Do you want to go green but are not sure where to start? We have been adding more greens to our Diet but let's not forget about the products we put on our bodies. Incorporating a clean and natural homemade healing body scrub, lotion or deodorant is the next step to a greener healthier lifestyle.
I normally post healthy meal recipes but I wanted to change it up a little today and share some recipes that are good for the exterior of our bodies as well.
A trip t0 the local drugstore these days can be overwhelming. The number of facial cleansers, moisturisers, wrinkle creams, shampoos, conditioners, toothpastes, lip balms, deodorants, shave creams, sunscreens and cosmetics are unlimited.
Many of these items claim to be natural and pure but most are anything but. Read the ingredient labels and chances are you will discover a list of scary substances like petrochemicals, synthetic compounds that disrupt hormones, known skin and eye irritants and even carcinogens.
Don't worry there is hope. There are simple, natural and healthy ways to look your best without applying a toxic soup of chemicals to your body. I am going to share a few easy recipes I have found for you to try out.
Facial and Body Scrubs help exfoliate our skin exposing new fresh delicate skin underneath. Because exfoliated skin exposes fresh skin, this newly exposed skin absorbs everything more easily including things we may not want like petroleum based chemicals, fragrances, preservatives and artificial colors. This is why we should make our own all natural body scrubs that are full of wonderful ingredients that are good for our skin and bodies.
Mocha Cocoa Sugar Scrub
- ¾ Cup of White Sugar
- 2 Tablespoons of finely ground coffee (freshly ground)
- 1 Tablespoon of Natural Cocoa Powder
- 1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon
- ½ Teaspoon of Cloves
- ½ Teaspoon of Pure Vanilla Extract
- ¼ to ½ Cup of Almond Oil or Grapeseed Oil
In a small bowl add the dry ingredients and whisk together well. Stir the Vanilla Extract into ¼ cup of the Oil and add to the Sugar mixture. Stir until uniformly distributed and all the dry ingredients are moistened. Add additional Oil one tablespoon at a time to achieve your ideal consistency smooth or rough.
Soft Glow Salt Scrub
- 1 Cup of Sea Salt ( Fine Grain)
- ½ Cup of Grapeseed or Almond Oil
- ¼ cup of Olive Oil
- Contents of one Vitamin E Capsule
- 10-15 Drops of Essential Oil (A blend is fine)
1: Start with the Grapeseed or Almond Oil, add Vitamin E, Olive Oil and Essential Naturally Scented Oil in a large bowl.
2: Add the Salt and mix well.
How long does one batch of Salt Scrub last?
Because salt is a preservative, the scrub will last for 1-2 years without going bad. I am sure you will run out long before it spoils.
What is beneficial about a Salt Scrub?
Salt is a natural exfoliant that will remove dead skin when scrubbed on your body. It also has minerals that soften skin and restore hydration.
Where should I store my Salt Scrub?
Make sure you store your homemade scrub in an airtight Jar.
Simple and Sweet Sugar Scrub
- 2 Tablespoons of White Cane Sugar
- 2 Tablespoons of Vegetable Glycerin
- ½ Teaspoon of Aloe Vera Gel
- 1 Drop of Orange Essential Oil
- 1 Drop of Lavender Essential Oil
Put the sugar and glycerin in a small bowl and blend together. Add the Aloe Vera Gel and the 2 Essential Oils and mix well.
Can I use the Sugar Scrub on my face?
Yes absolutely. Take a dollop of the mixture and spread it on your face and massage gently into your skin. Leave it on for 3 minutes. It will tighten as it dries. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.
How often can should I use my Sugar Scrub?
Use it no more than 3 times a week. Overuse can have the opposite effect of what you want and irritate your skin.
How long can I keep my Sugar Scrub?
Sugar scrubs can last up to 5 months if they are kept in an airtight container.
Good to Know Facts about Body Scrubs:
- Take a shower before using a body scrub. Your skin will be moist and soft, making it easier to exfoliate dead skin cells.
- Use your fingers to spread and massage a scrub gently over the skin in a circular motion. Avoid using a washcloth or loofah, as it is much easier to judge the correct pressure with just your fingertips.
- Gently rinse off the salt or sugar scrub and pat your skin dry.
- Use a scrub before shaving. The exfoliating action will result in a closer, smoother shave.
- Be aware - scrubs that contain oil can make a bathtub or shower floor very slippery.
I hope these recipes have inspired you to experiment in making some of your own personal hygiene products and also taking some time to treat yourself.
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