Right now I am staring down less than 100 days until I turn forty. I know everyone says what great skin I have and yes, some of it is in the genes, but a lot of it is the work I’ve put into it.
I am not a good person. I rarely pass a bottle of wine without testing it out, you know for the sake of others just incase it’s gone bad. I am quitting smoking, please don’t judge too harshly. And I was a swimmer all of my life and still don’t wear sunscreen all that much. I even sleep in my makeup more often than I care to admit. See, not a good person.
About fifteen years ago my girlfriend who is an amazing friend but also a bad person, we were sitting in her art gallery guzzling wine when we realized we either become better people for the sake of our aging or figure out how to cheat. We started asking some of the women that were coming in what their secrets were and a few ingredients kept popping up again and again. Persian ladies and ladies of Asain descent all said that they made their own sugar scrub and used it daily. Olive oil and coconut oil were also biggies. We went to work. The scrub that you see now was perfected over fifteen years and too many girlfriend happy hours that I care to admit.
How It Works & What Is In It
The Activated Charcoal Sugar Scrub contains
Activated charcoal is carbon and can be made from anything from hardwood to bamboo. I use virgin coconut shells that are heavily ground by hand. To activate the carbon it is heated to 800 degrees so it expands to max its surface area making it extraordinarily porous. How porous? A gram of active charcoal has the surface area of roughly 5400 square feet or the size of a football field.
These pores are micro-pores and work by electrical attraction called adsorbtion. It pulls molecules, atoms and ions towards its surface and stick to the charcoal. Toxins are attracted to activated charcoal pulling them out of your skin’s surface clearing your face and body of acne and bacteria. Medicinally, it is used in hospital to remove poisonous substances from your body, alcohol and drugs, mercury, snake venom and spider bites. It is also used in Brita water filters, pool filters and gas masks
The second ingredient is sugar. Sugar not only exfoliates the skin but sugar cannot breed bacteria so it is a safe base for the scrub and will have a good shelf life.
Coconut oil, as I think everyone has become aware of in the past year, pulls out bacteria while also helping even skin tones, such as pulling down sun spots and taking some of the redness out of scars.
The coconut oil and olive oil are great at hydrating the skin leaving you feeling soft, not oil slicked.
Castile soap is a big part of what makes this scrub so different. Castile soap has been made since 1529. It is made from olive oil so it is gentle but thoroughly cleanses for even the most sensitive of skins. Castile soap is a great cleaning agent without leaving the skin dry and taught.
This is the same recipe I use everyday on my face and body. The product is designed to help with any skin conditions without drying and has a soap component in it so that extra drying soaps are unnecessary.
I sell the 2 oz. samples for $8 and the 16 oz. containers for $22 a jar. My goal is to make this affordable enough so that everyone can afford to use it everyday and not just for that special occasion. It comes in two fragrances which I have kept slight so as to not overwhelm your perfumes or lotions, peppermint and lavender.