Lavender Sea Salt Scrub
Disclaimer: This is NOT an advertisement for EO brands (I'm just recycling the jar), in fact it's the opposite. Here's a recipe to make your own lavender-scented olive oil sea salt body scrub for next to nothing. An Italian friend of mine told me about this skin smoothing secret. In a moment of student poverty, she made this scrub as a Christmas present for all her friends and family. She bought 1 bottle of essential oil of lavender (this'll run you from 15 to 20 euros but a little goes a long way), a bottle of olive oil (couple euros) and a couple kilos of non-iodized salt (cheaper than dirt). The beauty part is that for very little money, you can give presents that seem chic and sheeshy!
2 cups non-iodized salt*
3 tbsps olive oil**
15 drops of essential oil of lavender (or be creative and use essential oil of anything else, rose geranium is a favorite of mine)
Pour the salt into a sturdy, sealable container (plastic or glass jars are perfect). Make a well in the center, pour in the olive oil and drop in the essential oil of lavender. Mix first with a spoon then by closing the containet and shaking like mad. Music to shake Lavender Sea Salt Scrub with: OutKast's "Hey Ya" (shake it like a Polaroid Picture!) Get in the shower or tub, get wet (if you really want a really, really effective skin-sloughing effect, soak in the tub for 15 minutes then start scrubbing) Grab hanfulls from the jar and scrub all over with this mixture (singin' OutKast all the way through) and then use soap and water to wash away the oil. You will feel like a pink and shiny new person.
*Here in Italy, the cheapest stuff is sea salt but non-iodized Morton's or, better yet, the generic brand will scrub just as well.
** I used extra virgin and its rich yellow-green color left an ugly, yellowy tinge in my scrub, so I'd suggest to save the evoo for your baby field green salads and use lesser grade which will be clearer.