I’m trying to be more intentional about the products we use in our home. I won’t lie to you; it’s a slow, eye-opening work in progress.
Have you ever looked at the ingredients in your favorite hygiene products? It’s kind of a bummer. One of my friends introduced me to the ‘Think Dirty’ app a while back; so now I feel like this walking scanner on a mission to feed into my own morbid curiosity. It’s amazing to have access to resources that help us make educated decisions about what we are putting in and on our bodies; at the same time it leaves me wondering what the heck I’m supposed to use.
I wanted to start searching for non-toxic alternatives to some of my favorite items. One of the big ones that stuck out to me was a recent purchase of mine. Did you know that one of the more neglected area(s) of our body is the scalp? I’ve suffered from flakiness and dandruff now for years, but never did much about it. I was at Target of all places one day and stumbled upon a Kristen Ess exfoliating scalp scrub that peaked my interest. The $14 price tag had me cringing; but I figured why not, I need to do something about my embarrassing blizzard of a head. I ended up really liking it.
Here’s what I don’t love though: It smells chemical-y to me. It also promotes ‘Zip Up’ technology, which I only equate to more of those said chemicals. I decided to check out what her average score was on Think Dirty: 8 on a scale of 1-10 (1 being almost fully non-toxic, 10 being very toxic). That’s not to say we don’t all have products like this that we are actively using in our homes. I’m still very much an active participant in this sense. But I did make myself a promise to myself that this year I would be better and do better about all of the above.
The advantages of this scrub include:
- feeling squeaky clean by removing dead skin cells
- smells heavenly, to be honest
- promotes good blood circulation and renewed hair growth
- Relieves itchy and dry scalp
- Gets rid of product build-up and residue
In my opinion it’s even better than the Kristen Ess original. I do recommend purchasing a scalp massager to further accentuate these benefits (plus, it feels amazing). The added lavender and coconut oil is soothing and calming for the skin, while the peppermint leaves it feeling cool and rejuvenated.
Lavender & Peppermint infused Brown Sugar and Coconut exfoliating Scalp scrub
- 1 tbsp fractionated coconut oil
- 1 cup dark brown sugar
- 2 drops tea tree oil
- 2 drops lavender oil
- 1 drop peppermint oil
- 1/2 tsp pink himalayan salt optional
- In a medium mixing bowl, combine dark brown sugar, salt, and oils. Mix until blended well. Let sit out to dry for 20 minutes. Store in airtight container in shower. When ready to be used, take scoop out with hand and apply to wet (not washed) hair; massage into scalp in circular motions for 1 to 2 minutes. Rinse out and wash as usual.