DIY UBTAN/BODY SCRUB
Every baby product, even the one that says organic, has a lot of chemicals in it. Considering the shelf life and usage, no company will be able to manufacture a product without chemicals at all. When it is completely organic, the shelp life is limited. Hence I trust my family’s home made bath powder recipe, and I’m sure every Indian family has one. I started using this bath powder when my baby was 6 months old. The reason I did not use it earlier was because their skin is so gentle and soft hence it is prone to rashes. Let’s get to the preparation of organic baby bath powder.
Neem has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and has antiseptic properties and avoids skin problems like rashes, allergy and irritation.
Wil Turmeric (Kasturi Manjal in Tamil) possess antioxidant, antimicrobial, antibacterial, stimulant and carminative properties. It improves skin complexion and reduces dark circles.
The orange peel contains citric acid that helps in brightening of skin naturally, calcium renews dead skin cells, potassium moisturizes and hydrates skin, magnesium for glowing and healthy skin.
Rose petals contain antioxidants that fight off free radicals, skin irritants, excess sebum and germs.
Contains a lot of Vitamin E. Vitamin E is termed as a beauty vitamin for its skin nourishing and rejuvenating power.
Green Gram is rich in vitamins and helps in exfoliating and nourishing the skin. It has antiseptic properties which helps in cooling and soothing your skin and makes it feeling fresh and glowy.
The zinc in chickpea flour fights infections that can cause acne. Besan helps in removing tan, zits and dead skin, it increases the tone and brightens skin complexion.
Masoor dal works as a bleaching agent. It works as an exfoliator and helps lighten scars, spots and pigmentation.
Green gram – 1 cup
Channa dal – 1 cup
Masoor dal – 1 cup
Wild turmeric – few pieces or 1/4 cup if using powder
Orange peel – peel of two oranges/1/4 cup powder
Neem leaves – 10 leaves / 2 tsp powder
Rose petal – petals from two flowers /3-4 tsp powder
Almond – 10
- All ingredients mentioned above are available in separate powders in any Indian store. You just need to buy and mix all the powders in the above mentioned quantities.
- If you plan to make powder at home with whole ingredients, gather everything in a wide plate and sun dry it for 3 days.
- When it is completely dried and crisp, put it in a blender and make a fine powder.
- Sieve the powder and remove any grits. You may also grind the grits again and sieve for a finer version.
METHOD OF APPLICATION:
- For babies, mix a few tsp malai/cream with a few tsp of this powder and scrub gently and wash off.
- For adults, you can mix with either rose water or curd and apply as a face mask and wash when dry.
Wild turmeric may be alleric to certain people hence do a patch test before applying. If you are making this powder for babies, add very small quantity of turmeric initially.