This is the time of year when the weather grows colder and my skin starts doing funny things. Not funny in a haha way, though. More like funny in a bumpy, dry, flaky, red way. Ick.
A great way to combat this type of skin is to polish it away with some moisturizing, exfoliating, energizing ingredients. Halleluia for DIY body scrubs.
I happened to have a box of chai spice tea I didn’t like, and decided to concoct an indulgent DIY beauty product with it instead of tossing it in the garbage. The Vanilla Chai Sugar Scrub I came up with not only used up my rejected tea, but also mimics my all-time favorite hot drink and smells so good you could almost eat it. (And I may or may not have licked some off my finger when I used it in the shower the other day. What? Don’t tell me you’ve never tasted some of your DIY beauty products.)
Vanilla Chai Sugar Scrub
(Makes a little more than 1 cup of sugar scrub)
- contents of 5 chai tea bags
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup white granulated sugar
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 6 tablespoons coconut oil (room temp) – expeller pressed (unscented) coconut oil is best for this recipe
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract OR 12-15 drops vanilla essential oil (learn to make your own vanilla extract, or get vanilla essential oil here)
Cut open tea bags and empty into a medium sized bowl. Add sugars and cinnamon and mix well. Add vanilla, honey, and coconut oil. Mash coconut oil in with a fork and stir until all ingredients are thoroughly mixed. Transfer to jar, seal, and label. Shelf life is about one year.
Apply after cleansing in the shower. Rub sugar scrub gently on whole body in a circular motion to slough off dead skin cells, boost circulation, and moisturize. Rinse. Pat skin dry with towel. (If using on your face, be sure to avoid rubbing vigorously, and only use infrequently.)
The perfect gift
With the holidays around the corner, it might be time to start charting out some of the DIY projects you’ll want to do. Homemade natural care products are a popular gift, so why not give this Vanilla Chai Sugar Scrub and other fun DIY products to people on your list?