This interminable winter we’ve been having doesn’t seem to have, um, terminated quite yet—it’s supposed to snow again this weekend, you know—and no one would blame you for spending the entirety of the weekend holed up in your apartment as a form of silent protest. That said, may as well use this time semi-productively to ready yourself for spring—cocoons, butterflies, etc. For this, the good folks over at Meow Meow Tweet have sent over an easy (and incredible-smelling) recipe for chai masala body scrub.
Tara and Jeff note that you can swap out sugar for sea salt here (“The main difference being that sugar is a little softer on the skin and better for sensitive skin”), but otherwise, the all-natural ingredients are as follows, and probably already kicking around your pantry:
¼ cup black tea
1 tbs dry ginger, ground
1 tbs cinnamon, ground
½ tsp cloves, ground
½ tsp nutmeg, ground
½ tsp cardamom, ground
¼ tsp black pepper, ground
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup sugar
½ cup coconut oil
“Grind the black tea leaves to a powder. If you don’t have a coffee grinder or a mortar and pestle, put the tea leaves in a sandwich bag or tea towel and roll with a rolling pin or lightly hit with a hammer to grind the leaves up. Cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg can be bought already ground (easiest method) or you can use a grater to grate them. In a bowl, combine all dry ingredients and vanilla thoroughly. Pour the oil over the ingredients and mix to combine. Store in a sealed jar.”
After this, you can just use it like a regular body scrub, which is to say, hop into a warm shower, exfoliate, and don’t bother to leave until the last traces of snow are off the ground.
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