This might seem like a weird idea for a body scrub, and I’m the first to admit it. But hear me out: isn’t an “aquatic” theme just perfect for your bath? And wouldn’t rather think about the Jaguar Shark than chores during your morning shower? If like me, you answered “yes” to both these questions, then this Wes Anderson-inspired recipe is for you. If, however, you answered “no”, then consider it a simple blue and red scrub that feels nice on your skin and looks good on the bathroom shelf.
What you need:
- 4 tsp coconut oil
- 16 tsp sea salt (not too coarse, not too fine)
- red and blue food coloring
- 2 containers for mixing
- small jar with lid for storage
This couldn’t be easier to make! Start by dividing the melted coconut oil equally between the two containers. Do the same with the sea salt, and mix together with a spoon or your fingers. I found that an optimal proportion is 4 tsp of salt to 1 tsp coconut oil, but you may change this according to your own preference.
Next, add a few drops of red food coloring into one of the containers, and mix. Add as much as you need to get the color you want. Use just a hint of blue food coloring in the second container, to get a light hue.
Moving on to the jar you want to use for storage, spoon in a layer of blue scrub on the bottom and press with your fingers. Add a layer of red scrub on top, press, and continue to layer until you run out of both colors. That’s it! Your two-toned Steve Zissou-style scrub is ready to use.
- You could also use olive oil, but it will change the color of the food coloring slightly. Plus coconut smells more like the beach (hello, Pescespada island!)
- You could replace the sea salt with sugar, but that would take from the marine theme of the scrub.
- My red food coloring wasn’t the exact shade I wanted, so I added a couple of drops of yellow, to turn it into slightly orange.
- You can store this scrub in the fridge for a few weeks. Just note that the coconut oil will harden – nothing a little heat from the steamy shower can’t fix almost instantly!
Face masks are a treat I reserve for when I’m home alone. There’s something about having the house all to yourself, isn’t there? It makes you do all sort of “crazy” things. But you don’t have to be by yourself for this mask – it’s not green and it’s not spooky to others. More than that, a two-second trip to the kitchen will give you instant access to all the ingredients you need: honey and banana.
Bananas are rich in skin-beneficial minerals and vitamins, such as hydrating potassium, blemish-reducing vitamin A, color correcting vitamin B, and wrinkle preventing vitamin E. Honey is known to be anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, soothing and moisturizing for the skin. The two of them together tighten the pores and make your skin feel smooth. Want to make this face mask? Here’s how:
WHAT YOU NEED
- half a banana (ripe)
- 2 tsp honey
Place the honey in a clean bowl. Break the banana into small pieces in the same bowl, then mash it with a fork until there are no more clumps and the honey is incorporated.
Optional: do a facial steam before you apply the mask. I used chamomile tea.
Apply the mask to clean skin for 10 minutes, then remove with warm water and pat dry with a soft towel.