Today I’m presenting my first non-food recipe.
Actually, that’s a lie. It’s made of food. But it wouldn’t taste very good. Not in these proportions, anyway. It does however happen to be a quick and awesome thing you can make for Mother’s Day.
I went to a baby shower today (my first!) and wanted to bring a gift for the mommy as well as the impending tiny human. I was thinking something along the lines of a nice scrub or bubble bath, but didn’t really like anything I found in any stores. I decided to look into making my own sugar scrub, which was the perfect idea!
Lavender Sugar Scrub
- 1 Tbsp dried lavender
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil (don’t waste really nice olive oil in this!)
- 1/2 cup extra light olive oil
- 1 Tbsp honey (I used blueberry honey, but lavender honey would of course be awesome, too)
Crush the lavender into a semi-fine powder in a mortar & pestle. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and mix into a paste. Store in a nice glass or plastic container.
Apply to skin (not face) while in the tub. (Be careful if you’re standing, the oil will make the floor slippery for a brief period.) Gently exfoliate, then wash off with soap.
This is a great gift for a new mom (I hope!) because the sugar feels nice and does a good job exfoliating and invigorating. The oil and honey act as moisturizers – I tried some (not all of it fit in the jar) and my legs still feel like I put lotion on them this morning. So it does two jobs in one and the lavender is all nice and calming. I’m sure lots of moms would appreciate this, though.