5 January 2013

Maple Coconut Salt Scrub: Mini Batch Recipe

As much as I love mixing up my own DIY skincare products, sometimes the thought of actually taking the time to make something can be daunting.  Scrubs are one of the simplest things you can whip up, but even so, there are days when it seems like too big of a hassle.  Times like that, I'll often mix up enough for just one use.  Sure, it might end up being more work in the long run, but in the moment, it seems a lot easier!  You also don't have to worry about storage or how long a product will be good for.

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!

Recipe
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.

That's it! 

Melting the coconut oil and shea butter

The finished product.  My scrub was pink from the Himalayan sea salt I used


Tips
  • 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!
  

         
 

11 comments:

  1. I have everything, except the maple flavor but i think i will make gonna try this recipe :)

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  2. I would never have thought of combining coconut with maple...I'll have to give it a try, it sounds yummy!

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  3. I love making my own scrubs & the maple flavour sounds yummy!! :)

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  4. I love this! I've been wanting to make a scrub :)

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  5. Sounds scrumptious! I much prefer salt scrubs over sugar ones.

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  6. All I can say is....

    AHHHHH! I Miss DIY-ing! :o

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  7. @Bambi - I hope you'll give it a try! I don't see shea butter in a lot of DIY scrubs, but I think it really upped the moisturizing in this one :)

    @Alicia - It was kind of an accidental discovery! I wasn't even really thinking of the coconut scent from the coconut oil, but it turned out even better than I'd hoped!

    @organiclassie - It was! It was my first time using the maple flavour for something not food, but I'm so glad I gave it a try:)

    @Pemberley Jones - You should! They're so simple to make and really are just as effective as the ones you buy :)

    @EcoChicBeautyDiva - Me too. Sugar is okay in a pinch, but I find I get better results with salt scrubs:)

    @EcoBeauty Vivi - I know the feeling! If I get busy and stop DIY-ing for too long, I miss it too!

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  8. Looks amazing! I love DIY posts like this, will definitely have to try this :) x

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  9. Thanks! Would love to hear how it goes if you give it a try :)

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  10. Aw, I love the soft pink of this scrub :) x

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    1. Me too! Himalayan salt is such a gorgeous colour :)

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