Well, I recently DIYed a green tea body scrub for one my friend’s bridal shower. These were actually thank you gifts for the bride’s friends that came to the bridal shower, well I just thought that it would be a nice gesture and something where people would remember. It can be made super last minute, and you most likely have all the ingredients in your pantry. And if you’re that “last minute” person to get gifts for people, a simple scrub like this would certainly be a great idea. Last time, I made vanilla sugar for another friend. This time it was a body scrub and the bride specifically requested green tea.
Ok, so green tea then.
The ingredients are relatively simple. Infact, you can use other tea or essence or even zest to get the flavour that you want. The original recipe did call for sugar and coconut oil only but seeing that coconut oil has a very very strong aroma, (and also quite expensive) I decided to add olive oil. Matcha powder and green tea leaves can be replaceable.
Sugar is generally considered pretty evil by most people. It is something that leads to weight gain, cellulite and a hoard of health problems. But as far your skin is considered, there are many benefits of sugar. Sugar is known for its startling effects on ageing skin. Besides, sugar scrubs are one of the most natural products to exfoliate the skin. Sugar scrubs are mild and help to gently remove dead skin cells. They also helps to rejuvenate the skin by cleaning all the dirt from the skin pores.
Benefits of coconut oil on the skin.
Coconut oil is one of the few foods that can be classified as a “superfood”. Its unique combination of fatty acids can have profound positive effects on health. Virgin coconut oil is composed of medium-chain-length fatty acids, or triglycerides MCTs, which are shown to have many health benefits, including raising the body’s metabolism, and acting as an antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial agent. Coconut oil not only hydrate the skin, but it contains antioxidants to block out free radicals, and it also has lauric acid, a natural antimicrobial. If you can’t find coconut oil, olive oil would be a good substitute too.
Benefits of green tea on skin
I added dry green tea leaves into the mixture as well. The slightly abrasive texture of dry green tea leaves and coconut act as a great exfoliant to scrub off dead skin cells and pollutants, leaving your skin soft and smooth. Green tea leaves also have great anti-inflammatory properties and help reduce blemishes and scars. Matcha powder helps with reducing redness, inflammation and acne as well as fight aging and even reverse UV damage.
It is relatively simple to make, basically just adding all the ingredients together with a spatula and fill it in a jar. It can be kept for 3 weeks. But it could for longer since it’s just sugar. But make sure it is covered as you don’t want it to dry up or invite any ants.
This is not as ‘oily’ as the coffee scrub which I made some time ago as coffee naturally has essential oil, which is good for combating cellulite and gives the skin a good healthy glow.
Since it was a gift, I also tied it with strings and a wooden spoon which I bought from a bakery as well. The tag was a thank you note and also a kind reminder on its ‘best before’ date, and its natural benefits. It actually can be used as a lip scrub as well because I only used castor sugar and not granulated sugar, so it is still gentle on the skin.
- 1 cup white caster sugar
- ⅓ cup organic coconut oil
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 Tbs dried green tea (loose leaf or from tea bags)
- 1 tsp matcha green tea powder
- In a bowl combine all ingredients and mix until well blended with a wooden spoon. You may want to add more coconut oil based on your own personal preference.
- Store in a glass jar or air-tight container.