One Hour Body Scrub

| 3/11/2019 12:00:00 AM

Renee headshotI am an inveterate do-it-yourselfer. I like making my own cosmetics. I like growing my own food and making my own clothes and household items. I began doing this years ago when I was growing up in Iowa. I got a bee-in-my-bonnet, so to speak, about making soap from scratch, and my mom helped me find a little old lady who lived out on a farm and cooked on a wood stove. Her name was Lily, and she was one of those amazing old-timey people who knew how to do everything and did it. She generously offered to show me how to make soap from beef tallow. I gathered the beef tallow, and she got the lye, and there in her warm kitchen on a wintry day near Iowa Falls, Iowa she and I made homemade soap. I was hooked.

In keeping with that do-it-yourself tradition I am making homemade body scrub today.

As usual my system is flexible as to what ingredients I use. I always try to use ingredients I have on hand or, barring that, that are easily gotten from local vendors. I believe in supporting local business and reducing packaging waste.

Here are my guidelines for making your own body scrub. I say guidelines because there are many acceptable variations.

The basis of this scrub is organic salt. I don't use sugar because it dissolves and becomes mush. You can use organic sugar if you don't have to store it. It's for a one-time use. This salt-based scrub can be stored.

The other ingredients are an organic oil, some kind of unpasteurized honey (although regular honey will work, too), an essential oil for a good scent and soap.

Here is my basic recipe:

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