This fantastic, home made lavender body scrub will exfoliate your skin as well as calm you down, which makes it the perfect body scrub you can use before going to bed. It contains lavender essential oil, which is made from lavandula angustifolia. This oil is considered to be one of the most versatile essential oils there is. In addition to it being good for your skin, it’s also great when you suffer from depression or insomnia or you feel anxiety.
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup sweet almond oil
15 drops lavender essential oil
1 tsp dried lavender (optional)
Combine all of the ingredients using a small bowl. If you can, use a rubber bown to mix it in, preferably one without pores and that is also oil resistant. This will make cleaning it much easier. Use a large wooden stick or a clean spoon and mix it all until you get a nice, even mix. And you’re done!
One of the great things about lavender essential oil is the fact that it blends extremely well with many other essential oils. You can add five to ten drops of rose essential oil or replace that with black pepper, bergamot, chamomile, cedarwood, clove, clary sage, eucalyptus, cypress, clove, grapefruit, lemon, mandarin, lemongrass, juniper, geranium, marojoram, palmarosa, pine, oakmoss, peppermint, rosemary, patchouli, thyme or tea tree.
This recipe will make enough for two body scrubs, which means you can grab your significant other and have some great time together, or you can store the extra in the fridge after which you can use it within a week.
How To Use Your Home-made Lavender Body Scrub
Once you have made your lavender body scrub, go to the bathroom and add some extras such as candles. This will turn a regular home body scrub into a nurturing experience that feels like a visit to the spa. Here are a few top tips you can use to make your home body scrub experience even better.
Place a towel on the side of the tub and sit on it. Put your legs inside the tub and put a small amount of the lavender scrub on one part of your dry body, like your lower leg, for example. And then start rubbing. The sugar is abrasive and as such it will start removing dead skin cells.
Spend roughly two minutes on each part of your body as doing it too quickly will yield poor or even no results.
While you’re sitting, scrub your arms, both sides and underarms, legs, both fron and back, back of your neck, belly, shoulders and decolletage. Move your hand in a clockwise direction while scrubbing your belly and make sure you go lightly on the delicate skin of your breasts.
Stand up in the tub and start working on your sides, behind and back. As it is nearly impossible to reach the center of your back, you may have to ask someone else to help you or you can use a long skin brush to reach it yourself. This is also a good time to wipe away loose scrubs so they can fall into the bathtub.
Once you’re done with that, sit back down and give your feet a good scrub.
Once you’re all done, it’s time to rinse off the scrub with water. Start by rinsing your feet while you’re still sitting in order to avoid slipping in the tub. Get up, shake off any sugar off the towel into the tub and leave it outside, then start the shower. Step into the shower and let the water wash off the scrub off your body. Make sure you check your entire body and wash it all off as you really don’t want to have any sugar crystals left anywhere. At this point you will notice your skin being much smoother.
It is important to avoid using soap as it will wash off the hydrating oil on your skin.
Once you’re all done, make sure you check inside and around the tub to make sure there is no greasy residue as someone may slip on it.