My newest obsession (because I needed another one) is to make my bathroom as fabulous as possible. Perhaps fueled by Amanda’s Laura Mercier bath obsession, I want all my bath products to be luxurious and lovely. It was easy to find pretty shampoos, a big, fluffy loofah, and the girliest shower curtain God ever made, but the one thing that I could not find was a body scrub.
Isn’t that strange?! I felt like it would be so easy – go to the shop and buy a body scrub! But they were either too fruity, or too chemically, or too questionable. I did not want to smell like creme brulee while actually covering myself in sugar. I did not want ultra-high tech chemical cellulite removal. I just wanted a gentle exfoliator! So I decided to make one.
If you ask me (and Amanda too!), the most heavenly scent in the world is Johnson and Johnson’s Calming Lavender baby products. I have smelled some of the most divine scents in the world, but my heart truly belongs to this powder, floral, fresh scent. I use the baby shampoo as a body wash, so it made sense to turn it into a body scrub, too. I added some Yardley English Lavender soap for extra texture and voila! My most perfect body scrub was born.
To make the scrub, you will need:
- 1/2 bar of Yardley English Lavender soap
- 1/2 cup of Johnson’s Calming Lavender baby shampoo
- 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
- An 8oz glass jar with lid
I found that cheap sugar (such as this Wal-Mart store brand) is finer in texture, so it has a gentle exfoliating quality. All of these items were purchased at Wal-Mart, so they are all very easy to come by. The entire bottle, bar, cannister, and jar cost less than $10, which made me very happy. I just love little luxuries that don’t cost a lot!
This whole concoction was made in the blender. Be certain it is 100% dry, otherwise the soap will foam and it just won’t work! First, add the half bar of soap to your blender. Give it a whirl until you have fine soap shavings. Try not to create a fine soap powder, but rather thin, rough shavings. Then, add your sugar and give it a quick spin. Your blender should look like this:
Then, add the lavender baby shampoo and give it another whirl! It should look rather slimy and gooey, similar to pancake batter. Actually, it will probably look exactly like pancake batter and you will decide pancakes are a reasonable dinner. It will be a soft, blue-ish off-white color (rather than a purpleish tone, like I was expecting). Pour your new body scrub into your jar and enjoy!
As soon as I whipped this up, I lit my favorite Diptyque candle (a gift from Amanda!) and enjoyed the luxurious atmosphere. It is the small luxuries – fine scents, luxurious soaps, pretty glass jars – that make me feel extra pampered and refined.