IMG_0186I absolutely LOVE making my own beauty products…scrubs, masks, lotions, body butters, salves, oils…you name it!  If there is interest in this, I will post some of my recipes from time to time.

Today I’ve got a nice little recipe for you…quick and easy to make, and very soothing and healing for your skin.

While I usually use some form of brown sugar for scrubs, I chose to use white sugar for this one, as the scent of tea tree oil mixed with brown sugar was a bit stronger than I would have liked…white sugar doesn’t really have a smell of its own like brown sugar does, but it adds a hint of sweetness to the oil, which is exactly what I was looking for.

To make about 1 cup of this scrub, you will need:

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup solid coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vitamin E oil
  • 2 drops lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops tea tree essential oil

The easiest way to mix up this (and any) scrub, is to place the sugar and coconut oil into a sturdy plastic freezer bag, and mix it together from the outside.  Since the coconut oil is solid, the warmth from your hands will melt it into the sugar, without making it too soft.

Once you’ve mixed together the sugar and coconut oil to your satisfaction, add the vitamin E and essential oils, and mix up a little more, until everything is mixed and the scented oils are distributed uniformly.

You may use more or less tea tree oil if you like…this is what I used, and it had a nice strong scent, without being overpowering.  The lavender oil added a hint of floweriness and cut the strong scent of the tea tree oil just enough to make it soothing.  If you’ve used tea tree oil before, you’ll know that it does have a strong scent.

Tea tree oil has long been used as an antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral remedy, and is often used in products geared towards skin problems such as acne and dandruff.

The coconut oil in this scrub makes it very moisturizing without being greasy.

If you make this, leave a comment and let me know how it turned out!  I made some for myself, and gave a bunch of it away over the holidays, and the feedback I’ve received so far has been very positive!

 

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