Friday, September 19, 2014

Coconut and Lavender Body Scrub

Ever wonder why we spend so much money on products 'pretending' to be all natural?

Coconut, lavender, organic, natural - these are all words that are promoted on expensive lotions and potions that, when you look at the actual ingredients, read more like an evil scientist's test kit.

So why not simplify things with a home-made, all natural and very inexpensive version?

Last week I wrote about the wonders of cooking with coconut - this week it's all about bringing it into your bathroom. 

This gorgeous Coconut and Lavender Body Scrub can be whipped up in minutes and costs a fraction of the price of a bought one. Plus you know exactly what is going into it. 

It makes a fantastic gift too. 

All you need is coconut oil, a few drops of lavender oil, salt and a pretty container.

The quality of the ingredients used is entirely up to you but I like to use Biona Coconut Oil and Maldon Sea Salt. Maldon gives a courser texture to the scrub, but normal sea salt will work too.

Soften the coconut oil - but don't melt it - if it's too warm it will dissolve the salt leaving you with no scrub to your scrub.

Mix together a ratio of 3/4 coconut oil to 1/4 salt, then add a few drops of lavender essential oil.

I bought these lovely spice jars very cheaply in Tesco - they're a good size and perfect for gifts.

There's nothing more to it than that. You can play around with it to get the consistency that you like, and of course add different essential oils for different moods. Citrus is great as an uplifting boost in the morning. 

So friends and family - you now know what you're getting for Christmas this year. (Yikes - did I really just mention the C word in September...?)
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