Exfoliating your skin IS important. Removing the dead skin cells allows your skin, the largest organ of the body, to function more efficiently.
Thinking of gifts to give friends, neighbors and loved ones is challenging for me. I try to give clutter free gifts as much as I can. To get ideas for a new clutter free gift, I began thinking of things that I enjoy eating or using.
One year I gave Bronzed Chicken Rub to everyone. It was a unique gift plus it solved a problem – not knowing what to make for dinner!
For other ideas check out our clutter free gift list.
This year I decided to give my favorite exfoliating scrub to a few people. It is a unique gift. No one has given me a coconut hand scrub before. It is super easy. It requires only 3 ingredients and a container and takes only minutes to make!
Initially I made a sugar scrub but this time I wanted to try a salt scrub, too.
Which is better sugar or salt scrubs?
They each have their own benefits. This is a great article on the difference between salt and sugar scrubs from the Household and Personal Product Industry website.
Basically, salt is more abrasive and better for exfoliating the rough skin plus sea salts are natural purifiers which remove the toxins that block pores. Salt contains minerals which have other therapeutic benefits as well.
Sugar is gentler and the ideal choice for sensitive skin. It is the only scrub you should use on your face. The glycolic acid content of sugar is another plus, helping to protect skin against harmful toxins.
Here is the step-by-step to make your own scrub – both a salt scrub and a sugar scrub.
1. Gather the ingredients.
I couldn’t find any glass jars but fell in love with these little ramekins from WalMart. The seal is tight, they can be reused for more scrub or in the kitchen for serving jellies or food storage!
2. Measure 1/2 cup of coconut oil into a mixing bowl.
3. Add whatever essential oils or other natural ingredients you would like. I chose to add lemon juice and fresh orange zest to this batch.
4. Add 1/4 cup of either salt or sugar.
5. Mix well with a spoon. Fill containers. Seal. Add a bow and give as a gift or enjoy yourself.
Here are the recipes. Be sure to watch the (unprofessional) video of my son testing it out for me at the end of the post.
Coconut SALT Scrub (citrus)
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup salt (I used Morton’s coarse sea salt)
1/4 tsp lemon juice
1 – 2 T orange zest
Mix all the ingredients together. Store in a covered container in a cool, dry location. The lemon juice and orange zest are optional. You can add any essential oil you enjoy.
Notes: We tried storing coconut oil in our shower when we were experimenting with oil pulling but it did eventually get some mold on it. I think it was too hot. Depending on your ventilation in your shower area it may be fine. I would suggest taking a smaller container of your scrub in the shower at a time. Use with extreme caution if exfoliating your feet. The floor will get slippery!
Coconut SUGAR Scrub
1/2 c coconut oil
1/4 c sugar
8 drops of tea tree oil (or another oil you like)
Mix all ingredients with a spoon. Store in a sealed container in a cool, dry location.
Notes: I washed my face in the evening with this for a few weeks and loved how moisturized my skin felt. I have always had oily skin and acne problems. After reading about the healing affects that coconut and tea tree oil have I wanted to give it a try. After about a month I got a few pimples. I am not sure if they were caused from the coconut oil but I stopped using it on my face and haven’t been willing to give it a second try. If you have dry skin you should try this sugar scrub on your face. I think you’d love it.
Here is very unprofessional video of my son testing this scrub for the first time. If you can’t hear what he says it was all about how smooooth his hands were!