16 March 2014

31 Days of MOO No. 16 - Peppermint Citrus Dry Skin Scrub

Dry, itchy skin can affect you all year round and it is not pleasant. Moisturising helps, but to get that moisture back into your skin you need to exfoliate, and get rid of those dry, dead skin cells. Sounds awful put that way, but its really just a matter of using a gentle, moisturising scrub once a fortnight.

This scrub is easy to make, uses safe pantry ingredients and doesn't cost a fortune. The oil is rich and moisturising, the peppermint and orange oils not only make it smell great but they work to sooth itchy skin, making it a great all-year-round scrub. I keep it in the fridge, you don't need to. It will keep for at least a  month on the bathroom vanity.

You will need:
1 cup white sugar
1/4-1/3 cup oil: coconut oil, olive oil, sweet almond oil, apricot oil, avocado oil, or a combination
10 drops peppermint essential oil
10-15 drops orange essential oil (lemon or grapefruit will also work - or any combination of these)
2-4 tablespoons orange or grapefruit zest (for extra exfoliation, optional)
2 tablespoons vegetable glycerine (extra moisturizing, available at your chemist or health food shop; optional)

Step 1. Mix sugar, oil, zest, and vegetable glycerine (if using) together.

Step 2. Depending on what type of oil you use, you may need to add more or less to make the sugar. stick together, but not enough to float on top.

Step 3. Gradually add essential oils until you’ve reached your desired scent.

Step 4. Store your sugar scrub in a glass container with a tight fitting lid.

To Use: Rub a small amount on hands, arms, legs, feet (it's great for heels) and body and rinse with warm water.

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