Chai Spice Sugar Scrub… and more! Great Gifts!

Last year I discovered the joys of sugar scrubs.  They are a great exfoliant, leaving your skin soft, moisturized and bright.  They make a great shaving “cream” or overall body scrub.  Talk about dessert for the skin!  Hand me a spoon!  They are almost too easy to make, and they make fantastic gifts.  My favorite to date is Chai Spice.  It is as simple as opening a Chai Spice tea bag, mixing it with the sugar, adding 10 drops of cinnamon essential oil to a base oil, and stirring!

Basic recipe:

2 parts sugar, 1 part oil. 

Choose your sugars.

  • Regular white sugar gives a soft, gentle exfoliation. (My favorite texture, although I don’t bake with it since it is likely GMO)
  • Brown sugar gives a deeper exfoliation.
  • White cane sugar gives a firmer, deeper exfoliation.
  • True demerara sugar (as opposed to demerara style) provides the deepest, firmest exfoliation.

Choose your oils.

Most liquid cooking oils will work fine.  I have used olive oil, sweet almond oil and grape seed oil.  Smell it first.  Make sure it isn’t rancid.

Choose your additives… or not.

  • Ground candy canes (run it through the blender to get small bits)
  • Ground coffee beans
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Almond or Vanilla Extract
  • Essential oils (Ex. Cinnamon)
  • Loose leaf teas (think, Chai Spice with cinnamon!)

Mix your ingredients.

In a bowl, combine dry ingredients.  In a separate bowl, combine liquid ingredients.  Add wet to dry and stir well.  Spoon into jars and decorate jars to your liking!  Enjoy!

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  1. Can you believe you are changing a life in Portugal!?!? :))))))))) This is how I feel when I came to your blog and find a natural solution for everything I want to eliminate from my house! Thank you so much for freely share your recipes! xx Ana

    • Thanks so much for saying that!!! And you are very welcome.

    • Hi I’m in the uk and my friend just posted your bee wax wraps on my wall. I’m fascinated by your blog I’m addicted to convince and results but since having a house fire I really want to eliminate chemicals etc and your blog is awesome. I’m going to try the hair bicarbonate too. I can’t seem to follow you on my Iphone

  2. Once the Chai Sugar scrub is made, how long is it good for?

  3. I’ve just found your blog and I love it. I tend to rant on about things that do my head in so it’s lovely and refreshing to come across lots of practical things to actually get on and do. I’ve just made some sugar scrub to give as birthdays gifts this week. Just off to decorate the jars. Thank you for sharing all of this. Mairi X

  4. i just tried this(i used avacado oil, do u think thats ok?) and loved it!! my hands feel amazing. i came across your site a couple of days ago and put it under my favorites. can’t wait to try more recipes. i’m thankful for people like you who are willing to share your wisdom. it makes a big difference to my life as i’m just starting to learn about natural products to replace store bought junk. i’m a mom of 3 boys and i want to teach them to care about it too. so thanks again!! :)

  5. I have been using homemade sugar scrubs for years and I love them!

    Never thought about adding anything other than the brown sugar and olive oil I was already using.
    Thanks heaps for the tip :)

  6. Valarie Gaylord says:

    I think I need to locate a sustainable herb company nearby….

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