Relax with a shower or bath – using a homemade body scrub to freshen up your dry and pale winter skin.
It takes you only about five minutes to make this – and you can even make a nice gift out of half of the batch!
The skin is our biggest organ and whatever we put on it is going into our body, kind of like what we eat. Have you ever checked the ingredients list on a shower gel, scrub or body lotion? The amazing body scrub we are doing today has only a few ingredients, all of which you can buy in your local organic shop or online, and it’s good not only for your skin but also for your budget.
I started using this home made body scrub almost a year ago and have since not once used any lotions or creams. My skin stays balanced and moist. Try for yourself!
This is what you need:
- 200 ml (one Rapunzel glass) coconut oil – Rapunzel is the cheapest brand available in Luxembourg (3.79 Euro at Naturata) and I use this for baking, cooking as well as for my body scrub.
- 30 ml (two tbsp.’s) almond oil – this one is a bit more expensive but we won’t use the whole bottle (6.49 Euro at Naturata for 100 ml)
- 500 g (which is that whole bag on the picture) salt – I buy Alnatura’s sea salt at DM in Germany because of the perfect grain size – not too big and not too small. Scrubs even my face without hurting!
- About 2 teaspoons cinnamon – but this is optional. I like the smell of it plus cinnamon actually works well (antiseptic) against acne!
- And some essential oils for a mild fragrance of your liking. You’ll find these at Naturata and also in most pharmacies. Cost depends on the fragrance but varies between 5 and 16 Euro with vanilla being the most expensive one I’ve found so far.
In a pot over low heat melt the coconut oil to a clear liquid. Don’t heat it up. Once melted, turn the stove off and take the pot away from it.
Add the two tbsp.’s of almond oil, the 500 g salt and the two teaspoons of cinnamon (optional) and stir.
Then add essential oils. These are quite pricey I know, but you only need a few drops each time you make this so in the end it’s not too bad. I like to combine vanilla, blood orange (blutorange) and citrus : about 20 drops of each. This gives a sweet and cozy scent.
Or peppermint (pfefferminze) and citrus : about 25 drops of each – and this will make your scrub rather refreshing.
Then just stir until all is mixed. Fill a small plastic container to keep in your bathroom.
And possibly make a gift out of the rest by filling for example the coconut oil glass and tying a ribbon around it. Just like in the top picture.
When showering – scoop a tablespoon sized amount into your hand and rub your whole body. Give knees, elbows and feet an extra scrub. I use it also in my face – but be gentle here. Rinse off with water and pat yourself dry with a towel.
A tip : Keep a pot next to your sink and when you have dry hands – scoop a small amount into your hands and gently rub them before rinsing it off with lukewarm water. Leaves your hands wonderfully soft and moist.
Text and photos by Lisa Fuchs.
Lisa normally writes about healthy and creative baking, under the name Liesel on her blog: lieselathome.com You will never find sugar or gluten in any of her recipes and most of them are also lactose free.