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What I love most about turmeric is the color. Definitely the color. Is it not some sort of tiny miracle that a naturally occurring root produces such a deep, rich, sunshiney hue? It really just makes my day when I get to cook with turmeric.

But aha!

Turmeric is also super yummy for your skin. Research indicates turmeric can help with skin pigmentation – reducing the appearance of acne and scars. So, with spring right around the corner and the evening light lingering a bit longer these days, I was inspired to make a soothing body masque with gorgeous turmeric as the star. Let’s do this.


1 tsp turmeric powder

2 tbsp shea butter

1 tsp vegetable glycerin (or other carrier oil like coconut or almond)

Mix your shea butter and vegetable glycerin together in a container, making sure they are fully combined.  Add in the turmeric, and stir to combine. Be careful when stirring, the powerful yellow powder can be difficult to remove when spilled. Store in a cool, dark cabinet for up to 1 month.

To use, spread lavishly on your body (after a good scrub) and let sit for 5 minutes before washing off thoroughly. I find this ritual best practiced in the bathtub.

Adapted from Asia Spa Boutique


7 Responses to Turmeric Body Masque

  1. Does this leave any kind of hue on the skin? I love turmeric, but it’s pretty good at dyeing things.

    • becca says:

      Good question. I had the same concern. My skin looked a little glowy, but nothing abnormal or reminiscent of an oompa loompa. I was sure to scrub it off thoroughly as well!

  2. Kay says:

    Hi Becca!

    I love this! Do you use it on your face?

  3. becca says:

    Hi Kay! I haven’t used this on my face, but it’s certainly safe to try. 🙂

  4. Ruby says:

    Hi Becka, thanks for your lovely post. I want to find out if turmeric powder can be incorporated in a body butter recipe and used as a regular lotion. Thanks.

  5. Summer says:

    Hello Becka, I made a mixture of turmeric powder, Shea butter, honey, coconut oil as a cream, do you think it can lighten up my skin as well as clear dark spots

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