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Save where you can so you can splurge when you want....
That's my motto. Sure, there are lots of people in the world who are able to live 100% frugally at all times. I'm not one of those people. On occasion, I do like to splurge a little - as long as its within reason. And right now, with our approaching move to Minnesota, splurges are on hold until our home is sold in Wisconsin and we can start construction on our new house in Minnesota. This means more double coupon shopping at Pick 'n Save, fewer movie nights at the theater, and any vacation we wanted to take is put on hold until next year or the year after.
No more shopping at that 4 letter word store...
A few months ago I was introduced to a boutique type store at the mall that hand makes soaps, scrubs, lotions, and various cosmetics. The first time I walked in the store I was hooked. I also walked out of the store with $70 worth of soaps and scrubs and lotions.
Was I crazy?
Yes, as a matter of fact I was. After using it awhile I realized that even though the products were natural and made without chemicals or any of that yucky stuff I'm so desperately trying to stay away from, the stuff wasn't that great. At least not $70 great.......
But oh my goodness the minute winter hits the Midwest my skin is dry and it feels tight and I'm super uncomfortable. Not to mention, if I have to lotion up my legs and then put my jeans on right away after I shower, I get cranky. Who has time to wait around for lotion to dry 100% before getting dressed?! Not me.
Open a magazine, browse Pinterest, or walk down the aisles at any craft store and you will see that making homemade hand and body scrubs is actually do-able. Plus, it's very frugal. And if you are like me and don't exactly follow recipes from start to finish, you can still make your own hand and body scrubs because a lot of it is basically making it the way you want. I really don't think there is a right or wrong way in making homemade hand and body scrubs. It's all a matter of preference.
There are tons of homemade body and hand scrubs out there for anyone to try and most of them require just a few ingredients. There are basically three parts to a body and hand scrub:
- An exfoliant like salt, sugar, ground coffee, and oatmeal.
- An oil like coconut oil, olive oil, grape seed oil and various other nut oils.
- A fragrance like essential oils or citrus juices.
If this were summertime, I would probably advise against using citrus juices or essential oils because your skin will be more sensitive to the sun. However, this is the middle of winter in the Midwest, we go days, sometimes a week without the sun shining and it's too cold anyways for our skin to be exposed. Citrus wakes me up. The scent revitalizes me.
Pick 'n Save has a beautiful selection of citrus fruits right now. The lemons and limes were just perfect for a homemade citrus hand and body scrub. While I was at Pick 'n Save, I was also able to pick up organic olive oil, organic coconut oil, 100% natural cane sugar, sea salt, and epsom salt. I wanted to make three different scrubs; a hand scrub, a basic all over (except the face) body scrub, and a sore muscle scrub.
For the hand scrub, I used 1 cup 100% Turbinado cane sugar, 5 tbsp olive oil, 5 tbsp coconut oil, and juice from both the lemon and lime. Simply mix it all together and store in a glass jar. I keep this hand scrub right by my kitchen sink and it has helped with my dry middle knuckle. I always seem to have one super dry middle knuckle this time of year.
I've been working out with a personal trainer 3x a week for almost 2 months now and after leg day, I'm super sore. They say epsom salt helps with sore and achy muscles so I made a sore muscle body scrub with 3/4 cup epsom salt, 4 tbsp coconut oil, juice from a lemon (just a squeeze or two), and a little lemon zest so I would remember this was for sore muscles.
The final one that I made is an all over body scrub (except for the face). The purpose of this one is to exfoliate the skin so I made it drier than the other two. Instead of sugar or epsom salt, I used sea salt. I wanted to have something really exfoliating and because sea salt is coarser than table salt, I figured it would do the trick. I learned years ago that it doesn't matter how much you moisturize if you have dry skin. To get rid of the dry skin, you need to exfoliate. Winter = dry skin for me.
For this all over body scrub I mixed 1.5 cups sea salt, 4 tbsp coconut oil, and several squeezes from a lemon and lime. I used a wide mouth glass jar for this one because when I'm in the shower, it will be easiest to mix the scrub with my hand since the oil settles to the bottom after it sits awhile.
Now that I'm saving where I can....
I feel much better about taking care of my winter skin and feel no desire to walk into the 4 letter word store at the mall. Plus, the next time I'm in need of more ingredients for another batch of hand and body scrubs, I don't have to go out of my way because I can get everything I need while grocery shopping at Pick 'n Save. Double coupon shopping at Pick 'n Save of course!
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