OK, tell me whose skin is starting to get dry and itchy already…or is it just me?

I was sitting on the couch the other evening, curled up under a blanket and watching yet another Christmas movie. My foot was sticking out from under said blanket, and my daughter’s hand casually dropped onto my ankle. She looked down, scrunched up her face, looked at me, and pulled her hand away. Sigh… I knew what her look was referring to.

Yes, my annual winter-time alligator skin had settled in. 

Every year around this time, besides my perennially-dry hands, my legs get ugly. You know what I mean – that yucky, scaly skin that develops with the drier weather (at least where I live). Add a few drops of essential oils and they double as wonderful Christmas/birthday/thinking-of-you gifts (wink-wink).

So just in time for National Blah Buster month (“Hello, February, you’re not gonna get the best of me THIS time!”), my friend Candy and I came up with two recipes that have become staples around my house.

Hope you enjoy them, too!

Brown Sugar Body Scrub

The secret to rough, winter alligator skin is quality ingredients that you can combine for yourself! No more nasty chemicals and good for you recipes that can double as gifts - all inside!Easy-peasy, and using ingredients you’re likely to have around the house, this one’s a keeper. Added bonus: you can pronounce all the ingredients!

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp honey (optional)
  • 5-10 drops essential oil (I use peppermint or lemon for an energizing scent; lavender is a good choice for an end-of-the-day scrub)

Mix together in a jar with a lid and use just before you step into the shower to slough off dead/dry skin. Follow up after your shower/bath with some…

Homemade Body Butter

  • 1 cup solid coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil  (use extra virgin to avoid the greenish tinge regular oil may have)
  • ~1 Tbsp Aloe Vera gel (optional, but it helps the coconut oil stay soft and adds extra healing properties for cracked skin)
  • 5-6 drops of essential oils (optional; use the ones above, or use a combination of 5-6 drops of eucalyptus oil and 5-6 drops of peppermint oil for a natural chest rub that may ease congestion)

Place ingredients in a bowl and mix with a hand-held mixer until soft peaks form. Keep in a small jar (I use small Mason jars) in a cool, dry place. Note: coconut oil liquefies over 76°.



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