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How To Add Natural Colorants to Your Sugar Scrub

Last updated: 10-12-2020

There’s nothing more invigorating than an exfoliating sugar scrub that offers both an enticing aroma and attractive color. If you want to add color to your DIY sugar scrub, you can use artificial dyes to add hues of red, green, blue, and any other color your heart desires.  However, to maximize the benefits of your scrub, and do what’s best for your body, natural colorants are highly recommended.

Creating natural colorants out of kitchen and garden ingredients is actually quite simple. The most commonly used natural colorants are fruits, vegetables, spices, tea powders, and plants such as flowers.

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One of the most simple ways to add natural color to your DIY sugar scrub is to mix in pieces of dried herbs or flowers such as rose petals, lavender, or rosemary.  You can add these ingredients to your sugar scrub without any preparation to create a beautiful, botanical, organic looking scrub. 

Other simple ingredients you can mix in are matcha green tea powder, turmeric, orange peel powder, and cinnamon.

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There are some ingredients however that require a small amount of preparation before being added to a DIY sugar scrub.  Vegetables such as beets, carrots, and red cabbage will need chopped, peeled, and boiled with hot water before being ground up and strained to create colorant.

Fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries need to soak in hot water and then ground and strained as well.

Other ideas of natural colorants you can use for your DIY sugar scrub include coffee and cocoa powder.

Added Benefits of Natural Colorants

Along with adding a pop of color to a DIY sugar scrub, natural colorants also offer a variety of benefits to the sugar scrub itself.  For example coffee, because of its caffeine content activates the skin, which makes it a great addition to a sugar scrub for brightening the face.  Turmeric has anti-inflammatory qualities that are beneficial for reducing scarring as well as acne. Activated charcoal powder, a very popular ingredient right now, makes a bold statement in black and detoxifies your skin.

Tips for Using Natural Colorants

Using natural colorants for your DIY sugar scrubs is fairly simple. However, there are a few things you will want to keep in mind when using them in your own creations.

Natural colors are imperfect

Natural colorants are not as vibrant as synthetic colors and their vibrancy may fade over time. Therefore, you must be able to appreciate imperfection.

Less is more

When it comes to using natural colors you want to be sure and keep them equal to or less than 3-5% of your total recipe. Any recipe containing more colorant than that will be likely to stain your skin, clothing, and anything else it comes in contact with.

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Always test first

Before creating a large batch of naturally colored DIY sugar scrubs be sure and test your colorant with the rest of the recipe.  This will help you to determine the best amount of colorant to use in order to achieve the look you desire.

As you create your DIY sugar scrubs, try many different natural colorants to see which provide the best results for your skin. You’ll never know unless you try!

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