Friends, today I’m sharing a simple recipe for smooth skin using ingredients you probably already have in your house. This simple scrub can be whipped up in five minutes and will leave your skin feeling silky-soft. I love to use sugar scrubs on my lips to help clear dead skin or on my legs before a date night with my hubby. This recipe also uses essential oils for added health benefits.
Sugar scrubs, for those who have never used them before, are natural exfoliators. Similar to a microdermabrasion scrub, the sugar helps to slough off dead skin while the olive oil hydrates. However, because this sugar scrub uses essential oils, it has other great benefits besides just helping to soften skin. This recipe calls for doTERRA’s Citrus Bliss oil, but you could replace Citrus Bliss with just about any oil safe for topical use. I love Citrus Bliss because its smell is so inviting with its sweet, vanilla-y scent. However, other popular oils like Lavender, Wild Orange, or Grapefruit would be delicious. Here are some of the great reasons to use essential oils in your sugar scrub:
Essential oils have antibacterial properties
Essential oils have high levels of terpine ketone or hydrocarbon that allow them to have strong antibacterial properties (source). In this study, researchers found that the antibacterial properties of essential oils could help treat things like staph infection, strep throat, and even E. coli.
At the 2016 doTERRA post-convention tour, doTERRA CEO David Sterling presented research that showed that in some hospitals, doTERRA oils have been the only thing effective in getting superbugs like MRSA under control. What does that mean for your skin? Fewer pimples, blackheads, and blemishes. As your largest organ, oils used topically (on the skin) are able to quickly absorb into your body and spread their antibacterial properties throughout your system.
Essential oils are anti-inflammatory
Essential oils that are high in antioxidants can help reduce inflammation. Some of the best oils for reducing inflammation are clove, eucalyptus, and bergamot. I have arthritis in my feet, so massaging my toes with this sugar scrub can help reduce the pain.
Essential oils can help tighten pores
As a natural astringent, Citrus Bliss oil can help tighten pores, reducing oiliness and blemishes in turn. This scrub will make your skin glow! Other great oils for tightening pores include Wild Orange, Lime, Grapefruit, Lemon and Rose.This simple 4 ingredient aromatic sugar scrub will leave your skin feeling silky soft- and you probably have all the ingredients at home already!Click To Tweet
You can see that choosing to make essential oils part of your beauty regimen can has some amazing benefits! In this particular blend, I chose to use Citrus Bliss oil. This blend, also coined the “invigorating blend,” is a mix of Orange, Lemon, Grapefruit, Mandarin, Bergamot, Tangerine, Clementine, and Vanilla Bean oils. The citrus oils used in the blend have calming properties, so it is commonly used to treat anxiety and depression, but to be completely honest, I didn’t choose this oil for this recipe for any of those reasons. I chose it because I think it smells so good! 😉
This recipe calls for olive oil, but you can use any kind of natural oil- coconut, avocado, almond. Vegetable or Canola oils are not recommended. Choose your oil based on the consistency you want your scrub to have. Olive oil produces a softer scrub, and I like it because it makes your skin SUPER soft.
Use your sugar scrub on your legs, hands, or as a biweekly part of your face care routine. If using on your face, use after your face wash.
What kind of essential oil are you going to use in your scrub? Tell me in the comments below!
- 1 cup white or brown sugar
- 1/4 cup olive oil (or another natural oil of your choice)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 8-10 drops Citrus Bliss essential oil
- Mix all ingredients together
- Wet skin, then scrub. Rinse off. Repeat 2-3x per week
- It doesn't make a difference whether or not you use white or brown sugar. Use whatever you have on hand.
*Compliance policy disclaimer: The above statements have not been reviewed by the FDA. Essential oils are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.*