The discovery of true gingerbread for me was really very exciting, and also rather late in life, all things considered. Given that I’d been eating gingerbread around Christmas for most of my life, it wasn’t until I was nearly 20 that I discovered good, dark, spicy ginger bread. That’s what this sugar scrub is inspired by.
I’ve chosen brown sugar as the base of this scrub. Not only is it fitting to the holiday spice theme, but it’s also inexpensive and easy to get. The added benefit of being water soluble for easy bath tub clean up makes it an extra awesome choice.
Now, I know molasses would be the more authentic choice to thin out the sugar, but for the love of your tub, I’ve gone with runny honey instead. If you really love your molasses and don’t mind cleaning your tub out, feel free to use it instead.
The spices are a bit of a no-brainer; cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. All three are warming, stimulating spices, which is what gives this scrub it’s warming kick—perfect for a chilly winter night. I’ve also added a touch of vanilla essential oil to round out the mix.
A bit of Turkey Red Oil and some avocado oil adds an extra moisturizing kick. The Turkey Red Oil self-emulsifies in water and helps the olive oil (pomace) do the same. If you don’t have any you can just use more olive oil (pomace), but watch out for oil slicks in the tub.
Warming Spiced Sugar Scrub
½ cup brown sugar
1 tbsp runny honey
2 tbsp Turkey Red Oil
4 tbsp olive oil (pomace) or avocado oil
½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground ginger
¼ tsp ground cloves
¼ tsp ground nutmeg (optional)
½ tsp vanilla flecks or 2 “blobs“ benzoin essential oil
Combine everything in a bowl, stirring and smooshing to blend everything together. Transfer to a 120mL/4oz lidded container.
To use, massage a small amount of the mixture into your skin before rinsing off.
As long as you don’t get any water in this it should last at least a year, so take care not to add any water! If you store the entire scrub in your shower and use it from the master container it will sprout mould. I recommend scooping out the amount you think you’ll use in one go into a plastic container, and taking that into your shower/bath. Use it all, and discard any portioned-out leftovers. If you are gifting this scrub, ensure your recipients know this!
Alternatively, you can add 0.25%–1% Phenonip to preserve the entire batch. You must use an oil-soluble preservative, hence the recommendation of Phenonip instead of Liquid Germall Plus.