I am just as guilty as the next person of buying things ready-made when they can be much better – and cheaper – if made at home. All too often, convenience wins and I just let the shop do the work.
However, sometimes there can be immense pleasure in making and using something yourself which really does the job – and takes hardly any time at all.
This utterly delicious body scrub is the ultimate in do-it-yourself made easy; it makes a gorgeous gift (to a friend, or just yourself) smells and looks scrumptious, and does exactly what it says on the tin!
The oatmeal absorbs and removes excess oil and impurities from your skin. The honey binds it together nicely, and is soothing to the skin. The almond oil keeps your skin supple and beautifully moisturised, and the lavender oil and vanilla extract just make it smell yummy!
Why not try replacing the vanilla extract or lavender oil with a different blend of essential oils? Play around with it; you’ll find the perfect combination for you. Just remember – try not to use this scrub more than twice a week; that’s all you need.
What you’ll need:
3 tablespoons of coarse Sea Salt (or brown sugar, if you prefer)
2 tablespoons of Oatmeal
3 tablespoons of Almond Oil
2 tablespoons of Honey
1 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
4 drops of Lavender Oil
For the label:
A small piece of brown paper
Ribbon or string
Put all of your ingredients together in your mixing bowl, and give it all a good mix!
You can adjust the texture to your liking – put in a bit more almond oil if you prefer a looser, more moisturising texture, or an extra spoonful of honey if you prefer a denser, stickier scrub.
Test it on the back of your hand to check that you are happy with the texture.
Carefully spoon your scrub into the container you are using.
An airtight container is preferable, as it will mean that your scrub lasts longer; especially if it being kept in the bathroom where it can get hot and humid.
Now for your label!
You – or the person you are giving it to – want to know what’s in it. You can write the ingredients on it, if you are giving it as a gift – if it is for me, I usually just write what’s in the jar, and the month that I made it.
Assemble the items you need for your label, and cut a strip along the piece of paper about four times bigger than you would like your label to be.
Now, fold the label over four times so that it is nice and thick, and then trim the horizontal edges only.
You’ll see why in a minute.
Write what you’d like on your label…
…and then cover it carefully with tape.
This will seal it and make it waterproof – important for a bathroom!
Now, you can trim the vertical edges!
Once you are happy, take your piece of string and put a piece of sticky tape on the end of it.
Slide it carefully into the pocket of your label and press down so that it sticks. Then tape over it to seal the edges.
Now, attach your label to your jar (I just tied mine on to the lid) – and voilà! You have a beautiful, homemade scrub which would grace any bathroom.
See you tomorrow!
Do you have any questions you’d like answered? Ever wondered how to make a bed properly, how to cook easy bread from scratch, how to make the perfect cake, how to get tough stains out easily and quickly? My friends, I am rubbish at many things but due to a strange addiction to Mrs Beeton in my early teens and a very accomplished group of friends and family, I have access to a fairly sizeable amount of domestic knowledge. Test me – send me your domestic conundrums and we will see what we can do!