I love the smell of lime. It’s so refreshing. So I decided to make a lime body scrub today. Not to mention that I had a dose of lime a bit earlier in the day when I enjoyed an amazingly relaxing back massage. If it lasted any longer than half an hour I would have fallen asleep. Ally, who has her little massage studio near me makes her blends on the spot, depending on my mood and preferences. And today it was… Yes, you guessed it. LIME!
Body scrubs are not at all complicated to make and surely cheaper and more skin friendly than the shop bought ones. After all, what do you need the body scrub for? To buff away all those dead skin cells, right? You don’t really need fancy ingredients, or a lot of them for that matter, as the scrub doesn’t stay on your skin long enough to benefit from them. The best body scrubs for me are those rough ones that moisturise your skin and you don’t need any body lotion or butter afterwards.
So I have collected my few ingredients and utensils I needed: fine sugar (you can replace it with salt, depending on what you want to achieve, read this post here), coconut oil (left in by the window so that the sun would melt it), lime and lime oil (like this one here). Plus a bowl, a spoon and a grater. That’s all. Simple, right?
I was considering using virgin olive oil but decided against it purely because it would give my scrub this greenish colour and the lime zest wouldn’t show as nice. Oh, yes! You will also need a container to hold your scrub of course.
I measured half a cup of sugar, poured it into a bowl and then measured about 1/3 of a cup coconut oil and added it to the bowl.
I stirred it all up to make sure that the sugar is coated in oil. Then I added 15 drops of lime essential oil and a zest of a lime, finely grated. Stirred it again and voila! My very own lime body scrub!
Benefits of lime essential oil
What benefits does the lime essential oil actually have? I chose it based on my smell preferences but I promised myself, and all of you, my dear readers, to learn along the way so here we go. Lime essential oil is antimicrobial and has calming properties (hmm…maybe that is why I felt so sleepy during my back massage? Although I am pretty sure that was due to Ally’s fantastic skills and me generally loving massages). But also an uplifting aroma. It is also said to improve cognitive performance. Lime oil can be used on acne-prone, greasy and problem skin and it acts as an antioxidant which may help with reduce the dark spots that appear due to aging (I have just read it here, and because I have noticed some darker patches on my face, not sure if it’s already because of aging or something else, it is definitely good to know). However, a word of warning! Lime oil, as well as most of the citrusy oils, is phototoxic which means that if applied on the skin and then exposed to the sunlight it may result in severe burns. So it is best to avoid it during sunny days. If you want to know even more, read this post here. Very comprehensive!
And as for me, I am off to scrub away those dead skin cells with my beautiful lime body scrub!
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