Almond Moisture Scrub

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This yummy, buttery scrub is simply fabulous. The almond meal is both exfoliating and moisturizing and brings a unique soft texture to this body buffer. The addition of the shea butter to the recipe adds an extra-luxurious moisture boost. Since shea butter is a richer emollient than liquid carrier oils, such as sweet almond or grapeseed oils, this scrub will leave a richer, more moisturizing layer of beneficial oils on your skin. Scent this scrub with your favorite essential oil blend or leave unscented for a rich and buttery treat for your dry skin.

Almond Moisture Scrub

Almond Moisture Scrub:

YIELDS: 18 ounces

1⁄2 cup shea butter

1⁄2 cup sweet almond oil

4 vitamin E capsules

Essential oil blend (optional)

1⁄2 cup almond meal

3⁄4 cup granulated sugar


* What you will need: double boiler, rubber spatula, mixing bowl, measuring cups, fork, jars and lids to fit 18 ounces of scrub


1. To Make: Start the double boiler on medium heat. Once it reaches a boil, reduce heat to simmer. Place the shea butter in the top of the double boiler and cover. Simmer until melted, stirring occasionally. To preserve the beneficial botanicals, do not overheat. Remove from heat, take the top pan off the double boiler, and cool 5 minutes. Pour the melted shea butter into the mixing bowl, using the rubber spatula to get the remainder out of the pan. Add the sweet almond oil. Pierce the vitamin E capsules and squeeze the liquid out into the melted oil, discarding the gel caps. If you are scenting the scrub, add the essential oils and stir. Add the almond meal and sugar, stirring to a uniform consistency. The scrub is ready to use; however, the shea butter will continue to solidify the scrub as it cools over the next hour or so.

2. To Store: Spoon the mix into the jar. Label with contents and date and seal tightly. To preserve the freshness of this natural scrub, do not get water into the jar. Store this scrub in a sealed jar in a cool dark place, out of direct sunlight. Use up within 6 months to a year.

3. To Use: Use in place of a soap or body wash in your shower or bath. This is a thicker scrub due to the shea butter and may need to be softened or emulsified with a little water in your palm to make a spreadable scrub. Apply to your skin in small, upward, circular motions. Massage the scrub in small circular motions, starting with the legs and arms, making your way up to the torso, ending at your heart. Rinse well.


HELPFUL HINTS

You can substitute one of the infused oils for the sweet almond oil for added scent and therapeutic benefits.