Sometimes, you need to spoil yourself and this Valentine’s Day I thought after all the caring, loving and nurturing you do for other people, a simple self-spoil would be a fantastic thing to make. The best thing is this make is also pretty affordable, and has huge therapeutic benefits.
The great thing about a salt scrub is that they’re revitalising and soothing, and best done at night before a hot bath to ensure a really sound, soothing sleep. Be sure to drink a lot of water when doing a salt scrub as they can be quite dehydrating!
You will need
- 300g coarsely ground pink Himalayan sea salt
- 56g rose-infused coconut oil (instructions below, originally published in my rose lip balm)
- 28g grapeseed oil
- 10 drops rose geranium essential oil
- 5 drops pink grapefruit essential oil (optional)
- 4 drops ylang ylang essential oil (optional)
- Dried rose petals (optional)
Rose infused coconut oil
Dry out two or three roses worth of rose petals. Put them in a jar and cover with oil – use coconut or grapeseed oil for this recipe. If you’ve planned to make this in advance (I never do!) leave it to infuse with a closed lid for 4 to 8 weeks. Afterwards strain out the rose petals and voila, you have rose-infused oil.
If you don’t have time, instead of leaving the rose petals to infuse for weeks, cover with oil in a heatproof jar or pan and put in an oven preheated to 120C. Turn off the oven, and leave to 3 – 5 hours, the longer the better. Remove from the heat and strain out the herbs.
The body scrub
Melt the coconut oil if it has solidified, and mix all the ingredients together.
Run a hot bath, and using the scrub massage gently into wet skin. Himalayan salt, in particular, is packed with minerals and elements like magnesium, calcium and potassium, and it is absorbed particularly well by your skin. This makes a salt scrub particularly therapeutic and soothing.
Remember to drink a lot of water as the scrub is quite detoxifying. Sprinkle with dried rose petals for a beautiful final effect.