February 11, 2013

Shower/hand scrub bags

I saw this idea on One Good Thing by Jilliee (just really love her ideas!)

I have adapted the recipe a bit and use it as a scrub/cleanser in the kitchen. 
It uses oatmeal, lavender soap, coconut oil and chamomile flowers.

I did not really measure the amounts just threw things together, feel free to adjust it to however you like it!

The Oatmeal is great for skin, and a wonderful exfoliator.  The Lavender is calming as well as good for skin.  The Chamomile is also 'calming' and another good exfoliator. 

1 cup Oatmeal (use the rolled type not quick cook)
1/2 bar of Lavender soap (you can use any 'natural' soap you like)
4-5 drops Lavender essential oil
1 tsp coconut oil melted (do not use microwave) or almond or olive oil.
2 tbsp chamomile flowers (if you do not have flowers, open a bag of chamomile tea and sprinkle in the ground up tea)

Grate the soap into a bowl, add in the oatmeal, chamomile flowers.  Melt the coconut oil in a small glass that is immersed in a bowl of hot water.  Melting it in the microwave will kill any benefits of the coconut oils so never do that, always melt it this way.  Drop in the Lavender essential oil into the coconut oil and then pour into the dry mixture. Blend everything and scoop the mixture into small bags (or use cheese cloth, that's what I used first but these small bags are way cuter!)

Now when you want you just use this instead of soap to wash your hands, when you need a bit of
extra scrubbing/exfoliating this is perfect!
You can use this in the bath as well. After using just let it dry out and you can use it again, this small bag you can probably get 3-4 uses out of it.  The best part is that you can just open up the bag and fill it up again (after washing it out of course!)

I love the combination of Lavender and Chamomile, but you can use anything really.  Peppermint, lemon, orange, etc!

Let me know how it goes and what combinations you have tried!

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