Ok, so I know that I’ve told dozens of stories here about how I was “into” certain things “so long ago” and I sound like either a snob or a hipster or some odd combination of both.
I swear, that’s not my goal! I just find it so amusing that things that were “so weird” back then, like quinoa, almond butter, whole wheat pita, and whatever the heck else I’ve waxed hipster about. And now, here I am on Freebie Saturday waxing hipster about some other thing that’s über-trendy right now that I’ve been “into” for so very long.
The summer I turned 17 (this was 1997 people!) my mom bought me a massage and “salt glow” at my still-favorite day spa here in Chicago, Urban Oasis. I remember a few distinct things about that day: 1) I had never had a stranger give me a massage before, and it took me far too long to enjoy it. 2) The salt glow treatment made my skin feel better than it had EVER felt, and 3) Taking a rain shower afterward was life-changing.
So, in 1997, not long after that spa treatment, and long before the days of searching Amazon for the odd products you can’t find anywhere else, my mom and I searched high and low for salt scrubs. For a mere 3 months, Origins sold one, and we stocked up and used it through the winter. It was gloriously orange-smelling, and super-moisturizing. Fast forward to 2013 and now, salt and sugar scrubs are EVERYWHERE. There are expensive ones, cheap ones, delicious-smelling ones, weird-smelling ones… but they have a few things in common: oil, scent, salt or sugar.
I wish I’d known when I was 17 that making my own darn body scrub was this stinking easy. I did a little online research and asked at the craft store about ingredients to use, and the general consensus is that coconut oil is the best base for dry skin. It’s been a long winter and my skin is beyond dry, so that’s what I went with. The craft store had some delicious-smelling lavender essential oil specifically for soap and scrub making, so I went with that as well. I used a 3/4 : 1/4 mix of sugar to salt, and a 2:1 mixture of salt/sugar to oil.
I’ll include what I did for my scrub, but feel free to play around with it to match your needs. Different oils work differently, but few are solid at room temperature like virgin coconut oil. I can’t wait to experiment with different scents, but I’m looking forward to smelling like a tropical lavender field for as long as this scrub lasts.
DIY Salt & Sugar Body Scrub
- 1 cup extra virgin coconut oil
- 3/4 cup white sugar (for a coarser scrub, use sugar in the raw)
- 1/4 cup kosher salt (feel free to use all sugar, or more salt, for different levels of exfoliation)
- 15-20 drops essential oil of your choice (I used lavender)
Heat the coconut oil in the microwave for about 15 seconds so it’s slightly melted and easy to mix. Add in the sugar and salt and stir until combined. Add the essential oil, stir again, and store in a sealed jar in the shower.
To use: Scoop out a small amount and rub into skin. Rinse thoroughly, then rub the remaining oil into your skin after your shower. Use soap when rinsing if you don’t want to rub in the oil. Be careful in the shower too, since oil makes the floor slippery!
I used a cute jar from the craft store, but a regular mason jar or even an empty peanut butter jar would work, as long as you can get your hand in the opening.
Conveniently, last week’s Freebie was a scrubbie, which combined with the body scrub, would make a wonderful gift for most anyone! If you’re gifting your scrub, I’ve made a printable label for you to use. It would look adorable printed on card stock and tied on with some raffia.
So, that’s your Saturday Freebie! Check out all the other Freebie Saturdays!