Photo via @TheSassyNation
Scrubs are a super easy way to get soft and supple skin using ingredients that you probably already have at home. I attended a DIY a pop-up shop sponsored by a local co-op boutique, The Beehive and Reciprocitee Natural Body Products a few weeks back and got the inside scoop on the difference between salt and sugar scrubs and how to be a mixtress master at home.
Which scrub to choose depends on your desired results. Sugar is a natural humectant and great to combat wintertime dry skin. Salt, on the other hand, naturally detoxifies and tightens the skin while promoting circulation.
What you’ll need:
Salt or Sugar
Organic oil (jojoba, almond & olive are my 3 favorites)
Essential Oils (the smell good type—think rose or lemongrass)
Dried flowers, tea leaves
A mixing bowl + Spoon
Small jar with a lid
What you’ll do:
- Start by filling the container that will store your salt or sugar almost to the rim, then dump it into your mixing bowl.
- Mix in your base oil slowly until you get the desired consistency. I call this the pour and stop because adding a little at a time then stopping to let it settle for a moment will give you a better idea of how much liquid is enough; not that you can really mess it up either way.
- Once you get the consistency you like, it’s time to add your smell goods—the essential oils. I used lemongrass my first try. 5-10 drops should do the trick. You want enough for a faint smell so the amount actually depends on how big of a batch you make. Let your nose be the judge, just don’t go overboard. Essential oils are super concentrated and you don’t want to irritate your skin by using too much.
- Give your scrub some character by mixing in little extras, like dried flowers or tea leaves.
- Add your scrub back into the storage jar, label it and get ready to pamper yourself with some homemade luxury the next time you shower.
Photo via The Beehive ATL