Lemon Ginger Natural Body Scrub

8 May

For years, I have tried as much as I can to make presents rather than buying presents.

At first, it had to do with being able to give away many presents for a fraction of the cost of store-bought presents. But in reality, I just get a lot of personal satisfaction when the person receiving the present is positively impressed because I took the time to MAKE IT just for them, instead of buying something.

A lot more thought needs to go into making something… Among the presents I have made in the past are my Cranberry Preserves, Brown Rice Krispies Treats, Carob Granola, Rosemary Almonds, these Cherry Carob Cookies, Tomato Bruschetta Mix, Soy Picadillo and even Coquito for the holidays.

This year, for Mother’s Day, I decided I wanted to make something different… something that was delicious, indulgent, but not necessarily to eat. My mom and I love bath salts and anything to slather all over and smells good. So it occurred to me I could easily make a homemade mixture of salt scrub…


Coarse Sea Salt
Bath Oil, unscented preferably (almond or sesame oils are good choices…)
the rind of about 4 lemons, cut into small pieces
2 inches of ginger root, peeled and cut into small pieces
A plastic jar with tight fitting lid – I used a 16oz recycled jar of peanut butter…
  1. I filled the jar with sea salts about ¾ of the way… that was my measure for the 16oz jar. Pour it out onto a large bowl where you will mix in the rest of the ingredients.
  2. Then, measure in the same jar, about 1/3 of the way with body oil. Pour it onto the salt in the large bowl you have set up.
  3. In a food processor or a Magic Bullet, process the pieces of lemon rind and ginger root. Pour them into the same bowl with the salt and oil. Mix the salt/oil/lemon/ginger mixture well using a large metal spoon, preferably that can fit inside the mouth of the jar.
  4. After the mixture seems all integrated, transfer carefully into the jar you’ll use to store it finally. Leave for a few days so the oil and salts infuse well with the scent of the lemon and ginger.

Use it liberally in the shower to slough your skin to leave it super smooth and radiant.

My Mom will receive this TODAY for Mother’s Day… And my sister, on her first Mother’s Day, is also receiving one… but a little belated, because I wasn’t able to ship it out in time.

And to all of you MOMs out there… May all your days be filled with LOVE… MUA!!!

4 Responses to “Lemon Ginger Natural Body Scrub”

  1. Renae May 11, 2011 at 8:43 pm #

    This body scrub recipe looks wonderful! Do you know how long it will keep?

    From Renae at momcoloredglasses.com

    • KarmaFree Cooking May 11, 2011 at 11:22 pm #

      I do not know… The times I have made these type of scrubs before has been in big batches to use in one sitting by a group… Never made it in a small batch to give as gifts. I would suspect it could last a good amount of time because it’s salt-based and preserved lemons in salt keep for a long, long time. I will monitor my mom’s scrub and report back to you’all. OK??

      • Heather August 3, 2012 at 9:29 pm #

        Any updates on how it long it will keep?

      • KarmaFree Cooking August 5, 2012 at 1:36 pm #

        Heather, I saw last week, that my mom still has this in her bathroom and it’s been over a year now. I did not open it to smell it though. I will do that the next time I visit her. I did noticed that the color had darkened a bit… hope this helps. My advice, use it within 6 months. I am guessing the scent is at its best within that and it won’t darken. or make a smaller batch, 1/2 it, so that it will not last as long as it has my mom’s.


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