It baffles me why people are sucked into spending so much money on exfoliating scrubs when they’re incredibly easy to make using ingredients you’ve probably already got in your home or garden. The variations you can make to the basic recipe are endless. Flower petals, buds, essential oils and fresh herbs all work beautifully and stay well preserved for months in the oil and salt.
I used a blend of fresh rosemary from the garden and the zest of two large lemons in this one. Rosemary is known for its astringent and antiseptic properties and also contributes to skin elasticity helping prevent premature aging. Lemon on the other hand has been used for centuries as a natural skin brightener as well as bring great for cleansing and toning.
For this recipe I used:
600g fine sea salt (Epsom or Himalayan would be brilliant in terms of the mineral properties they contain if you prefer)
Approx 300ml olive oil, or oil of your choice.
3 large sprigs of rosemary, very finely chopped
And the zest of two large lemons, chopped finely.
All you need to do is mix it all together and store in a 500ml jar making sure you’ve got enough oil to just about cover the salt. So easy!
In terms of applying it, I highly recommend standing in the shower or bath on a flannel or hand towel to prevent slipping (remember there’s oil in there!) and rubbing into dry skin in circular motions before rinsing. Your skin will be bright, smooth and the oil will sink in leaving it lovely and soft too. Perfect!