I created this matcha green tea coconut body scrub as a twist on your typical sugar body scrub. Read on to find out about the beauty benefits and how to make this scrub yourself!
Matcha is very trendy right now. Not only popular in drinks but also in beauty products. I was aware of the health benefits associated with ingesting matcha. However, I’m always slightly skeptical of fad beauty products. I can’t help but wonder whether fad ingredients and products are effective or a marketing gimmick. I work in marketing after all so I’m well aware of the claims companies make for the sake of selling products.
I’m happy to say that through my research I found out that matcha isn’t just a fad, it actually has beauty benefits!
What is matcha?
Matcha is finely ground green tea leaves that are specially grown. What makes matcha different from green tea? They are grown in shade for up to 20 days, then the leaves are fully de-stemmed. Matcha tea leaves create more chlorophyll due to being grown in a shaded area. That is why matcha powder has such a bright green color. Not only is the growing process different, but matcha also has increased health benefits compared to regular green tea. In comparison to regular green tea, matcha has increased caffeine, antioxidants and L-theanine.
Concerns with matcha
In the U.S., most of the matcha purchased and consumed comes from China and Japan. There are concerns of lead contamination in tea that comes from China. The hypothesized reason for lead contamination in Chinese grown matcha is due to the fact that China up until recently (2000s) still used leaded gasoline. There may still be contamination in the soil in which green tea is grown. Studies have pointed toward this implication.
In Japan, radiation is a concern for tea farms in Japan that are within a close proximity to the Fukushima disaster.
Where to buy matcha
Not all matcha sold is of the same quality. Most matcha sold in large retail stores are not high quality and the regions that they’re sourced from cannot be verified. If you want high quality matcha, you should buy online. Ceremonial matcha is the highest quality matcha. Traditionally, ceremonial matcha was made of tea leaves from the first harvest and was saved for special occasions. Today, ceremonial matcha is identifiable due to it’s bright green color. It’s made from the leaves that come from the top of the plant which are the softest. It’s very smooth and sweet in taste. Lower quality matcha tastes bitter and is gritty in texture. There are lots of online suppliers that have the matcha farms they source their tea from independently tested to ensure there are no traces of lead or radiation.
Here are a couple great options for companies you can buy from online:
- KENKO Matcha Green Tea Powder
- The Matcha Reserve – Ultra Premium Ceremonial Organic Matcha
*Both of these products are organic, gluten free and non GMO.
Benefits for your skin:
- Helps improve wrinkles
- Reduces acne
- Protects against UV rays
- Repairs cells that protect skin
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup coconut oil (melted)
1 tablespoon green tea leaves
1 tablespoon matcha powder
1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
2. Store the body scrub in an airtight container.
• Use the body scrub towards the end of your shower so the oil can help lock
in more moisture.
• You can add more or less of either the oil or sugar based on the consistency you like.
There you have it: an easy to make body scrub that has beauty benefits! Do you incorporate matcha or body scrubs in to your beauty routine? If so, what are your favorite products or scrub recipes?