So, I got this idea somewhat out of nowhere after reading a book, and I had been out of the last scrub I made for a little while. I had some "extra" soaps from the holiday sale (but it's so expensive I'd hardly consider it extra... :/), so I blended all of these together (in about this order) in a plastic container from my last scrub. It works really well, and smells mostly like bananas and honey, so far
container for the finished scrub
spoon or knife to stir
approx. 1 cup of sugar (I used unbleached)
approx. 1 cup of epsom/dead sea salts (I used a blend)
approx. 5 tablespoons of organic olive oil
about 1/6 of five dollar bars of "godmother" and "angel's delight" soaps
about 3 tablespoons of snow fairy shower gel
zest of 1 orange (I used an organic minneola)
about one tablespoon of lemon juice
about one tablespoon of honey
about fifteen drops vanilla absolute (I used Aveda brand)
I added the sugar, salt, and olive oil in layers so it would be easier to stir. Then I added the olive oil, and began to blend things somewhat together. You can pretty much decide how much olive oil and sugar/salt to add as you go along, based on what consistency you like. Originally I was just going to add the soaps and salt/sugar/oil, but the other ingredients (especially the orange) smelled really good and really seemed to bring out the fruit fragrances in the soaps. I was careful not to add any of the white part of the citrus peel. I grated the soaps with a mini-grater right into the container I was using- careful with this, because they grated really quickly and I would almost overfill the container before I had noticed. little timy soap curlies...everywher
e! I ended up adding more of different ingredients as I went along, because some of the began to dissolve as the scrub was forming. I wouldn't add the honey and lemon until towards the end because the other ingredients will help to break them down.
I was really happy with how it turned out, especially since it'll give me a chance to enjoy the fragrances of the products but still also use my other, different things. (the three Lush products I used in this smell similar, so they paired qute well.) I've made other scrubds for myself, and it's definitely cheaper than buying them, but I liked the idea of grating the soap I liked into this. This scrub can also be used as a neat hair mask if you've got the patience to rinse it out
(sorry for the picture quality...I used a cameraphone).