The likelihood that this post offers the majority of readers anything truly revelatory is slim. But I’m not looking to be revelatory. I’m just looking to remind you all to take a few minutes and commit to doing something nice for yourself (or someone else). I needed the reminder this week, you might too.
Body scrubs—whether they’re made from salt or sugar—are some of the very simplest things to make and so deeply satisfying to use. In this season when the air is cooling off and the moisture in it is wicking away, it feels especially helpful to restore a little bit of what’s been lost. For me personally, an expanding belly and the accompanying stretching skin is in need of extra attention these days. An exfoliating scrub rich with restorative oils is the answer.
The recipe, such that it is, couldn’t be easier: One part oil to two parts salt and a few drops of essential oil to make it smell nice. I used sea salt and almond oil because that’s what I had on hand. I used orange oil because its subtle scent isn’t overwhelming but it’s still uplifting during a morning shower when I’m struggling to wake myself up.
The point here isn’t preciousness, it’s simplicity. A salt scrub like this one is a quick thing to put together while standing over your kitchen counter drinking a morning cup of coffee with eyes half opened. Measure if you must, but mostly just mix things together and get thee to the shower for some old-fashioned scrubbing.
I put my scrub into the little Weck jar with a plastic replacement lid I found at the local kitchen shop. It’s the same jar and lid that we used to keep the coconut oil in when Faye was in diapers. Easy access and no fumbling with clips or screw tops feels like a nice thing for easy access, but use whatever you have on hand. (Just getting the stuff made and put to use is the goal.)
Sea Salt Scrub
1 cup fine ground sea salt (we often use this kind)
1/2 cup sweet almond oil (jojoba or olive or most anything you have on hand would also work)
3-4 drops sweet orange essential oil
Mix ingredients together. Mixture will be quite moist but not terribly runny. Feel free to adjust either salt or oil until you find a consistency that you like. You can’t really mess this up. Scrub and enjoy and rinse out the tub when you’re done.