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Chysanthemum body scrub

Mother’s Day is on its way and below is a recipe for Chrysanthemum body scrub and some snazzy printable labels, too. Although, it makes a beautiful gift for anyone who could do with some nourishment. Think of it as a hug for the skin.

Just quietly, if you need some more ideas there is also a round up of homemade Mother’s Day gifts in this post.

I’m writing this having just finished a 4 day hospital visit with my 5 year old boy. He had a bout of double pneumonia, because your average pneumonia wasn’t quite enough…

It made me wonder about all the things my mother stared down in her life. The things she did for us and her mother before her and the same for my mother-in-law and her mother before her.

It’s impossible to truly express or celebrate all this with the people who brought us into the world, raised us or earned the mother title through other means, but it is possible to say, thank you and perhaps that is the perfect gift, a big old thank you.

In the past, I’ve made peppermint foot and lemon body scrubs and they’re all really easy – just a matter of stirring all the ingredients together. This year it’ll be…

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Chrysanthemum body scrub

In Australia chrysanthemum is the Mother’s Day flower. The dried flower has a mellow, yet sweet fragrance that pairs beautifully with lavender or citrus oils.

Chrysanthemum has long been used in Japan, Korea and China for skin healing and is reported to help restore the skin’s barrier function, moisturise and generally help skin that has seen a lot of life and love.

Chrysanthemum herb is not usually a difficult ingredient to source, because Chinese supermarkets and most health food shops sell the dried flowers as tea.

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Oils of choice

Chrysanthemum doesn’t have a strong fragrance, so it’s definitely worth adding some essential oils tailored to suit the lucky person. Lavender is great for relaxing, while lemon and orange are invigorating and uplifting.

The base oil is also a matter of personal preference and budget. My favourite is macadamia oil, because of its relationship with the skin, but sunflower, grape seed, avocado and sweet almond are all lovely.

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Salts of the earth

The choice of salt is yours and feel free to do a half-half mix of sugar and salt, if you’d prefer something a little less zingy, especially if you have any cuts or abrasions. Salt is thought to be good for skin healing, but there’s the ‘rubbing salt in the wound’ factor.

My preferences are Epsom Salts and Murray River Salt (in Australia). Epsom salts, because of the magnesium content (as I talk about in this lemon body scrub post) and Murray River Salt, because it contains the minerals from ancient salt pans and has the side benefit of assisting the country’s salinity issues. However, Dead Sea, Himalayan and sea salts are all wonderful options, too.

The measurements in this recipe are a guide only, as there is a lot of variance in the amount of oil used, because of how you personally prefer the body scrub (drier or runnier) and because of the size of the salt grains.

Sterile situation

You’ll find notes on sterilising jars and equipment here.

Printable labels

Below is the link for the printable labels, it can be printed onto card stock, cut out and glued to the lid.

Chrysanthemum body scrub printable label

Chrysanthemum body scrub
A nourishing and easy to make body scrub recipe that is also a wonderful gift.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 tablespoons chrysanthemum tea
  2. ½ cup salt
  3. 2 tablespoons honey
  4. ¼ cup grape seed or sunflower oil
  5. 20 drops lavender essential oil
  6. Sterile jar
Instructions
  1. Cut or grind the chrysanthemum into fine flakes.
  2. Mix in salt, honey and essential oil.
  3. Add the oil until you’re happy with the consistency.
  4. Mix really well.
  5. Pop into a jar, label with date and ingredients.
  6. Always test new products in a discrete spot to check for allergies.
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35 comments

  1. Your photos and tutorials are always so gorgeous Bele. I have just brought the ingredients to have a go at a srub myself so now you have me really looking forward to sinking my teeth into that little project xx

  2. What a beautiful gift – who wouldn’t want to receive such a gorgeous gift and one that was made with love?! I hope you get some pampering on Mother’s Day. What a week you’ve had… I hope your boy is fighting fit again xx

  3. I need some nourishment! I’m a big fan of body scrubs and this one looks beautiful Bele. I might have to pass this onto Handy Hubby as a hint (or just make it myself!). Hope your boy is feeling better soon xx

  4. I love the line “a hug for the skin”. I have to admit I’d totally forgotten about Mothers Day sneaking up on us, will have to start planning!

  5. I wish this was smell-o-vision. I really want to smell this! Your photos are gorgeous Bele!

  6. Oh my Bele! this looks amazing. Your photos are fabulous, I can smell it through the screen. I’ve never made anything like this before, think I’ll give it a go. x

  7. What a nifty idea and to get making it now well in advance! All Mums need something to encourage a bit of self care, so this seems perfect. Also, I adore getting hand made gifts. Nothing else spells out effort and love more.

  8. It constantly amazes me how easy these scrubs are to make. I’m pretty sure I used to pay in the realm of $40 for a Clarins salt scrub a few years ago (when I had a ‘successful’ job ;/ ) – insane!

    • They are really expensive to buy, which does make me giggle when they’re so simple, but I think we’ve been de-educated in these things that we don’t realise we can make them so easily x

  9. Oh, my. I can’t think of anything more delicious to scrub my body with! Hmmm…that sounded a little salacious, didn’t it?
    So sorry to hear about your little boy’s double pneumonia episode 🙁 I hope things are improving x

  10. I didn’t realize chrysanthemum was so great for the skin, this scrub sounds amazing! Sadly, my mum lives on the other side of the world but I think I’ll have to make this for myself anyway 🙂

  11. I bet my mum wishes you were her daughter! What a delicious gift to get! Big hugs to you and your son , 4 days is a huge and emotional stay. xxx

  12. Gorgeous as always Belle! I’ve been doing a lot of homemade bath products lately too, although I usually give them to my mum as I make them! I think a hamper of a few of them might be on the cards for mother’s day though! xx

  13. Such a beautiful gift! My mum would love to receive this.
    Sharing on facebook x

  14. That is just gorgeous! Mum always says not to buy her anything for Mother’s Day… but she didnt say anything about not making something. She would LOVE this (although I’d have to make a double batch so I could keep some too!).

  15. Totally scrummy, I am going to give myself a hug in a jar I think. I have always wanted to make my own bath salts and this looks too easy.

  16. How long will the chrysanthemum scrub last?
    Thanks

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