Friday, 26 April 2013


It's that time of year again when, at the first glimpse of sunshine and warmth, our thoughts turn to days outside.....summer wardrobes.....lighter footwear.....and oh my goodness....
bared pale flesh!

Photos: Sophia Home

I am on countdown to a much anticipated week away in Portugal in less than three weeks time.  A week of sight seeing, good food and wine and relaxation with my husband, before a busy summer of work for the two of
us.  The thought of discarding cosy winter layers and boots, for summer dresses, flipflops and dare I say it...a bikini.....requires a deep breath and a seasonal leap of confidence!

So, what is a girl to do to embrace the body beautiful and dare to bare a winter hybernated bod?

Well, for starters I think a good body 'exfoliate' followed by an upmarket self tanner is a must, and does wonders for our new summer look and confidence!

Shunning an overpriced, chemical loaded exfoliator.... I thought I would try my hand at creating what looks like a deliciously scented, effective and good enough to eat 'Sugar body scrub' from the lovely book 'Gifts from the Garden', written by Debora Robertson....which I have blogged about previously.

Described as enormously luxurious to use, like something you might find in a smart spa rather than your kitchen has to be worth a try!

Sugar body scrub...

150g caster sugar
50g demerara sugar
15g dried rose petals
15g dried lavender flowers
8-10 drops rose essential oil
8-10 drops lavender essential oil
120ml sweet almond or jojoba oil
1 tablespoon glycerine

1 x 250g jar

In a bowl, whisk together the sugars, rose petals and dried lavender.  Sprinkle on the essential oils and mix.  Trickle over the almond or jojoba oil and glycerine and stir until well mixed.  You may want to add slightly more almond oil until you get the texture you want.  Scrape into a cold, sterilised jar with a spatula and seal.

The scrub can be used all over the body, but is particularly effective on hand, feet and dry patches such as elbows and knees.  Massage in for a minute or two, then rinse off.

The scrub will keep, sealed, for up to a year....


Here's to summer skin and also.... 
wishing you all a very happy weekend!

Sophia xx

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