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Homemade Lavender Body Scrub in a Teacup

4 March, 2013

I have just a handful of things in my beauty arsenal. Coconut oil, bicarbonate of soda, salt and anything foraged for free!!  I find that with those four thrifty things, almost anything can be done – cleaning, exfoliating, moisturising, conditioning, luxury vitamin intake.

*Leans in conspirationally* I’m going to let you in on a secret, handed down from generation to generation (not really) recipe that involves three of these wonder ingredients. It is a homemade body scrub that I use constantly (not really) (that would be strange, exfoliating non-stop… on the bus, in meetings)-  at least a couple of times a week AND give as a gift alot as well. Given in an old bit of crockery this simple body scrub looks well sweet and would make a SUPERB handmade Mother’s Day gift!

Homamde Body Scrub in a Teacup

A Teacup of Body Scrub

  • Fill teacup 2/3 with salt (I prefer normal table salt as I find rock salt way too harsh)
  • Pop in another bowl
  • Put 1/3 a teacup of coconut oil into the bowl too
  • Grind 3 sprigs of lavender leaves with a blender until a dust
  • Mix it all together and push into your teacup

The foraged lavender is a great way of using up the leaves this spring, they smell just as beautiful as the flowers. I collected this while Ramona and I played in the park – I love Ramona learning about how to make stuff from foraged goods.

I use this scrub – either with the lavender or foraged rosehips or other free things – all over when I shower. I am in loooove with it.

For a container I pop it into an old teacup that I mismatched up with a delicate saucer – when not being used the saucer just sits on top acting like a lid.  I am forever looking for ways of reusing old crockery. I can never resist a chipped teacup going for a song, even if it is chipped and has no handle.  I love discovering new ways of using them (have a peep at my old post Ten New Uses for Old Teacups) and as of today you can see me on Youtube scurrying about making a bird feeder (remind me to brush the back of my hair more EEEP!!!)

What are you favourite things to do with old crockery? Planning any homemade Mother’s Day antics?

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20 Comments

  • Reply Thalia Kehoe Rowden 5 March, 2013 at 3:19 am

    That Netmums clip is GAWGEOUS! Well done!

    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 5 March, 2013 at 5:28 pm

      Hehe, thank you! Lots more to come too :)

  • Reply Zoe @ecothrifty 5 March, 2013 at 6:38 am

    I love the body scrub / bird feeder ideas – will be looking at teacups in charity shops with interest now!

    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 5 March, 2013 at 5:27 pm

      They are cheaper at car boots but charity shop buys go to a better cause eh?!

  • Reply vicky myers 5 March, 2013 at 8:39 am

    I love it… my daughters school are running a fun game, bring in a filled jam jar and swap it for a different one.. this is perfect.. of course my mind is on overdrive and I will end up taking in 10 different jars, with hand creams, pin cushions, biscuit mixes etc:)
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    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 5 March, 2013 at 5:26 pm

      Oohhh what a wonderful idea!! I need people to play with!

  • Reply Molly - Mother's Always Right 5 March, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Gorgeous idea. *Makes note to start seeking out old teacups*
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    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 5 March, 2013 at 5:25 pm

      Car boots are best, charity shops are on to it!

  • Reply Stacy Woodward 5 March, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Do you use dried or fresh lavender sprigs or does it matter? I have tons of plants in my front and back gardens! If you lived closer you could forage;).

    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 5 March, 2013 at 5:25 pm

      I used fresh, but I’m sure any would do!

  • Lucy
    Reply Lucy 5 March, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Yes a diamond bit- they edited that out strangely x x

  • Reply Hattie 6 March, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    I love the idea of this but coconut oil is SO bleedin expensive around here! Yet to find a good cheap source. Any ideas?

    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 6 March, 2013 at 10:17 pm

      Oh :( We get it from our local African shop and it is quite cheap, cheaper than Olive Oil even. Think health shops might take the pee a bit?

  • Reply Shinypigeon 6 March, 2013 at 6:32 am

    I love this! What a great idea for a present. I have just the girl in mind too x
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  • Reply Vicky 7 March, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Love this tip – never in a gazillion years would I have thought of using a teacup as a bird feeder *shakes fist garden centres, conning us with their overpriced boring wire versions* The birds in my garden are about to get a whole lot fatter…..
    PS Love the fonts you use – where do you find them all?
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    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 8 March, 2013 at 10:22 am

      Yeah, they are crazy money, eh?
      It is all about 1001fonts.com, but don’t expect to emerge ALL DAY!

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