Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Homemade Exfoliating Scrub

BaltimoreDIY.org has been quiet lately! My work schedule tends to get very hectic around this time of year, so I'm not able to post as much.

But as always there are a few projects here and there, so get ready for a small series of posts!

Homemade exfoliant, houseplant propagation, sourdough baking, bean soup, and homegrown eggs were all fun little projects around the BaltimoreDIY urban homestead this weekend.

Plus I got to go to the library and several yummy area restaurants, including 24 hour Korean BBQ, Tortilleria Sinaloa where they make their own tortillas daily, and Trinacria, which is a historic Italian deli. So full of yumminess!

*Homemade Exfoliating Scrub*

Some of you long-time readers may remember my mention of homemade exfoliant during last year's blizzard (a.k.a. "snowpocalyse" or "snOMG" around these parts.)

What with all the dry indoor heat and cold winter air, skin tends to get somewhat upset. This past Saturday I whipped up a small jar of exfoliant, and it is heaven!

+ sea salt
+ grapeseed oil
+ tea tree essential oil
+ lavender essential oil

+ Pour several tablespoons of sea salt into a small jar. Pour in oil until it just covers the salt. Add 5 drops of each essential oil. Stir.

Total cost: less than $1!

1. Wash your face with warm water.

2. Then take a dollop of the exfoliant and rub lightly on your face, legs, or wherever you want to rub off the dry skin. It will feel rough and scratchy, but that's what makes it effective.

3. Rinse off with warm water. No soap! There will be a thin layer of oil left on your skin, which will help moisturize.

4. The essential oils are anti-bacterial, which will help clear up any breakouts on your face.

Try to resist touching your skin after, but it's hard because your skin will feel super soft!

And of course, all of the ingredients in this recipe can be used in a myriad of other ways, so you get a long of bang for your buck when you buy them.

I don't even have to explain the sea salt. Grapeseed oil is fantastic for frying food because of its high smoke point, and it also works well as a lotion or massage oil because it is so light. Tea tree and lavender essential oils make great perfumes or additions to all natural cleaning products.

Once you start buying items for your DIY pantry, you'll start learning that you can whip up all kinds of goodies on the spot~


Samantha said...

Does this store well? I would assume it would...but I'll ask the silly question anyway.

************* said...

Good question! I would assume it does, since all of the products separately are very shelf stable. But I haven't tested it over time to see if the salt dissolves too much in the oil. Usually I just keep the products separate and make small batches.

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