As promised, I am including some very easy at home recipes for body scrubs. There is no need to spend a lot of money on store brand scrubs, when you can make these easy ones at home and use some of the petals out of your garden for a great addition and smell. I recommend stocking up on a few supplies and keeping them around the house and then experiementing with the scents and textures that work best for your skin type.
Body scrubs are a great way to to get rid of dead skin layers, re-circulate the blood, and message the skin. A scrub with coconut oil is gentle enough for sensitive skin and will add moisturizer back to the skin as it washes away the impurities. Most of these ingredients you can find in the grocery store. The coconut oil needs to be the solid kind, and should be unscented. For my essential oils, I like to use Aveda products, but honestly, any essential oils will do.
My favorite part of this recipe are the lavender buds – but you can use dried or fresh. If you have fresh lavender in the garden – use them! Lavender is a classic scent, known for its healing and soothing properties. As an essential oil, it can be used directly on the skin. Because of its high level of camphor, lavender has lots of healing properties and is used as an antibacterial and can be an added element for healing minor burns. Lavender also has many natural skin stimulating properties, which is why it is used in so many bath and body products.
- 1 cup sea salt
- 3/4 cup coconut oil
- 10-14 drops lavender essential oil
- 2-3 dried tbsp. lavender buds
- Plastic gloves (optional for mixing)
How to make the scrub
- Measure out all of your ingredients into a large mixing bowl and then drop them all onto a marble baking board
- Next, get ready to “Knead” your mixture, just like you would bread dough. I recommend having some plastic, disposable gloves around (yep, you are going to knead at this just like you would if you were baking some bread. It is the best way to get the coconut oil to blend with the salt).
- Finally, add any extra essential oil drops if you like a stronger scent. Then add your mixture into a wide-mouth jar and use 1-2 times a week. Scrubs should be used on dampened skin and should not be used on open scratches or where the is an opening in the skin. Rinse the scrub off with warm water and top with soothing lavender lotion. Enjoy!