I was so happy when I discovered this homemade body scrub! It really does such a wonderful job of exfoliating my skin and leaving it not only lovely and soft but also smelling gorgeous! What I really like about this scrub is that not only is it edible, but that the way the elderflower and oat exfoliate is gentle but so effective. I have bought body scrubs in the past that are just a little too hard and harsh, but this one is really perfect! True skin food. The lavender I used for this recipe was from the most sweet man at the farmer’s market in Alexandra Palace, where I can often be found on a sunday selling organic and biodynamic vegetables. It is the most lovely weekend job I have every had – I have met so many lovely and interesting people (who all care about their health and the planet!) and also got to try some delicious healthy and artisan foods created by other small local businesses who have stalls there.
Back to the lavender….Yes, so this lovely man rocks up each sunday in a rather beaten up white pick up truck from which he sells fruit, vegetables and flowers (gorgoeus dalias! My favorite!) that have all been grown by and for children with learning difficulties. All of the money he makes at the stall goes straight back into the charity to help those children. I think that is just so wonderful and such a good idea. Spending time in nature is so therapeutic and healing. The flowers and produce he sells are always so vibrant, fresh and clearly well cared for. Every time I am there and I see him I always buy dalias, but recently he has also been sellng small bags of dried lavender, which I just can’t resist! I have a few bags left still so they will either end up in a homemade muscle ease oil or perhaps I will infuse them and use the infusion as a base to make a face cream….I’ll keep you updated on the outcome!
I made a small bowl of this and it lasted in my fridge for over a week. It would probably keep longer but I would recommend making it in small batches and using within a few days. Because it has some larger bits in (the lavender flowers) I would also recommend using a plug filter to drain the water from the bath or the shower to catch those bigger bits. I have only used it in a shower but I think having it in the bath would be great because you would get to bathe in the lavender and oat once you wash it off, which is so softening for the skin and makes the bath lovely and milky!
- 15g dried elderflowers
- 10g roughly ground oats
- 10g ground rice
- 3 tbsp aloe vera juice
- 5 drops lavender essential oil
- 2 drops bergamot essential oil
- 3 tsp plain yoghurt
- mix all dry ingredients together in a small bowl
- add the aloe vera juice, yoghurt and essential oils and mix well
- apply a couple of tbsp to body, starting at the ankles and working your way up in circular movements
- wash off an enjoy gorgeous smelling, smooth and radiant skin!
- To make ground oats simply place them in your blender/food processor for a couple of seconds. You want them roughly ground but not so much that they form a fine powder – small bits are good!