Note from Naturally Loriel: I’m taking some time off to enjoy my sweet newborn but I’ve lined up some amazing guest posts from some of my favorite bloggers while I’m away. Today’s guest post comes from Carly of Modern Hippie Housewife. If you’re looking for easy non-toxic DIY’s, Carly has such a great selection like this Pumpkin Spice Solid Lip Gloss and this DIY Rosemary Shampoo.
Not only does Carly create awesome non-toxic products, she also has delicious real food recipes like these Whole Wheat Pumpkin Dinner Rolls that appeared on Naturally Loriel.
Thank you Carly!
If you’re planning on DIY-ing some Christmas gifts this year, be sure to add this DIY Peppermint Sugar Scrub to your list! Go ahead and make some extra for yourself while you’re at it, because your absolutely going to love the way that this scrub make your skin feel!
The change of season can really take a toll on your epidermis, especially here in Canada where the change of season can be so drastic. Dry, chapped skin is not only unattractive, it’s uncomfortable, which is why I’ve incorporated this this hydrating exfoliant into my weekly shower routine during the winter months.
Regularly exfoliating your skin removes dead skin cells and helps to regenerate new ones. In addition to that, the oils used in this scrub will leave you skin feeling moisturised, the secret ingredient (vodka, shhh) acts as a natural astringent, and the peppermint essential oil is uplifting and stimulating – ideal for a morning shower. And last but not least – sugar! Sugar, which I try my best to avoid putting in my body, surprisingly, does wonders for the skin!
Fun Sugar Facts:
- Sugar is a natural humectant, meaning that it draws moisture from the environment in to the skin. This is why I use sugar instead of salt, which dries-out your skin.
- Sugar is an excellent exfoliant and removes dead skin cells from your skin, leaving behind a youthful glow.
- Sugar contains alpha hydroxy acid, also found in lemons, which is helps regenerate new skin cells.
- Sugar contains glycolic acid and alpha-hydroxy acid which helps balance the oils in your skin.
*I don’t use raw sugar in this recipe because the granules are too big and sharp for an exfoliant. White or brown sugar are the best options for this recipe.
How to Use
In the shower, scoop about a tablespoon of peppermint sugar scrub into your finger tips and massage, in small circles, all over you body! Rinse with warm water, and pat dry. If you’re going to use this on your face, be extremely gentle!
What you’ll need
- Kitchen Scale (this is the one I have)
- Double boiler or a pot with a glass bowl
- Mixing Bowl + Spatula
- 200 grams (a little less than 1 cup) Sugar – White or Brown (brown is softer, white holds colour)
- 30 grams (2 tbsp) coconut oil
- 30 grams (2 tbsp) shea butter (I like this shea butter or this one)
- 20 grams (1 tbsp + 1 tsp) jojoba oil (can substitute for another carrier oil such as grape seed, avocado or olive — find organic, high quality oils here)
- 20 grams (1 tbsp + 1 tsp) vodka
- 1/2 tsp French Green Clay (optional, for colour)
- 10-15 drops peppermint essential oil (I love this brand because it’s affordable and high quality)
- Melt the coconut oil and shea butter using a double-boiler method. To do this, add the ingredients to a medium, metal (or glass, but not plastic) mixing bowl, and sit the bowl in a pan of simmering water.
- Once the coconut oil and shea butter have melted, transfer the bowl to the refrigerator or an ice bath.
- Once the mixture is opaque, and no longer liquid, gradually stir in the sugar.
- Add the remaining ingredients and mix until they are fully combined.
- Transfer the Peppermint Sugar Scrub into small jars.
Carly is passionate about the environment, sustainable living, and cooking healthy (yet delicious!) meals for her family. She’s a proud “modern hippie housewife,” momma to one goofy toddler, Scarlett, and expecting her second little-one January, 2016!
Her hobbies include traveling, fermenting food and beverages, cooking from-scratch, gardening, dancing, DIY-ing almost everything, and relaxing after a long day by tuning in to whatever Netflix show she’s currently addicted to, with her husband.
You can follow Carly’s journey over at ModernHippieHousewife.com, where she shares how easy it can be to live a cleaner, greener life.