down home beauty treats

I can safely say I've never used a cup of salt for anything... until now.

I've always been intrigued by home beauty treatments. I've been known to get excited about deep conditioning my hair and wrapping my head in saran wrap because I feel like it makes a difference. 

So for a while I've been looking for a good home project and decided that today was finally the day to attempt one. I ended up mixing two together a bit (this one and this one) and came up with a winner.

So, let me introduce you to my lemon thyme (and slightly almond) scrub. I'm honestly not sure I've seen my sister's eyes light up for something besides mussels before. She was quite excited.

Next project? A face mask. I think it'll be this one

But seriously this was really easy. Like I'm never buying body scrub anymore ever again easy.

(Step 1) Measure the kosher salt and dump into the bowl. 

(Step 2) Add in the olive oil until it has the consistent of wet sand. You want the salt to be all oiled up so that it doesn't dissolve in the lemon juice. Tricky tricky!

(Step 3) Add in about 2 tablespoons of fresh thyme and the zest one lemon... like the whole thing. You won't regret the effort.
(Step 4) Now juice that whole sucker. Mix it up.

(Step 5) Optional but amazing... add a  smidge (1/2 tsp) of almond oil.
And you are done. Feel free to add more of anything to match your desired consistency. It's really easy to play around with it. The almond oil is totally optional but it made me feel like I was running a spa in my kitchen. Kinda great.

Shopping List
1 cup Kosher salt
1/3 - 1/2 cup (or more) of olive oil
1 lemon (juice and zest)
2 T fresh thyme (don't you dare use dried)
1/2 tsp almond oil

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