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Citrus Green Tea Body Scrub

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Citurs Green Tea Body Scrub

Citrus Green Tea Body Scrub

Citrus Green Tea Body Scrub – First off, please forgive my absence from my blog for the past two weeks.  I didn’t realize it earlier but I really needed a break from all technology so while I had time off from work and had my family home for the holidays, I stayed completely off my computer – which if you know me at all you understand how much of a challenge this was.  Now it’s a new year and I’m ready to jump right back into my blog.

I’m going to start the year off with a refreshing citrus green tea body scrub.  This was actually a gift that I made for my friends and family for Christmas but I think it’s great for the New Year too… time to scrub off all the dry, old 2013 skin cells and enter into 2014 with fresh, glowing skin. In addition to the external physical benefits, the salt scrub helps open pores and draw out toxins as well as increase circulation, relax muscles, and helps alleviate tension. It’s such a simple, easy recipe and you can make and package the entire thing in about 10 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups Epsom salts
  • 3 tbsp baking soda
  • 4 tbsp oil (I used apricot kernel oil but jojoba, grapeseed, or sweet almond oil will work fine)
  • 1 tea bag of green tea (or about tbsp of loose leaf green tea)
  • 8 drops of lime essential oil
  • 8 drops of orange essential oil
  • zest from a lime, lemon and/or orange (or any combination – I used lemon and lime)

Directions:

  1. Pour Epsom salts and baking soda into a large bowl
  2. Add oil and mix thoroughly
  3. Cut open the tea bag of green tea and add to mixture
  4. Add essential oil and citrus zest
  5. Mix everything together and it should be the consistency of damp packing snow.  Spoon out of bowl and into a container and then seal the container (I used medium-sized jam jars)
  6. Label the containers and give them to your friends and family.

Looking for more gift related ideas & projects: homemade preserved lemons, oatmeal honey face scrub, reusable face scrubbies

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Oatmeal Honey Face Scrub

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Oatmeal honey scrub-colorOatmeal Honey Face Scrub – Every now and again I feel like my face just needs a deep scrub when my daily cleanser alone can’t quite get the job done.  One of my favorite homemade facial scrub recipes is so simple but OH SO GOOD!  There are only 3 ingredients and you may already have them: oatmeal, honey and almond oil (or coconut oil or olive oil). These ingredients have wonderful healing qualities. Oatmeal is full of anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds and is known for its skin-soothing properties including moisturizing dry skin, providing relief from itching, rashes and other minor skin irritations. Honey provides natural antibacterial and healing properties to soothe and clarify the skin. Almond oil is very light and not greasy at all. It cleans skin pores and helps moisturize and nourish it – and it’s especially great of acne prone skin.

I usually put the scrub on my face, give a quick rub around to make sure it’s covering everything, leave on for 4-5 minutes and then give one last good scrub before I wash it off. Your face will feel so amazing after you’ll want to do this everyday. This scrub is particularly great during the cold winter months when skin tends to get dry and irritated.

Oatmeal Honey Scrub Recipe:

  • Two parts oatmeal (ground up finely in a blender or food processor)
  • One part honey
  • One part sweet almond oil (or coconut or olive oil – which ever you prefer)

Mix everything together until it’s a thick sticky mixture. Feel free to add a little extra oil or even a few drops of water if it’s too sticky or clumpy. Smooth onto face and rub into skin for a couple of minutes and then rinse off.

Looking for more natural beauty recipes, check out Homemade Beauty: 150 Simple Beauty Recipes Made from All-Natural Ingredients

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