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15 November, 2017

Lavender Salt Scrub

Posted in : easy, lavender, natural, peppermint, quick, Skin Care on by : Jeanette Schramm Tags: , , , ,

If you liked the Mint Mocha Body Scrub from a few weeks ago, then you’re going to love this week’s recipe!
A friend of mine inspired me to go check out the local flora in my new home. To my surprise (and thrill), I realized that the community was FULL of decorative lavender plants! I took an empty jar, headed out in the morning, before the heat of the day could make the pavement sizzle, and I went out and deadheaded a handful of lavender bushes, gathering up the sun-dried buds for my own uses. I also clipped a few of the dried branches, bundled them up, and hung them in my laundry room — Lovely!
Personally, I prefer the creaminess of using coconut oil (or any other oil with a higher-than-room-temperature melting point), but I made this one with someone else in mind, and they’re allergic to coconut oil, sooooooooo I figured it’d be a nice gesture to make a version of the scrub that wouldn’t give them a rash. I’m such a thoughtful friend. Anyway, if lavender isn’t your thing or you want to play around with your options, here are some other combinations to consider:
– Eucalyptus Mint, for sore muscles
– Orange Peel, for a pick-me-up
– Lavender Rose, for relaxation
Just change out which essential oils you use and which dried plants you toss in. Play around with it, and share some of your favorite combinations in the comments below!

Ingredients
2 tbsp Mineral oil (alternatively, baby oil)
1/2 cup Epsom salts (I used a lavender variety)
1 tbsp Dried lavender buds
~12 drops Lavender essential oil
1-2 drops Peppermint essential oil

In a bowl, mix together the mineral oil (or melted coconut oil, if you’d rather) and the salts, adjusting your salt to oil ratio until you have a consistency you like. Crush up the lavender buds with your hands and sprinkle them into the bowl, mixing again until everything is evenly distributed. Finally, add the oils one at a time until you find a ratio of the two that pleases your senses. Mix it all up one last time and transfer to an airtight container for storage.

It is not recommended that you use this scrub on your face, especially if you are using mineral oil. The salt is so coarse, it may do more damage than good if used as an exfoliator against the delicate skin of the face, and mineral oil will likely clog your pores and cause breakouts if you’ve got sensitive skin. I suggest limiting the use of this scrub to your body, hands, and feet. If you do get any on your face, just make sure to clean the area with soap and water. You probably won’t have any issues if the oil gets on your face, but for those with sensitive skin, just be aware.

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