• Facial Scrub With Papaya and Vanilla

    Would it be an exaggeration to call this special version of my Therapeutic Facial Scrub… Spectacular? Heavenly? Decadent? Not at all, and I just know you’ll agree! I became just a little envious of my friends going away to tropical locales for Spring Break, so I decided to take myself on a little vaca right here in my workshop – wanna come? 😀 I’ve added some really special ingredients to an already indulgent formula. This batch includes papaya, strawberry, and vanilla, three botanicals with amazing skin benefits! I don’t use any artificial fragrances, just real botanical extracts. So while this scrub does smell yummy, fresh and natural, please don’t expect it to smell as fruity and cloying as an artificially fragranced product.

     

    This is a facial scrub. Not a soap this time, but more like a sugar scrub specially designed just for your face. I’ve been playing around with the Oil Cleansing Method, which works amazingly for my *ahem* aging (yet acne-prone) skin. Love the oils – so gentle and pure! But some days are, you know, just dirtier than others. Like the days when you play in the dirt and fallen leaves with your kids. Or spend 2 hours brushing the dog. Or after 4 days of camping. Or bushwhacking through the woods all day with your 7th graders. Or a day at the zoo when there’s a thermal inversion and you feel like you’ve absorbed a pound of airborne toxins right through your skin. Or four days after sunburning, when your face starts to peel off. On those days, don’t you just want to do some scrubbing AND feel moisturized when you are done?

     

    This scrub made with organic cane sugar (ground extra-fine – my testers requested something a tad gentler), and a combination of skin-loving oils I just love for my face – my home-brewed organic olive oil and calendula infusion, rice bran oil, jojoba oil, and organic sunflower oil. Plus, I added some beneficial essential oils. And, as a result of the feedback from my testers, I’ve also added some chamomile and bourbon geranium to soften the antiseptic smell of the carrot seed and pomegranate.

     

    Just take a dab of this exfoliating concoction and work it slowly, in very gentle circles, around your face. Use a hot steamy wash cloth lain across your face to steam the impurities away, then wipe gently with the cloth. Repeat this a couple of times, until your face feels free of sugar. Don’t worry if your skin still feels a little oily and slick – it will absorb quite quickly, leaving your face feeling fresh and clean, and richly moisturized. This jar is 2.5 ounces by weight.

     

    Here is my materials list. I encourage you to do some research to see what beneficial effects these ingredients could have for your skin.

     

    Ingredients: organic cane sugar, organic sunflower oil, organic olive oil infused with organic calendula, avocado oil, rice bran oil, castor oil, jojoba oil, Papaya, Strawberry, Vanilla Bean, vitamin E, essential oils of lavender, carrot seed, tea tree, pomegranate, bourbon geranium, vanilla absolute, chamomile, and helichrysum

     

    Overview

    • Handmade item
    • Materials: organic cane sugar, organic sunflower oil, avocado oil, rice bran oil, castor oil, jojoba oil, essential oils, see above, calendula infused organic olive oil, papaya extract, strawberry extract, vanilla bean, evening primrose oil

     

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