This lavender sugar scrub recipe is ideal for those days when you are in need of a bit of pampering. It has amazing exfoliating properties and its wonderful aroma will help you de-stress.
Take a moment for yourself and mix up this easy-to-make body polish with ingredients that you probably already have on-hand, and upgrade your next bath or shower to a spa experience in the comfort of your own home.
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How to Make Lavender Sugar Scrub
- A mixing dish/bowl
- Small spoon/whisk
- One measuring cup (250 gr) of granulated sugar
- Half measuring cup (125 gr) of any carrier oil of your choice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- One tbsp dried lavender buds or seeds
- 10 or 15 drops lavender essential oil
- Glass container with lid
Few notes about the ingredients
Refined sugar is gentler and can be used on the face. Refined is also great if you have thinner skin – people with light-colored skin or the elderly typically fall under this category.
Again, the keyword here is gentle. Aggressive scrubbing does more harm than good. Brown sugar or turbinado/cane sugar is great for use on the body, especially hands and feet – not on your face!
If you don’t like sugar you can use sea salt, Himalayan salts, or Epsom salts instead.
Many people prefer to use coconut oil. If this is your choice make sure that it is fractionated (remains liquid even at low temperatures). Other great options are almond, apricot kernel, jojoba, grapeseed, and avocado. Even your sunflower or olive oil will work if that’s all you have available.
There may be other essential oils you would like to throw in or Vitamin E oil to prevent oil rancidity.
Mixing it up!
Combine sugar, vanilla extract and oil and stir.
Add more or less oil, depending on your desired consistency. More oil will produce a porridge-like, gentler scrub and less oil will produce a grittier scrub. Either way, you want enough oil that the scrub applies easily to your skin.
Add the lavender essential oil and dried lavender buds. Stir until the ingredients are well incorporated.
Transfer to a container with lid and store in a cool dry place. Remember to date the jar.
How Long Will It Last?
You’ll want to use it within the next one to two months to ensure the integrity of the ingredients and that none of the oils go rancid. It’s also important to store it in an airtight container and to keep it dry.
How to Use It
Apply with circular motions over wet skin, preferably in the shower or bath, Can be applied before or after the shower.
Lavender Sugar Scrub Benefits
Lavender, in regards to aromatherapy, is popularly known to help with feelings of stress and anxiety, as well as helping to treat insomnia.
Topically, many people use lavender oil for antiseptic and anti-inflammatory purposes such as wounds, bug bites, acne, rashes, and even burns.
Vanilla is widely adored for its aroma, and you may find that the vanilla extract in your cupboard shares many benefits with lavender, and even has anti-aging properties due to its high concentration of antioxidants.
Sugar gets a bad rap in terms of diet, but it’s wonderful to use on the skin. It is a gentle exfoliant, especially if you choose to use refined sugar.
Glycolic acid, a popular ingredient in skincare products, is something we get from sugar. This means that not only does sugar provide manual exfoliation, but also a bit of a chemical one as well. Two for one!
Exfoliation is great for revitalizing tired or dull skin. It improves complexion, stimulates circulation, our lymph system, and also helps encourage cellular turnover, which decelerates as we age.
Thighs looking a little like cottage cheese? Exfoliate!
Exfoliation can reduce the appearance of wrinkles, cellulite, scars, and stretch marks.
Oil is also great for nourishing and replenishing the skin, especially after exfoliation.
Amazing scrubs you can make at home:
- Lemon sugar scrub recipe with essential oil
- Orange and lemon sugar scrub cubes with soap
- Easy oatmeal sugar scrub recipe
- Lavender and rose sugar scrub cubes
- DIY green tea sugar scrub cubes with rose petals
Good to Know
A few tips when making this lavender sugar scrub recipe.
If you use coconut oil you may find that your scrub will harden, especially during colder months. The simple fix will be to use fractionated coconut oil.
But, if all you have is virgin coconut oil you can use it too. When it hardens, take the amount you are going to use and melt it in the microwave or stovetop.
I wouldn’t recommend running hot water over the container as this might introduce water into the scrub, causing it to deteriorate faster.
It is a good idea to store it in the bathroom, in plain sight, to remember to use it, but don’t keep it in the shower or close to water.