Green Tea Sugar Scrub

It’s a well-known fact that green tea is great to drink (and I personally try to have a cup of it each day), but it can also have great benefits when used on the skin. One of my favorite ways to use green tea is in a sugar scrub.
I’ve used sugar scrubs for a while, both on my face and body, and have really loved the results. I have very dry skin and a sugar scrub is a great way to make it feel baby-soft again.
This green tea sugar scrub is great way to freshen the skin.

What you need:
— 1 cup of sugar
— coconut oil
— 1 green tea packet
— jar
— small mixing bowl
— two spoons
— pot and stove

1. Measure out one cup of sugar into your mixing bowl and set aside.
2. Melt a few spoonfuls of coconut oil on the stove. The oil will be mixed into the sugar, so make sure there is enough for all the sugar. Once there are no more clumps of oil, turn off the burner.

3. Put the tea packet into the coconut oil and let steep. The longer it sits, the stronger it will be.
4. Once the oil has taken on a greenish tint, remove the packet.

5. Mix the coconut oil into the sugar. If there is too much oil, add some sugar to balance it out.

6. Open the green tea packet and mix the leaves into the sugar/oil.
7. Put in the jar and store in a cool place.

Tips and Tricks:
“Cool place” is especially important
Coconut oil melts easily, and a hot day can liquify it. Pop it in the fridge for a bit, and it will be good to go.
— Rinse well
The green tea leaves will stain if not rinsed down the drain. Flush them from the sink or tub with lots of water. If they do stain, a little bit of scrubbing will take them out.
— Careful in the shower
Sugar dissolves in water. Take a smaller bowl of the scrub with you into the shower so you don’t ruin the entire batch.

— Brown sugar or white sugar?
When choosing sugar for your scrub, keep in mind what you want to use it for. Brown sugar has a finer grain than white sugar and is better for the face, while white sugar is best for the body. I use white sugar for my green tea scrub and use it on both my face and body, and I have not had any problems with it.


The family in the wings

“Will you zip me up?”

I swung my camera to the side and helped the actor into her costume. She rushed off back toward the stage. I was only there to take pictures of the show, but as anyone who has ever been involved in community theater knows, if you have hands, they’ll put them to use.

I joined the cast of Stepping Out, a comedy centered around a tap class, roughly two weeks before opening night, camera in tow. I had acted with this particular group before, and seen one of my closest friends take their small stage countless times, but through the viewfinder was a different perspective to a familiar experience.

Taking pictures made me more aware of the work that goes into these shows–the long days, the longer nights. These actors are not getting paid. They get nothing from it other than the joy it brings them to be under the lights.  In spite of exhaustion, tired voices, and sore feet, acting is fun for them.The rush they get is from more than just the abundant amounts of tea they are drinking. Even as I stood there with my camera, almost too tired to click the shutter, they were still changing into and out of costumes, dancing, and giving every ounce of themselves up onstage.

More importantly than the effort these shows require, it made me more aware of the intricate community within these groups. Everybody is everything, and they draw on all their resources. Actors help with tech, directors put on makeup. The same actors onstage in this show will be working backstage the next. Everyone relies on each other because they know they are reliable.

Community theater is more than just a community coming together to create a show. It also creates its own community.  The months of rehearsals, the close quarters of the church they use as a theater, the dinners after shows. All these throw people together in a way not quite found anywhere else.

As a result, the family that come out of these shows is one-of-a-kind. It is a loud family, a dramatic family, an exhausting family, but it is also a resourceful family, a welcoming family, and a loving family. Community theater actors do more than act together. They vent to each other, make faces from backstage at each other.  During the show, they walk together, work together, and laugh together. I stepped into this world again only briefly, but peeking behind the curtain let me see the family in the wings.

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