The more I live off the land (my garden), the more ways I find to save money. There’s something about bringing freshly harvested food in from the garden that really brings home to you how much money we spend unnecessarily, not just on food, but on lots of other things.
Take beauty products for example. Quite often you are paying for the glamorous packaging – and that annoys me. What a waste of money, never mind the cardboard and plastic that has to be disposed of.
Three of my four children are girls and of course they don’t think the same way as me. They are young and beautiful and like most young girls, they love to stock up on a myriad of products promising all sorts of miracles (Oh I remember doing the exact same thing). Now before I start to sound like a right misery guts, let me tell you how I meet them half way on the topic of body exfoliators and scrubs.
I make my own.
I present them nicely and our meeting in the middle means that we all enjoy delightful body scrubs, with no nasty chemicals and overpowering scents, at little or no cost. In fact, you’ll probably have most of the ingredients in your kitchen cupboard (salt, sugar, olive oil, food essence etc). Win/Win!
Ladies (or gents) if you use fake tan, the sugar scrub is fantastic for removing every bit of it, leaving your skin squeaky clean. It is however, quite abrasive, so if you have sensitive skin make a salt scrub.
Indulge in your favourite essences, essential oils, herbs, citrus zests etc.
I use olive, rapeseed, sunflower and sweet almond oils and they all leave your skin feeling silky smooth.
The scrubs will stay fragrant for up to six months if you use essential oils. Essences will stay fragrant for up to three weeks.
The Basic Rule: Half the amount of oil to the amount of sugar or salt you are using.
Here are a few ideas..
1 cup sugar
Half cup rapeseed oil
4 drops lemongrass essential oil (more if you like)
Place the sugar in a jar and mix in the lemongrass oil. Pour over the oil and seal.
1 cup sugar
Half cup sunflower oil
6 drops of coconut essence (be generous)
Place the sugar in a jar and mix in the coconut essence. Pour over the oil and seal.
I really like the combination of salt, lemon zest and fresh thme leaves.
Grapefruit extract is absolutely divine.
A recycled jam jar and lid is the perfect receptacle for your scrub. Leave it beside the bath and refill as required. Keep your nice jars to make body scrub gifts for friends and family.
So you see, there’s no need to spend money when you can have your own luxurious body scrubs at hardly any cost. Go on, give it a go!