Autumn has become my favorite season in years of late. The unmistakable smell of fall in the air, the fashion (cute coats and hats and tights and boots, oh my!), and the plethora of pumpkin everything that suddenly appears everywhere you sniff. A few cool days this August prematurely excited me for the upcoming season and I couldn’t resist starting Fall early.
For a few months now, I have been on a slow but sure path to detoxifying my household. I started with the purging of chemical cleaners and began making my own from vinegar baking soda and freshly squeezed lemon juice. I put the cats on a high-end, organic and grain free diet. We went flouride and sulfate free with our toothpastes and soaps, respectively. My cats have never been healthier, my house never cleaner, and my hair never shinier. I feel great about the changes I am making to be a greener citizen, and I am on way to making this house a toxin-free one.
In this spirit, I have decided to try my hand at making my own organic, vegan, chemical free beauty products. My first little masterpiece is this Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub you see above. It’s only in it’s second incarnation, and I plan to continue to experiment until I’ve reached perfection! Some of my most trusted gals have samples of this batch in their pretty little hands to test out and give me their feedback. I tried both of my batches thus far on myself, and I must say, never has my skin felt more luxurious, like sheathes of silk.
What’s In It?
Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil: The benefits of using coconut oil on your skin are infinite! It moisturizes, hydrates, removes dead cells, fights acne and eczema, softens, cleanses (it’s antimicrobial!), smooths, fights aging signs, to name just a few. It also both smells and feels glorious.
Organic Canned Pumpkin: Pumpkin is so much more than a latte flavor obsession. It brightens, soothes and softens your skin. It’s packed with Vitamins A , E & C. It cures acne and exfoliates. It also smells likepure fall joy.
Organic Olive Oil: It’s an antioxidant that fights cancer and protects against sun damage. It hydrates and locks moisture into the skin. Olive oil is also a powerful in promoting youthful looking skin.
Sugar in the Raw: Sugar has three main benefits for the skin. In a scrub like this one, it is powerful exfoliant to remove the old, dull and dead cells and uncover bright, fresh skin cells. It hydrates and retains that moisture, and helps treat the damage you did your skin basking on the Lake Erie Shore all summer.
100% Cocoa Butter: Hydrates and smooths skin, as well as provides a unique scent.
This scrub works best in a warm to hot shower to get the full moisturizing effects and wafts of delicious pumpkin-scented goodness. It can be used one to three times per week. Be sure to use this scrub prior to shaving for an ultra-close shave that leaves your legs feeling like satin.
Have you made your own scrubs at home? If so, I would love to hear about them in the comments. Have you tried my version? Let’s talk about it.