Let’s talk a little about bumps. Bumps come in many styles…there’s that growing bump that you take pictures of for forty weeks. There are those bumps your tiny human gets on their forehead when they first decide they want to give walking a try and crash into every piece of furniture that you thought was injury proof (i’ve learned that unless the piece of furniture is made of Jello…they will find a way to get hurt on it). Then there are those tiny…itty…bitty…multiplying bumps that no one warned you about…
Two weeks after Blake was born I started noticing tiny bumps appearing on the back of my arms. By eight weeks postpartum the back of my arms were covered. I tried different soaps. I tried store bought scrubs, new lotions, extra moisturizing lotions, body butters and nothing made a difference. I even tried scrubbing them off really hard with a loofa (I don’t recommend doing this, it didn’t end well, and a lot of Mickey Mouse bandaids were used as a result). After endless hours of Internet research and a trip to the dermatologist to confirm it – I had postpartum Keratosis Polaris. The doctor confirmed that the hormones released after pregnancy can cause the flair up and since most cases are hereditary, I could have it for life. He said there is no treatment other than to moisturize daily in hopes that it keeps it more on the mild side.
I eventually gave up trying to remedy it and accepted that tank tops would most likely no longer be my favorite go to shirt.
One afternoon I was cleaning out a bag and randomly came across a small jar of lavender sugar scrub that I had received as a favor at a bridal shower a few months prior. I tossed it in the shower and didn’t think much of it.
A week went by and I noticed the bumps were gone. Wait, what!? The only thing I had changed was the use of this random homemade sugar scrub so I decided to do my own experiment. I didn’t use the scrub for the next week – the bumps were back! What in the world!? I all of a sudden had to find out who made this scrub and EXACTLY what was in it!!! So after I tracked down the sister of the bride who lives a thousand miles away and nicely asked…ok let’s be honest…I begged…for the recipe.
In all that is bump-free and glorious I found something that worked!!!
Here’s the secret…there’s nothing fancy in it. Three ingredients…sugar, lavender oil and…here’s the very strange staple item…organic corn oil. I know…stay with me here. We’re not frying chicken. We’re talking a beauty item, but it worked.
Here’s the recipe:
2 cups white sugar
1 cup organic corn oil
doTERRA Lavender oil (add as much or as little as you would like…I do between 10-15 drops)
Mix it together and store it in your favorite jar.
You’re still thinking about how strange it sounds to be lathering yourself up in corn oil huh? Here are a few interesting facts about corn oil that I was totally unfamiliar with before now:
– Corn oil is one of natures hidden emollients providing an excellent source of moisturizing nutrition for skin and hair.
– Corn oil contains high levels of Vitamin E which is an antioxidant.
– Corn oil is a natural tonic. The linoleum acid encourages proper kidney function as well as increased function of the liver, heart, digestive and reproductive system.
Oh by the way, these make great gifts for holidays, teachers or party favors. Have fun decorating the jars to match whatever holiday or theme and you’re set to go!
I love the doTERRA Essential Oils. You know you’re getting 100% Pure Essential Oils without any added chemicals or components.
Some of my other favorites to use in sugar scrubs are:
doTERRA Bergamot Essential Oil – a nice citrusy scent
doTERRA – Cassia Essential Oil – a light cinnamon scent that is known to be calming (this one was even used in the Bible as a calming agent)
Blake made these…okay maybe I made these…cute Valentine’s Day scrubs for his teachers and the office staff at the school.