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Dead Sea Salt Hand & Foot Scrub

Posted by on Sep 25, 2012 in Skin & Hair Care | 0 comments

Dead Sea Salt Hand & Foot Scrub

In the warmer months I use a pumice stone to scrub my feet. The pumice stone is reusable so it helps me be green by reducing the quantity of materials I use in my personal care routine.

When the air gets drier, however, I prefer this dead sea salt scrub because it moisturizes my skin while I exfoliate.

The basic guidelines for this recipe are to use 2 parts salt to 1 part liquid. A liquid humectant should be include to increase your skin’s ability to absorb and retain moisture.

Below is a recipe for a scrub using sweet almond oil for the base oil and vegetable glycerine as a humectant. The lavender and eucalyptus essential oils have the desirable therapeutic qualities of healing skin and relieving joint pain, while giving the scrub a mild, floral and sophisticated scent.

Always store salt scrubs in glass, plastic or other non-reactive containers that won’t rust. You may also want to keep a spoon with your scrub because the salt will settle to the bottom of the container if it is left to sit for a long time.

I gave the scrub in the picture as a gift. I reused an empty mango chutney jar for the container and tied a scrap of fabric to the top with twine to make the gift a little more attractive. The acrylic spoon tied to the jar is perfect for stirring the mixture. I would have preferred a small wooden spoon, but couldn’t find any in local stores and I didn’t have time to place an online order. Amazon.com does carry small bamboo spoons. Bamboo is water and mold resistant which makes it a good choice as a shower accessory.

When you make your scrub, feel free to substitute the base and essential oils to suit your preferences. If you create a scrub you think others would enjoy, please share your recipe with us in the comments.

Lavender Eucalyptus Hand & Foot Scrub
Lavender and eucalyptus essential oils heal skin and relieve joint pain, and give the scrub a sophisticated, mildly floral scent.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons dead sea salt
  2. 1/4 cup sweet almond oil
  3. 1 tablespoon vegetable glycerin
  4. 1-2 drops lavender essential oil
  5. 1-2 drops eucalyptus essential oil
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients well in a plastic, glass or other non-reactive bowl.
  2. Pour mixture into a plastic, glass or other non-reactive container. Leave enough room in the container to allow someone to stir or shake the mixture before use as the salt will settle if it sits for long periods.
Notes
  1. Yields 6.5 ounces.
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Nicole knows making small changes for the greener add up over time and hopes you’re inspired to make some changes of your own after reading her articles. She focuses on easy, green, homemade personal products and green living tips for city dwellers. Nicole lives in Pittsburgh, PA and you can find her on twitter at @_nlg_.

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