Monday, March 29, 2010

Brown Sugar Cinnamon Body Polish

1 cup granulated brown sugar
1 cup sweet almond oil
1 teaspoon cinnamon

The sugar is to exfoliate and the oil is to moisturize. Different base oils have different properties and can be substituted. Aloe vera oil, for instance, helps rejuvenate the skin; I haven't experimented with it yet, though, and I am not sure what combinations work well with it. Almond oil helps soften and smooth the skin and also helps it absorb moisture, hence it's great to use in the shower.

The sugar also can be substituted. I actually like the texture of regular sugar but I find that granulated sugar is easier to use. The smell and texture of different sugars vary, so experiment at your own delight.

You can add various other ingredients to smell. I sometimes add any other spice that catches my fancy.

You can also add a few drops of essential oils which, like base oils, have their own properties. Vanilla goes especially well with cinnamon, so you can add that. If you don't like cinnamon or vanilla, add your favorite oil instead. Lemon essential oil is invigorating and refreshing and a great option. I'd advise against lavender oil though as, according to doctors, it inflames the skin.

Essential oils are potent and can burn the skin, so take care when using them. Definitely don't splash them around and read the instructions carefully.

Mix the oils first, then add the sugar and let the polish steep overnight. When using, scoop from the bottom of the container and gently massage into skin. Be aware that the oil can make the tub slippery.

Organic Body Care Recipes by Stephanie Tourles.
The World of Fine and Pure Essential Oils,