Have you ever realized how easy it is to make your own shower scrub? After a particularly harsh winter including several encounters with “arctic air masses,” my skin has been lizard-like.  I used to love a certain scented moisturizing shower scrub from REN, but have moved away from scented products as they can trigger migraines.  I had been applying coconut oil to very dry spots and then realized I could probably make a simple shower scrub with sea salt and coconut oil and….wait, that’s all! So I gave it a shot and it worked out just great.  I use it year round, but especially during the winter – my skin has never been so soft! I also like that it’s a time-saver: using this moisturizing shower scrub means I can skip body lotion afterwards.

Here’s how I made it: Take 1 part organic coconut oil (I used this Nutiva coconut oil) to 2 parts sea salt (I bought the sea salt in the bulk section at Whole Foods).  Coconut oil is solid at room temperature, so I put it in a pan and turned the heat on VERY low. The coconut oil melts almost immediately.  Then I poured in the salt and stirred.  That’s it! Seriously – it took me less than 5 minutes.  I scooped the shower scrub into a couple of containers – I used the coconut oil container and the one my REN scrub came in.

Be sure to add enough salt, because if you overdo it on the coconut oil, it will be very firm and difficult to get out of the container once the coconut oil cools and solidifies.

I like that it has very little scent (just a mild coconut scent) because I tend to prefer unscented or mildly scented products.  But you could easily add some of your favorite body or bath oil, or a few drops of essential oil if you want to mix it up a bit. Sometimes I add a few drops of peppermint essential oil or my own homemade vanilla extract.

Normally I ration out products like this to make them last longer.  But I’ve been piling this stuff on every time I shower since I know it’s so easy to make another batch.  I also use it as a hand scrub after I’ve been working in the garden – it gets every bit of dirt, and leaves my hands super-soft.

This is the first time I’ve ever made any beauty products at home, but now I’m curious to try a few more.  Any ideas?


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