I’m so excited to be part of the 12 Days of DIY Christmas series hosted by Homegrown & Healthy!
My first post for this super fun series is an amazingly easy and heavenly scented DIY Winter Chai Sugar Scrub! Spoiler alert: If you’re on my Christmas list this year, this will be part of your gift!
There’s something about a sugar scrub that draws me in. Maybe it’s because I didn’t eat sugar for over six months, or that it just makes my skin feel so amazing! Especially in the winter when skin gets very dry, sugar helps to buff off the dead skin cells and exfoliate.
Using this chai-scented scrub makes taking a shower a spa-like experience. If you’re a mom like me, you know that just getting a shower can be a luxury sometimes. This way you can kick it up a notch! The exotic aroma puts me in mind of my favorite winter memories of spice cookies and yummy tea by the fire. Fun times!
My favorite winter beverage is chai. I have my own blend that I’ve shared with all of you through my shop and the recipe here. This is the blend that I use in this scrub. It’s super simple to make and very easy to find the ingredients. You can get them at Amazon, Frontier, or Mountain Rose Herbs. You can usually find them locally as well because they are common spices.
1 cup organic brown sugar (or your choice of organic sugar)
1/4 cup winter chai (ground in a spice or coffee grinder)
6-9 TBS apricot kernel oil, sweet almond oil, coconut oil (or other choice of oil).
Blend all ingredients together.
For a wetter scrub, use more oil. Use less for a drier scrub.
Spoon into an airtight jar.
Using a spoon or wooden scoop, use a small amount as a body scrub in the shower.
Just making this aromatic scrub will make everyone think you’ve been baking! If you use edible oils like coconut, you can add this scrub as a sweetener to your favorite winter beverage…not that I’m condoning sugar consumption… 🙂
If you’re looking for easy gifts this holiday season, the recipe can easily be doubled, or tripled, or more to meet your gift giving needs. This will be a hit with anyone you give it to for sure!
Introducing self-care into your weekly and even daily routine is important. It’s more than just applying a face mask or reading a book. Self-care is about taking care of you and your mental health. It provides you with time to relax and reflect. So, I invite you to take a break to pamper yourself with one of my DIY all-natural detox body scrubs and treat yourself to some self-care.
What Is a Body Scrub?
If you’ve never used a body scrub, you’re in for a treat. Scrubs are a fabulous way for you to exfoliate your skin. Not only do they leave you flake-free, but they also revitalize your skin by encouraging blood flow to the areas you are massaging. Additionally, body scrubs help purify and detox your skin by drawing out impurities like dirt and excess oil, leaving you feeling clean and refreshed.
Body Scrub Benefits
Outside elements can take a toll on our skin. Whether you live in a cool or warm climate, environmental stressors can irritate the skin. And when our skin experiences drastic changes in temperatures, it can get stressed, lose moisture, and become dry, itchy, and even sore.
In warmer climates, your skin can produce excess sebum (oil) as a result of perspiration and dry skin. In cooler climates, skin tends to become red from cold air and windburn.
Regardless of temperature, we must take care of our skin, our body’s largest organ, and make sure it gets the nourishment it needs. Treating your skin to a detox body scrub can be the perfect fix to these problems.
Commercial body scrubs are often filled with chemical irritants and toxins like synthetic fragrances, color dyes, and harsh exfoliators. These ingredients can cause an allergic reaction, damage to the skin, and further irritation. When you make your own, you can skip the toxins and use more nourishing and protective ingredients.
My all-natural body scrubs are packed full of exactly that, with no chemicals or preservatives. And they’re made with things you probably already have in your pantry. Plus, you can make them in just ten minutes or less.
Here are some tips to keep in mind for creating your own body scrubs.
Be aware when using essential oils as over-scenting your products can cause irritation and contact dermatitis.
Your scrub should last between one to three months or a maximum of one week if you’re using fresh produce. Use them within this timeframe for the best results.
You can store your scrubs in a mason jar or air-tight, BPA-free container and keep them in the shower. I find it helpful to add a label to the container with the name of what you made and the date you made it.
Organic and Non-GMO
To get the best results from these scrubs, use organic produce, 100% pure essential oils and extracts, and non-GMO ingredients.
5 DIY All-Natural Detox Body Scrubs
These are five of my favorite recipes for a detoxifying and relaxing skin treatment. Make them according to the recipe or change it up and create your own variations.
Exfoliating Coffee & Sugar Scrub
Do you have leftover coffee grinds from your morning cup of joe? Rather than throw them out, grab the grinds from your French press and save them to make an invigorating body scrub.
This scrub is perfect for prepping the skin for shaving. With the addition of coconut sugar, this recipe is extra exfoliating. The other ingredients serve a purpose too. Coconut oil provides moisture to the skin, while vanilla adds a natural and pleasant scent. And cinnamon is not only antifungal, but it rids the skin of topical impurities.
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon or 1/8 teaspoon 100% pure cinnamon essential oil
1/2 vanilla bean or 1/2 teaspoon 100% pure vanilla essential oil
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted (use less for a thicker scrub)
Add all the ingredients except the coffee grinds and coconut sugar into a medium-sized bowl and mix together.
Slowly add grinds and sugar until you get your desired texture.
Depending on how you like the consistency of your scrub, you may want to add more or less of the coffee and coconut sugar.
Moisturizing Lemon & Avocado Scrub
Got avocado but no toast? Turn that would be snack into a soothing and moisturizing scrub.
Avocado is packed full of healthy fats, and when applied topically to the skin, it helps skin retain moisture. Lemon is a powerful bacteria fighter, so it’s perfect for not only toning the skin but detoxifying it of unwanted pathogens that could potentially enter our body. Baking soda is a mild exfoliant that helps fight bacteria, and it’s great for people with sensitive skin.
Add all the ingredients except the baking soda into a medium-sized bowl and mix together.
Mash the avocado until smooth, add it to the dry mixture.
Slowly add baking soda until you get your desired texture. For a thicker consistency, add more.
Purifying Green Tea & Kiwi Scrub
The next time you steep a cup of tea instead of drinking it, add it to your shower routine in the form of a scrub.
Green tea is not only a relaxing scent, but it’s a purifying ingredient. This type of tea does a fantastic job of protecting you from the formation of free radicals, molecules that damage our otherwise healthy cells. When applied to the skin, green tea not only moisturizes and gently tones, but it also protects the skin from oxidative stress.
Want brighter and clearer skin? Kiwi is the answer. It’s packed with vitamin C, which is another powerful antioxidant that helps clear and detox free radicals.
This golden-colored scrub is more than just pretty. It’s packed with powerful bacteria-fighting ingredients. Both turmeric and honey have been used for centuries in traditional medicine to help detoxify the body from infection. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory and healing properties that help detoxify the skin of unwanted pathogens.
Add all the ingredients together except the coconut sugar into a medium-sized bowl and mix together.
Slowly add coconut sugar until you get your desired texture. For a thicker consistency, add more.
Energizing Charcoal Body Scrub
Purifying, tingly, and awakening! This scrub is perfect for the morning. It will help wake you up and get you energized for the day. This scrub is not only excellent on your body but would be fantastic for sore or tired feet!
Charcoal is great for drawing out impurities on the skin. Both tea tree oil and spearmint oil are antibacterial, which is excellent for keeping you healthy. Natural clay, like Rhassoul clay, is a skin detoxifier that pulls out excess oils, dirt, and sebum from your skin, leaving it feeling fresh and clean.
10 charcoal capsules or 1 – 2 tablespoons charcoal powder
1/2 teaspoon 100% pure spearmint essential oil
1/2 teaspoon 100% pure tea tree oil
1/3 cup natural clay
1/3 cup Epsom salt
1. Add all the ingredients together except the Epsom salt into a medium-sized bowl and mix together.
2. Slowly add Epsom salt until you get your desired texture. For a thicker consistency, add more.
Note: If your Epsom salt is coarse, you can make them smaller by pulsing them in a blender. This will make it easier to spread on the body.
Self-Care with a Body Scrub
Treating yourself to self-care is a good thing! It helps lift your mood, relaxes you, and lets your mind and body take a break from your busy day. With these homemade all-natural detox body scrubs in your arsenal, your skin will feel incredibly refreshed again.
Are you feeling inspired to try something new? If so, tell me which recipe gets you most excited to make!
Share this recipe with a friend who could use some self-care. If you try any of these recipes and post them on social, tag me. I would love to see your creations. @reallifeoutlawblog