To Make / Salt Scrub

 

      Good morning! Summer is encroaching swiftly, and that means limbs will be bared along with sandal-adorned feet. To prepare those limbs and feet, I concocted a new grapefruit + tea tree sea salt scrub! It smells amazing, and does the trick for getting those newly exposed areas ready for said exposure. Get the how-to below!

Materials / Ingredients:

- 1/2 cup of Himalayan pink sea salt

- 1/2 cup of sea salt

- 1/4 cup of olive oil (jojoba or sweet almond work as well!)

- 15 drops of grapefruit essential oil

- 15 drops of tea tree essential oil

Directions:

1. Grind up all of your salt however you like. For a more coarse scrub, I used a mortar and pestle.

2. Add in your olive oil and essential oils.

3. Stir to combine, and keep in an air tight jar. Enjoy!

To Find / Something Natural

 

     Good morning! For this month's natural product, I wanted to put a spotlight on one of my favorite essential oils: grapefruit! Aura Cacia makes awesome oils, and the grapefruit instantly lifts your mood.

      The citrus really does make you joyful! It's light and sweet, and perfect for just dabbing onto your wrists or incorporating it into a spray or salve.

     My personal favorite use is in body scrubs. I plan to make a summer one soon that will be bursting with the scent of grapefruit. Thanks for reading, and have a fun Monday!

To Find Something Natural, Pt. 3

 

      Hello! This month's natural product is my favorite essential oil from Aura Cacia. I love the grapefruit scent, and now wear it in place of perfume most days! It's just as the label boasts: joyful. It definitely puts a smile on my face the second I smell it.

     Essential oils are a great natural option with many uses. You can do like I do, and use it instead of perfume. You can also apply different ones to the skin for different ailments. I stated in my last natural post that tea tree essential oil is excellent for blemishes, but is also just a great all around antiseptic. Another thing you can do with your essential oils is use them for their scent. A few drops of lavender on your pillow will be excellent for calmness before you go to sleep. You can add lemon to some homemade laundry detergent to achieve that fresh smell. There are endless possibilities, so go buy some and get to experimenting!

To Make a Scrub, Pt. 2

 
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      Good morning! I had an inner debate about posting this scrub. I was disappointed with how much the recipe I used ended up yielding. I won't share the original recipe because of this, and because the photo's are very misleading on the scrubs' amount and texture. Basically, it doesn't look anything like the photo's. I don't know if they didn't use coconut oil like they said, or if they doubled the size of the recipe just to take the photo's, but I was pretty let down. That being said, the scrub does work, and it smells amazing, so that's why I'm still sharing. Moral of the story though: remember a lot of what you see on the internet is inauthentic.

Ingredients: yields 1 oz. of scrub, so go ahead and at least double everything for a full jar

- 2 tbs. Himalayan pink sea salt

- 2 tbs. of coconut oil, room temperature

- grapefruit essential oil

- jar

Directions:

- Combine salt and coconut oil, and stir.

Step two - add in as much essential oils as you like, and stir. Pour into jar and keep at room temperature. Enjoy!

To Make Crositini!

 

     Hey there! One of my favorite seasonal foods for winter is grapefruit/citrus in general. They are great year round, but they are definitely at their best in January/February. Add some goat cheese and honey and you've got an amazing appetizer! I actually love combining grapefruit with my greek yogurt and honey, and the flavor of this app is very similar. I topped the crositini with a smaller amount of grapefruit than I personally would like, just because the flavor is so strong. I served this to my friends at one of our classic wine nights with some Riesling, and the pairing was perfect! Both were light and sweet, just what you want for a fun girls night. Check out the recipe below!

Ingredients: yields 10 crositini (I only pictured half above)

- one whole grapefruit

- honey

- goat cheese

- crositini or french bread

Directions:

Step one - Assemble all ingredients on crositini and drizzle with honey.