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Beauty and the Bath, by Annie B. Bond

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beautyandthebathcover Experience the true beauty of natural skin care: the plant- and mineral-based materials used in these baths all offer beautiful gifts of nourishment, emolliency, hydration and healing. In comparison, commercial products are made with petroleum, preservatives, and formaldehyde—cheap and toxic substitutes for the real materials found in nature.

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Excerpt from Beauty and the Bath
Salt glows are are ideal for exfoliating skin, and sugar works wonders because it is a natural alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA). AHA’s exfoliate the top layer of skin, the epidermis, by dissolving the glue that holds dead skin cells together.
Give yourself a body scrub before getting into the tub, letting your immersion in the tub do the rinsing.

Sugar Scrub
This sweet scrub uses the natural glycolic acid in sugar cane, a natural AHA that gently exfoliates the skin.

Ingredients
* 1 part white cane sugar (note that organic Sucanat, while the best choice for food, doesn’t work as well for this recipe)
* 1 part vegetable glycerin or avocado oil to moisten the sugar
* 1 or two drops of essential oil (a blend of orange and lavender are especially delicious)
* Ground hibiscus powder for pink color, if desired (if you plan to give this scrub as a gift, the color is especially festive and pretty)
Optional: A little aloe vera gel or some vitamin C crystals

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. (This scrub will keep indefinitely in a glass jar with a tightly-fitting lid.) When you are ready to use it, scoop some of the scrub onto your hand and massage gently onto your skin for a minute (the scrub will actually tighten onto your skin like a masque). Leave on for 3 to 4 minutes before hopping in the tub. Tip: You will want to use this sugar scrub on your entire body, top-to-toe.

Caution: Don’t use scrubs within a few days of the prom, your wedding, or other special events, because your skin can develop temporary blotches when it is cleaned so well.

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