It’s officially summer, which brings to mind several things to me…relaxing, maybe a vacation, and dry skin. I know summer shouldn’t remind me of dry skin, but the looming activities of the beach and chlorine of the pool always remind me that it’s important to exfoliate and moisturize. Since summer can also be a time when we have a little more room in our schedules, it might be time to address that exfoliation with a little home-made salt scrub! A scrub gives you the benefit of removing dead skin cells and, on a deeper level, it also reminds you that you are taking a few minutes to do something for yourself. Do you need to remind yourself that you are worthwhile? I know I do!
So, what will you need? You can create a very easy scrub with just a few simple ingredients. Here are some easy recipes to start with. Before we launch into the recipe, however, let me just make one important point…use a plastic container to store this. Putting salt scrubs into glass may look pretty on magazine photos, but it is super dangerous to have slippery bath areas combined with glass. Just don’t do it! Get yourself a cute plastic dish or even use a plastic food container with a lid from the kitchen. And, no matter the container, take care when exiting your bath. The oils make the bath slippery!
Basic Salt Scrub
- 1 cup fine or medium grind sea salt (beware of super coarse salt, as it can be too harsh)
- ½ cup of oil (best choices: olive oil, sweet almond, apricot, or melted coconut oil)
- 8-10 drops of essential oil (citrus is uplifting, lavender is relaxing, eucalyptus can clear your nose)
Mix well in a bowl with a spoon, and store in an airtight container.
Note: This is for body use only. Salt is too harsh for facial use and may cause irritation.
Use the same base recipe (above), and then add fresh ingredients like:
- 1 tsp. grated zest of lime, lemon or orange with two teaspoons of finely chopped fresh rosemary
- Juice from half a squeezed lemon, add zest too if you like, and 1 tablespoon fresh chopped herbs (I like sage, or basil. You can use rosemary, peppermint, or a combination of herbs.
A couple of notes: Any time you add fresh ingredients like juice, citrus or herbs, you will need to store this in the refrigerator. These recipes do not contain preservatives for ingredients containing water. Also, it is very important not to get water from the bath into your container. Use a spoon to remove the salt from your container. A typical bath tub will take about a ½ cup to make a nice soak. By the way…these make cute gifts if you package them well. I found cute acrylic mason jars a few years ago, topped them with a bow, and gave salt and sugar scrubs out as gifts.
- 1 cup of Himalayan fine ground salt
- 1 cup of Epsom salt (full of magnesium, and aren’t a lot of us deficient in this?)
- 1 cup of olive oil
- 8 drops of lavender or rose essential oil
- A sprinkle of fresh rose petals…because, why not?!!
Have fun with it, and enjoy!
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