Beauty Bargains: Coconut & Lime Body Butter Scrub
The wonderful Cybele from Blah Blah Magazine (go check it out! Cybele is all about living a beautiful life that doesn’t cost the earth and her blog is excellent) and I recently did a guest post swap. She sent me the most amazing body butter scrub that I am thrilled to share with you! This post is all her doing, so show her some love in the comments! – Georgia
“You put the lime in the coconut and…”
There’s a reason why songs are written about this fruity combo, it’s powerful. One whiff can transport us to somewhere we’d rather be. Tropical island beaches, cocktails…
Where was I? Magaritas. Right. When you’ve finished making those cocktails, Vietnamese salads or lime butters, you don’t have to chuck out the lime peels, use them to whip up a coconut salt scrub instead.
This means you can have soft and moisturised skin for nix or some nice little pressies. It’s the perfect skin survival strategy for winter or fake tan prep, if you’re that way inclined.
Coconut and lime body scrub!
- 1 cup salt
- 1 cup coconut oil
- 3 lime peels
- 2 x 250 ml jars
- If you have a bain-marie or double boiler, then now is its moment in the sun. If not, no worries, find a stainless steel, Pyrex or other heat resistant bowl that can sit in a saucepan. Half fill the saucepan or double boiler base with water and bring to a simmer. Seat the bowl on the saucepan of hot water or fit the double boiler top. Put the coconut oil and lime peel in and let the oil melt. Turn the heat down to the lowest possible setting, so there is only the occasional bubble. Let it do its thing for at least three hours, checking the water level as needed. This will infuse the coconut oil with the lime.
- When you’re happy with the scent, take it off the heat and remove lime peel with tongs. Stir in salt and scoop into sterilised or very clean jars.
- To use, test in a discrete spot for any irritation. If all okay, scoop out with a spoon, warm in hands and rub all over the body in circular motions (but not the face, as this is a bit too strong and avoid any cuts or scratches – salt in wound and all that!) Inhale deeply and take yourself off to your fantasy tropical island and rinse off with water.
For many skin types this will leave the skin, bouncy and moisturised. For drier types, follow up with a little extra coconut oil after the shower.
Coconut oil is wonderful for the skin, but it can be a bit fickle, because it melts at 36° C. If your scrub is melting in summer or in tropical climates, store in a cooler spot or the fridge. Likewise, if it’s getting a bit hard in winter, store in a warmer spot or cut it up into little cubes.
Like all preservative-free goodies, the shelf life for this scrub is dependent on lots of things: freshness of ingredients, heat, humidity, whether you use a spoon or fingers and so on. Salt is a natural preservative so this should be fine to keep for up to six months. However, the smell will be your best guide. If it changes, it’s time to make a new batch. Although, truth be told, mine never lasts that long.
You see, just like eating fresh food versus tinned, fresh beauty products will always top those stuffed with preservatives, because the active ingredients are still lively.