- ¼ cup grapeseed oil
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 5 to 25 drops favorite pure essential oil
- Dried herbs and flowers to preference
- 1 cup turbinado sugar or coarse sea salt
Mix a batch of this sweet exfoliant, which soothes as it removes dry skin. Make the paste by combining oils with herbs and flowers, then add sugar or salt. Dab some on the tips of your fingers and gently rub in a circular motion to remove old skin. Works well on feet. Rinse with cool water, then cleanse the area with a mild soap to remove excess oil. For extra dry skin, you may skip the soap. Instead, leave a little oil behind so it can absorb and moisturize your skin. Refrigerate unused portion of the scrub in an airtight glass container for up to two weeks.
Sugar Versus Salt
The choice between turbinado sugar and coarse sea salt depends on the expectation of the scrub. If a gentle, spa-like exfoliant is desired, use sugar, as it is powerful enough to remove surface dryness but is not abrasive. Use salt if you want a more intensive scrub for tough skin patches, such as elbows and heels. Combine sugar and salt if you want your scrub to achieve a perfect balance of nurturing and clarifying.
- Sweet orange pure essential oil
- Lemon zest and/or dried rosemary
- Dried lavender or lavender essential oil
- Geranium essential oil
- Vanilla essential oil