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When I was in Colorado I could blame it on the weather. This is my first summer in the Pacific Northwest and that weather excuse doesn’t work anymore. This is the best time of year to make this scrub — strawberries are abundant and skin is more noticeable. This is one of my most popular posts, reposted from 7/22/2010:

I had a doctor’s appointment yesterday.  Under the bright office lights in a skimpy cloth gown with eons of time to self-reflect I always notice things about my body that I never focus on otherwise.  This time my skin looked dull and scratchy and needed some help. I remembered that I used to make a strawberry scrub from fresh strawberries.

I can’t find the original recipe, but I think this one might be even better for a simple summertime treat. Not only will it help slough off dead skin, revitalizing your body and moisturizing at the same time, but it smells heavenly . . .  for the total Home Spa experience.

Scrubs are usually made of salt, sugar and oil with a fragrance.  In this scrub the strawberries provide the fragrance but you could also use essential oils. The strawberries are slightly astringent.  I prefer sugar scrubs (white is a bit scrubbier than brown sugar) rather than salt because I live in a dry climate and salt tends to make me feel drier, but you can use either.  Fine sea salt also makes a good scrub. Just substitute the same amount of salt for sugar, or mix them if you want.

This scrub is a body scrub. I wouldn’t use it regularly on my face because the of the oil.  I also like to moisturize my hands with it after dishes. YUM! Strawberry smelling hands!

Step 1:  Finely mash 4 medium sized strawberries. You can also pulse in a blender, but don’t get the berries too liquidy.

Step 2: Add 1 – 2 tablespoons canola or olive oil to the strawberries. Canola is a good light oil, olive oil is heavier if you have drier skin.

Step 3:  Stir in 1 cup of sugar (or salt).

Step 4:  After mixing, put it in a plastic bowl for your shower. Scrub on wet skin, savor scent, rinse off in shower, and glow!  (the oil in the scrub will make the tub slippery, so be careful).

You will probably have some left over, so refrigerate it for up to a week if you do.  On a hot summer day, a cool scrub feels wonderful!

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