Some time ago I shared a recipe for how to make your own Coffee Salt Scrub. It’s part of our household trying to become palm oil and micro bead free. Cosmetics and beauty products pose a particular challenge. I have finished the jar of Coffee Salt Scrub so decided to turn my hand to a Lime & Coconut Sugar Scrub.
The had juiced a number of limes and whilst I could have simply composted the skins, the lovely scent gave me an idea. I created a zesty sugar scrub to polish up my skin. These type of scrubs are really easy to make, don’t contain any nasties and, don’t run down your drain and leave a lasting impact on the oceans.
This sugar scrub uses coconut oil but you could easily substitute another neutral vegetable oil such as grapeseed or olive. I chose plain white sugar (not caster) so the lime zest would show through. Raw sugar can be readily substituted. The lime zest is from lime skins I have zested and then dried overnight on a piece of newspaper. Store in an airtight container until you’re ready to use. Citrus is said to stimulate circulation. Don’t be tempted to add any lime juice as it will oxidise and discolour the scrub over time. The zest should be sufficient to provide a citrus zing but if for some reason, you want an even sharper scent, a drop of pure food grade lime oil can be added. One drop will be be more than enough for a jar of sugar scrub.
Lime & Coconut Sugar Scrub
- 1 part lime zest, dried (so it could be 2 tbsp or 2 cups or whatever measure you want to use)
- 3 parts white sugar (or plain table salt)
- 2.5 parts coconut oil
- Mix together in a bowl and place in a clean jar (try not to eat it!)
- Store your sugar scrub in the bathroom cupboard or shower. Apply to damp skin as required (safe for face and body)
- Rub in a circular motion to slough off rough skin and then rinse clean
Try this scrub with mandarin or orange zest for a change.