A dear friend of mine told me about a version of this body scrub that her teenage daughter had found online. She made it herself and started using it straightaway on a persistent skin problem on her arms from which she’d been suffering for years. The skin had been very dry and spot prone and as soon as she first used the skin scrub recipe, (similar to the one here) the rough unsightly patches softened and improved! I immediately thought that I had to make some myself and am grateful to my friend for giving me the idea. Again the ingredients are simple, unrefined and totally plant-based. Essential oils from a reputable company that make therapeutic grade products are worth the additional cost also for the potential health benefits. Remember that 70% of what you put on your skin ends up in your bloodstream so it really has to be toxin-free, unadulterated and may also even help your overall health too when you use ‘real’ ingredients….
When I have been looking for ideas of how best to make my own skin product recipes I couldn’t help noticing that a lot of so called DIY ‘natural recipes’ recommend using something called ‘fractionated’ coconut oil.
Personally, I would not use this because it just means that the oil has been refined in some way in spite of advertisers claiming that it has supposedly ‘concentrated’ the goodness. My view is that if it doesn’t say 100% Extra Virgin it cannot naturally have more benefits than something that is 100% unadulterated! Mess around with nature and you no longer have something natural but some refined cr*p that isn’t going to do you any more favours than some prepackaged expensive cream filled with preservatives and other poisons. If you really don’t like the smell of coconut oil, you could potentially get an odourless one (which at best will have been lightly steamed to remove the aroma) but inevitably this process will also mean a loss of nutrients. If something is found in its completely natural state, the natural chemicals within it are synergistic and greatly enhance the benefits of the substance as a whole. Remove things, add others and then you are playing God and saying you know better… Ok, I’m not going to get into a philosophical debate about religion but at the end of the day, it’s your choice. Just don’t be duped by adverts that want to sell you their processed cheap junk for high profits! I’m just being unrefined here so I just say it as I see it!
Er-hum…excuse the digression. I have made the scrub with both fine grain Himalayan salt and larger coarser grains. The finer version is possibly more suitable for facial skin although I personally don’t mind either on my face. You can either soak in the bath with the oil gently melting into the water with the delicate aroma of the essential oils, or can simply use it in the shower and slough it off with a wash cloth. The skin massaged should feel softer and moisturised. The combination of salt and oil tend to balance each other out nicely and there should not be excessive oiliness like the effect of simply melting coconut oil alone on the skin. Any excess greasiness can be simply removed with facial tissue or make up remover pads but this should not be a problem.
Recipe & Equipment:
- Clean, dry glass jars with lids (recipe enough to make two small pots of approximately 150gm each)
- A small mixing bowl and a strong spatula/tablespoon
- 1 cup of himalayan salt
- 1/2 cup of Extra Virgin organic coconut oil
- 15 drops of therapeutic grade essential oils eg Lavender
- Blend the salt and coconut oil thoroughly with the spoon/spatula. This is quite heavy going and takes at least five minutes
- When completely mixed, add about 15 drops of essential oils.
- Evenly scoop into the clean jars and use as required. The mixture can go quite hard in the jars so you may need a small spatula to scoop some out.
Tip: the essential oils used could be citrussy for a wake up shower in the morning and as coconute oil is quite a strong smell on its own, you may need more drops of essential oils. Lavender is a good one to use for aiding sleep if used in the evening.