Happy Sunday! I hope everyone has had a wonderful week, and hopefully you got the chance to take some time for yourself. If not, why not take a break today and pamper yourself a little bit?
One of my favorite drinks to enjoy during spring and summer is the Iced Passion Tea Lemonade from Starbucks. It’s so refreshing and summery, the perfect way to cool off on a hot day. I often make it myself at home using the Tazo Passion Herbal Tea.
Tazo Passion Herbal Tea contains a blend of hibiscus, orange peel, rose hip, and passion fruit. As I’m sure you can imagine, this lovely blend of floral and citrus smells pretty amazing. Once brewed, the tea becomes a beautiful shade of dark pink.
I love the smell of this tea so much that I decided I would use it to try out a homemade sugar scrub recipe. Have you ever made your own sugar scrub before? It’s incredibly easy and so much cheaper than buying them from the store. There’s no need for artificial dyes, fragrances, or plastic beads. You can easily make a homemade sugar scrub using all natural (and edible!) ingredients.
I made this scrub using coconut oil, which combined with the hints of floral and citrus in the passion tea will make you feel like you’ve been transported to a tropical oasis. I love the way the coconut oil smells in combination with the passion tea, but you could also use another oil if you don’t have any coconut oil hand. Almond, jojoba, grapeseed, and olive oil would all work well. Keep in mind that olive and coconut oil will have stronger scents than the others.
You can also play around with the sugar to oil ratio. If you want a coarser scrub, use more sugar and less oil. If you want it even smoother and more moisturizing, use more oil. This recipe is definitely customizable.
What You’ll Need
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup coconut oil, softened
- 2 bags dry Tazo Passion Herbal Tea
- 1/8 to ¼ cup brewed Passion Herbal Tea
Start by mixing 1 cup of granulated sugar with 1 tablespoon oil. If using coconut oil, make sure it is at room temperature. Your mixture will be a little lumpy at first, but just keep mixing in the coconut oil and pretty soon it will be completely combined with the sugar.
Once the sugar and oil are combined, add in the dry passion tea.
Next, brew a cup of passion tea and let it cool. Then pour 1/8 to 1/4 cup of the brewed tea into the sugar scrub. You’ll notice at this point that the scrub becomes much smoother from the addition of the liquid. It also turns a beautiful shade of pink. Start with 1/8 cup of liquid and then add more as desired. As you add in more of the brewed tea, the scrub will become darker in color and smoother in texture.
Because we are adding the brewed tea to this recipe, I do recommend storing it in the refrigerator. If you don’t want to do this, you could leave the brewed tea out. Your scrub will be a little bit drier and will not be pink like this one, but it will still work great!
This sugar scrub has a beautiful, delicate smell. If you would like a stronger, more citrus-y scent, you could always add in a drop or two of orange essential oil, but that is completely optional. As I said before, this sugar scrub is really customizable. It’s all a matter of preference.
Use this scrub in the shower daily or as often as you’d like. Store in the fridge in a sealed container for up to one week. It may harden up after being in the fridge, especially if you use coconut oil. I recommend letting the scrub sit out for about 10 minutes before you use it. You can also add a tiny bit of water to the scrub before you use it, and it should soften right up.
Doesn’t it look gorgeous?
I hope you love this DIY recipe. Have a wonderful and relaxing Sunday!
Passion Herbal Tea Sugar Scrub
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tbsp coconut oil, softened
- 2 bags dry Passion Herbal Tea
- 1/8 to 1/4 cup brewed Passion Herbal Tea, cooled
Combine first three ingredients together in a bowl. Add more sugar or oil depending on preference.
Once brewed tea has cooled, start by adding in 1/8 cup to the sugar scrub. Stir to combine and add more brewed tea until you reach your desired consistency.
Store in the refrigerator in a sealed container for up to one week.
If you make this yourself, be sure to share pictures on Instagram and tag @the_stark_nest!