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Summer Scrub

Thursday, 05 June 2014 04:10  by Emily S.

It is time to put away the long pants and winter sweaters; summer is around the corner! Short sleeves and bare legs means it might be time for a little skin rejuvenation. There are plenty of commercial products available in stores, but it is usually much more rewarding to make your own, and as an added benefit, you know exactly what you are getting.

What I love most about a homemade body scrub is really the process of making it. I can put all of my effort and creativity into one activity, relieving my stress levels and bringing a feeling of accomplishment.

Coconut oil works to moisturize and replenish the skin, while the sugar exfoliates. Essential oil of lime acts as an antiseptic, antiviral and antioxidant, and can reduce pain in the joints and muscles. The aroma also can reduce depression and anxiety, boosting our mind and our mood.

The ingredients:

  • Zest from one lime
  • Lime essential oil
  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1.5 cup sugar


  1. Combine the coconut oil, lime zest and sugar in a large bowl and mix well.
  2. Add about 7 drops of essential lime oil and stir.
  3. Store in a glass jar with an airtight lid.
  4. This scrub is perfect for smoothing the roughest spots like our knees, elbows and heels!

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