Sunday, March 27, 2016

Ylang Ylang Sugar Scrub


Homemade sugar scrubs are the perfect gift for Mother’s Day, a friend’s birthday, or even fun to make just for your self! As the coarse sugar exfoliates, the fragrant coconut oil moisturizes, with the gentle scent of Ylang Ylang that creates a therapeutic relaxing effect out of this world. Toss in some green tea for antioxidants and you've got it made.

If you haven't heard of Ylang Ylang oil before, it is derived from star-shaped flowers on the tropical Ylang Ylang tree and has a sweet, rich, spicy fragrance. 



In aromatherapy, Ylang Ylang is used to lessen tension and stress, balance hormones, and promote a positive outlook. Topically, it is known for its nourishing and protective properties in skin care. I also use Ylang Ylang oil for freshening up wax candles that have lost their scent or add a few drops to the hot tub to create a virtual tropical vacation.

Infused with the fragrant aroma of Ylang Ylang oil, this sugar scrub recipe will take you on a tropical aromatherapy escape, that will leave your skin feeling soft and silky smooth all over.

Ingredients:

1 cup granulated sugar
2 green tea bags
1/2 cup coconut oil
10-20 drops Ylang Ylang essential oil 

(You can find Ylang Ylang essential oils in my online boutique here.)



Directions:


Step 1: Place the sugar in a small mixing bowl. 

(You can use coarse, raw sugar, but any plain white sugar will do.)


Step 2: Cut & empty the bags of tea bags into the sugar.



Step 3: Add the coconut oil. 

(Depending on the air temperature of your area, you may 

need to warm the oil up in the microwave a little so it becomes soft.) 


Step 4: Add 10-20 drops of Ylang Ylang essential oil,

depending on the strength of aroma you prefer.

Step 5: Mix all of the ingredients together.




Step 6: Store in an airtight glass jar container.


To give as a gift, I used a small, scrap of brown paper bag for the labels and attached it with a piece of double stick tape on the back then, wrapped it with a piece of twine for a natural, homemade feel. It makes for a quick and easy gift!


To apply the sugar scrub just take a small scoop and massage it into any dry, cracked areas such as elbows, fingers, or heels, then rinse with warm water. Rub in any residual oil that remains on the surface of your skin. Enjoy soft, smooth skin ready for sandal weather. 


Smells Amazing and is Totally Edible!




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