Did You Know a DIY Sugar Scrub Can Nourish Your Mind and Body?

Posted: December 18, 2013 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

scoop of brown cane sugarIf you want smooth, moist, luscious skin, you’ve got to exfoliate on a regular basis.  But forget those expensive, synthetic bath products!  Instead, you can nourish your skin AND get a mental boost from a DIY sugar scrub that’s made with essential oils.

One of my personal favorites uses Ginger and Mandarin essential oils. 
The Ginger oil has a spicy scent that boosts your circulation and makes you feel more alert. 
The mandarin oil, on the other hand, has a sweet scent — but it also makes you feel refreshed, happy, and ready for action.  You can’t help but want to get up and get active once you combine these two oils together!

But when you mix them with sugar, you kick the results up to an even higher level…

The graininess of whole cane sugar (I like to use Sucanat) makes it easy to rub away all of those dead skin cells that are clogging your pores and preventing newer, healthier, more hydrated skin cells from coming to the surface. 

Use the right DIY sugar scrub once a week, and your skin tone will even out, your acne will clear up, and your skin will have more natural moisture in it.  As an added benefit, the ginger and mandarin will create a refreshing, natural scent that you’d never be able to get from perfume or body lotion!

By using Sucanat, you also get to infuse your skin with nutrients.  You probably didn’t know this, but it’s chock full of Vitamin A, Calcium, Magnesium, and Potassium.  So, you won’t just be exfoliating your skin — you’ll also be nourishing it!
Carrier Mandarin Ginger

How exactly do you make this DIY sugar scrub?

You’ll need:

–  A 1/2 pint-size mason jar

–  1 cup Sucanat

–  1/4 cup Therapeutic Carrier Oil

–  5 drops Ginger essential oil

–  5 drops Mandarin essential oil

Pour the Sucanat into a bowl, and mix in the carrier oil.  Then, stir in both of the essential oils, and pour the mixture into the mason jar.  As long as you keep the jar closed tightly when you’re not using it, this sugar scrub will stay fresh for six months!

When you’re ready to treat yourself, wash your skin first.  Then, gently massage a little bit of sugar scrub into your skin.  Instantly, you’ll feel the warmth of the Ginger and Mandarin oils, and the graininess of the Sucanat will make you feel like you’re rubbing away all of your stress and anxiety! 

scrubbing feet

Once you’re ready to rinse, do so with warm water, as it will make your skin feel even more pampered.  Then, pat dry and apply your favorite moisturizer to treat all of those new skin cells that are finally being revealed!

Feel free to use this scrub once a week.  Personally, I think it’s the perfect way to get some energy before a big night on the town, or to refresh your mind at the end of a long work week.  It also makes for a great holiday gift for family and friends!

Speaking of the holidays, this DIY sugar scrub is the perfect treat during the winter.  After all, the warmth of the ginger and mandarin oils will instantly make you think of the warmth of the sun.  For a few brief moments, you’ll feel like you’re enjoying a warm summer trip to the beach — instead of dealing with all of that snow, ice, and holiday shopping madness!

The key to this DIY sugar scrub is the quality of the ingredients. 
If the Ginger, Mandarin, and Carrier oils aren’t up to snuff, you won’t get as much out of this natural, organic beauty product as you should.  Luckily, here at Aromandina, we’ve got the highest-quality oils — including ginger oil that comes directly from sunny Ecuador! 

By using our oils to make this DIY sugar scrub, you’ll be able to give yourself the ultimate treat!

 © Cristina Proaño-Carrión AROMANDINA 2013 – Aromatherapy blog  – All rights reserved This information on this blog is based on traditional use of aromatherapy and it does not intend to diagnose or treat any condition. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health care professional. No part of this blog may be reproduced in whole or in part without the explicit written permission of Aromandina.