Exfoliating Eucalyptus Sugar Scrub you can make at home
The abundantly beautiful island of Barbados, and the location of our latest campaign, has a deep cultural history with sugarcane. As a main grower and manufacturer of the stiff grass crop with bamboo-like stems, Barbados traded tobacco and cotton growing with sugarcane hundreds of years ago, and it soon became an excellent source for trade. By the mid 1600s, sugarcane was the presiding export of the island, occupying about 60% of the entire island and accounted for 90%(!) of its total exports. Though tourism is the main money maker for Barbados today, the tiny island is still arguably the best producer of sugar in the world. The island’s sugar is renowned for its rich and dark, molasses tasting flavor. The molasses that is extracted from the raw sugar is an invaluable ingredient in Barbados' local rums. As an ode to the island’s history of this world-renowned crop, we wanted to share a few ways to delight in sugar, without actually eating it. We are embarking on summer, the season of bare skin, bikinis, and beach-binging. To make sure our skin is summer ready, we are sharing one of our favorite beauty DIYs, Exfoliating Eucalyptus Sugar Scrub. Why sugar, you ask? Sugar is a natural humectant, meaning it pulls moisture from the environment and into the skin. Sugar is a natural source of glycolic acid, which is commonly used to heal aging and sun-damaged skin. It is “an alpha hydroxy acid that penetrates the skin and breaks down the ‘glue’ that bonds skin cells, encouraging cell turnover and generating fresher, younger-looking skin,” states Emilie Davidson Hoyt of HuffPost. Glycolic acid exfoliates the skin’s top layer, so it is beneficial and important to follow up with sunscreen so as to not damage new and tender skin. The small size of sugar particles make a deserving skin exfoliant. They gently shed dead surface skin cells to reveal the fresh, bright, and healthy-looking new skin underneath.
Exfoliating Eucapytus Sugar Scrub Recipe
We love eucalpytus for its cooling and energizing properties — perfect for after a day at the beach. Eucalyptus is deodorizing and beneficial for tired and ailing joints, and great for circulation. This recipe is as refreshing as it is moisturizing.
- 1/2 cup organic coconut oil
- 2 cups sugar
- 15 drops eucalyptus oil
- A few fresh eucalyptus leaves (if desired)
For a smaller batch, cut the recipe in half. Add the coconut oil and half of the sugar together in a mixing bowl. Mix together. Continue to add sugar until you reach your desired consistency. Add essential oil. Continue to mix together. Package in a glass jar with a tight sealing lid.
Hot tip: if you can, choose sugar over salt. Salt granules are larger than sugar, therefore may cause microscopic tears in the skin. As I mentioned earlier, sugar is a natural humectant and brings more moisture to the skin, while salt can strip the skin of natural oils. While granulated sugar is more gentle than salt, brown sugar is softer than granulated sugar, so it can be used for sensitive skin types and on most faces. Raw sugar is naturally coarser, so use only for the body. You will only need to use an exfoliating sugar scrub twice per week.