Every Easter for the last several years I've made the women in the family, and some times the men, a little gifts. One year I made imitation See's Bordoux candy for vegan family members, one year it was lip balm of which is now in our farm store and this year it was tea infused sugar scrub!
Due to demand over on our Instagram feed, we are sharing this D.I.Y. recipe for our exfoliating tea sugar scrub with you today. Herbal and fruity, and pretty to boot, this is a great little gift for yourself or friends and family!
BENEFITS TO SKIN
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Now, to the main event. According to The Nerdy Farm Wife's book, 101 Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health & Home, sugar helps to remove dull and flaky skin along with increasing the blood flow to that area of your body. While many different things could be used as an exfoliant for the same purposes sugar is an affordable ingredient option and lends well to taking on the colors of the tea used.
Most oils that are good for skin care would work in this recipe such as sunflower oil, tamanu oil, jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, ect. Any skin loving oil that is liquid at room temperature. Something like coconut oil isn't going to jive well with this recipe.
We chose to work with sweet almond oil this time around because that is what we had on hand. Sweet Almond oil works for most skin times and is helpful in softening skin. It is most excellent for using after a bath which makes it even more perfect for this sugar scrub. Sweet almond oil is also known to be anti-inflammatory.
Our third ingredient here is tea! We chose our Coastal Cranberry Spice tea for its vibrant red color. Along with the sugar it turned out a nice dark pink which was perfect for our Easter gifts. Most tea blends will work, just make sure there are not skin irritating herbs in them. The amount used may just need adjusted to accommodate certain herb uses. There are some cloves in this particular tea so its important to do a test on a small area of skin before using. Everyone has different sensitivities!
A few other teas you might try are our Rose City Repose with its delicate Oregon lavender, chamomile, roses and skin loving calendula. Pacific Peppermint Patty will give you a chocolate smelling, invigorating peppermint scrub that is sure to refresh!
Our fourth and last ingredient is some orange essential oil. A bright, citrusy scent is the perfect addition to our Coastal Cranberry Tea. It really helps to awaken the senses and mood for the start of the day!
Exfoliating Tea Scrub Recipe
1/8 -1/4 cup Loose Leaf Tea (We used Coastal Cranberry Spice)
2 cups Organic Sugar, ground course to liking
3-6 Tbl. Sweet Almond Oil
6-9 drops Orange Essential Oil or oil of choice
1.) Grind your loose leaf tea of choice in a spice/coffee grinder to a fine powder.
2.) If desired also grind organic sugar to a medium coarse consistency.
3.) Mix the ground tea and sugar together in a small bowl.
4.) Add the sweet almond oil one tablespoon at a time. Mix until combined evenly.
5.) Add the orange essential oil to the sugar and oil mixture, mix until well dispersed.
6.) Scoop sugar scrub into 1/2 pint jars or other container for storage. Seal well.
To apply sugar scrub, remove small amount at a time on dampened skin preferably after a bath or shower. Rub the sugar scrub over dry patch of skin or other areas that need assistance with exfoliating the skin. Gently rinse off after application. Make sure to clean the shower/bath carefully as the oils in this scrub could make it slippery.
This recipe was adapted for use with tea from The Nerdy Farm Wife's Peony & Orange Sugar Scrub. Additional recipes available in her book found here.
If you make this recipe we would LOVE to know how it turned out! Leave us a comment down below, and let us know which tea you decided to use!
May your cup be full and your tea hot when you drink it,
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