Things to Make - Rosemary Sage Body Scrub
Since beginning this blog, I have received various emails and requests for guest posts, press, advertising, etc. Most of which did/do not seem like a good "fit" (though I always appreciate the asking). But every once in awhile, a perfect request comes a long. A few months ago, a woman named Michelle Pino** asked if I'd be interested in blogging some homemade body care recipes. Since I'm trying to cut down on excess spending (i.e. Red Door), this seemed like the perfect opportunity.
I decided to try Michelle's rosemary sage body scrub and ordered all of the ingredients through Amazon (except for the sea salt, which I bought at Trader Joe's). It only took about five minutes to mix is all together. The results were incredible. I think I'm going to make a few more jars for end of the year teacher's gifts.
So thank you very very much Michelle! And readers, let me know what you think! I'm hoping to post more of Michelle's wonderful concoctions in weeks to come . . .
Here's the scoop:
1 cup Sweet Almond Oil
2 cups Sea Salt
Rosemary Essential Oil
Sage Essential Oil
Airtight Jar for Storing (Mason Jar recommended but not required)
Spoon for Mixing
Fill your jar with the fine sea salt. (If you have sensitive skin, you can replace it with brown sugar.) Then slowly add your sweet almond oil a little at a time since you might not need all of it. There should be just enough oil to hold the mixture together, so try not to make it too oily. Then add 6 drops of your sage and rosemary essential oils. Mix everything together with the spoon. Done! It's really simple to make your own natural scrub at a fraction of the cost of store bought ones. Feel free to experiment with different exfoliants, essential oils, and carrier oils to find one that you like the most.
And if you want to experiment with different scrubs, here's Michelle's advice:
Every scrub has a basic recipe consisting of an exfoliating base, essential oils, and carrier oils. Since the skin on your body is rougher than the skin on your face, sea salt is a great choice for a body scrub. If you want to make a face scrub, use finer exfoliants such as sugar or oats.
Essential oils serve to add delicate fragrances for your scrub. Each bottle of essential oil should last you a relatively long time, as you only need a few drops. When purchasing them, make sure that the oils have been cold-pressed, come with a stopper to minimize spillage, and are in a dark colored bottle to prevent oxidation. Some personal favorite essential oils to choose from include: rosemary, lavender, grapefruit, sage, and bergamot.
Carrier oils are the base oils that moisturize your skin and keeps your mixture together, anything from sweet almond oil, to grape seed oil, to olive oil. Personally, I prefer sweet almond oil since it's easy to find and doesn't leave an oily film.
***Michelle Pino, is a Spa Manager at Skana, a spa in upstate New York at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY. She enjoys DIY projects, healthy recipes, exercise, and all things related to skin care. If you have any comments or questions feel free to contact Michelle via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.