Monday, February 6, 2012
Fresh From Your Kitchen: Chocolate Valentine Scrub
1C organic brown sugar
1/4c sunflower oil
1/4c plain or vanilla organic yogurt
1 T organic cocoa powder
15 drops vanilla essential oil (EO)
~mix brown sugar and cocoa powder in a small bowl with a spatula
~add yogurt, oil and EO, blend until smooth
~massage your warm, damp skin from the feet up with gentle, upward circular motions
~apply a natural moisturizer, body butter or body oil. You can even custom make a chocolate lotion or oil to match your scrub here.
~any remainder can be saved in an air tight container in the fridge for up to a week
brown sugar is softer and fluffier in texture than traditional white sugar, making it an ideal choice for exfoliating sensitive skin. It's also a great source of vitamin B due to the molasses content of the sugar.
chocolate is rich in potent antioxidants that help fight free radicals. It also helps promote healthy cell turnover, which is a great combo with the gentle exfoliating properties of this scrub.
sunflower oil like grapeseed oil, sunflower oil is rich in polyphenols. It's a terrific choice for sensitive skin and even gentle enough for use on babies. It's rich in omegas, oleic and linoleic acid in addition to beta carotene which provides renewing nutrients to the skin.
yogurt contains a naturally occurring alpha-hydroxy acid from lactic acid that exfoliates and renews the surface of your skin.
vanilla EO is known for it's soothing, relaxing qualities; some even say it's an aphrodisiac! Check out The Grapeseed Co. vanilla EO and entire steam distilled EO collection.