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I recommend using the scrub within a couple of weeks, and storing it in the fridge when not in use. Be careful not to get any water into the scrub: use a spoon, spatula, or clean, dry fingers to scoop the scrub out of the jar. When this scrub is refrigerated it will become very firm and solid; just let come to room temperature before use (this should take around 10-15 minutes). Or, if you can’t wait that long, scoop out a small amount and then knead it between your fingers, so the coconut oil will melt a tad. Then use the scrub as directed.
This scrub also makes a great body scrub. Just make larger amounts (triple the recipe or more) if you plan on using it for the body too.
Sugar gently exfoliates the skin in two ways. It physically exfoliates the skin, and it is rich in glycolic acid. Honey is rich in nutrients and it is a humectant. Coconut oil is emollient and helps seal in moisture. Essential oil adds scent, and has different properties (depending on which one you use).
You can use any type of sugar in this recipe. In this recipe I used organic cane sugar, which is similar in texture to white sugar; however organic sugar is off white/beige in color. If using a different kind of sugar, such as brown sugar, you may have to add more or less honey and coconut oil. For vegans: make sure that the sugar you use is vegan; some companies use bone char when filtering cane sugar. Use either a vegan friendly cane sugar, or just use beet sugar (which doesn’t go through this process).
If you are vegan, you can omit the honey. Sugar and coconut oil makes a fantastic scrub, and has a shelf life of many weeks to months (assuming that you don’t get any water into the scrub). You might need to add more oil.
Coconut oil usually hardens in cooler weather and can liquefy in warm weather. Coconut oil is great for many skin types including dry skin, but for some people it can be a little drying. I suggest using coconut oil that is cold pressed and unrefined, and organic if possible. If you don’t like coconut oil, you can use a different carrier oil, however you may have to adjust the amount of sugar and honey in this recipe, and the texture of the scrub might be different (it most likely will be thinner or runnier).
If you prefer scented products try adding a single drop of an essential oil. For best results don’t be tempted to add more: essential oils are extremely concentrated substances. Research essential oils well before use: some are not suitable for skin care because they can be potentially irritating.
Lavender essential oil is very soothing. Peppermint essential oil adds a warm but cooling sensation. The citrus essential oils add a sunny, happy scent. You can use any citrus essential oil you like; I like using sweet orange essential oil (please note: some citrus essential oils are phototoxic, but not all of them are. Sweet orange essential oil is not phototoxic). For some (not all) people, citrus essential oils can be a touch drying, so if you use citrus essential oils and notice this effect, use a different essential oil next time. This scrub smells great unscented too!
About The Author:
Li Wong is the owner of Earth Alkemie, an all natural, vegetarian skin care and perfume company. She has a B.A. in Environmental Studies (Biology) and a M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy. Li has been crafting natural cosmetics and studying aromatherapy and herbalism since 2001. Environmental interests include conservation, botany, ethnobotany (uses of plants by indigenous peoples), mammals, organic standards in cosmetics, urban wildlife issues, environmental education and awareness, and public perception. She is the all natural beauty website’s Eco Living and DIY Natural Beauty Formulating Expert, and the anb’s mall Eco Living writer. http://www.anbportal.com/meet_the_all_natural_beauty_experts.htm
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