Who doesn’t like the smell of hot gingerbread cookies bake ?? Well now you can have the same comforting aroma in this gingerbread body scrub. It’s versatile, great for the skin, and smells amazing!
Tip: a homemade scrub allows a DIY Christmas gift! These can be wrapped in pretty jars with a ribbon or label that includes the ingredients or a note. A large jar of sugar scrub is quite inexpensive to make, and a smaller jar makes a great tote.
Exfoliate with a gingerbread body scrub
We lose a shock 30,000 to 40,000 skin cells every hour, or about a million per day. Using a sugar scrub can help the process for healthier skin.
The sugar helps exfoliate the skin to reveal a healthy, smooth layer underneath. There are many variations, but a basic sugar scrub recipe contains oil and sugar. This gingerbread body scrub not only removes all questionable ingredients, but it contains skin nutrients for a healthy glow.
Most gingerbread sugar scrubs use brown sugar to achieve their exfoliating texture and delicious scent. Brown sugar is basically refined sugar with some of the molasses added. This recipe, however, uses organic cane sugar and molasses separately.
If you’re in a rush and don’t have black molasses, regular organic will work too.
Ginger: the spice of life
This recipe uses cinnamon and ginger with molasses to achieve that iconic gingerbread scent. Both of these herbs are reddening, which is a fancy word which means that they stimulate circulation to the skin. A 2018 article in the Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine, reports the antioxidant power of cinnamon.
Researchers have pointed out how powerful antioxidants are aromatic spices, like cinnamon. These antioxidants fight free radical damage by warming the body.
More circulation means more essential nutrients delivered to the blood cells. Cinnamon and ginger may also have a protective effect against certain cancers, according to a 2016 article in Nutrition, Spices for the prevention and treatment and cancers.
This recipe does not contain any ingredients of animal origin, so it is already vegan. If you are doing this for someone who is strict, be sure to use vegan cane sugar. Some of the sugar is bleached with charred animal bones. Most organic cane sugars are vegan.
Tip for making a good DIY sugar scrub
Organic unrefined sugar is less harmful when ingested than highly processed sugar. However, many unrefined sugars are coarse and may be too harsh for some skin types, especially on the face. Since we don’t eat it, this is one of the few times I agree with a more refined sugar.
You’ll want to find the finest ground organic cane sugar possible, like evaporated cane juice. Even then, I wouldn’t recommend using this gingerbread body scrub on the face. Cinnamon and ginger can be too irritating on more delicate skin.
Other body scrubs to try
You’re not sold on the idea of a gingerbread body scrub or want to expand your scrub palette? Here are some more delicious sugar scrub ideas!
Have you ever made body scrubs from ingredients in your kitchen? Which is your favorite?