Monday, November 26, 2012

Homemade Body Scrub w/Shea Butter and Salt

I've always wanted to try to make my own body scrub but never tried cause I thought it would be too rough for my skin.


The salt/shea combination is perfect though. The salt scrubs and dries out the skin while the shea butter nourishes it and makes it soft, glowing and smooth.

Recommended if: you have oily/combination type skin.
Avoid if: you have thin, sensitive skin.
When to use it: once a week,
How to use it: rub on body BEFORE the shower or bath. Insist on tougher areas, like knees and elbows. Because the shea is very greasy (duh, it's a butter), I usually rinse it off with my regular body soap after I'm done.
Rinse the shower with all purpose cleaner after use to avoid slipping all over the place.

Where to buy the unrefined shea butter?
I bought 1 pund for less then $5 from Coastal Scents and I've had it for over a year. I use it alone as a lip balm, hand and cuticle lotion, it's good for sunburns, ingrown hair, some people use it to style curly hair.

Ingredients for 1 month supply:

1/2 cup shea butter
1/3 cup fine salt
a few drops of your favorite essential oil (if you're not allergic, I am therefore I don't add any)

1. Melt the butter in the microwave, if you don't have one use the bagno maria technique
2. Mix in the salt and essential oil.

READY!

Let me know if this works for you, the kind of skin you have, if you enjoyed the experience. I really liked this better then anything I ever bought at the store!

Enjoy!
Valentina
Real Italian Kitchen

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