Next time you’re in the supermarket, don’t waste time picking up ingredients you will never use on account of something you once heard Nigella or Jamie or Heston say. Instead write the following ingredients down on your ShopShop app (if you don’t have it, you should and you can thank me later):
- ¾ cup raw coconut oil
- ¾ cup epsom salts (or Himalayan rock salt)
- ⅓ cup caster sugar
- zest of 2 limes
- juice of 1 lime
- 10 drops vanilla essence (or vanilla essential oil for fancy pants)
Now where am I going with this? What are we making and who can we invite over to impress?
What do you wish you had in your life that did the following:
- exfoliated & moisturised your dry bits
- smelt divine and not in a gross bubblegum way
- cost under $15
- was good for the environment
- made you happy every time you looked at it?
If you guessed Homemade Shower Scrub then you are very, very smart. If not, that’s ok, I struggle to understand complex films with multiple storylines. We can’t all be perfect.
This is a recipe I discovered by accident if you like, when at a BBQ, a friend handed over her concoction to another friend who errr… has some leathery skin problems (in the non-contagious, I-tan-too-much kind of way).
I spoke to Vicki (the clever friend, not the one with the tanning problem) about her homemade scrub and she told me she had been using coconut oil as a moisturiser for quite some time before deciding to look for other uses. She was frustrated with the majority of body washes on the market that strip the skin of natural oils, bored with the traditional remedies for sensitive or very dry skin (they work yes, but are hardly a barrel of laughs!) and was passionate about using products that don’t contain palm oil or contained only certified palm oil from regulated plantations. And Vikki’s homemade shower scrub was borne.
All you have to do is mix the ingredients together and pour into a jar. So simple. The good news is that you can customise this blend according to your skin’s needs.
In the depths of winter and feeling a little dry?
Add more coconut oil and lightly towel dry after showering.
Need a stronger exfoliation before waxing or shaving?
Add less oil and some ground coffee beans. Then feel smug when there are fewer ingrowns .
Want to change the smell?
Try experimenting with different essential oils like Jasmine, Lavender, Geranium and use Jojoba as the carrier oil.
Make a chocolate-orange blend with orange zest and cocoa or cacao powder (depending on your budget). Tastes… I mean smells divine.
Now I have tried Vikki’s recipe for myself and not only did it make my skin feel nourished, it was a genuine pleasure to use. I didn’t really need to moisturise after using it and my skin had a beautiful sheen to it all day. I played around with adding some ground coffee beans, brown sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon because I am obsessed with cinnamon and believe it should be in everything.
There is something really soothing about using products you made yourself. You know exactly what went in, you can customize the blend to your liking, you feel wholesome and suddenly your coin purse got a little heavier and your carbon footprint a little smaller.
Next dinner party I attend, I will not be bringing wine. I will be bringing homemade shower scrub and passing the goodness on.
Vicki Chapman is the owner of Forever Evolving, a yoga and holistic health company based in Sydney. Find out more about where she teaches and her healthy alternatives for nutrition and beauty here. Instagram: @vickyyoga
Let me know if you decide to give this scrub a go and what variations you come up with!
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