When I told my best friend I’d just made this, her response (as I creepily knew it would be) was “aren’t you going to smell like a roast chicken?” Well, no, you’re not. Whilst they may be popular, and common, additions to a roasting tray, they also smell pretty darn good on you. I don’t know about you but at this time of year my skin start to feel a little lacklustre. Between the freezing winds and the central heating, all of the moisture seems to disappear and everything tends to feel a little blah. That’s where this little beauty comes in. The sugar sloughs off all the dead skin whilst the coconut and rapeseed oils are deeply nourishing. Everything else? Well that’s all there to smell good, it’s bright and zingy and the perfect little kick-starter to a cold, dark morning. There’s also the major added bonus that you know exactly what has gone into it so you can be safe in the knowledge that there are no nasties lurking inside. You may even have some of the stuff already tucked away in your cupboards, you’ve probably even bought some coconut oil in a fit of healthy eating so here’s another way to put it to good use.
For enough scrub to fill at 1/3 litre jar you’ll need:
- 250g granulated sugar
- the zest of 2 lemons
- 4 sprigs of rosemary
- 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
- 120g coconut oil
Then pulse everything together until you have a beautiful flecked sugar mixture, blending these three together will bash all of the oils out of the lemon and rosemary to maximise the fragrance. If you don’t have a blender then just chop the rosemary and lemon zest together until really fine and stir through the sugar.In a separate bowl, smoosh together the rapeseed and coconut oils. You want the coconut oil in a solid state so that it achieves a whipped consistency. Now all that’s left to do is tip in your sugar, give everything a stir up and pop it in your jar of choice. If you’re not much of a body scrub kind of person then this is a great thing to keep next to the kitchen sink. It’ll get rid of any nasty cooking smells on your hands as well as keeping them silky smooth.
If however, you do like a scrub then just grab a handful and get to work before you get in the shower, be careful, the oils will make things a bit slippy! This is also a great thing to use before you shave your legs ladies (and maybe some gents). So what are you waiting for? Get scrubbing and let me know how they turn out!