Pink Himalayan Salt Scrub DIY

I am obsessed with this pink Himalayan salt scrub. Personal confession alert: My legs tend to be incredibly dry—Chicago winters—and I get a lot of in-grown hairs on the outsides of my upper thighs—probably because my jeans fit like sausage casings—and regular lotion just doesn't do anything for these issues. But ever since I started using this pink Himalayan salt scrub, my legs are smooth, soft, and free of bumps, and, most importantly, they're not itchy due to dry skin. They kind of look like the inhumanly shiny legs of celebrities on late-night talk shows (but, like, fatter—and I'm okay with that). It smells amazing and will leave your skin with a bright, youthful glow.

This DIY salt scrub recipe is super easy, and you just need a few ingredients and about 10 minutes. 

DIY Pink Himalayan Salt Scrub Recipe

Ingredients

Combine the above ingredients in a bowl and simply stir them with a metal spoon, and boom! You have an incredibly hydrating sea salt scrub. I store mine in a mason jar with a metal lid. If you don't use it frequently, store it in the refrigerator to make it last longer. It's gentle enough to use every other shower or so, and I especially like to use it while taking a bath with my DIY lavender and rosemary bath salts and burning a Lavender Lemon soy candle. Enjoy!

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Lavender and Rosemary Bath Salts DIY

Those of you who know me well know that I am a filth-person who doesn't bathe regularly. But when I do, I go all out. I get like 12 soy candles going and break out my DIY pink Himalayan sea salt scrubYoung Living bath and shower gel (I add lavender and rosemary oil to it—my personal favorite combo), Young Living Art skincare collection, and my DIY bath salts. Post-bath I slather my entire body with Sweet Simple Living's Pretty Legs cream and recite a prayer to my overlord Young Living (jk ... maybe).

But that's enough of my blathering; let's just get to the DIY bath salts recipe. It makes the room smell like some swanky spa, and because it's made from epsom salts, it soothes sore muscles and tired feet. You can get a bag of epsom salts at Walgreens or Target for around $5. 

DIY BATH SALTS RECIPE

  • 2 cups of epsom salt
  • 4 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 4 drops of rosemary essential oil

Mix them together in a large bowl, and there you have it! Easy. I use the entire 2 cups for one bath. 

To up the relaxation quotient, light up a Lavender Lemon soy candle (or 12). 

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Hot Toddy Recipe with Apple Cider

If you, too, are foolish enough to live in Chicago, you already know what I'm going to say: IT'S SO COLD. PLEASE, SOMEONE, ANYONE, HELP ME! My apartment/studio is a frigid punishment with tile floors that might as well be an ice rink. Does this sound familiar? I guess my point is that the only way to escape is through man's merciful numbing elixir: booze—and more specifically, warm cocktails. 

To loosen winter's grasp, I've worked up a hot toddy recipe, and I've been sharing it at my Dabble Chicago candle-making class Make Soy Candles, Drink Hot Toddys to give folks a little added motivation to leave the house on these cold days. It's not your traditional hot toddy recipe, as I've modified it with apple cider (my students and I have been calling them Moddy Toddys, because that's super cool). The cider makes the drink a bit sweeter and more velvety, and really only monsters don't like hot apple cider. So here's to making winter a little more bearable.

RECIPE

  • 4 oz. whiskey
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/4 gallon apple cider
  • 4 tbsp honey
  • 1 lemon
    (This recipe makes about 4 servings.)

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Combine the whiskey, cinnamon sticks, apple cider, and honey in a large pot. 
  • Heat to a low simmer.
  • Remove the pot from the heat and add the juice of half the lemon. 
  • Cut the remaining half of the lemon into wedges to use as a garnish. 
  • Enjoy!

SOY CANDLE PAIRING

To further warm up your space, I recommend pairing this hot toddy recipe with a soy candle. To complement the whiskey-based cocktail's notes of oak, lemon, cinnamon, and honey, I suggest pairing it with a woodsy and sweet soy candle, making Vanilla Tobacco an ideal match. 

 

Last-Minute Christmas Gift: Learn How to Make Soy Candles

Maybe your girl friend is really hard to shop for, or maybe you haven't had time to shop this holiday season because you've just recently escaped the underground laboratory of a mad man who's spent the last seven years treating you as a lab rat in his unthinkable medical experiments. I don't know your life, and I'm certainly not judging you for not having your gifts all purchased and neatly wrapped under the tree.

I'm here to help. Instead of making a last-minute trip to the mall, you can give the gift of knowledge, experience, and booze through my Chicago soy candle making class on Dabble: Make Soy Candles and Drink Hot Toddies

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Throughout the two-hour class at Paperish Mess, I teach folks how to make soy candles from start to finish, and send them home with their very own handmade soy candles in the containers of their choice. To spark on creativity (and further motivate people to leave their homes in January and February—life is hard), I'm serving complimentary hot toddies. 

Here are some students basking in the glory of their candle creations:

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And here's an especially chic lineup of containers. When I saw these, I felt like a proud mother who had only just given birth. 

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Perhaps best of all, if you register for a Dabble class during the 12 Days of Dabble, you'll be entered to win some amazing gifts and experiences. Milton and Margie's Soy Wax Candles is contributing a little something to the contest, so keep an eye out here!