Make Your Own All Natural Body Scrub
This is my favorite recipe for an all natural body scrub. These scrubs sell for $20 or more at your favorite retail outlets, but here I will teach you to make one for about $1.
and either your favorite essential oil or extract (like vanilla) for scent.
Mix 1/4 cup Olive Oil
1/3 cup honey
and 1/2 cup table sugar together.
Then if the mixture is too runny you can add more sugar a tablespoon at a time until you get a nice consistency.
You can leave it unscented, or add one teaspoon of extract or ONE drop of essential oil at a time until you get the scent you like.
What does it do?
Olive Oil--moisturizes naturally
Honey--enzymes provide better exfoliation
Sugar--exfoliates (you may also use salt--table or sea--salt provides a stronger exfoliation)
Scent--makes you feel good
Some suggested scents:
Orange Extract--refreshing, wakes you up
Peppermint Extract--invigorating, this also tingles sometimes, for those times orange isn't strong enough
Lavender Essential Oil--calming, great for the shower right before bed
Rose Essential Oil--calms you, clears your head
Sandalwood Essential Oil--stimulates creativity
Cinnamon or Ginger Essential Oils--stimulate brain function, increase appetite
The ingredients wash away down the drain with no problem.
The oil can make the tub slick, so take this into account when using it.
An allergic reaction would be INCREDIBLY rare, but to test, put a small circle of product on your inner arm, leave for an hour and wash off with soap and water. If there is no reaction in 24 hours you will be fine.
You can make this as a gift as well. My family jumps at the homemade scrubs I make. Just place the scrub in a quilted jelly jar and make a pretty label for the top. Mine say:
ALL NATURAL VANILLA BODY SCRUB
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Pure Clover Honey
Pure Vanilla Extract
patch test 24 hrs. before first use
By labeling it this way, I make common ingredients sound special.