These gentle facial scrubs freshen and stimulate your skin. I like to use the lavender-scented sugar in the morning to brighten my complexion. Use scrubs alone or mixed with a bit of your favorite cleanser or soap. Sugar is gentle enough to use on delicate skin types. It’s not as abrasive as it may feel at first, since it slowly dissolves as you wash with it. My three favorite scents for scrubs are lavender, vanilla, and basil, but feel free to experiment with other flowers and herbs to find your own favorite.
- 1 cup granulated or raw sugar
- 1/4 cup dried lavender flowers, dried basil leaves, or 1 vanilla bean, split
- In a clean, dry, glass jar, alternate layers of the sugar and dried herbs. If making vanilla scrub, place the vanilla bean in the center of the jar of sugar. Cover with a tight-fitting lid or plastic wrap, and place in a dry spot for a few weeks.
- When the sugar is scented to your liking, separate out and save the herbs or vanilla. Don’t worry if the sugar has bits of herbs or vanilla left in it.
- Store your sugar scrub in a clean, dry container with a tight-fitting lid.
To Use: Pour a small amount into the palm of your hand, and mix with water or your favorite cleanser. Massage into your face, and then rinse well with warm water.
Note: The sugar can also be used as a body scrub.
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Excerpted from Natural Beauty from the Garden by Janice Cox, published by Ogden Publications, 2018.