Looks like the cold weather is here to stay! Which means – you will find me inside, keeping warm, and CRAFTING.
I conjured my latest idea for an in-home arts and crafts project after randomly receiving a sample size of “body polish” from a friend. [SIDENOTE:….What the heck is body polish?! How is it any different from body scrub?] Apparently, body polish is used to remove dry skin and dead skin cells whereas, body scrubs are used to cleanse your body.] Both exfoliate your skin so your skin feels softer and looks fresher. Well, OK – you learn something new everyday!
Throughout the winter months, year after year I find my skin gets so dry, flakey and alligator-like. Well NOT this year! While researching the difference between scrub and polish, I realized just how easy it is to make your own scrubs at home. Yes – super easy! So, why have I been spending so much money at (one of my all time favorite stores in the whole wide world) LUSH? All products can be found at your local grocery store (or my other favorite store in the whole wide world – TRADER JOE’S)
Coarse sea salt. Sea salt is essentially evaporated seawater that doesn’t contain any additives. It naturally exfoliates by removing the dead skin cells from your body, allowing smoother skin cells to replace.
NOTE: If you’re like me and have sensitive skin, feel free to substitute your mixture with brown sugar.
Specifically, coconut OR almond oil. I prefer coconut as it seems to absorb the quickest. No one likes their hands feeling greasy!
Based on the recipes I’ve found, it seems super popular to use lavender, bergamot, chamomile, and any of the citrus flavors (lemon, grapefruit) for essential oils in mixtures.
Instructions (if using essential oils)
- 1 cup coarse sea salt, 1/2 cup liquid coconut oil, 5 to 7 drops of essential oil, and a 10-ounce glass container.
- Pour 1 cup of salt into the empty glass container.
- Pour 1/2 cup of coconut oil over the salt.
- Add essential oil. (About 5 to 7 drops)
- Stir well.
Here are two household items in particular that I was SHOCKED to see folks using when making their home-made body scrubs:
- SLICED TOMATO
- RIPE BANANA
SEE RECIPES HERE: https://www.treehugger.com/organic-beauty/8-homemade-salt-and-sugar-body-scrubs.html
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ALSO NOTE: The holidays are coming up! Head to Pinterest to see how others have taken their body scrub crafting and turned it into GIFTING.