These DIY Exfoliating Sugar Scrub bars with rose petals are easy to make and they do wonders for rough and dry skin. Infused with rose petals and beetroot powder they cleanse, exfoliate, nourish and moisturize, leaving the skin smooth and hydrated.
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Have you ever tried a real scrub? I don’t mean the cream in a tube with few synthetic molecules here and there. I mean the homemade, real stuff! It is amazing how sugar or salt together with other natural ingredients can hydrate and regenerate your skin in one single use.
What is a scrub?
While we usually take good care of our faces, we rarely deliver the same care to our bodies. So a body scrub is similar to a facial for the body. Made with abrasive crystals, coconut oil and essential oils, It hydrates and exfoliates our skin body leaving it fresh, moisturized and brand new. This procedure enables our largest organ of the body – the skin works more effectively to remove toxins and absorb nourishment
How does a scrub work?
Our skin regularly produces new cells underneath. The scrub goes beyond this surface and removes dead skin to reveal new healthier skin underneath. Rubbing the scrub over our body boosts blood circulation and enables lymph nodes to drain. In addition, this sugar scrub bar with roses cleans, moisturizes and nourishes the skin to leave a smooth and hydrated feeling.
To properly exfoliate the skin we need to use ingredients with larger particles. As we avoid using any chemicals and want to focus on natural ingredients we have a choice of sugar, salt or nutshells.
While white sugar is not welcome in our kitchen and we search for healthier alternatives, it still has positive effects on the skin.
Sugar’s granules are round and therefore less abrasive than salt crystals. They are considered gentle exfoliants with nutritive properties that are suitable for any skin type
How to use this scrub?
- Wet your skin thoroughly with lukewarm water to prepare it for exfoliation.
- Wash yourself to remove dirt and sweat before applying the scrub.
- Now it’s time to gently and thoroughly rub a ⅕ of the scrub bar into your skin with your fingertips. Don’t use the whole bar as it contains wax and coconut oil to moisturize your skin. If you use the whole bar your skin will be too oily.
- Once the scrub is applied all over your body wait a couple of minutes for extra hydration and rinse with lukewarm water afterwards. And you are ready to go. Don’t use shower gel or soap after the scrubbing
- Rinse with warm water. No need to use any soap or shower gel after the scrub. Leave it for 5- 10 minutes on your body before rinsing thoroughly for extra hydration.
Sugar scrub bars vs scrub
You might go for simple scrubs in the jar but they separate over time and need to be glopped out with a spoon. So instead of using body scrubs and then washing with the soap, make these bars all in one. They cleanse, exfoliate and soften your skin. Moreover, they are handy, mess-free and pretty easy to make. All you need is one bowl to mix all supernatural and soothing ingredients like coconut oil, sugar, shea butter, etc.
While Coconut oil makes the skin smooth and helps pull out impurities, shea butter feeds the skin with Vitamin A and E both very beneficial for the skin.
If you prefer to make a soap rather than scrub this soap recipe enhanced with rosehips seed oil and rosehips moisturize and heal your skin from bruises.
The health benefits of scrubs
- This scrub greatly helps remove unwanted tan – it exfoliates your skin and removes the top tanned layer to reveal the new skin cells underneath.
- Regular massage of your body with this scrub bar increases blood circulation that might help reduce cellulitis if combined with the right diet and regular exercise (1)
- This scrub bar with sugar and shea butter might help to reduce signs of stretch marks
- A sugar scrub is a great solution to prevent ingrown hair
- Scrubbing also improves the skin texture and gives your skin a clean and smooth look
Sugar scrub bar recipe
In a small heat resistant bowl melt coconut oil and shea butter with beeswax using a double boiler.
We are adding beetroot powder rather for its medicinal benefits for the skin than for the colour. Its content of Vitamin C and folic acid helps renew skin cells and increases collagen production.
Add rose essential oil that supports skin hydration and reduce the sign of ageing. But feel free to add other essential oils as per your liking.
Add rose petals.
Mix it well and slowly add the sugar. Add it in batches, always mix in between so there are no big chunks of sugar.
Stir until well combined.
Pour the mixture into your molds.
Allow the mixture to harden completely and then pop them out of the molds. This takes about a day, depending on the size of the molds you are using.
If desired, you can decorate the tops of your sugar scrub bars with beetroot powder and rose petals.
These rose scrubs make a wonderful and creative gift too. If you still have some rose petals and cocoa butter left, make these delicious rose petals dark chocolate hearts.
How long does sugar scrub bar with roses lasts?
It can last up to 1 year but you usually use it before then.
How do you store it?
Wrap the sugar scrub bar individually in wax paper and store it in a cool place.
Can I use it on my face or lips?
You can as it contains less abrasive sugar crystals that are also used for face or lips.