I admit it….I LOVE the Body Scrubs from big name stores. They smell soooo good and the packaging attracts your eyes! When I bought 4 body srubs online (couldn’t resist their BOGO sale), my sister just about freaked out when it came to the house. She showed me right off the bat some of the key ingredients that were of “concern” :
I’ve learned to look for ingredients like: fragrance (a phthalate, a known endocrine disruptor) , butylene glycol (a synthetic petrochemical mix known to cause allergic and toxic reactions) and PEG-100 Stearate (a petroleum byproduct) There are tons of fancy words here…. I’d much prefer to see a simpler list. Wouldn’t we all?
So, again I found a great DIY recipe for a Lemon-Mint Sugar Scrub that I just had to try out! First off, lemon is such a great fragrance. It boosts your mood and has so many antibacterial properties. The peppermint gives it that refreshing kick!
In a bowl, mix together 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar, 1/2 cup coconut oil, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, zest from 1/2 lemon, 5 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil and 5 drops of Lemon Essential Oil . The sugar and lemon juice and zest gently sloughs off dry skin, the coconut oil moisturizes and lemon and peppermint provide a mood boost.
I really enjoy making homemade products now. Not only is it fun and inexpensive, you know what’s in it! These would make a great gift as well! I probably filled up 3- 4oz jars of product with this recipe. I topped it with extra lemon zest for extra flare.
I love DIY. Essential oils are a staple in my life. I bet this smells amazing!!!! Thank you for sharing this!