The sun came out over the weekend (it's gone now) and the whole town woke up. It was wonderful. More skin was showing on my body than usual (meaning more then my hands and head) so I decided to make a sugar scrub just in case the sun comes out again. It's hiding again for the next 10 days, but you never know.
This is coconut vanilla sugar scrub. I used the recipe here and added what I had in the house—coconut and vanilla extract, not essential oil. I also used mostly canola oil, with a tad of vitamin E oil because that's what I had and my precious olive oil is too foody smelling for me to scrub with. I have a lot of essential oils in the house but I wanted something warm and tropical smelling, so I raided the kitchen. The sugar scrub scent is a bit more alcohol-y with the extracts, but it mellows out in the shower and smells great. I used it this morning and LOVE it! I have pretty dry skin, so it's wonderful for me, but it could be a tad oily for other people, you can adjust the oil amount as needed. Also, different oils coat differently, you know? So an almond oil might be a nice choice.
Now I am all excited to make a ton of stuff from this site. Bath bombs, body butters, you name it. There's a huge amount of them here, and most have reviews, which is sure nice. I was so excited to find this recipe site today because whenever I look for body/bath recipes online, the sites are so weird and crazy —so full of junky ads and pop-up windows, they make my eyes hurt. This site seems very cool, and I didn't even check out all the food recipes—look out!
I picked up some citric acid last night at Wild Oats along with coco butter, and dang citric acid is expensive! I am thinking of Mother's Day gifts here, sorry to ruin the surprise, Moms. I will report back. I also have a bee in my bonnet about not using shampoo anymore (using backing soda and apple cider vinegar instead) and making my own deodorant and toothpaste. As far as I can tell, these all will involve copious amounts of baking soda, which is thankfully much less expensive than citric acid.
Does anyone have this composter I link to on the sidebar here? The NatureMill? I am so interested. I know I can just put all our food garbage in a hole with worms or whatever, but dang. We compost all the food scraps we can easily—which is a ton, but the weird/non-veggie food goes in the garbage. If we had this thing, we could easily change our garbage pick-up to once a month. I feel bad using electrical power to compost, but it seems so cool! I should read about worms and dirt and holes, but I am a little freaked about rats, to be honest. We should get chickens, they could eat all our food scraps, right? I wonder if I am spreading total mis-information here. Can chickens eat anything? Like lentil soup? Cat food? I need to do some research. Or perhaps a dog? Our dog ate everything. In fact, I don't really want to think about all the things he ate right now. Wow.
Brown sugar will totally work in this recipe! Thanks for all the compost/chicken info (awesome!) and the citric acid was WAY more at wild oats. I need to high tail it to that grocery. Also, I see there is a tag going around and I am so lame at tags/memes/ and all that, so I pass on them now. I have been tagged 3 times this week, which is totally flattering, but also makes me feel even worse that these things make me feel so impaired. Sorry!