I was contacted by Michelle Pino right around St. Patrick’s Day last month. She reached out to me about sharing her ideas on easy and inexpensive ways to live “greener.” Obviously, her timing was great around St. Patrick’s Day, when green is everywhere…quite literally. Unfortunately, I’ve been ridiculously crazed at work and didn’t have the opportunity to share her article with you then. However, living green is something we can think about doing any time of year, and as spring is finally coming through here in Upstate New York, this body scrub will definitely come in handy. Can’t wait to try it myself. Let me know if you make it and what you think. Can’t wait to hear what you think.
Here’s Michelle’s recipe:
Green is The Way to Go
It’s common these days to hear the word “green” in reference to cleaning products and tactics for sustainable living, but have you ever considered applying the philosophy to your beauty routine? There’s no better time to try, and it’s easy to whip up a great natural body scrub that’s green as well.
If you fear that green beauty creams will turn you the color of Kermit the Frog, then worry no longer: They won’t. In fact, since they contain no chemicals, they’ll treat you as kindly as they do the environment.
Here’s a simple, all-natural body scrub to get you started. It will soothe your winter-dried skin while letting you go green just in time for spring in the most natural way. You may already have a few of the ingredients sitting on your kitchen shelf. If not, any health food store should be able to help you out at very little cost. When making these products at home, you can leave that pot of gold to the leprechauns, for you’ll have little need of its contents.
ALMOND OIL BODY SCRUB
1/2 cup sweet almond oil
1 cup sea salt
Several drops mint essential oil
Pour the almond oil into a small bowl and stir in the sea salt. Add a few drops of mint essential oil. Mix well. Use immediately or store in a small jar.
Unless you have someone with whom to share the scrub, do not prepare too much at once, for the mixture will not keep longer than a week.
To use your body scrub, apply in the shower with a circular motion. The salt will perform a good exfoliation, sending the dry flakes down the drain while exposing the younger skin beneath to the moisturizing balm of the almond oil. While the scrub works to rejuvenate your skin, the energizing scent of mint will refresh and invigorate you.
Of course, you don’t have to be Irish to know that once March 17 has arrived, spring will surely follow four days later. The two go practically hand in hand, and there’s no better time to start getting your skin in shape for warmer weather. By doing it the green way, you’ll keep the planet happy at the same time. St. Patrick would probably thank you.
“Thank you for letting me share this easy, do-it-yourself, GREEN recipe! Working at an upscale spa in central new york has allowed me the privilege of knowing the ins-and-outs of beauty, skin and health products alike. At Skana, we pride ourselves in using the most natural and fresh ingredients. It is my pleasure to pass on simple recipes for women to try at home. I also enjoy cooking, baking and leading a healthy lifestyle!” Michelle Pino