This is a guest post by Rita Thomassen, founder of GLIN, the first Eco Soap School in the Netherlands. Rita recently moved to the Netherlands with her Dutch husband and bilingual 4year-old son. Rita is determined to help others on the green and clean path of life through the different GLIN Workshops, online and offline GLIN activities.
Body scrubs feel luxurious, smell delicious and leave the skin smooth and moisturised. However, commercial body scrubs often contain both mechanical and chemical defoliants. They are meant to work on tougher skin (not on the face and neck). They may be severe or irritating and most of them are quite oily, too.
If you have a sensitive skin or just shaved your legs, a store-bought body scrub (especially one with acids) can burn or sting like crazy. Do not rub your scrub too aggressively, and do not use it more than once a week. Never use the body scrub on your face and neck.
Body scrubs have 3 main ingredients:
1. An exfoliant
This is the abrasive material like salt, sugar, rice bran, jojoba beads, apricot kernels, coffee grounds, etc. that rubs away the dead skin cells on the surface, revealing the softer, younger cells just below.
This holds the mixture together so you (or someone else) can apply it to your skin: Oils like macadamia oil, sweet almond oil or even olive oil.
Ideally, the fragrance comes from high-quality essential oils. Most commercial body scrubs will have synthetic fragrances and more synthetic ingredients in general.
Because I keep my body away from synthetic fragrances and ingredients (they may cause serious changes in your body) I make my own natural body scrubs. Honestly, they are easy to make, cheap and fun to use or give as a present. Why shouldn't you give it a try? It takes less time to make one than to make a coffee!
There are two basic variants: Salt Scrubs and Sugar Scrubs.
Salt scrubs are the easiest to make and a great gift if you put it in a pretty jar. Sugar scrubs are a good choice when your skin is extremely sensitive or if you have had a salt scrub before and found it scratchy or uncomfortable.
Finally, never use a body scrub on your face, where the skin is thinner and more delicate. Body scrubs are designed for the tougher skin on your body.
Here is my favourite, easy to make recipe which gives you the luxury feeling that you are looking for.
- Half cup of coffee grounds
- Quarter cup of olive oil
- Quarter cup of brown sugar
- A little spoon of cinnamon
- A little spoon of honey
- (Optional) 2 drops of Orange Essential oil
Put all the ingredients together in a jar, mix it well, and it's ready to use. Enjoy your natural, self-made, nourishing home spa now!
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