Monday, January 24, 2005

Sugar Sugar: Using the exfoliating Turbinado Sugar, nourishing Sucanet Sugar, and the revitalizing and energizing benefits of essential oils of Peppermint, Spearmint, and Rosemary, Essencia's new Rosemary Mint Foot Scrub may be a must-do for Valentine’s Day delights.

Turbinado Sugar has been specially chosen for this sugar blend, because its larger crystals are a more effective exfoliant than the smaller crystals of other brown sugars. Turbinado is a raw brown sugar, made when the juice is squeezed from the sugar cane and the water evaporated out. It has not been processed and bleached like white sugar, meaning that sugar’s natural nutrients haven’t compromised or processed out. Turbinado sugar also contributes the natural amber color, and sweet molasses fragrance.

Sucanet Sugar is a darker brown sugar, and sugar in its most natural form; it is the least refined of all sugars. It is pressed from 100% organic sugarcane in a process that preserves the molasses in the sugar, and enhances the scrub with its own exfoliating grains, as well as the rich moisturizing vitamins, minerals and trace elements naturally found in the sugar cane plant. These two sugars are blended with finely ground pumice to gently attack and smooth rough spots on the feet.

Jojoba and Glycerin contribute nourishing and humectant properties and act as gentle cleansers, removing lingering traces of impurities and dirt. Jojoba, of course, is the natural oil much like skin’s own sebum, and is absorbed into the skin quickly and easily. Glycerin, a natural humectant, pulls moisture right from the air onto skin.

The blend of Peppermint, Spearmint and Rosemary essential oils provides just the stimulus and treatment for sore muscles and joints, and hot, sore feet. Peppermint stimulates circulation and soothes and calms pain and irritation in sore muscles and joints; Spearmint cools the feet; Rosemary stimulates circulation and is wonderful in muscular massage.

Rosemary Mint Foot Polish from Essencia is available in a 5.6 oz. tub for $16, and an 11.5 oz. tub for $28 retail. All Essencia products are made of the finest natural ingredients and essential oils. Essencia skincare can be found at specialty beauty stores and spas nationwide, and on