Lavender buds, brown sugar, coconut oil, and essential oils combine to make this simple body polish. Enjoy the lovely scent while you gently exfoliate and moisturize your skin!
Do you ever feel like your skin can use a little TLC? Sometimes, especially by the end of winter, I feel like my skin is a tad dryer and rougher than I’d like it to be.
Scrubs are a great way to solve this problem. Exfoliants combine with oils or butters to form something that both removes the rough skin and moisturizes the newer skin that’s revealed.
Depending on the exfoliant, some scrubs are too rough to be used over the whole body. Salts, nut shell pieces, and coffee grounds can be a bit too coarse for all over use. Brown sugar, on the other hand, is very gentle!
Of course, if I’m going to make a gentle body scrub, I’m going to add a gentle herb, too. Lavender is the most obvious choice, and it’s lovely scent just adds to the experience.
This lavender body polish is just what I need for all over smooth skin. It doesn’t leave my skin red and irritated, but smooth and soft instead. Each ingredient adds its fragrances, resulting in a mild and relaxing scent. Best of all, it’s a cinch to make!
Gentle Lavender Body Polish
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- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup ground lavender*
- 1/2 cup virgin or unrefined coconut oil, melted and cooled
- 25 drops lavender essential oil
- 10 drops red mandarin essential oil (optional)
*I prefer to buy my herbs whole and grind what I need in a spice or coffee grinder at home.
- Stir all of the ingredients until thoroughly combine. Transfer to a glass jar.
- To use, scoop out quarter-sized amounts of body polish at a time and gently scrub over the skin. Rinse off with warm water and gently pat the skin to dry.
It’s important to remember that if you use this body polish in the shower (which is most convenient), the shower surface can become very slippery. Be careful getting out when you are finished!
7 More Lavender Recipes
For more lavender projects to enjoy, you can try one of these recipes.
- This DIY Face Mask combines rhassoul clay, oats, dried lavender, and a few other ingredients for a skin-soothing treat. It’s very similar to my Rose Facial Mask!
- Lavender Peach Ice Cream would be fantastic in the summer months.
- Making your own Simple Lavender Salve is, in fact, a very simple process! This would be great for any sensitive but dry skin.
- Lavender and honey combine to make a special Herbal Infused Honey that would be lovely in tea!
- I would never think to combine lavender and coffee, but this Lavender Latte recipe proves it’s possible.
- Hard lotion bars are extra soothing with herbal extracts. Try these Lavender, Chamomile, and Calendula Hard Lotion bars when you want to pamper rough skin.
- Unwind with these Relaxing Lavender Bath Salts the next time you need a little spa treatment at home.
Don’t forget to enter to win the lavender herbal set from Mountain Rose Herbs from this week’s earlier post! You’ll get the lavender and essential oil that you need to make this body polish recipe if you win! The giveaway ends 4/11/2016 at midnight.