26 Jun #5 DIY: Nourishing All-in-one Body scrubs: Lavender, Mint and Calendula
Today I’ll be writing about body scrubs that turned out to be a shower gel as well. There’s something for everyone: wonderful and antiseptic Lavender, refreshing mint and healing Calendula with a moisturising coconut. Bare in mind that it is advised to use them up to three times a week and no more; sea salt can be too aggressive if you apply it to your skin too often. I’ve never been really fond of body scrub because, even though my skin felt smooth afterwards, I couldn’t help but notice that my skin got dry. Finally a scrub that will enrich your skin and has it all: a body scrub, scent and nourishing oil(s) that will make sure your skin is well taken care of. Enjoy!
1. Lavender all-in-one body scrub
What do you need?
– Pink Sea salt – Sweet Almond oil (Prunus amygdalus dulcis)- Dried Lavender flowers – Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
You can buy the sea salt basically anywhere. It cost me £5 for a 1kg. I don’t think I have a Himalaya’s one, however this one is very good and as you can see from the packaging it even treats eczema and dry skin.
I’ve written about the almond oil in my previous post #4 DIY where you can find more info about it. It’s a very nourishing oil without the strong scent.
As for the Lavender, I bought the dried flowers in the Earth Natural Foods at Knetish town, where it will cost you £2.25 per 100g. The essential oil can be purchased in any health (food) stores since it’s one of the world’s most popular scents. However, lavender is not only about the scent, it has mild antiseptic properties as well as the calming effect on both body and mind. So whenever you’re stressed, go for the lavender shower.
Make sure you have a bowl for mixing up the ingredients: I simply used a bigger Kilner jar. The recipe is very simple, no fuss, just mixing up the ingredients. First, you add around 4tbsp of sea salt and the equal amount of the Almond oil, 1 – 2 tsp of the dried Lavender flowers, and 6 drops of Lavender essential oil. And that’s it! Mix it up and you’re good to go to have a nourishing scrub and shower, all with just one product.
The mixture makes approximately 40ml and is very calming, refreshing and at the same time you’re skin feels amazingly rich in oils afterwards. In addition, due to the essential oil, you’ll smell of a wonderful lavender and your entire bathroom as well. Definitely a product for all lavender lovers.
2. Fresh like a mint all-in-one body scrub
What do you need?
Table salt – Sweet Almond oil (Prunus amygdalus dulcis) – Fresh mint – Peppermint essential oil (Mentha x piperita)
For this scrub I choose table salt for it’s less abrasive properties; that is, if you find that sea salt is too rough for your skin, choose this one (can be applied to the other two recipes as well). I’ve chosen almond oil as for the previous recipe and instead of a calming lavender, this one is for the hot summer days when you’re in a desperate need of something fresh. Mint is absolutely perfect for this. You can buy it any health food stores, local stores or even the supermarkets for a very good price (less than £1).
In order to make the scent even stronger, you can add the peppermint essential oil. Did you know that peppermint is only one of the many mints in the family? It is known for it’s refreshing and stimulating properties but has antiseptic effect as well; often used to soothe bites and stings. This time we’re using it for it’s scent but I often make an infusion from fresh mint which is known to aid digestion and slightly calming effect.
The same as for the first recipe: you simply mix up 4tbsp of Table salt, the same amount of the Almond oil, 1-2 tsp of fresh mint and 6 drops of peppermint essential oil.
You’ll find this body scrub very refreshing and at the same time (1) rich for your skin due to the almond oil and (2) smelling of peppermint as you would take a shower with a shower gel. This all-in-one body scrub is for anyone in search of something refreshing.
3. Calendula & Coconut all-in-one body scrub
What do you need?
– Pink Sea salt – Sweet Almond oil (Prunus amygdalus dulcis) – Organic Coconut nucifera oil – Calendula Macerated oil – Dried Calendula flowers (Calendula officinalis)
This scrub is for anyone in search of a milder scrub with calming and soothing Calendula that can treat dermatitis. It doesn’t contain any scents, so it is a milder version of a scrub.
I used the best oils for dried and dehydrated skin: almond oil, coconut and calendula macerated oil which I’ve made at home with a “heat” method. The properties of Almond oil have been described before as well as the moisturising and versatile properties of the coconut oil in the #1 DIY post.
This time I bought Coconut oil of the Weatherstone Therapies in order to see the quality and differences in comparison to other coconut oils, about which I’ll be writing in one of my next posts. I bought mine at Beans & Barley (Green Lanes) for £11.95.
I’ve made Calendula macerated oil with above mentioned “heat” method: that’s covering the dried Calendula flowers with a carrier oil (in my case the sunflower oil) and gently heating the mixture for a couple of hours in the bain-marie style. The oil gets all the good stuff from the Calendula which can then be used as a skin remedy for various skin conditions, especially dermatitis, skin repairs and healing skin tissue. It does take some time but it is interesting to see the sunflower oil turn orange and then using it for it’s wonderful properties in creams and balms.
The same as for the recipes above, only that in this one you have various options for the quantity of the oils: you simply mix up 4tbsp of pink sea salt, 2 tbsp of Coconut oil, 1 tbsp Calendula Macerated oil, 1 tbsp Almond oil and 1-2 tsp of dried Calendula flowers.
This body scrub smells of coconut and has healing properties of the Calendula. It is a must for anyone who doesn’t like scents but wishes to enrich, nourish and moisture their skin.
These all-in-one body scrub are not amazing only due to their various scents and good properties, but for being a scrub and showering gel at the same time. No need to take your shower gel with you, it will be sufficient enough for you to freshen up and and smell nicer at the same time.
I hope you’ll love these products as much as I have. Give them a try and let me know how it worked for you 🙂
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