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My Adventures in Bath Scrubs: A Conclusion

27 Feb

I’ve come to a final verdict about the bath scrub that I made. I will not be using olive oil again. At least for bath scrubs. It’s delicious with veggies ūüôā

I used it again this morning and tried a different method. I used the scrub before using body wash, hoping that it would rinse away some of the oily feeling, but it did not. And the oil overtook the delicious scent of peppermint oil so that I felt like I had never even put any in. Despite all of this though, my legs did feel a bit smoother.

I think it was a good starting place for getting into DIY¬†bath scrubs. I’ve decided that next time I’m going to use coconut oil. Or maybe I’ll even go crazy and use unscented¬†lotion instead, like Aveeno,¬†for extra healing power.

Making that scrub the other night though really got me in the mood to DIY all of the things. But the canvas board that I had needed to be primed, so I couldn’t paint those. I perused pinterest and found this site for two free mandala print-outs.

mandala

I printed one and spent about an hour painting it. I still had some pearlizing medium so I used that in some of the blue as well to liven it up a bit. I plan to frame it and include it as part of my gallery wall, whenever I get around to doing that.

After making bath scrub and then painting this (with primed canvas boards drying in the garage), my creative itch was scratched. Do you ever feel like you just need to be creative or you might explode?

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DIY Body Scrub: Half of a Verdict

26 Feb

Good day, all. Yesterday I talked about DIY body scrub and how it’s all the rage now (is that saying still all the rage too? I can never keep up). So I decided to whip up a batch for myself.

Ingredients:

– oil (from what I read, most kinds will work: baby, olive, veggie, coconut; I used olive)
– granulated sugar or salt (I used sugar since I have sensitive skin; if you’re skin is extra sensitive, try brown sugar)
– essential oil (optional; I used peppermint!)

Directions:

Mix one part oil to two parts salt or sugar. Add a few drops of whichever oil you prefer. Because I used olive oil in mine, it looks yellowy green, like olive oil… mixed in sugar … ah, yeah. I know, obvious. But it smells like peppermint! Which is divine, and soothing. I like soothing.

This morning, after my usual shower routine, I scrubbed some of the concoction on my legs and ankles, where I’m usually the driest, then rinsed. Ladies, make sure you do this either before shaving your legs, or at least 24 hours after, since the mixture is meant to be slightly abrasive (hence the term scrub). If you don’t mind being a little grizzly (I don’t, it’s wintertime! My gams are hidden under tall socks and stockings!), go for the no-shave option.

After I stepped out of the shower, I patted my legs¬†dry… and felt oily. I hear you, you’re saying, “duh?” I know. I rub oil on my legs, I should expect to feel oily. And since I hadn’t shaved my legs, I felt oily and stubbly. My legs felt softer though, and I think after a few more days of using the scrub, I’ll see better results. And next time I think I might use baby oil or coconut oil instead, so I don’t feel like I’m getting ready to turn myself into a stew.

Scrub Your Cares Away

25 Feb

Apparently, DIY body scrub is the new cool thing. Two different friends (in different time zones, even) posted about DIY body scrub. I’ve never purchased body scrub, and I’ve only used it once before (stole¬†some from my then-roommate who was a total b-word [oh, and stealing is wrong, kids,¬†she actually told me I could use it]). Maybe I haven’t used it because it’s expensive, or something? But my itchy, dry winter skin needs some reviving! I already have all of the ingredients, so why not? I’ll do this tonight and report back later this week!

In the meantime, check out Janelle’s blog for her FTM Friday¬†(now you know I neglect checking my Google Reader on weekends…) where she talks about all of the awesome, regular-use items that you can make for SUPER CHEAP! And¬†while you’re at it, check out¬†Stephanie’s blog where she gives¬†some easy-to-follow instructions on how to make your own DIY body scrub! Happy scrubbing, friends!