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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Making a Salt Scrub

I'm not sure how good some of these home made products are, but here is another one to try.  Yesterday I posted a process for making body wash.  It works pretty well, but time will tell how stable it is.

http://www.thecabincountess.com/2014/02/make-your-own-body-wash.html

The castile soap I use is made out of coconut oil.  It is hypoallergenic and doesn't dry out the skin.  Knowing how coconut oil turns liquid at 76 degrees, it is probably the reason my body wash was gel-like in one part of the house and liquid in the area near our pellet stoves.  Just using the bar of soap would probably work just as well.

This recipe is for a salt scrub.  It works to moisturize dry hands, feet, elbows and knees.  If you use it in the shower be careful because the oil can make the floor very slippery.  I like to rub it on my hands in the winter.  It moisturizes them very well.  They still look craggy and old, but at least they are soft.

Three simple ingredients.

Salt Scrub

1/2 cup oil (I like grapeseed or sunflower)  You can use olive or canola but they have more of an odor.

1 cup Sea Salt  (Here too, you can use table salt or even Epsom Salts which is good for getting magnesium absorbed into your skin.)

A few drops of essential oil (This batch I used Grapefruit essential oil)

Mix all ingredients together and put into a jar.  This is a glass jar which probably is a bad idea.  A zip lock bag would even work.  Some recipes for salt and sugar scrubs use bentonite clay.  This clay absorbs toxins and has healing properties.  It may be a great addition. 

Take a little scoop and rub it on your driest skin.