The daylight is waning, the wind blows more briskly, and I am staying inside to get cozy! Winter is here. This shivery season brings loved ones together to share in quality time. Planning for how I want to show my appreciation for my lovely sister -a new mother- reminded me that this time of year is also about luxurious indulgence! I have always used regular sugar for exfoliation in the shower, and now I want to share the experience with a twist of warming ginger.
This sugar scrub is incredibly easy and fully customizable. For instance, I chose to use ginger extract (essential oils work too), and two of my favorite oils- but you can choose any combination that suits you and/or your recipient. I like to use sugar, over salt, because I have sensitive skin and have found that sugar is finer and dissolves more easily while I’m scrubbing; so I’m not too rough on my skin. There are plenty of oils ranging from thin and fast-absorbing, to thick and long-lasting, as well as heavily scented oils and oils baring very little scent. Both my sister and my mother have sensitive skin that dries out easily during this time of year, therefore I chose two light oils that will not irritate their skin.
• White sugar
• 3 inch thumb of ginger
• Sunflower oil
• Almond Oil
To make the ginger extract: slice the ginger as thinly as possible, and put it on the stove in enough water to cover the slices. Let it come to a boil, then turn the temperature down to a slight simmer. To be strong enough, allow the ginger to cook down for a few hours, adding a cup of water here and there, to ensure the ginger pieces are not scalded.
For every 3 cups white sugar, use 1 cup oil to mix with it. Find a few jars that will be good for gifts. Mix the oil with the extract, and add to the white sugar in a large bowl, then mix to the consistency of your liking.
Ideas for Extras: Baby spoons for scooping, colorful sugar sprinkles.
Note: You can make sugar scrubs specifically for your face, be mindful of the type of oil you use- there are many that are good for the face and that will not clog pores.
I use this scrub about once a week. In the middle of my shower, when my skin has had some time to steam and soften a bit, I spoon a few dollops and start scrubbing in circular motions with my fingertips. The sugar sloughs away dulling dry skin, and the oil is left to moisturize, for velvety skin. It’s the perfect gift for my sister, that won’t take any extra time in the shower, and make her feel glowing and pampered.
To package my Skin Polish for gifting, I used recycled jars with personalize labels and tags from My Own Labels. I even received some pretty holiday gifts tags free for placing an order of $50 or more!