Using a traditional sugar and oil scrub is wonderful, but when you have super dry skin that just can’t be quenched using normal means, it’s time to break out the big guns – heavy luxurious butters like shea, mango, and cocoa.
The weather in SoCal is already gearing up to be dry and sweltering and my skin has gone from soft and supple to dry and itchy in a matter of days. This morning was the breaking point, so I hauled out the kitchen aid mixer and a few tried and true ingredients known to yield super moisturized skin.
For those of you in the same boat, I’m going to teach you how to make my whipped shea butter sugar scrub. You can thank me later!
How to Make a Whipped Shea Butter Sugar Scrub
This scrub is pretty dang easy to throw together – all you need is a good mixer, a few ingredients, your favorite essential oils and voila! Toss it all in the mixer and whip away!
Here’s what you need to make my whipped shea butter sugar scrub recipe:
• A good mixer (I used a kitchen aid mixer with the whisk attachment, but you can also use a hand mixer)
• A 16oz container (I used a flip top jar)
• 2 cups sugar
• ½ cup coconut oil
• ¼ cup shea butter
• ¼ cup mango butter
• 30 drops essential oil (I used steam distilled lime and vanilla)
Loving Preparation – Whipped Shea Butter Sugar Scrub
• Measure out the sugar, coconut oil, and butters and add them to the mixer.
• Begin on low and mix for a few minutes. You’ll notice that the mixture looks crumbly, especially if the coconut oil and the butters are cold.
• Use a fork to mash the lumps until everything is smooth.
• Once the lumps are gone, turn on the mixer and mix on medium-high speed for a few more minutes. You’ll notice that the scrub is starting to whip up.
• At this point, remove the bowl from the mixer and put it in the freezer for 10 minutes to chill the whipped sugar scrub. After 10 minutes, whip the mixture again for another minute or so. Chilling the mixture allows for a more whipped consistency so feel free to pop it back in the freezer a few more times if desired.
• Once the scrub is thoroughly whipped, add your favorite essential oils, mix one last time to incorporate, then transfer it to a clean dry jar for use.
I keep mine on the bathroom counter in order to keep water out of the product. If water gets into the scrub, it will go rancid VERY quickly so I don’t recommend keeping it in the shower.
To use the scrub, I simply use a spoon to scoop out the amount I need before hopping in the shower.
Using this scrub should be the last thing you do before getting out of the shower in order for it to really soak in and do its magic.
Take a tablespoon or more and gently massage your entire body, focusing on troublesome areas like knees, elbows, hands, and feet. Be careful not to slip in the bath while doing this! The roughness of the sugar will slough away dead skin cells while the butters and coconut oil penetrate and deeply moisturize even the driest skin.
Rinse away the sugar once you’re done and gently pat yourself dry so you don’t wipe off the oils.
The butters and coconut oil will be well absorbed into the skin leaving you feeling soft and thoroughly moisturized! I hope you give it a try!
What have been your favorite ways to keep your skin moisturized this summer? Please share in the comments below!
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