Lemon and Lavender Sugar Scrub

Most days I'm up tinkering in the kitchen developing tasty recipes to share with you, but for the past few weeks I've done everything I can possibly think of to avoid cooking. I was in desperate need of a break, so I took one and spent a few weeks relying solely on my crock-pot and a seemingly endless supply of home made soup from our deep freezer. This kind of cooking funk is something I'm sure many of you can relate with, especially if you work long hours, have kids, or both—but mine seemed to stretch on and on—I've hardly written a single recipe in the past 5 weeks. 

To get myself out of this rut and back into the kitchen I decided to give myself a kick in the rear and tackle a project that has been on my to-do list for awhile—making another homemade body scrub. I loved the Mint Matcha Salt Scrub I made last year, but this time I wanted to try something a little more calming (especially since I've been one big bundle of stress lately.) After playing around with a few possible combinations I decided to pair the bright citrus scent of lemon with a hint of calming lavender and let me tell you, it's absolutely fabulous! 

Not only is this sugar scrub great for clearing your mind, but it also exfoliates and moisturizes your skin, leaving it feeling lusciously smooth. With only two weeks left until Valentine's Day, it's the perfect gift to make for the lady (or ladies) in your life. And did I mention it only has 5 ingredients? You'll be able to put it together in no time flat!

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Lemon and Lavender Sugar Scrub
makes approximately 2 cups

Ingredients

1½ cup sugar
¼ cup dried lavender
15 - 20 drops of lemon essential oil
½ cup almond oil, or another carrier oil of your choice (see notes)
2 - 3 drops yellow food coloring (optional)

Directions

  • In a small bowl combine sugar, dried lavender, lemon essential oil, almond oil, and optional food coloring. Mix until ingredients are evenly distributed, then portion out into screw-top containers.

Notes

Dried lavender tends to turn sugar scrubs a faint purple/gray so I like to add a little yellow food coloring to give the scrub a better color. If you prefer a more natural scrub you can leave it out or find an all-natural food coloring.

When it comes to packaging your sugar scrub you have a lot of options. Personally I prefer to use Talenti gelato containers, they're the perfect size and won't break if you drop them in the shower. You can also use mason jars or check out Hobby Lobby for cute looking jars like the one in the photo above.

Carrier oils are used to dilute essential oils for aromatherapy purposes. If you can't find Almond Oil feel free to substitute Apricot Kernel Oil, Avocado Oil, Grape Seed Oil or another carrier oil of your choice.

Disclosure

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Mint Matcha Body Scrub

This week I spent a lot of time playing on Pinterest. I could say it was all in the name of research, I do have a ton of leftover matcha from the blind taste test that needs to be used soon, but if I'm honest I was procrastinating. I have exactly seven days until I kick off my epic road trip and there is a ton of work to be done before I leave. I have posts to write, photographs to take, and ice cream recipes to finish developing. Then there is the cleaning, packing, and other household nonsense that needs to be finished before I can start my vacation.

So did I get any of that accomplished?

Absolutely not, but I did manage to figure out what to do with the leftover matcha I wasn't going to drink. DIY Body Scrub has been on my to-do list forever and a day, so I decided to tackle the project just in time for Mother's Day. Make some for yourself, your mother, even your mother's mother (grandmas like to smell good too you know!) 

Mint Matcha Body Scrub

Mint Matcha Body Scrub
makes approximately 2 cups

Ingredients

1 pound Epsom salt
2 Tablespoons culinary grade matcha
⅔ cup Sweet Almond Oil or other carrier oil (see notes)
16 drops Peppermint Essential Oil

Directions

  • In a bowl combine combine Epsom salt, matcha, and carrier oil. Using a dropper, add essential oil, then stir until well combined.
  • Store in a plastic container with a lid that is easy to remove.

Notes

Carrier oils are used to dilute essential oils for aromatherapy purposes. If you can't find Sweet Almond Oil feel free to substitute with Apricot Kernel Oil, Avocado Oil, Grape Seed Oil or another carrier oil of your choice. 

If you're working with an unfamiliar oil, you may want to consider doing a patch test first. Place a small drop of oil on your wrist and rub it in. If no redness or inflammation occurs within 24 hours you should be safe to use the oil.

If you plan on giving this as a gift you may want to avoid using a nut or soy based oil, unless you're 100% certain no one in the house is allergic to either of those ingredients. 

Where to find Epsom salt: your local pharmacy should sell it, although I found it for half the price at the grocery store.

Disclosure

In an effort to be open with my readers I want to let you know that Red Leaf Tea provided me with 12 matcha samples for a blind taste test. Unlike the previous post this post is not sponsored; however, the leftover samples were used to create this recipe. All other ingredients were purchased on my own. 

This post contains my Amazon affiliate links.  I try to keep advertising unobtrusive and to a minimum in order to provide you with the best experience possible. Purchases made through these links provide me with a small income and ensure I can continue providing you with quality content.