India is a country that boasts on its rituals, culture, traditions and customs. We have a rich cultural and traditional heritage in almost all the aspects of human life, beauty being one of it. We love ubtans and oils, all homemade running down from generations and passed on to the genext. Be it Haldi ceremony during wedding when we apply Haldi Ubtan for bride and groom, or Abhayang Snan done one day before the grand festival Diwali, on the day of Narakchaturdashi, we cherish our traditions. Ayurvedic herbal bath powder, ubtan and homemade oils were the daily requirements in Royal India but today its glory is fading, the major reason being the shortage of time in our daily schedules.
Homemade Ubtans, Oils, Keshkalps (Hair packs) and bath powders are prepared and used in Indian homes since time immemorial, although the busy and competitive life of present day has changed the scenario and such things have now been reserved only for festivities and ceremonies yet the rituals are still alive and celebrated time and again with full zest.
Homemade Indian Herbal Bath Powder (Utne / Ubtan)
This recipe may resemble the “Sugandhi Utane“, the herbal Bath Powder applied before Abhayang Snan, but I do not claim it to be authentic, I am still searching for the authentic recipe and once I succeed in finding the traditional Sugandhi Utane (Ubtan) recipe, I will post it here. For now this recipe is given by an acquaintance, its an amazing bath powder that is nothing less than a treat for the skin.
“Utane” as its called in marathi or “Ubtan” in Hindi is a combination of herbs and spices that cleanses and nourishes the skin leaving it radiant and smooth. It is mixed with fragrant oils,rose water or milk and applied all over the body. You do not need any soap with this, the herbal bath powder is just enough to clean and enrich your skin.
Red Lentil Flour (Moong Dal powder / ata) 250gms
Sandal Wood Powder (Chandan Powder) 25 gms
Turmeric Powder (Ambe Haldi Powder) 5 gms
Camphor (Kaphoor ) 5 gms
Manjishtha Powder 25 gms
Orange Peel Powder 100 gms
Rose Petals Crushed 1 tbsp
Khas (Vetiver) 10 gms
How To Prepare
Mix all the ingredients and store in an airtight jar.
To use this fragrant bath powder, mix the ubtan with water or Rose water and apply all over the body, leaving the parts where the skin is too delicate and sensitive.
Gently scrub this ubtan on the skin, this will exfoliate and clean the skin. Rinse off with warm water. Now massage your skin with an aromatic / fragrant herbal oil. Use a natural soap for bathing, this will help removing the oil. If you are not going in for the oil massage, soap is not required while bathing as the Bath Powder works well all by itself.
Benefits Of Using Natural Homemade Herbal Bath Powder – Ubtan on Skin
Masoor dal is known for its skin brightening properties, Camphor and Vetiver adds fragrance and soothing effect. Vetiver also helps is reducing the appearance of dark spots and will also deals acne due to its antiseptic properties. Rose petals makes the bestows glow to the skin, Orange Peel powder removes spots and provides even tone to the skin.
The biggest plus point of using a bath powder is that it does not strip off the natural oils from your skin, thus leaving it supple.
Overall this herbal bath powder is quite therapeautic for the skin as well as the mind. The fragnaces removes negativity and relaxes the mind, and the other ingredients provides deep pore cleansing and exfoliation to the skin leaving it smooth, glossy and fresh.
If all the ingredients of this bath powder are not available to you, try the Masoor dal Ubtan it simple and has less ingredients, but an effective brightening mask.
A Body Scrub ! A Homemade Coffee Body Scrub ! Sounds insanely messy right ? Yes you are right it is, and with honey added it gets sticky too but result is something beyond imagination. We all know that spa treatments with coffee grounds are among the most expensive treatments and that’s why I love the whole idea of using homemade beauty products, the packs, the masks, shampoos and conditioners they are all fantastic and they a frugal. First of all let me tell you that this is not something in which a lot of people will want to indulge themselves in, yes, its messy and completely out of the box. Making your own body scrub using coffee is simple and the benefits are amazing and the results are awesome.
Making face packs and hair masks is very common but making your own body scrub is not every ones cup o joe. But yes there are some freaks out there who are madly in love with the art of making their own beauty care products at the comfort of their home.
Now that you have landed on this page Im pretty much sure that you are looking forward to get your hands dirty.
Lets Talk About Our Star Ingredient Here
Benefits of Using COFFEE on SKIN
The benefits of using coffee for skin is not a secret anymore and its widely used in making skin care products and beauty products including lotions, creams, scrubs and fragrances and hair colors.
Coffee Prevents Skin Ageing : It is loaded with skin friendly antioxidants which gives the coffee a good reason to be used in skin care regime.
Coffee Can Reduce Cellulite : However it is temporary solution for cellulite but still coffee has the potential to reduce the appearance of that ugly cellulite.
It Exfoliates the Skin: The consistency and texture of coffee grounds is perfect for an exfoliating scrub. Experts suggest that coffee has properties of encouraging collagen production thus giving the skin a smooth feel.
Coffee Brightens the Skin : Just like a cup of joe stimulates your senses and gives a fresh and energized start to your day, the caffeine present in it can energize the skin and improve circulation leaving your skin radiant and glowing.
The Essentials For Making Homemade Body Scrub With Coffee
To start with, let us first know the basic formula, which remains almost the same for the store bought body scrub too and the formula goes like this:
1. An Exfoliant:
which is coarse in texture
2. A Carrier Oil:
Which is a base oil and basically provides a medium to hold and combine the body scrub. It is less concentrated in nature and is usually extracted from the fatty part of a plant.
- Sweet Almond Oil
- Walnut Oil
- Olive Oil
- Jojoba Oil
- Coconut Oil
Fragrance can be added both with fragrance oil and essential oil. To put it simple a few drops of essential oil must just do fine. Fragrance oils should be avoided as they are artificially prepared to mimic the fragrance of a natural ingredient.
Note that certain essential oils should be avoided by pregnant women.
If you have sensitive skin you must avoid certain allergy triggering essential oils, esp. Tea Tree oil. Citrus oils may lead to sun sensitivity in some.
#1 For Exfoliating the Skin : Salt And Coffee Body Scrub
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Things you need
massage oil will also do. take 1/2 part ( should be sufficient to dampen
Combine all the above listed ingredients and make a paste (no not make a very fine paste).
#3 The Anti Cellulite Scrub: Vanilla Coffee Bcody Scrub
Caffeine is a classic ingredient that is used in many cellulite removal creams, caffeine tightens the skin which make it a perfect anti-cellulite ingredient.
1 cup Coffee Grounds
1 cup Cocoa Powder
1/2 tsp vanilla extract or a vanilla pod can also be scraped
1 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 Coconut Oil and a teaspoon full of olive oil
Melt the coconut oil and let it cool.
Take an airtight container and put all the powdered and dry ingredients. Close the container and shake well till everything get nicely mixed. Now open the lid of the container and pour in the oils. let the oils seep in and soak all the dry ingredients, at this stage you can adjust the quantity of oil keeping in mind the desired consistency.
Now add the vanilla extract and cover it. store in refrigerator and it shall go for a few weeks.
#3 Homemade recipe: Cinnamon Coffee Body Scrub
1 cup coffee grounds
1 Cup Raw Sugar
1 1/2 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2-4 drops of Cinnamon Essential oil
Mix everything in a mixing bowl and the carrier oil and transfer it into an airtight jar. Cover the lid and store in cool place.
To apply this scrub, just take two tsp and smear and massage gently on the skin in circular motion, leave for 3-5 minutes before rinsing off.
The homemade Coffee body scrub is a wonderful way to exfoliate your skin. It is also said that the caffeine present in the coffee is a great remedy for treating cellulite. Thus it is believe that apart from exfoliating the skin coffee body scrub also helps in diminishing cellulite. Caffeine is used as a key ingredient in many cellulite eliminating creams and lotions. However there is another theory that contradicts this fact, according to which the caffeine present in the coffee slows down the metabolism rate of the body thus increasing the development of fat pocket.
Whatever be the relation of caffeine with cellulite one thing that is sure is that these Coffee Body Scrubs are indeed a luxury you can pamper yourself with, the skin exfoliation is super and it also makes a quick gift.
There are many other variations that can be used in the recipe of DIY coffee body scrub like:
So options are many just choose your best combination and make your own Homemade Coffee Body Scrub.
Homemade body Scrub can be a delight for your pocket and your skin as well. Body scrub is something we spend a lot for and if we can get something which is economical at the same time effective also, there can be nothing more that you can wish for. Let me share you a fact about body scrubs, did you know that salt and sugar fors the best base for a body scrub. These are the ingredients which are easily and sufficiently found in any kitchen. And these ingredients makes the most effective body scrubs. Then why to go for chemical based expensive body scrubs available in the market.
How To Make Homemade body scrub
The formula for making your own body scrub is very simple, it takes only three ingredients to whip up your all natural, chemical free body scrub. First being the exfoliant that will have slightly coarse or grainy texture, second comes the medium that will give fluidity to the scrub and aide in the application. The best medium is a carrier oil like sweet Almond oil and finally you can add fragrance, the best choice for this is Essential Oil.
Homemade Body Scrub Recipe Composition Basics
1. Choose your exfoliant
- Brown Sugar
- White Sugar
- Sea Salt
- Kosher salt
Ratio – 2 parts
2. Beauty Oil ( can be called carrier oil)
- Apricot Oil
- Olive Oil
- Avocado oil
Ratio – 1 part
3. Add essential oil for fragrance to the body scrub
Essential oils are highly potent oils derived from natural sources likes flowers, leaves seeds etc. They are therapeutic and can help in fighting various skin problems like dryness, oiliness, acne etc. They are the best ingredients to add scent to your scrub. Always avoid using fragrance oils as they are synthetic and they do not go well will the idea of making “chemical free” and “all natural” body scrub.
- Rosehip oil
- Lavender oil
- Eucalyptus Oil
- Peppermint Oil
- Grape fruit oil
- Vanilla Essential oil or any other essential oil of choice.
1. Sea Salt Body Scrub Recipe
How to make
- Sea Salt 1cup
- Grape seed, Hazelnut oil or almond oil 1/2 cup
- Essential oils – Juniper oil – 10 drops and Grape fruit oil – 1 drop
2. Sugar Body Scrub Recipe
3. Gram Flour Body Scrub Recipe
4. Homemade Brown Sugar Body Exfoliator Recipe
Moisten your skin and then massage gently with this natural body scrub.This is a very simple and easy homemade brown sugar body scrub.
Also see: Homemade hand cream
5. Homemade Exfoliating Oatmeal Body Scrub Recipe
The grainy texture of oatmeal makes is a superb skin exfoliator, oat is packed with the properties which are a true blessing for the skin. Oatmeal body scrub not only exfoliates the the skin but it also absorbs all the impurities from the skin, will open the pores and go deep, it also hydrates the skin leaving it smooth and soft.
Take 2 tbsp of rolled oats. Grind it into a powder.
1 tbsp of baking soda
Grape seed oil or jojoba oil.
Dried Lavender petals for fragrance you can use any other fragrance also.
Mix all these ingredients to form a thick paste. Store it in an air tight jar.
Rub your oatmeal body scrub softly on the body and then gently rinse with water. Pat dry with towel and experience a smooth and moisturized skin.