WHY I LOVE THE SCRUB
Each morning, while in the shower, I always get my self-love oil massage on – a quick version of Abhyanga/Ayurvedic massage….a post on that is to come. The light, long massage strokes of this gentle practice are known for instilling a sense of stability while detoxing the lymph system.
Every once in a while, my skin feels drier than normal and I prefer to make a scrub for that day instead. It takes me 5-10 minutes and it’s well worth it. I always make these in individual uses because I love fresh ingredients, and each day is different…sometimes I want invigoration, and others are a mellow day. Today was one of my favorite scrubs that I've made so I wanted to share it with you.
WHAT'S IN IT
The majority of ingredients I use in personal care are those that you can find in your kitchen. As you play more often with your own DIY care, your collection of items available will grow and soon you'll be your very own apothecary with endless possibilities.
Today's scrub started with coconut oil, which always has a silky feel in salves, lotions, and scrubs and has numerous benefits including antibacterial and antifungal properties, ability to increase lipid content in skin, and potentially block the sun’s damaging rays (not the good ones!). While I normally don’t use coconut oil in my skin products in the winter (it has a more drying and cooling nature compared with other oils) I went for it because, well it’s what I wanted today.
Baking soda is awesome in your scrub because it’s a gentle exfoliator has alkaline properties, and costs next to nothing.
Sea salt is full of valuable minerals and also acts as a delicious exfoliant. It helps the skin retain moisture, improves function of the skin barrier, and has shown to eliminate inflammation in the skin. Once again, minimal in cost especially if you buy in quantity.
Rosehip seed oil is loaded with vitamins, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids (EFAs). Believe me, you want this stuff on your skin. It’s a little bit pricier and has concentrated benefits so I always use it more sparingly than some of my other carrier oils. If you don’t have it on hand, substitute another favorite of yours...perhaps a high quality olive oil, argan oil, sesame oil, etc.
Any of my DIY personal care recipes can be made without essential oils, but you’ll be missing out on their numerous benefits. Connect with me if you would like to get your own high quality essential oils at wholesale. The star of this salt scrub is Wild Orange essential oil. This oil is rejuvenating, uplifting, collagen producing in the skin, stimulating to the lymphatic system, great for immune system boosting, and it’s main constituent, limonene has been shown to have anti-cancer properties. On top of that, it smells amazing! A word of advice: skip this oil if you plan to be in the sun for any length of time as citrus oils can make you more sensitive to UV rays.
Ylang Ylang essential oil is one of my favorites. Its fragrance is well known in the perfume industry but it has wonderful therapeutic benefits as well ranging from hormone balance, to skin and hair enhancing properties.
Melaleuca (tea tree oil) is a star in our house and used nearly every day. It has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. It’s great on the skin, especially acne, and a little goes a long way.
My New Orleans background has instilled a lack of desire for the accurate measure, but since this recipe is so fresh in my mind, these measurements are pretty on point.
Wild Orange Sea Salt Scrub
Yield: 1 use
- 1 T unrefined coconut oil
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp sea salt
- ½ tsp rosehip oil (can substitute your favorite oil including olive, argan, jojoba, etc)
- 2 drops Wild Orange essential oil
- 1 drop Ylang Ylang essential oil
- 1 drop Melaleuca (tea tree) essential oil
- Combine all ingredients in small glass or steel container, or mortar (just say no to plastic!) and mix with spoon or pestle.
- Jump in shower apply scrub in small amounts all over face and body in gentle circular strokes (long strokes on the arms, legs, and neck). Allow to sit on skin for 2-5 minutes followed by a gentle rinse.
- Be mindful of your towels as the regular oil use can stain them.
- Enjoy the day!