Friday, August 10, 2012

Hand & Body Scrubs

This post is a little something different. I need to spice it up once in awhile to keep you on your toes and to keep you guessing about what's coming next. Just don't try to eat these scrubs, okay? Not that any of you will, but I just have to put it out there. 

These scrubs are great. One is a salt body scrub made with almond oil and citrus zest. The other is a sugar scrub made with brown sugar, almond oil, almond meal and oatmeal. See, I told you they sound good enough to eat! These scrubs are both excellent for exfoliation and are great moisturizers for your body. Plus, it's even amazing to use on your hands and feet (hello mani/pedi!). Just be careful to not use them on your face. For one, there is almond oil in them and I can't imagine that would be good if you are trying to avoid breakouts. Secondly, the scrub might be just a little rough on your sensitive face skin. 

Keep a jar of scrub in your shower or even by your kitchen sink. After few days of washing dishes, your hands will thank you for this! Even better, these scrubs take minutes to put together and they make great homemade gifts too. What person wouldn't like a homemade body scrub? I know I would!

almond oil + salt + zest

if you don't have a microplane, get one.

all mixed together and ready for a jar!

Citrus Salt Scrub (a Paula Deen recipe)

1/2 cup sea salt
1/2 cup sweet almond oil (can substitute light olive oil or vegetable oil)
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon orange zest

In a medium dry bowl, combine all ingredients making sure to not let any water touch them as it will dissolve the salt. Pour mixture into an airtight container and store in a cool dry place. 

To use: Just before showering, swirl ingredients together with your fingertips to mix. Clean body completely and just before exiting shower, apply Citrus Salt Body Scrub to body in a firm circular scrubbing motion with hands or a soft washcloth. Rinse off the mixture and pat body dry with a clean towel.

If you can't find almond meal, just grind up some almonds until they are almost powder like.

grind up the oats

that looks about right

mix everything together. see, I told you this was easy.

use any jars you have to store them. I like mason jars!

Brown Sugar Body Scrub (

1/2 cup ground almonds
1/2 cup ground oatmeal
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup almond oil
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Small containers with lids

Combine all ingredients using a spatula in a large bowl until well blended. Mix should have a paste like texture. If it is too dry add more oil a few drops at a time. Conversely, if it is too oily add more dry ingredients until you reach the desired consistency. Keep stored in tightly sealed jars. May need to mix before use if ingredients settle.

To use, apply to wet skin in a circular motion concentrating on dry patches and rough areas of your skin. Avoid using the scrub on sensitive areas, in cuts or on skin that is irritated or sunburned. Thoroughly rinse with warm water.

 Bet you didn't know it was that easy to make a homemade scrub, now did you?

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