Plant-Based Powerhouses

Here at scrub me™ we love plant-based ingredients that really do their work to transform the complexion. With the help of healing flowers, raw clays, plant-based antioxidants, seed oils, & more we can create all-natural, chemical free products that make a difference for our skin. We decided to pick out a few of our all-time favorite ingredients from the earth and describe what we love about them. When you love skin care as much as we do it’s hard to narrow down the list! We are currently captivated by these ingredients and you’ll find them popping up in some of our scrub me™ products.

scrub me secret: our company’s motto is “everything you need and nothing you don’t”. we say this because every ingredient that we choose for our skin care items has a purpose. each essential oil, seed oil, raw material, etc. is chosen to treat a specific skin type or problem.


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Activated Charcoal

Deeply detoxifying


Activated charcoal works to draw impurities from your pores by absorbing the debris into microscopic channels within the charcoal. This helps to loosen blackheads that are stuck in small or tight pores; it is even great for clearing impurities that cannot be seen with the naked eye. Activated charcoal can also be used as a spot treatment for larger blemishes to help draw the congestion to the surface. You do not need a lot of this particular ingredient in order for it to work its magic on your skin. You can find this ingredient in our ‘oil clearing mask.’

scrub me secret: activated charcoal does its best work when paired with facial steam or a warm/hot towel laid over the mask or spot treatment. this will help the charcoal absorb as many impurities as possible, more so than without the steam or hot towel activation.


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Almond Oil

Lightweight and nourishing

This non-pore-clogging oil absorbs easily into skin and delivers a healthy dose of nutrients. With nutrients and vitamins like A and E this oil can strengthen skin and even out texture. By delivering these vitamins to the skin cells, the barrier can be restored and skin can be balanced. When our skin’s barrier is unhealthy or unbalanced it can cause dryness, irritation, and uneven texture. No one wants that! Sweet almond oils can be massaged into face or body; we suggest doing so after cleansing.

scrub me secret: you can find sweet almond oil in all of our sea salt body scrubs. we think it is really important to give your skin some amazing nourishment while you exfoliate without making you feel overly oily or like your scrub wasn’t gritty enough.

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Bentonite Clay

Multi-active: oil clearing and healing.


Bentonite clay is one of our favorite clays. Yes, we do love our Brazilian clays and sea clay but this clay has some extra special properties. When this clay is mixed with water, an electrical charge happens that causes that clay to be able to pull and absorb toxins from the skin and body. Unlike other materials that absorb oils and remove toxins, this clay is fairly gentle on skin and even helps reduce some inflammation. Oily and acneic skin will feel cleaner, less inflamed, and smoother texture after use.

scrub me secret: this clay mixed with water is great for giving yourself a full body detox treatment. mix the clay with water until you get a thick paste and apply it as a mask to your entire body, excluding palms and hands and soles of feet. let the clay dry and harden a little before you hop in the tub or shower to rinse away. great for any skin type!

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Calendula Flower (dried)

Ultra healing

These dried flower petals are truly a miracle worker. With anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and wound-healing properties, it’s a great ingredient for healing blemishes, scarring, and super sensitive skin. Skin has been shown to heal at a much faster rate when calendula-infused products are used.

scrub me secret: we infuse our coconut oil in our lemongrass shea butter with calendula flowers. this adds extra healing benefits to our shea butters that already help restore our complexion.

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Carrot Seed Essential Oil

Extremely anti-aging

Carrot seed essential oil is one of our favorites because of its extra skin loving and anti-aging properties. The funny thing is that this is one of the essential oils that does not smell amazing; some people have even gone as far to say “It stinks!” Honestly, if it’s giving our skin amazing youthful looking results we don’t really worry about its scent. This essential oil contains antioxidants and vitamins like C and E. These vitamins work so well together to keep skin’s collagen and elastin healthy while giving you a bright, radiant glow. When added to a facial or body oil carrot seed can help fight lines, wrinkles, and uneven texture.

scrub me secret: Carrot seed is amazing for keeping our facial skin youthful. We include this ingredient in our nourishing oil serum. If you have a different facial oil at home that you absolutely love you can add a few drops of carrot seed essential oil to that and say hello to extra anti-aging benefits!

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Grape Seed (crushed)

Exfoliating antioxidant

We were initially drawn to crushed grape seed because of its fine, granular texture. The grape seed “grains” are so small that you can exfoliate even the most delicate skin without damaging it. This ingredient is also chock-full of antioxidants that help fight wrinkles, sagging, and other signs of aging. Exfoliation with an antioxidant-packed ingredient really sets our skin up for success. Oxygen and blood flow are stimulated by the exfoliation and dead skin cells are removed, which will have skin feeling softer and glowing. Add in tons of antioxidants to repair and restore skin and we’ve got a real plant-based powerhouse here!

scrub me secret: some exfoliants like salts and larger crushed seeds or nut shells can be too harsh of an exfoliant for delicate facial skin. for the face, we want a really fine grain that has rounded or soft edges instead of jagged edges like salt or seeds may have.

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Turmeric

Internal and external healer

Turmeric tea, turmeric lattes, turmeric soap, turmeric masks, we could go on forever! This ingredient is one on our list that can give your skin results when ingested or used topically. Packed with lots of different vitamins and nutrients, some drink turmeric in a tea to calm inflammation, regulate digestive issues, and heal the body. Externally, this spice can be used as a mask for face and body or added to other skin care items to give healing, strengthening, and brightening effects. Inflammation is the source of many dietary and esthetic issues and turmeric helps to alleviate a lot of this. Look for this ingredient in our new seasonal fall soap.

What an impressive group of ingredients! One of our missions at scrub me™ is to help educate our community and clients about EVERYTHING skin care related. Ingredient knowledge is so important. The more you know about what is on the ingredient label, the better choices you can make for yourself. It’s exciting for us to learn as much as we can so we can pass it on!

scrub me secret: want to put your ingredient knowledge to the test? Look for a super fun quiz coming to the blog later this month!

From the Owner: My Daily Skin Care Routine

If we've ever had the pleasure of meeting in person I'm almost certain that we've discussed my very specific skin care routine.  I like to use my personal home care routine as an example to explain how important it is to have a daily regimen at home.  Facials, treatments, and peels can only take your skin so far.  Yes, treatments like these do greatly improve your complexion, skin's health, and help you achieve your ultimate skin goals.  But, without a proper skin care routine at home, your skin cannot maintain all results in between treatments.

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How to Have Your Best Morning

  Yes, most days we are tired when we wake up but our day wouldn't be complete without this routine.  Keep in mind, these are steps for an ideal morning.  Sometimes even we get too busy to do everything.  We understand that everyone has a different schedule and, for some, checking every practice off this list isn't completely doable.  Use this as an idea guide to see what works best for you!

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SoapStandle: A Bar Soap's New Best Friend.

Our shipment of these super useful bar soap accessories has just arrived and we can't wait to share.  We have already started using one for each of our scrub me™ soaps at home and now we feel like the bars just wouldn't be the same without it.  This super genius soap saver prolongs the life of our soap, provides the bar with a small grip, and keeps the soap from sitting in a gooey puddle.

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scrub me™ loves bar soap

If you haven't already noticed, scrub me™ loves bar soap!  We make our soaps with rich oils and plant-based ingredients that help skin be at its healthiest.  There are lots of options out on the market and unless you're a skin care expert it's hard to tell what's best for you. 

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Smoothies for Healthy Skin!

We thought a fun way to follow up our "Inner Wellness, Outer Beauty" blog would be with some delicious, vegan, healthy, smoothie recipes.  Our good friend The Chicago Vegan always has the best plant-based, vegan recipes.  We asked her to give us her three favorite smoothie recipes; surprisingly, all of them have ingredients that are healthy for your skin!

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Throwback! Inner Wellness, Outer Beauty.

t's no secret, scrub me™ is all about using healthy ingredients to treat and pamper our skin.  We not only pay close attention to what goes unto our bodies but also what goes into our system.  Nutrition plays a pretty big role in maintaining healthy skin.  Total body wellness is very important when striving for a radiant complexion!  Certain proteins and carbs work with different vitamins and minerals to keep the skin's barrier functioning properly.  Since we are all different, there is no one specific diet that will lead to bright, healthy skin.  With each different skin type, concern, or condition come different nutritional changes that can be made to achieve the healthiest skin possible.

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scrub me's favorite DIY lip scrub & more!

We wanted to share a couple of our favorite lip care recipes you can whip up at home with ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen.

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Let's Talk Lips

 Dry, rough, peeling lips or soft, supple, hydrated lips?  Which would you choose?  Just kidding!  We don't even need to ask to find the answer to that.  No matter who you are we are certain nobody would choose dry, chapped lips over hydrated ones.  So many seem to struggle with the perfect formula for healthy, moisturized lips.  scrub me™ is here to guide you on the path to your healthiest lips yet!

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When You Just Can't Handle Your Hands

Most of us check out our faces in the mirror every day, buy products to keep our skin healthy and young, read blogs and articles to educate ourselves about how to look our best.  But let's be honest, we are mostly focused on our faces and necks.  What about our hands?

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New! Spa Bombs

 Before, our bath bombs did have some amazing skin nourishing ingredients and essential oils, but we felt like they needed a little update.  Like with all our other skin care, we wanted to be really thoughtful about our recipes and which ingredients we chose.  We developed four different spa bombs to treat a few common skin care and body concerns.

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Better Understanding Preservatives

We think understanding preservatives in skin care is important.  While scrub me™ products do have antimicrobial and antioxidant ingredients, we do not use preservatives in our products.  Some preservatives can cause skin reactions or sensitivity and are also known to be unhealthy.  There is a wide range of preservatives so it can get a little confusing figuring out what is okay to use and what is not.

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Special Edition! Vegan Holiday Cookies & An Interview with the ChicagoVegan

  Who needs a little de-stressing in the midst of all this holiday craziness?  We sure do!  This month we decided to take a little break from our typical topics like health & skin care and focus on something else we really love, vegan baked goods.  We interviewed one of our favorite local vegans, the @chicagovegan about her new baking company, her vegan lifestyle, and she even gave us her go to holiday cookie recipe!

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What's Giving You Wrinkles?

Crows feet, forehead wrinkles, neck lines, jowling, aging...make it stop!  Aging is something that, unfortunately, we cannot stop from happening.  While we cannot fully stop this process there are a lot of things we can do to slow it down.  We can prevent deep lines, wrinkles, and jowling and stay looking younger longer!  Having a great skin care routine at home is just one piece to the puzzle.  Factors like diet, environment, and even repetitive movements or facial expressions can cause unwanted lines and wrinkles.  Making small adjustments to your life and daily habits now may help to keep you looking younger longer.  Who doesn't want that?

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Quiz! Is your skin care routine healthy or heinous?!

  When it comes to your home, skin care habits are you overdoing it?  Not giving your skin enough?  Or do you have it just right?  Take our quiz and find out! 

scrub me secret: don't forget, you can contact scrub me™ any time through our 'feedback' section with any questions about skin care, treatments, or products.  we can even answer questions you may have about skin care products that are not scrub me™ brand. we love to help everyone have their best skin! 

scrub me's signature facial: the full plant-based detox.

 Among our many facials and treatments is our 'full plant-based detox.'  We have to say we are big fans of this facial in particular because we get to treat our clients with all our own natural, vegan products as well as different raw ingredients from the earth.  This facial can be tailored to any skin type and can treat a wide range of concerns like acne, congestion, dryness, dullness, fine lines, and sensitization.  So what is this facial actually all about?

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Scrubs: sea salt vs. sugar

We often get asked: "Why does scrub me™ choose sea salt as the exfoliator in the body scrubs?" and "What's the difference between products containing sugar and the ones containing sea salt?".  We have our reasons for choosing sea salts but that doesn't mean sugar doesn't have some positive benefits of its own.

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Ooops! I broke the rules, now what?

  Some rules are meant to be broken!  Rules our estheticians give us are NOT meant to be broken...but it happens.  So what can you do after you forget the SPF, over-itch that bug bite, or pop that pimple that wasn't ready?  Don't panic.  There are some remedies for when you've had a beauty blunder.  Over-tweezed your brows?  We can help make it better, not worse.  We've also got some tips on what to do when you feel you've screwed up your spray tan.

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