How-To: Peppermint & Eucalyptus Lavender Salt Scrub

When it comes to making your own homemade beauty products, I’m all for it. I strongly believe that we are not just what we put in our bodies, but also what we put on our bodies. Using fresh, natural, and organic ingredients, I love being able to recreate a spa item at home for a fraction of the cost, and that is customized exactly the way I want it to be. I’ve been making homemade soaps since I was in the single digit age range, but as I get older, I have learned how important a good salt or sugar scrub can be for exfoliating your skin. Since salt scrub is one of those things I use in the morning {to be energized} and at night {to relax}, I decided to combine a salt scrub made with epsom salts, olive oil, fresh lavender and lavender water {lavender blossoms and water boiled down}, and two essential oils – peppermint {refresh} and eucalyptus {relax}. In the jar I used six layers, starting first with the epsom salts with an 1/8 cup olive oil, one drop each of the peppermint and eucalyptus essential oils, one spritz lavender water, and one lavender blossom, repeated. The end result is something that not only looks pretty to display on my bathroom counter, but smells amazing as well.

x Paris

How-To: Walnut & Brown Sugar Exfoliating Face Scrub

One of my biggest beauty mantras is using food-grade products since we aren’t only what we eat, but also what our skin absorbs. Commercial make up and beauty products these days tend to be filled with chemicals and toxins {I especially pay attention to parabens, which I’ve found in everything from shampoo and body wash to mouthwash}, so to avoid damaging my otherwise healthy habits, I strive to make my own edible beauty products whenever possible. I made this walnut and brown sugar exfoliating scrub for my face recently and have loved the results. The walnuts and brown sugar help remove dead skin, while the honey adds antibacterial properties and the coconut oil moisturizes my skin. My favorite part though is the fact that it tastes like a sweet walnut tart, so I have to stop myself from eating the entire thing.

1/4 Cup Walnuts, ground
1 Teaspoon Brown Sugar
1 Teaspoon Coconut Oil
1 Teaspoon Raw Honey

How to Make it:
1. Crush the walnuts.
2. Mix in the brown sugar, coconut oil, and honey to the ground walnuts.
3. Place it in a container and refrigerate until you’re ready to use it.
4. Enjoy!

x Paris