Pine needles don’t have to be an annoyance when there are so many useful ways to utilize them in your home and garden. It’s so easy to turn fresh pine needles into a moisturizing winter sugar scrub and this is a great way to use up extra branches that don’t get made into wreaths.
You only need three ingredients to make this sugar scrub, though can certainly add more! If you prefer a syrupy mixture rather than a scrub, replace one tablespoon of coconut oil with a half tablespoon of vitamin E oil or another preferred substitute.
Since vitamin E oil is liquid at room temperature it will dramatically change the consistency and you do not need to use as much. If you choose to use multiple oils in your mix, combine them before adding them to the sugar mix for an even distribution of both products.
If you have sensitive skin or are prone to eczema, always use discretion when using new ingredients on your skin. Do a patch test using a small amount of product on an area that can stay undisturbed in case of a breakout.
Dry skin is one thing that can inflame eczema and is the primary reason why I find my skin to be inflamed. In my experience, the gentle application of oil-based exfoliants has helped with long-term skin hydration. Avoid washing right away as if you do, you’ll be stripping the skin of any oil that hasn’t already been absorbed.
- 1/2 Cup White Sugar
- 2 1/2 Tbsp. Coconut Oil
- 1-2 Tbsp. Chopped Pine Needles
- Start with your white sugar in a mixing bowl and be sure that it is clump-free.
- Strip part of a pine branch of its needles and chop them into fine pieces. You can also use kitchen scissors if you have them available, and you can cut them into smaller pieces this way!
- Stir the pine needle bits into the sugar and stir throughout.
- Add room-temperature coconut oil to the sugar mix and stir until completely combined with the sugar. If combined with vitamin E, warm the coconut oil just enough to liquefy before mixing the oils.
- Use about a teaspoon of the mix to gently massage onto the skin and store in an airtight container.
The oils in the pine needles will combine with this mixture as it sits and the fresh scent can strengthen considerably over time. If you find that it becomes too strong, add another 1/4 cup of sugar and a tablespoon of oil to dilute the mix.
Sugar scrubs can be abrasive if used improperly. Warm the mix by rubbing it between your palms before applying it to the rest of your hands or other desired areas. Gently swirl the mix on the skin and if it feels abrasive at all, add a splash of water to break down the sugar crystals.
Allow the oil to absorb into your skin for a few minutes before rinsing off. Warm water is enough to rinse the sugar off without disturbing the moisture barrier.