Late August in Johannesburg: the tail end of winter and everything has dried out: the air, the vegetation, the skin and the hair! I crave that bit of extra moisture at this time of the year: Coconut oil in my breakfast oats, grapeseed oil on the face (real virgin grapeseed oil is beautifully light and easily absorbed) and whatever cooking oil I have in the kitchen as a body moisturiser (I typically throw together some olive, sunflower and canola, and store it in a glass jar in the bathroom), pure shea butter in a small jar next to my bed (for me this is the best rich hand creme, and I like to rub some into my hands before turning out the lights)
*And then this moisturising scrub and shave….. perfect for silky smooth legs or as a body exfoliant in the bath or shower*…………………
Simply mix and store in a jar-
- 450 grams (about 2 cups) epsom salts: (the Robertsons brand is sold at supermarkets in cardboard packaging, or see SUPPLIERS AND OUTLETS below)
- 180 ml (three/quarters cup) light oil such as canola, corn, grapeseed, sunflower, sweet almond (cooking oil is fine)
- And that’s it! This makes a great shaving oil and/ or exfoliating body scrub. Just use in the bath or shower as you would any commercial brand.
To make this recipe a little more special and interesting (as I did as a birthday gift for my cousin), try adding the following……………
- 2 or 3 teaspoons of vanilla extract (natural is best, but the synthetic ‘baking ingredients’ essence is fine)
- A sprinkling of rooibos tea leaves (just open a tea bag if you cant source the loose tea leaves)
After which your Scrub and Shave will look something like this….
……and it will smell absolutely delicious!
I tried this recipe with pure virgin coconut oil instead of the sunflower oil and left out the vanilla: It smells Divine! That authentic pure coconut smell is irresistible, and it works great as a shaving oil. The epsom salts lost a bit of its exfoliant quality for me though, …. coconut oil becomes solid at below 24°C, and I think it masks the granular quality of the epsom salts a bit.
If you aren’t fond of the very sweet vanilla scent, replace it with 10 to 15 drops of essential oils (available at Dischem, or see suppliers below). If you are not familiar with using essential oils, try something gentle like lavender, chamomile or geranium, or a combination of the three.