Even if you’ve never heard of calendula, you have most likely seen it. In fact, you may even grow it in your backyard. Calendula is a genus of 20 plants in the daisy family, and the most common name is marigold.
Calendula is also said to be good your skin, especially for irritated or sensitive skin. It has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antifungal properties, making it an excellent addition to your skin care products. While sugar scrubs shouldn’t be used on broken or irritated skin, this calendula sugar scrub is a better choice for those with sensitive skin.
White sugar is commonly used in sugar scrubs, but brown sugar is gentler on your skin. If you have sensitive skin, you may want to substitute all or some of the white sugar for brown sugar.
I used grapeseed oil in the recipe because it’s a drier oil, so it doesn’t leave an oily residue on your skin after you use the scrub. You can use any liquid carrier oil, including fractionated coconut oil, olive oil, or safflower oil.
How to Make Calendula Infused Coconut Oil
The actual sugar scrub takes just minutes to make, but you will need to plan to make this in advance because it uses calendula infused coconut oil. It takes about 4 hours to infuse the oils, but you can set it up and walk away, so you don’t have to spend the time watching it.
Infusing the coconut oil with calendula gives the oil the properties of the herb. Since the oil stays on your skin after you use the scrub, you’ll reap the benefits for hours after you use the scrub.
The easiest way to infuse coconut oil since it is a solid at room temperature is to use your slow cooker. I prefer this method of infusing because I can infuse more than one oil at a time, too.
- Place a hand towel on the bottom of your slow cooker and fill with several inches of water.
- This recipe uses ½ cup of coconut oil, so add at least that much coconut oil to a mason jar. If you have extra, you can use it in another recipe. The water level should be at the top of the oil in the jar. Add more water if necessary.
- Place the jar on the towel and turn the slow cooker on the warm setting. Do not use the lid for your slow cooker. It can collect water, which will drip down into the oil.
- Once the warm water melts the coconut oil, add the calendula. There isn’t an exact measurement for this step, but the oil should cover the herb.
- Let the oil and herbs infuse for 4 hours. Carefully remove the jar from the slow cooker and pour the oil through cheesecloth to strain. Discard the herbs and let the oil cool.
WHIPPED CALENDULA SUGAR SCRUB RECIPE
Once your coconut oil is infused with the calendula and cooled, you can make the sugar scrub or save the infused oil for another day.
Use a mortar and pestle to grind 1 teaspoon calendula flowers into a powder. It does not have to be a fine powder; you can leave some petals intact.
Whip the infused coconut oil with a whisk attachment until it gets creamy. The coconut oil should be firm. If it is not firm, cool it in the fridge for 10 minutes.
Add ¼ cup grapeseed oil or other liquid carrier oil and whip again.
Add 1 teaspoon ground calendula, 1 ½ cup sugar, and 10 drops of orange or grapefruit essential oil if desired. Stir by hand until fully incorporated.
Don’t forget to check out my other post on calendula. Click here to read about how to make Calendula Oil.