Who doesn’t love a great body scrub? I made these as gifts for my family and friends. This is a great way to make unique gifts for Christmas that everyone can enjoy. During the winter our skin tends to dry out and become chapped, and a good body scrub is the cure. Exfoliating your skin and removing dead skin cells reveals a softer healthier looking skin, while the almond oil in the scrub replenishes your skin’s moisture. I use organic, all-natural ingredients in my scrub. The best part of making your own scrubs is picking out and blending your fragrances.
Essential oils come in all sorts of aromas. My personal favorites are Lavender, Neroli, peppermint, and grapefruit. Neroli is the oil of orange blossoms. It reminds me of my Grandmother and the orange trees in her backyard. When the trees blossom, the smells would take you to an orange blossom utopia. The smell of orange blossoms in the air brings back warm memories as a child playing in her yard. My Grandmother always used to wear pure orange blossom essential oil as her trademark perfume, and still does to this day!
Grapefruit has a nice sweet scent with a jolt of citrus aroma that will awaken your senses. Peppermint smells fresh and will clear your sinuses at the same time. Lavender has a pleasant floral aroma, and it also helps you relax after a hectic day. Mixing a combination of these oils, or some other essential oil that you fancy will be the first step to making the perfect body scrub. The next step is picking out your oil to mix with. I used almond oil because it is a great moisturizer and it is odorless. My next top favorite would have to be a light olive oil. Both are great for your skin. Picking sugar or salt is the next choice. I used Epsom salt for some scrubs and organic cane sugar for other scrubs. The difference is in the size of crystal. Sugar is finer and makes for a smoother “micro” scrub. Epsom salt tends to be rougher. Both are great depending on your needs.
- 1 cup organic cane sugar, or Epsom salt
- 10-15 drops of organic pure essential oil (Great selection at Whole Foods or specialty store)
- 1/3 cup organic almond oil or organic light olive oil
- *Optional* one drop of pure organic food coloring of your choice
- In a medium mixing bowl with a metal spoon, mix salt or sugar with drops of essential oil (mix a few drops at a time)
- Mix one drop of organic food coloring (optional), blend until evenly coated
- Mix in oil
- Pour mixture into a sterilized canning jar or jar with a sealed tight lid (you can find inexpensive jars at Michael’s or at Cost Plus)
- Get creative and place a name tag on the jar if it is going to be a gift. Tie ribbon around jar with a small spoon or Popsicle stick to stir