Citrus Sea Salt Body Scrub Recipe

Citrus Sea Salt Body Scrub

Citrus Sea Salt Body Scrub Recipe

A girl can make only so much marmalade. I love the stuff, but last night, as I was facing another bowl heaped high with Meyer lemons, I reached my limit. When that happens, there’s only one thing left to do: Take a bath.

Citrus Sea Salt Body Scrub Recipe

In December, I made the Lavender Sea Salt Body Scrub that Kaela posted at Local Kitchen. I had intended to gift it to others during the holidays, but I was selfish and hoarded almost all of it for myself. It was so good! I knew I wanted to make a big batch with lemon zest when the Meyers came in.

The version I’m posting here is strictly citrus: Meyer lemon with bergamot essential oil. I find it uplifting, but if it doesn’t sound like your dream mix, you can follow your nose and invent something new. Homemade body scrubs are super easy to prepare. You start with a simple base of sea salt and oil and then you get to play, adding whatever scents inspire you. You can blend a scrub to suit your own personality: Rose? Ginger? Coffee? Mint?

Lemon Sea Salt Body Scrub

Citrus Sea Salt Body Scrub

2 cups fine-grain sea salt
1/2 cup coarse Kosher salt
3 tablespoons Meyer lemon zest
3/4 cup sunflower oil
40 drops bergamot essential oil

Combine the salts, lemon zest, and sunflower oil in a bowl. Mix well to fully distribute the oil.  Let this mixture sit for about 10 minutes, then come back and adjust the amount of salt or sunflower oil to your liking. (A lot of recipes call for about 1/4 cup more oil than I used here. I prefer a less oily mix, but I still want enough that the salt more or less holds together. I suggest you scoop a bit of it from the bowl and rub it on your forearm. After you rinse, you should feel nice and soft, not icky slick.) Add the essential oil and walk away from the bowl for a while. Do something else. A little later, come back and give it a sniff. If you like it, you’re done. If you want to add something else, keep going until it’s just the way you want it. Pack your finished scrub into a clean, pretty jar.

Yields about 3 half pints.

Citrus Sea Salt Body Scrub Recipe

Not sure where to get essential oils? Most health food stores have them, as do larger stores like Whole Foods. I get mine from Juniper Tree in Berkeley. I love visiting the store, where I can browse and sniff and purchase vials of whatever scent and size I like. (It also feels great to bring back my empties and have them refilled on the spot.) Check out their list of scents. Online, there’s also wonderful Mountain Rose Herbs.

How to use body scrub. Get yourself into a warm shower or tub. When your skin is well hydrated, scoop a tablespoon or so of scrub out of the jar and apply it to your skin, rubbing gently in a circular motion. Concentrate on the rough spots — elbows, knees, heels. Salt scrubs are too harsh for the face, so skip that. (Also, don’t use your scrub after shaving your legs or anything — Ouch!) Dip in for more scrub as needed. When you’re done, rinse well. There’s no need to soap up afterward.

Now, what do my baby pigeons have to do with body scrub? Not a thing. I’m just so crazy about them that I have to show them off at every opportunity. They figured out how to use their nest bowl in no time. I’m so proud.

King Pigeons

Yuzu & Quince

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  • Reply Jayne April 15, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Love this idea, can’t wait to try it! I have a pile of lemons just waiting to be zested!
    The pigeons- so cute!!

  • Reply kaela April 15, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Now why didn’t I think of that when my last Meyer’s were languishing in the crisper drawer? Sounds fabulous and your photos are delicious. And you’ve reminded me: I think Tai has used up all of the lavender scrub. Maybe some citrus scrub is in my future….

  • Reply meg April 15, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    Ok! This is what I’ll do with the rest of my lemons! Gorgeous pictures. And, I am in love with Yuzu & Quince! So sweet!

  • Reply Jennifer April 30, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    This scrub will round out a gift to my lemon loving sister perfectly. Lemon salt, lemon pepper, lemon sugar and lemon body scrub. All I have to do it find the right oil! Thanks for the ideas, the links and the recipe!!

    • Reply Shae May 2, 2011 at 8:52 am

      Jennifer, I know you’ll find and make something great. I think even just the lemon and sea salt would be nice. I also thought lemon and lavender would be lovely. However you do it, your sister’s lucky!

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  • Reply Joan February 25, 2012 at 10:45 am

    I love the looks of this recipe, thanks for sharing.

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