This is a new recipe I came up with earlier today. It makes just enough for one use and the combination of the coconut oil and the maple flavour is phenomenal. I think it's the best smelling non-food item that's ever come out of my kitchen! You can use this either before or after cleansing, depending on your preference. I used it after, just quickly rinsing off the salt, because I wanted to maximize the amount of moisture my skin retained from the coconut oil and shea butter. This also helped the scent last - I smelled so good, I was sniffing my arms all day long!
1 tbsp virgin coconut oil
1/2 tbsp shea butter
2 tbsp sea salt
1/8 tsp natural maple flavor
Add coconut oil and shea butter to a small heatproof measuring cup or bowl. Set measuring cup or bowl in a pot with 1-2 inches water in the bottom and bring to a low simmer. Stirring constantly, heat until just melted together. Remove from heat and add to sea salt, along with maple flavor. Mix until all ingredients are well combined.
|Melting the coconut oil and shea butter|
|The finished product. My scrub was pink from the Himalayan sea salt I used|
- Make sure to use sea salt, which is full of minerals and is also a natural detoxifier for your skin. Regular table salt lacks these beneficial properties and also contains iodine and chemical anti-clumping agents, which you don't want on your skin (or in your food for that matter!)
- Alternately, you can replace the salt with any other exfoliant you like. Opt for sugar if you prefer a gentler scrub.
- The oil in the scrub may make your tub slippery...be careful!
The Bottom Line
Homemade scrubs are a great, affordable way to exfoliate your skin and I'll definitely be whipping this concoction up again! It left my dry winter skin feeling smooth and hydrated, even without applying any additional moisturizer afterwards. I'm so in love with the coconut maple scent too. Seriously, if someone out there sold products that smelled exactly like this, that would be awesome. I could definitely get behind a maple coconut lip balm or shower gel!