Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body,
but rather to skid in broadside, totally worn out & proclaiming “Wow, What a Ride!”

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

healthy living ~ body scrub gifts

Another gift idea are body scrubs- these happen to be my two favorite recipes that I found and tried...  both of these scrubs make inexpensive but elegant gifts for the upcoming holiday season!  Have fun with the packaging.


Put simply, a body scrub is a skin care product whose primary function is to remove dead skin cells through exfoliation as well as cleanse the skin and increase the body's blood circulation. Sometimes a body scrub is referred to as a body exfoliant, body gloss or body polish. The exfoliating component needs to be abrasive enough to achieve this but not too strong so as not to damage healthy skin. If you're not using a body scrub then you're missing out on a number of benefits that other skin care products don't provide. 

Coffee Scrub
This homemade coffee scrub made with orange essential oil can help nourish skin and lessen the appearance of stretch marks and cellulite. The antioxidants in the coffee provide a temporary anti-inflammatory that helps skin appear firmer and help prevent premature skin aging. The almond oil and vitamin e will moisturize your skin leaving it silky smooth. 

1 cup ground coffee
1/2 cup brown sugar 
1/4-1/2 almond oil **
1/4 tsp vitamin e oil 
10 drops orange essential oil (optional)

Combine ingredients in a small bowl. To use wet skin and use a small scoop to apply scrub to skin. Gently rub coffee scrub in circles to help remove dry skin. Clean as much as you can with a paper towel then remove the rest in the shower or kitchen sink. Store in airtight container.

**Begin by using 1/4 cup almond oil and increase until you reach your preferred texture. 1/2 cup almond oil will make a thinner, more oily scrub. Best if used within 2-4 weeks.
Coconut Oatmeal Scrub
Use this recipe as a hand scrub in the kitchen sink. The coconut oil will thicken the ground oatmeal, so start with the lowest amount of oatmeal and oil then increase gradually to find the perfect consistency. To use the scrub apply a spoonful of oatmeal scrub on your skin and gently exfoliate in a circular motion. 

The coconut oil aids the oatmeal in exfoliating your skin while leaving it silky smooth. The vanilla and coconut oil will provide a subtle scent to the scrub. 

1 1/2 cup Oatmeal 
1/2 cup Organic Coconut Oil 
1 tsp vanilla extract 
1 tsp honey 
1 tsp brown sugar

Ground oatmeal in a food processor and place finely ground oatmeal in a bowl..Add brown sugar to oatmeal and mix..Pour honey, vanilla, and coconut oil to the oatmeal and mix until well combined..Store in an airtight container.
NOTE: Please use with caution if this is your first time using a scrub. Try a small area to make sure you’re not allergic to any of the ingredients before using on larger areas or face.

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