I am a delicate Southern flower, the way I know this is because I have sensitive skin. When I say sensitive skin, I mean that dry, tight feeling I get in winter, and the cracked, dirt embedded digits I get when I garden in spring and summer.
In my home state of Oklahoma, our clay soil really drys me out. Every year I try to wear gloves and every year I give up, I need to feel the soil I’m working in. But if you’re like me and your skin can’t keep up with your Steel Magnolia attitude, I have a solution! Mix up a batch of Gardener’s Delight Soap Scrub!
Using a 2 cup glass measuring cup add:
1/4 c. of organic coconut oil in it’s liquid stage ( 30 sec or less in a microwave)
1/4 c. of Dr. Bronner’s Lavendar Castile Soap
1 c. of Vanilla Sugar (regular sugar will do)
1/8 c. (or 2 T.) of Epsom Salt
10 drops of Lemon Essential Oil.
Let me tell you, THIS SMELLS GORGEOUS! Wet your hands, add a dab, rub briskly, rinse and blot dry. Let the coconut oil soak in. This makes 1 8 oz jar.
A Word or Two about Vanilla
Let me tell you why I use vanilla sugar. Vanilla is full of antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties, B vitamins and pantothenic acids. Just what your skin needs! Vanilla can help heal your skins from burns, wounds and cuts, it nourishes your skin and protects you from damage caused by toxins and pollutants….plus it’s so delicious! To make Vanilla Sugar, use an organic vanilla bean, split it open and place it in the middle of a 1 cup jar of sugar. Always use 1 bean to 1 cup of sugar when mixing a batch. Allow it to steep for at least 10 days. Use this sugar in your coffee, tea, recipes…whatever!
I swear you will love the ground that I currently strut upon! No….you really will! Does anyone else have a problem gardening with gloves? Or do I need to be my own support group?