Winter has arrived and in the cold weather, it’s even more important to take care of your skin. I love using home-made body scrubs to remove dry skin. One of my favourites to make is very simple and uses ingredients probably already in your house!
I am a huge fan of essential oils and love mixing. This one, I kept very simple using just lavender oil. It’s important when using essential oils to use a carrier oil. A carrier oil is an oil you can use on your skin that helps dilute the essential oil. A few examples are Coconut oil, Jojoba, Avocado, Apricot and Almond. Jojoba has a neutral scent and is very hydrating. Great for winter months!
When working with essential oils, you want to use dark amber coloured glass. Essential oils do not fare well with direct light so the dark colour helps protect them. I used a 4 oz wide mouth jar from Aura Cacia (www.auracacia.com). In fact, all ingredients (less the sugar) are from this company.
I love this company because of the quality of their products. They work with small farmers all over the world to source their oils. When they go into these countries to partner with the farmers they help the community. They build schools, wells and support the women with jobs. They give a lot back and a few years ago, I had the opportunity to tour their facility in Iowa. The employees are treated incredibly well with an onsite daycare! and organic subsidized hot lunch everyday. Meeting and speaking with their employees and you quickly learned that everyone loves their job.
So you know a little bit about one of my favourite oil brands, now let’s get to the recipe:
- 4 tbsp brown sugar
- 3 tbsp jojoba oil
- 20-40 drops lavender essential oil
Add all ingredients to glass jar, mix to combine. Use as you’d like in the shower! It’s that easy.
You can change up the quanity of oil and sugar to get less of a paste texture (use more oil) and you can change and mix the oils to suit your preferences. Just keep the total number of drops the same, too much oil without enough carrier and you may expeirnce some negative reacions on your skin due to the concentration of the oils.
May more recipes like this one can be found on their website (linked above). DIY oil products also make great gifts and can help reduce product waste. Experiment, have fun and #livevibrantly