Thursday, March 5, 2015

Green Tea Sugar Scrub

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This week's Thursday craft post is another fun and easy one! If you haven't tried making sugar scrubs, I highly recommend it. It costs just a fraction of the price of buying the special boutique scrubs and they add a little extra luxury to bath or shower time.

Today I am sharing a favorite of mine. This is actually a two-part post. Today I am sharing how to create this fun Green Tea Sugar Scrub and Monday I will share how to create you own labels with Silhouette Sketch Pens. Because these are fun to make for yourself, and to give to others.

Why green tea? Well I was thinking of a few scrubs that would be perfect for starting off my day. Two of my favorite things to start with are coffee or tea... green tea especially. Since green tea contains an antioxidant, polyphenols, it is not only good to drink, but also good for your skin.

I acquired a taste for simple green tea while living in Japan. During an internship in the Tokyo area, I took weekly tea ceremony lessons. Each week I enjoyed a frothy bowl of matcha. It has an earthy, slightly bitter flavor that I fell in love with.

To this day I still prefer my green tea without sweetener. But, for this scrub... I will make a sugar exception.

This recipe uses both loose leaf tea and a little matcha (green tea powder). The Matcha helps to add a little green just perfect for around St. Patrick's Day.

This recipe only calls for 5 ingredients, but the Vitamin E oil is optional. If you plan to make your own bath salt, scrubs or soaps it is a nice thing to have on hand. I love adding it to my skin products.

Green Tea Sugar Scrub

You Will Need:
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1/2 c. coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp. loose leaf green tea (3 tea bags is about a tablespoon)
  • 1 tsp. matcha (green tea powder)
  • 1-2 tsp. Vitamin E oil
Mix all ingredients together until well combined in a medium bowl. If your coconut oil is solid, soften in the microwave at 30 second intervals. It shouldn't be hot, you don't want to melt the sugar, but it should mix into the scrub. Place finished scrub in an airtight container. This scrub will last 2-3 weeks. The Vitamin E oil helps as a preservative, but I don't suggest storing homemade scrubs for long periods of time. They are meant to be made and then enjoyed.

 I like to make a double batch to fill a 16 oz. jar. I purchase mine on amazon - Clear 16 oz Plastic Jar Black Lid 4 pk with Mini Jar , but any airtight container will work.

If you enjoy this sugar scrub, please check out my Lavender Sugar Scrub post, too!

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