During dark winter days (well, year round actually) I long for tropical beaches and salty sea breezes. I crave the feeling of the warm sun on my face, the humid breeze in my hair, and the aroma of fresh oranges mingled with coconut oil; oh how I love that heavenly scent so often found in tropical places.
Yes, I am a Florida girl living too far out of her blissful tropical element. During the winter months especially, I try to find ways to bring tropical elements into my home and surround myself with the familiar scents and feelings I long for.
One of the ways I have done that is with my handmade Spiced Orange Sugar Scrub. This recipe not only brings the familiar scents of South Florida into my immediate space, but also moisturizes, exfoliates, and rejuvenates my dry thirsty skin leaving it feeling soft, smooth, and well hydrated.
Whenever I use my Spiced Orange Sugar Scrub, the familiar scents of sweet coconut, juicy oranges, and warm hints of clove and cassia transport me to my childhood home of South Florida. I close my eyes, breath in these blissful tropical scents, and feel the warm golden glow of the sun kiss my face and the salty sea breeze blow lightly over my skin. I wanted to share this delectable and incredibly simple sugar scrub recipe with you.
For this sugar scrub recipe you will need:
Add sugar, chia or poppy seeds (or dried herbs if you are using them), essential oils, and carrier oil to the mixing bowl and mix lightly with a spoon to loosely combine. Add coconut oil and mix all ingredients well either by hand, or with a hand mixer until thoroughly combined. I prefer to use a hand mixer as this makes it easier to thoroughly combine all the ingredients. Hand mixing the ingredients for about 4 minutes adds air into the mixture creating a lighter and fluffier whipped sugar scrub.
Once all ingredients are well combined to your desired consistency, transfer the scrub mixture to a sealed container. Your Spiced Orange Sugar Scrub is ready for use. I store my scrub in a tightly sealed container in the bathroom for easy reach when I want to use it.
To Use Your Scrub:
Shower or bathe as usual. At the end of your bath or shower, rub a tbsp or two of the sugar scrub onto wet skin while still in the bath or shower, paying extra attention to problem dry spots such as knees, elbows, and feet. Use more or less of the scrub as needed or desired. Leave the scrub on the skin for a few minutes. Once finished, rinse off the excess sugar and herbs, and pat dry. The sugar and chia or poppy seeds lightly exfoliate the skin, removing dry dead skin cells, and the coconut oil and emollient oil stay behind on the skin to moisturize and smooth the skin leaving it polished and glowing. Use entire scrub within two-three months. Discard unused portion after three months.
Enjoy the warm sweet scent of this sugar scrub while it nourishes your skins and whisks you away to tropical places.
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