With the chilly winds and cold air sweeping against our skin, it’s time to give some extra tender loving care to your body’s largest organ. And believe me, your skin will thank you.
Just a month ago I tried a sugar scrub for the first time. I massaged it into my legs and arms and rinsed it off with water before shaving. Not only did my skin feel tingly and clean as if it could finally breathe, I did not receive as much shaving burn due to my newly smooth, exfoliated skin.
As someone who’s been on a mission to try out all-natural beauty products in hopes to transition into a green beauty routine, I’ve found that making your own toxin-free, environmentally friendly products is super easy. Additionally, it’s likely that you already have most of these ingredients in your home!
The epsom salts in this scrub exfoliate the skin while the coconut oil nourishes and moisturizes. Epsom salts have also been known to soothe aching muscles. Lavender essential oil is known to be a calming agent in aromatherapy that can help with stress and anxiety. This homemade scrub is perfect gift for a loved one to enjoy a relaxing at-home spa-day.
Here’s how to make your own Homemade Lavender Salt Scrub:
• Epsom salts or organic granulated sugar
• Organic coconut oil
• Sprigs of fresh lavender
• Lavender essential oil
• Recycled jar
1. Spoon out about two tablespoons of organic coconut oil into a microwave safe dish. I like to use Trader Joe’s Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, but any oil such as olive oil will do.
2. Microwave the coconut oil for 2-3 ten second intervals stirring each time until the oil is translucent. The oil gets hot very quickly, so remove the dish carefully.
3. Next, spoon about a half cup of epsom salts into the coconut oil and mix well. Depending how wet and conditioning you want your scrub, you can add more melted coconut oil.
4. Take a couple springs of lavender and chop into small bits. I picked my lavender from my backyard, but you can also find lavender at most herbal and natural food stores.
5. Place the lavender bits into the oil and salt mix. Add 5-10 drops (depending on preference) of lavender essential oil.
6. Spoon your scrub into a small jar. I tied a bow from some twine for an extra touch. Enjoy!
Until next time, you can find more eco-friendly DIYs and sustainable fashion tips on Sustainable Daisy.
Karen Housel is a fashion designer and DIY enthusiast. She would love to see what types of trinkets you repurpose into cheery magnets! If you share on social media, use #sustainabledaisy so she can take look. Follow Karen on Twitter, Instagram, or subscribe to her blog at Sustainable Daisy for more eco-friendly lifestyle tips! Read all of her MOTHER EARTH NEWS posts here.
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