Sunday, November 8, 2015

Homemade body scrub

I have been making my own body scrub since I was about 16. It is so easy and satisfying to make your own that you will never ever go back to shop bought scrubs!  
Once upon a time I would be tempted by eye catching packaging and weird and wonderful smells of commercial scrubs. I have recently found out that a lot of the body scrubs that you buy in shops contain something called micro beads. Micro beads are basically tiny particles of plastic less then 5 mm big. They are used instead of natural exfoliators. Because the particles used in the face and body scrubs in particular are so small (usually around 1 mm or less) they are not captured by water plants which means that they end up in our rivers and oceans. There is evidence that they can be ingested by the planktonic organisms at the bottom of the food chain which end up ingested by larger fish which in turn feed us.

Pollution of water sources for the sake of 'beauty'? No thanks. If you are interested, you can read more about this issue here.

Making your own scrub only takes 2 minutes and the advantage is that you can put whatever you want into it. All you need for a body scrub is 3 ingredients:

You need: 

1.Something abrasive (sugar, salt, oats, coffee grounds…)
2.Oil carrier (Olive Oil, Almond oil, sunflower oil)
3.Essential oil – to give it fragrance, lemon, lavender, rosemary….

There are endless possibilities and you can experiment with different essential oils to see which ones you prefer. I love lemon in the mornings, lavender at night and rosemary when I have a cold.

But this one is my all time favourite!

You need:

•2-3 TBS Olive oil/ Sunflower Oil
•200 Fine Sea salt (you can use rock salt but I don’t find it as good as it doesn’t really exfoliate, it is a bit too harsh for my liking)
•20 drops of Sweet Orange Essential Oil

It makes about half of small Kilner Jar.

How to:

1.   Put the salt into the jar and slowly add oil. Depending on how oily you like the scrub you can add more oil that I have used.

2.   Add the essential oil. If you are using stronger essential oils like sandalwood or patchouli, you are best just adding a few drops at the time so that you can gauge the strength.

3.   Mix all ingredients well and use on wet skin. Rinse after use. 

 If you are using salt as your exfoliator, it will keep for a few weeks so you can make a bigger batch and keep it in the bathroom.  I usually make fresh one every time as I can use different essential oils depending on my mood.

The only thing that you have to be careful off is that the bath is treacherously slippery after using the scrub so be careful and give your bath a bit of a wipe after each use.

This would be a pretty awesome and quick Christmas present for someone too;) 




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