I’ve been churning out all types of body scrubs lately to save me from having to repurchase a tube every two weeks – that’s how actively I use them. Sometimes it just makes more sense to make your own cosmetics; getting to pick and mix all kinds of lovely scents and ingredients is a nice bonus, and one never gets bored. And as it happens, body scrubs are one of the easiest and fastest DIY products, whose ingredients can be found in every kitchen. I can even reveal that some of these recipes will be featured in my book, which comes out late this fall.
Throwing together this cooling, purifying, and brightening – and also wonderfully refreshing – peppermint and vanilla body scrub makes a for a fun Sunday afternoon activity. If you’ve got clogged pores or impurities in your back, this stuff will clear them out and leave your skin wonderfully soft.
Peppermint and Vanilla Body Scrub
8 tbsp. sea salt
2 tbsp. white clay
6 tbsp. almond oil
2 tbsp. chopped mint leaves
1 vanilla bean, seeds from
10 drops essential peppermint oil
5 drops essential lemon oil
(1 tsp. lemon zest)
Mix all ingredients in a bowl, and spoon the mixture into an air-tight glass jar. If you don’t have white clay, you can leave it out and substitute it with more salt. Olive oil can be substituted for almond oil, and a teaspoon of lemon juice can be used instead of essential lemon oil. The recipe makes approximately 150 ml of body scrub.
Almond oil by Laboratoire du Haut-Ségala gifted by The Natural Goods Company
Photos Katja Kokko
Translation Katja Nikula