Is it just me, or does your skin get all rough and cracked during the winter months, too? The amount of lotion I go through is kind of ridiculous, and I still haven’t found one I’m really happy with. I’ve tried straight up Aquaphor, but it’s too greasy, so I have to wear gloves and wear it strictly to bed. Neutrogena’s Swiss formula is alright, but it’s also a bit greasy feeling (I hate that). General moisturizing lotions are alright, but the super smelly ones especially hurt my cracked skin, and I don’t really like the neutral scents (there is totally no such thing as unscented). I’ve seen tons of recipes for homemade kitchen scrubs and the like out there, but I thought they might be too drying. Then, I got to try out Natural Vitality’s Natural Calm Sports Bath – a combination of magnesium and Redmond mineral sea salt – and I figured I might as well give a scrub a try with the extra calming factor from the magnesium. Um, guys.. I can’t believe I never gave scrubs a try before.
- 1 cup coarse vanilla sugar (recipe below)
- 1/3 cup Natural Calm Sports Bath (or mineral sea salt)
- 1/2 cup extra virgin coconut oil (the kind that smells like coconut)
- 2 cups coarse sugar (turbinado or raw cane sugar)
- 1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped*
In a medium bowl, stir together the vanilla sugar and sports bath. Add in the coconut oil, and stir until combined - it'll be the texture of wet sand.
Transfer to an airtight container, and store at room temperature.
To use, place a dime-sized amount into the palm of your hand, and rub all over your hands (or whichever part of your body you want). Rinse off with warm water.
In a small bowl, place the sugar. After scraping the vanilla bean (and using it for a recipe), take the empty pod and cut it into small pieces. Rub the pod into the sugar, coating the pod and getting out any excess seeds.
Place the sugar and the vanilla beans in an airtight container, and store in a cool place for about 3 days up to 1 week to let the flavors meld before using. Refill with sugar (and add more vanilla beans) as needed.
* If you don't have access to vanilla beans, you can stir about 1 T of vanilla extract into the coconut oil before combining it with the sugar mixture.
Disclosure: Natural Vitality sent me free samples of their products, and I was compensated for my time. All opinions are my own, and I was not paid or expected to write a positive review.