The name of this body scrub says it all, it smells like pumpkin spice perfect for the beginnings of longer days and cooler weather. In any body scrub the salts and sugars are meant to gently exfoliate the upper layers of dead skin so that the oils can more deeply hydrate fresh skin, something often needed as the weather dries out and the heaters come on. And in this body scrub we have the added benefit of herbs that gently increase our bodies circulation helping to keep us warm while at the same time adding the immune boosting effects of ginger and cinnamon.
Adding the essential oils of ginger and cinnamon furthers the beneficial effects and over all spirit warming effect of this particular body scrub.
You can use any carrier oil you like. For autumn I like a mix of pumpkin seed oil and sunflower seed oil, these are both high in Vit E and deeply hydrating for the skin. But any oil could be used, just keeping in mind not to use a strongly scented one or the scent of your herbs will be masked. Also this is where using essential oils is nice, because they offer a stronger longer lasting scent.
When you use this in a warm shower the oils can soak right into your open pores while you are gently rubbing away dead dry skin to allow the oils to do an even better job of moisturizing your skin.
Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub
¼ cup Carrier Oil
¼ cup Sugar
¼ cup Sea Salt
⅛ tsp Cloves
⅛ tsp Nutmeg
**A drop of Cinnamon and Ginger Essential Oils
Mix your salt and sugar and spices together. Then mix in your oil and essential oils. Store in an airtight container.
**The essential oils are optional but their addition takes it to the next level of yumminess.
That’s it. You now have an incredible skin softening warming scrub for these lovely autumn months.
A few notes
A Carrier Oil is any high quality vegetable oil, they all have beneficial skin properties, but for this recipe stick with the non-scented ones, like Sunflower or Almond. Stay away from the heavier ones like Olive Oil or Sesame Oil.
Since this is to be used in the shower, you need to be careful to not get water in your container. I use my salts up fast enough that this is never a problem, but that said, allowing water in your container can introduce the yuckies (also known as bacteria).