Do It Yourself: Body Scrub

You could spend a lot of money on fancy exfoliating body scrubs, but you can easily make one on your own that works just as well. This basic recipe for a body scrub/defoliator calls on the use of only a few natural, simple, ingredients that can be as effective, if not more, than those in stores that have all sorts of foreign additives. The beauty of this recipe also lies in the fact that it can be customized however you want depending on what you need or feel like. You can use it plain, or add various herbs for their benefits, such as lavender for relaxation, rosemary to energize and invigorate you, or thyme, for its antibacterial properties.

 

You will need…             
-½ cup + 2 tablespoons Epsom salt or coarse salt crystals 
-2 tablespoons of olive oil
-Juice of one lemon or lime
-herb of choice (optional)

 

In a bowl combine a half a cup plus 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt, or coarse salt crystals, with 4 tablespoons of olive oil.

 

Squeeze in the fresh juice of 1 lemon or lime, and stir together. Place in a jar with a tight fitting lid and use once a week for smooth, glowing skin. If you’re using an herb, cover the top of the mixture with it and stir it in after the lemon/lime juice. It will infuse the salt around it, and you can use the buds/sprigs and all when you scrub.

 

Place in a jar with a tight fitting lid and use once a week for smooth, glowing skin. You can scrub it on dry or in the shower, but if you do the former, rinse off with warm water afterwards.

 

Body Scrub Tip: you can adjust the amount of oil depending on if you want a coarser (less oil) scrub or a more uniform, softer (more oil) scrub.

 

Do It Yourself: Body butter

ESSENTIAL INGREDIENTS:

  1. Shea butter– This is a skin “super food” that deep moisturizes, heals, and helps with skin regeneration.

  2. Cocoa butter– It’s a high quality emollient, very moisturizing for skin.

  3. Coconut oil– It supports tissue healing and repairs and softens skin.

  4. Vitamin E oil– It promotes healing.

  5. Lavender essential oil– It’s believed to have anti-inflammatory properties (plus it is relaxing and smells good).

INSTRUCTIONS:

Step 1: Mix together 2 tablespoons each of shea butter, cocoa butter, and coconut oil.

 

Step 2: Add 10 drops of vitamin E oil.

 

Step 3: Place mixture in a thick bottomed pan and stir over low heat until melted.

 

Step 4: When the mixture is melted, whip with a whisk and then remove from heat.

 

Step 5: Add 5 drops of lavender essential oil and whip until well mixed.

 

Step 6: Spoon into and store in an airtight container.

 

Step 7: Massage regularly on any area where you want to avoid stretch marks. (I recommend the tummy, sides, breasts, and tops of thighs.)