If you’re anything like me, spring always feels like a great time to reassess your resolutions, check in with yourself, and rid your life of things that just aren’t working. Well, in 2016, I resolved to start making all of my own cleaners, soaps, etc, in an effort to eliminate waste and utilize as many natural solvents and products as possible. While I have made a few batches of lemon juice and vinegar- I have yet to fully commit. Today’s post is my attempt at getting on track with my intentions!
It feels like I am allllllwaaaayyyyssssss searching for skincare products that are safe for sensitive skin (free of any harsh chemicals and toxins) and that aren’t going to cost an arm and a leg. I was inspired to make my own face scrub using 5 simple ingredients-many of which you likely already have-because my skin is in that annoying transition from winter and in some serious need of exfoliating. This homemade sugar scrub is just that!
The lavender and tea tree essential oils provide the perfect blend of calm, restoration and balance. Honey is anti-microbial and anti-fungal, known to accelerate skin healing. Lemon juice can help brighten the skin, heal acne and act as an exfoliant. Sugar is a gentle exfoliant-saving you loads of money on expensive products. Coconut oil is not only anti-microbial and anti-fungal like honey, it is also incredibly moisturizing.
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
- 4 tablespoons organic coconut oil
- 5 drops 100% pure lavender essential oil
- 4 drops 100% pure tea tree oil
- Simply combine all ingredients and store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. Use on face, hands, feet and body.
If making your own face scrub just isn’t your thing, I totally get it. BUT, I strongly encourage you to do a little digging and making sure that what you are putting on you skin is safe for your body. There are hidden toxic chemicals in make-up products that we use EVERY DAY. Toxins like parabens, lead and phthalates have all been linked to skin irritation, hormonal imbalances and even cancer.
Here are a few great resources to find out what is in your beauty products and what products are certified by the Environmental Working Group.