Over time, I’ve developed my own skin care moisture cream which is super creamy and luscious, at a fraction of the cost of the stuff you will find out there. I use the body cream after showering and the scrubs are great for moisturizing hands, feet, elbows. It works especially well for getting stinky stuff off. I keep small containers of salt and sugar scrubs next to my sinks for cleaning up after gardening, peeling shrimp, or cleaning up after a crawfish boil.
I can buy all the ingredients to make my skin care products for just a fraction of the cost of the ready-made stuff, so I usually make big batches and gift small containers to friends and family.
Basic Body Butter:
3 cups coconut oil
1 (8 oz.) container African Shea Butter (I order from Amazon)
2 tsp. vitamin E (you can get the gel caps, punch a pin in one end and squeeze the oil out, but I get the small bottle through Amazon)
50 drops essential oils — here’s where I get creative. I mix about 15 or so drops of 3 or 4 different essential oils that I think work well together. In the summer, I like light scents like orange, lemon, tea tree, lavender, lemongrass. In the winter, or for the guys, I go with earthier scents like bergamot, rosemary, and cedarwood. The choice is up to you; whatever you prefer.
In a large mixing bowl, add the coconut oil and shea butter; microwave about 30 seconds, just enough to soften. Using a hand, mix the oil and shea butter at medium speed until smooth.
Add the vitamin E and oil and continue to mix at medium speed; add your choice of essential oils and mix again until smooth. Divide in half and store in air-tight (I prefer glass) containers. Chill for about an hour, then store at room temperature and use as a body moisturizer.
With the remainder, divide in half into two smaller mixing bowls.
In one bowl, add 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar, then mix at medium speed until sugar is incorporated into the moisturizer.
In the other bowl, add 1 1/2 cups salt, then mix at medium speed until salt is incorporated in.
Transfer to small air-tight containers and store at room temperature. Use to exfoliate hands, feet, elbows, cuticles, or to clean up after dirty or stinky tasks.
The scrubs will leave your hands fresh and clean-smelling, and don’t worry if your hands have a “greasy” feel after using the scrubs. That will work itself into your skin in a few minutes, leaving them soft and smooth.