this week: body scrub that leaves your skin feeling rose petal soft. it’s inexpensive, pampering, and replace the nasty chemicals in your current body scrub.
Step 1: get a jar. ♻… you know i’m going to tell you to to reuse one from around your house! here, i used the jar that a Bath and Bodyworks candle came in. when the candle was burned down i put it in a saucepan of simmering water. i let it sit there until the wax was all liquid. i poured it out and wiped the inside clean. i ran it through the dishwasher once for good measure. voilà! now it’s your body scrub jar!
Step 2: gather your fixins.
• Salt or Sugar. this is your exfoliant. i recommend choosing a courser grain, such as Sugar in the Raw or sea salt. brown sugar gives body scrub a nice, creamier texture. i used epsom salt with a lavender scent. epsom salt is soothing to the muscles (yoga pains!), and lavender for a relaxing scent. whatever you have in the cabinet is probably just fine.
• A Cold Pressed Oil. cold pressed oils have fantastic emollient qualities. i like grape seed oil best. it’s a nice light color and is fairly inexpensive.
• A Scenting Agent. i recommend an essential oil for simple scenting. essential oils are sold at your local health food store, or in the health food section of a major grocery. they come in small vials. they might seem expensive for such a tiny amount, but they last for several, several projects. (The link here explains the benefits of the various essential oils.)
as you can see, i chose to use dried orange peels for my scenting agent. drying them is very easy. you can just leave the peels in a window sill for a few days until they’re crunchy. i dried mine by pressing them on the flat top of my radiator. when they are dry, throw them in the blender until the peels are very fine. you want to make sure the mixture will go down the shower drain!
Step 3: Fill your jar ¾ with the your Salt or Sugar.
Step 4: Add a little bit of honey. no more than a tablespoon. Whatever amount you’d put in a mug of tea is probably appropriate. Don’t go overboard here!
Step 5: Slowly add your cold pressed oil and stir carefully.
Step 6: Add your scenting agent. If you chose orange peels, fill the jar almost to the top. If you chose an essential oil, add about 10 drops. You can add more later if you like.
Step 7: Stir, and adjust. If it’s too soupy for your taste, add more salt/sugar/orange peels. If it’s too gunky, add more of your cold pressed oil. A good consistency is the same as a handful of sand from just below the water’s surface.
there ya go, friends! enjoy!
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