Where are all my essential oil fans out there? I love essential oils and often use different scents to match my different moods.
Sandalwood and chamomile calm me; and lavender relieves my anxiety and helps me sleep.
But my favorite oils are definitely citrus oils. Grapefruit, lemon, and lime are energizing and make me instantly happy.
I use my oils to make both beauty and cleaning products. One of my favorite concoctions to whip up are shower scrubs. A good salt or sugar scrub exfoliates the skin and leaves it feeling fresh, soft, and smooth. The recipe below is a salt-based scrub with a scent that just screams summer and sunshine.
The scrub should last six month in a glass jar stored in a cool, dark place. I say “should” because I’ve never had the scrub that long. I love it so much that once I make it, I use it just about every morning!
Exfoliating Citrus Scrub
1 ounce of almond oil
20 drops of grapefruit essential oil
15 drops of tangerine essential oil
3 ounces of coarse sea salt
Combine almond oil and essential oils in glass jar. Shake until ingredients are well combined.
Pour oil mix into a glass bowl and mix in sea salt a little at a time until you have a thick paste.
Let the mixture sit for about an hour and then transfer to a glass jar.
When ready to use, massage the mixture onto wet skin. Avoid sensitive areas such as your face, neck, and breasts.
Be careful in the shower; the almond oil can make the shower slippery.
The aroma of this scrub is so delicious. I use it in the morning to wake me up and energize me for the day.
Take care of yourself, be nice to yourself, and be well. And until next time – veg in, don’t veg out.
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