If you are at all familiar with a wonderful yet pricey personal care product, Salt Rub® by Origins, you may know that for some very odd reason, it has been discontinued. I know. How could they do this?
Origins now offers in its place some kind of ginger scrub concoction that contains sugar and spice. I think it is just awful, which makes me even happier that I know how to make my own version of Origins Salt Rub. Are you thinking what I’m thinking? This may be the perfect gift you’ve been searching for—one you can make yourself for many on your Christmas Gift List.
A mixture of salt and oil, authentic salt rub resembles wet, slushy snow. Unlike bath salts that are used in a tub bath, salt scrub is used in the shower. So you have a better idea, before I tell you how to make it, here is the kind of instruction you would print on a tag or label for the finished salt scrub:
After cleansing the skin, turn off the shower water. Scoop a small handful of salt scrub and rub in a circular motion all over your skin. Rinse with water. You can wash again if you desire, but you will enjoy the greatest benefit if you simply towel dry without soaping up again. Used every time you take a shower, dry skin will be a distant memory. Salt scrub helps to get rid of all those dead skin cells and then the oil seals in the moisture.
It is so easy to make your own version of Origins Salt Rub. The main ingredient is Epsom salt, available online and in any drugstore or supermarket. Cheap! Or another option is to use sea salt, because of it healing properties.
Pour Epsom salt into a bowl or large container. Slowly pour in your oil of choice while stirring. Keep adding oil until it looks like and feels very wet snow. While not necessary, you can stir in a few drops of essential oil like lavender, eucalyptus, peppermint or spearmint to add fragrance and aroma. Want to color your product to match its fragrance or to add your unique signature? Add several drops of soap colorant available online or in craft stores.
I found that three parts Epsom salt to two parts oil (I use sweet almond oil) makes the ideal consistency for me. Not specific enough? Okay, mix 3/4 cup Epsom or sea salt with 1/2 cup oil. To that amount add four drops lavender essential oil. If you find this ratio to be a bit too “wet” add more salt. Too dry? Add a bit more oil. Of course you can multiply this recipe if you intend to make enough many gifts.
As you select your containers for presentation, keep in mind this gift is meant to be used in the shower. Glass may not be the wisest choice. There are plenty of plastic and acrylic options, such as these cute 4-ounce and 8-ounce jars.
Because this gift has no shelf-life limitations, it something you can do now to get a head start on the busy holidays. More than that, it’s a gift you can give with confidence because while very practical, it is also quite elegant—the best kind of gift!
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