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When I think of Christmas, I always think of gingerbread! I wanted to create another skincare product that you can use for Christmas gifts this year. Today, we are sharing a healing, soothing homemade gingerbread sugar scrub.
This sugar scrub is perfect to use all winter. It is soothing to really dry winter skin, but also has beneficial chemicals to heal any skin issues you might have this time of year.
And not to mention, it smells so heavenly!
This is a perfect gift for your friends, neighbors, coworkers, or just for yourself too!
I am crazy about this, and I’ve been using it every other day!
Remember to check out last year’s popular peppermint scrub too!
PIN THIS: Homemade Gingerbread Sugar Scrub
1 cup brown sugar, organic
2 cups white granulated sugar, organic
3 tsp organic cinnamon (I like this one)
3 tsp organic nutmeg (This is my favorite)
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp ginger
1/4 cup avocado oil (organic, non-gmo like this one)
1/8 cup castor oil (The only brand I use!)
Cinnamon oil drops (OPTIONAL, found here)
Mix the sugars together until well-combined. Brown sugar can clump, so make sure to break apart if needed.
Add in all the spices and stir.
Next, add in the avocado oil. Mix around until all the sugar mix is coated.
Add in the castor oil, then mix again. At this point, mixture should be soft and wet, but not mushy.
You can add in some drops of cinnamon oil for added scent and benefits, but this is optional.
Distribute between jars, This mixture will fill 3 of these jars about 2/3 full.
This mix will last months. If it gets hard or clumpy, just add in some warm water before use.
Use a few teaspoons on dry spots like elbows, knees and feet while bathing or showing. Due to the healing properties of castor oil, this is really great for dry eczema spots too.
Chemist Tips for Homemade Gingerbread Sugar Scrub
I love sharing chemist details on all our skincare products. There is reason for each item added to this product, and all of them have helpful benefits for your skin!
Sugar, of course, is the main scrubbing power in sugar scrubs. It is strictly for exfoliating dead skin. This uses a combination of brown and white sugars. The white sugar is more firm than the brown sugar, so it is very important to use it in homemade scrubs.
The brown sugar is just for the soft fluffy texture and wonderful scent.
Cinnamon is added for that gingerbread scent, but it also has anti-inflammatory benefits! Cinnamon can soothe and calm red, irritated skin. To get an in-depth breakdown on cinnamon, read this fun post from earlier this year.
Clove and nutmeg also have calming benefits, but they also contribute to the exfoliation factor. These spices are a little more course than cinnamon, so they help with the scrub being more effective.
I chose avocado oil and castor oil for this scrub to be as healing and soothing as possible.
Yesterday we shared a very thorough post all about castor oil. This oil is incredibly unique and makes a wonderful skincare product. Your dry winter skin will feel so healthy and smooth using this!
Avocado oil is another wonderful oil to use for skincare. It is very thick, but mild in scent, so it works great in sugar scrubs!
If you don’t have avocado, you can sub olive oil. The castor oil can’t be subbed, so I definitely recommend getting some!