Makes 16 ounces
Salt scrubs have been used since ancient times. This recipe combines exfoliation, moisturization and light massage, plus the benefits of your favorite garden herbs.
• 2 cups sea salt or kosher salt
• 1 cup sunflower oil
• 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
• 2 tablespoons chopped herbs OR 1 tablespoon dried herbs (use parsley, mint, lavender or a combination)
• 1 to 2 drops lavender essential oil (optional)
1. Mix together all ingredients and pour into clean jar with tight-fitting lid.
2. To use: While standing in the tub or shower, take a handful of the scrub and, starting with your feet, gently massage into skin. (Be careful; the oil will make them very slippery.) Massage salt all over body, rinse with warm water and pat dry. Do not use soap or other cleansers, to preserve the moisturizing effect. Store any leftover scrub in a cool, dry place.
Janice Cox is the author of Natural Beauty from the Garden (Henry Holt and Company, 1999). She recently co-authored a book with her daughter, Lauren Cox, called EcoBeauty—Scrubs, Rubs, Masks, and Bath Bombs for You and Your Friends (Ten Speed Press, 2009). Look for it in bookstores this fall.
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