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.