Sometimes for a little effort, and perhaps some mess, it is possible to make a product that is superior, cheaper, bespoke and more natural than similar items in the shops. Citrus body scrub is a fantastic example.
If you know people who don’t follow this blog (Really, you do? How is this possible?!) then you may even be able to take said item, pop it in a pretty jar, wrap some ribbon around it and gift it as a Christmas present or similar.
Think of the eco-kudos.
No darling, it’s just a little organic/natural/customised thing I made for you myself!
If truth be told this Tried & Tested came about from a glut of useless oranges. To backtrack … when we first looked at the house MadAlex declared that the oranges on the tree in the garden were the best he’d ever tasted. ”They are fantastic, dahhhhhling!” He was as designer with a fairly relaxed grasp on reality. Perhaps you may have gathered that from previous posts? Anyway, he picked two oranges from the tree and presented them to us. As we drove home the car was filled with the most fantastic citrus smell. With great anticipation we tried the oranges.
Imagine, a house with a whole tree of the very best oranges in our garden; we’d have to buy the house! Suffice to say the oranges were absolutely rubbish. They look great, they smell wonderful … they taste of water. We tried palming them off on folks but got nowhere.
There’s an outside chance that the lack of taste is due to lack of watering on MadAlex’s part, only time will tell. Until then we needed a use for a tree’s worth of un-orangelike oranges and so the citrus body scrub was born.
- Take a pile of oranges, or lemons/limes/grapefruit or any other citrus fruit you have handy
- Into a large bowl add about a kilo of salt. Cheap and cheerful is fine; regular sea salt is perfect
- Using a medium kitchen grater remove as much of the zest of your fruit as possible. Do this directly over the bowl so that you don’t loose any zest or oil
- Once you’ve zested the first fruit use a spoon to work the zest through the salt.
- The amount of zest you’ve been able to remove and how much oil is in that zest will depend entirely on your fruit. With our oranges fresh from the tree three or four of them will colour, frangrance and oil a kilo or so of salt. Shop-bought fruit will yield less but once you’ve removed the zest the fruit can be used for juicing or eating
- Work the zest through the salt until it’s even distributed. Feel the salt between your fingers to see if you can feel any oiliness. If not zest another orange or two or, for a heavier scrub, add a spoonful or two of almond oil or similar
- When the consistency seems right, decant into jars
- Apply to damp skin and work in a circular motion.
- Rinse to remove the salt but do not then use shower gel or body wash on the skin. If you do you’ll lose both the benefit of the fragrance of the citrus oil and its moisturising properties
- This is best used in the shower but it will leave residual oil so the shower tray needs to be washed out with some detergent (diluted shower gel is fine) so it isn’t slippery