Did you know that your skin could absorb 70% of all the oils, toxins, and chemicals you slather on it? The average woman absorbs about 5 lbs of toxic chemicals through her skin each year! I never wanted to be an average woman, never mind about what, and my skin is no exception! With this body scrub, you can help yourself and and have the feeling of just being in a spa!
Also, you should consider that really would make a lovely gift. Why? Well…. let’s see: It’s handmade, it’s consumable, it’s indulgent. Think about it. Most of us have too much stuff cluttering up our lives anyway. When you give a consumable present, you give a memorable experience, rather than something that will likely end up on a trash pile in a decade. When a present is handmade, it spells work and sacrifice on your part. So when your loved one experiences your gift, they know they are loved. When that hand-crafted gift is indulgent, well… all bets are off. People feel special, unique, valued.
Cinnamon Vanilla Spice Body Scrub
¾ cup unrefined brown sugar
3 tablespoons organic ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons pure sweet almond or apricot kernel oil*
2 tablespoons unrefined avocado oil (gives a soothing and softening effect to the skin or substitute pure jojoba oil)*
1 teaspoon organic alcohol free vanilla extract**
1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
Place brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl and mix thoroughly. In a separate bowl blend oils, vanilla extract and optional vitamin E. Pour oil mixture into sugar mixture and mix thoroughly. Spoon into an airtight container and store out of direct sunlight. If only sweet almond/apricot oil are used, shelf life up to 6 months. If the jojoba oil is incorporated, up to 1 year.
Scoop a tablespoon of the scrub into damp hands and rub them together. Apply to body and scrub in a circular motion until most of the crystals dissolve, focusing on rough areas such as elbows, knees, and heels. Rinse and repeat if desired.
This scrub is not appropriate for delicate facial skin.
* The oils I use, are organic, all of them. This is a personal preference. If you want to use what’s already in your pantry, olive oil can be used. However, the fragrance can overpower the vanilla/cinnamon scent of the scrub.
** Make sure your extract contains alcohol if you want your scrub to last longer. Alcohol-free extract will make the mixture vulnerable to spoilage sooner.