rose avocado body scrub
I was inspired the other morning to mix up this body scrub as I was cleaning up some Epsom salt and I caught a glimpse of roses from my anniversary in October. They’ve been drying for months and I had no plan for them. My empty essential oil bottles had been diffusing their final essences into Epsom salt (the reason for the salty mess). Side note, this is a brilliant oily hack I got from a friend awhile back. (Place Epsom salt into a container with a lid, take off the lids and orifice reducer to your oil bottles, and position the bottles upside down in the salt. The lids can go in there, too. Place the lid on the container. Let the bottles diffuse for at least 24 hours. Never let one drop of oil go to waste!) And my skin was also dry from our recent cold, dry snap. Then it all hit me, a delicious rosy body scrub would do the trick. I got to work crunching up the rose petals right away.
Three ingredients is all you need to create this lush body scrub. Salt (sea or Epsom), avocado oil, and dried rose petals. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner this could make a fantastic gift.
Sea Salt or Epsom Salts
Sea salt and Epsom salts, or magnesium sulfate, are rich in antioxidants and minerals, both are excellent choices for a body scrub. Antioxidants ward off free radicals, which can cause premature aging. The scrubbing action exfoliates dry skin that can accelerate aging and helps prevent wrinkles and fine lines. The Epsom Salt Council indicates that the magnesium in Epsom salts is known to reduce inflammation, while sulfates flush out toxins. Sea salt is another option and is crammed with minerals that will leave you with positive results.
Incorporating a form of exfoliation is a necessary step towards healthy, glowing skin (check out this microdermabrasion recipe). Softly rubbing the skin with a salt scrub in a circular motion removes dead skin cells and uncovers the moist, sparkly skin hidden underneath.
Exfoliating also stimulates the skin and improves circulation, and better circulation gives skin a fresh appearance. Another benefit is that bacteria is removed and pores are unclogged. Salt is known for his purifying capabilities, and may help ward off bad bacteria and reduce inflammation. Say goodbye to any itching and pain associated with bacterial-related skin diseases.
All of these glorious benefits also lead to skin regeneration. As dead skin is sloughed away, the growth of healthy, new cells is encouraged. Skin regeneration reduces skin discoloration, evening out skin tone and improving texture. The skin is also tightened, giving it a healthier, firmer appearance.
Vegetable Oil (no, not that type of vegetable oil!)
Next it was time to pick a vegetable oil to add to the scrub. I choose avocado oil for its revitalizing and regenerating qualities. It’s also a wonderful emollient with great penetration. Emollients soften the skin by preventing water loss. Can be used on all skin types, especially post-menopausal, dry, dehydrated, fragile, or mature skin. Pick one that works best for your skin, and always pick one that is organic, cold-pressed, and unrefined.
The Final Touch
I crunched up the rose petals by hand but you can use a food processor, too. The dried rose petals produce a dreamy aroma of fresh roses that’s perfect during these cold winter months. You can grab dried rose petals on Amazon or if time is on your side, it’s simple to dry them yourself. Just leave them out on a paper towel in your kitchen, and in the sun if it’s shining. Note that fresh rose petals won’t keep their color, fragrance, or structure as long.
The scrub will last over a month as long as water doesn’t get into it. Water creates a golden environment for bacteria, so use a scoop instead of your hands. Or only use a small container and fill it up as needed.
Mix all the ingredients together in a glass bowl using a wooden spoon. The amount of avocado oil is completely up to you. Store in an airtight container. That’s it!
I didn’t add any essential oils since I had soaked my empties in there prior to making this scrub. Rose and other floral essential oils are fabulous choices.. It’s up to you!
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Hello! I’m Jess – I’m a small town Oregonian, a scientist, and a crunchy mom. Passionate about essential oils, long distance cycling, cooking with my littles, cashew milk ice cream + margaritas (on the rocks - salt, please!). My purpose is to help people and nature, both in my professional career and in my personal life. I have spent my career helping bridge the gap between commercial development and preserving nature. Essential oils have become my way to do the same between all the commercial products in our home and creating simple, products on my own. This blog shares my journey to a more natural lifestyle using essential oils, including the science behind essential oils, DIY recipes, tips, and ways to save money using plant-based alternatives. Check out my free email course ditch + switch – natural living with plant based products and learn the steps you need to take to kick those toxins to the curb.
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