Homemade organic adzuki beans exfoliating scrub

Ever get hit with some nostalgia? Well, if you ask anyone who knows me well, they’ll tell you I do. I often joke by saying I drown in it… Drown in a good way. I think it’s because I have so many clear memories of my childhood. The colours, the textures, the smells, the scenery, the music playing… I think I’m lucky I remember so many details.

One of those memories I have is when my childhood friend Natasha first introduced me (us – my sister) to the Body Shop. I thought Nat was so “worldly” because she had been “downtown” to Vintage Body Shop's Japanese Washing grainsshop far more times than we ever did. We were about 13-14 years old. Anyhow, she brought us to the store and we proceeded to buy the products a teenager would need. In my case, the Cucumber Cleansing Milk, the Japanese Washing Grains to exfoliate and the Eye Gel. I had oily skin so I didn’t think to moisturize (let alone wear sun block!!) We would also indulge with the Banana Shampoo & Conditionner… I still remember all their smells and textures so well. Especially the lovely earthy smell of the Washing Grains.

Well, the other day I was thinking about the washing grains and how they came in that cute container, that was like a salt shaker and that we had to pour a little into the palm of our hand and add some water to make a paste… I did a quick search and behold! I was shocked to discover that the only ingredient they ever had in them, were adzuki beans. Ground up. C’est tout! I knew we had a bag of leftover organic adzuki beans in the pantry so I went looking for it. Found it. Took out my Magic Bullet and added about 1/4 cup of beans and pulsed them finely. Done. As soon as I poured the grainy powder into a (cute) glass container I had, I was overtaken my the scent… EXACTLY how I remembered it. And when I used it for the first time,  I swear to god, it worked exactly like I remembered. Such a great smell. My skin felt smooth and clean.

Homemade adzuki bean exfoliating scrub

Incidentally, adzuki beans have been widely used in Japanese skin care for centuries. They clean, exfoliate and clarify the skin, leaving a natural glow. They just haven’t been as readily available, until the last couple of decades. Long after the Body Shop discontinued their product, I guess. I could have saved myself a small fortune in Japanese Washing Grains, had I known this…

Adzuki Beans