by generating new, fresh skin cells more quickly.
Next, choose plant-based oils that nourish the skin and provide lubrication for the scrubby ingredients. Sweet almond oil is a great choice, with its rich texture and skin-hydrating properties.
Add your favorite essential oils to the mix and take the benefits of your scrub to a whole new level of luxury and efficacy.
Not sure where to start? This clarifying, energizing scrub will leave both you and your skin feeling invigorated and refreshed, while the coffee/sweet orange aroma evokes warmth and comfort. As a bonus, peppermint oil has natural antiseptic properties.
Peppermint sweet orange sugar and coffee body scrub
4 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 tablespoon coarsely ground coffee
3 1/2 tablespoons Aura Cacia® Sweet Almond Oil
30 drops Aura Cacia® Sweet Orange Essential Oil
9 drops Aura Cacia® Peppermint Essential Oil
9 drops Aura Cacia® Spearmint Essential Oil
4-ounce amber glass wide-mouth jar
In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and stir until well blended. Transfer to wide-mouth jar.
To use, scoop scrub out of jar with fingertips and apply to skin using gentle circular motions.
Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
Note: For a sweeter, more citrusy aroma, substitute bergamot (bergaptene-free) essential oil for the spearmint. For a more meditative, calming aroma, substitute frankincense essential oil for the peppermint and spearmint.
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