Look no further than your garden and kitchen pantry for ingredients to create smooth, well-nourished skin. While store shelves abound with products to be purchased and tried, nothing beats a DIY scrub.
Salt and sugar are some of the most common choices for abrasive materials in a scrub. With larger particles size, salt tends to create a more coarse, abrasive scrub, whereas sugar will be a better choice for sensitive skin. Other possibilities include apricot kernel meal and crushed almonds.
Let your scrub call out to your senses using botanicals that smell fresh, revitalizing or relaxing. Some beautiful herbal examples include lavender, lemongrass, lemon verbena, peppermint and chamomile.
Every scrub should include an ingredient with great emollient properties such as olive oil, almond oil, coconut oil or raw honey. These ingredients allow the scrub to go on smooth, buffing the skin to a shiny glow.
Need more inspiration? Try the scrub below inspired by the lovely lavender fields of New Mexico.
Lavender Honey Body Scrub:
¼ cup Lavender Flowers
¼ cup Raw Honey
¼ cup Olive Oil
¼ cup Sugar
Combine the ingredients together in a bowl. Mix and apply in the shower. Wash thoroughly before toweling dry.
As with any new skin treatment, make sure to do a patch test first to ensure that the ingredients work well with your skin type. Feel free to substitute ingredients to better suit your needs.
Danielle Simmons, Horticulture and Animal Interactions
Inspired by her childhood experience of play in the forests of upstate New York, Danielle has devoted her career to connecting human wellness with a deeper engagement to the natural world. Danielle planted and manages the greenhouse and the garden beds at Sunrise. She enjoys teaching guests the many uses of herbs, from first aid to making herbal teas and salves. When she is not being inspired by the big trees and abundant water at Sunrise, she is enjoying time with her family and their organic garden, which they tend on their homestead south of Santa Fe.