A couple weeks ago, I decided to make my own body scrub out of salt and oil. I’ve been using it ever since, and I love it. My “recipe” is very simple:
I spent $3 on a big container of coarse sea salt, $8 on a large bottle of almond oil, and used olive oil that I already had in the cupboard. I decided that a recycled glass jar + oily hands in the shower might not be the best idea, so I used an empty plastic jar from some Justin’s chocolate almond butter (usually I try to buy things in glass instead of plastic. But the chocolate almond butter was on sale – and only comes in plastic – and it was delicious. And it gave me a perfect container for my body scrub. So it was meant to be).
I dumped a bunch of salt into the container, added a few Tbsp of almond oil and a few Tbsp of olive oil, put the lid on, and shook it up. It took about 30 seconds to make. And the jar I made has lasted me more than two weeks now, and still has at least another week or two before it will be empty. I only used a tiny fraction of the ingredients I bought, so my $11 investment (plus the olive oil, which I always have on hand anyway) should last a good long time.
I’m loving this body scrub. So simple, no weird ingredients, and my skin feels great after I get out of the shower. The salt is a good exfoliator, and the oil means that I don’t need lotion at all. I’ve been using coconut oil for a long time as a lotion after I get out of the shower. But I haven’t needed to do anything at all lately as far as lotion goes. Between my homemade body scrub and a bottle of Dr. Bronners, all my shower needs are covered.
I’ve also gotten back into the routine of “no-poo” for my hair. I had done this in the past, but got out of the habit when we moved to our new house a few years ago. The water here is much harder, and my hair hadn’t been reacting as well to the baking soda/vinegar routine. So I stopped and began buying expensive shampoos and conditioners that didn’t have any nasty ingredients. We installed a shower filter a couple years ago, and it removes chlorine as well as a lot of other stuff from our water. I thought about going back to the no-poo routine after that, but never got around to it. A few weeks ago, I was reading Nature Mom’s blog post about using baking soda and apple cider vinegar in place of shampoo and conditioner, and it inspired me to give that another go. In the past, I used regular white vinegar instead of apple cider vinegar. This time I’m using apple cider vinegar and it’s working great. I’m also taking care to really massage the baking soda paste into my scalp and to only use the vinegar/water mixture on the ends of my hair. I’m definitely happy with how it’s working, and I would say my hair feels better now than it did when I was using shampoo and conditioner that cost $10 for an 8-ounce bottle. If you’ve never tried it, you might be pleasantly surprised by how well it works. My hair is tangle-free and easy to comb right out of the shower, and it dries nice and soft. As Tiffany (aka Nature Mom) explains, you may have to do it for a few weeks and let your hair and scalp get used to it – don’t give up if you don’t like the results after one wash!
If you’re a fan of making your own body scrubs/lotions, etc. or if you have any experience with the baking soda/apple cider vinegar hair routine, I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas.