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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Olive Oil and Salt Scrub: Dipping My Toes In

Ah, how to return to blogging after a long hiatus? Mr FS and I were in France for almost six weeks, three with Miss Em: perhaps details of our adventures will creep into posts now and again.

Anyone who knows me (either IRL or in the blog) knows I detest wasting things. One of my last activities in France involved a salt and olive oil scrub for my tired feet.

You see, we had a kitchen in several of our abodes, so I bought a liter of olive oil the first week and we schlepped it around in our rental car. We didn't use it up though.

There we were in our airport motel with my olive oil and some salt. I had been in misery over dry skin for a while, owing to time in the South of France (Nimes, Arles, Avignon, to name the most well-known spots). I was planning to leave my olive oil in a prominent position, in case the motel cleaners wanted it (doubtful). Then I remembered the salt scrub: mix oil with salt (or even sugar) and rub on your feet. Then wash it off or you might slip.

This was pure bliss: everyone knows that exfoliation is a good thing, right? Then I did it again in the morning, leaving the bottle of oil in a prominent spot as planned.

By the way, this activity was performed standing on one leg (with one foot in the sink) of a cheap motel. Imagine how luxe it would be sitting on the edge of a bonafide bathtub--of which we had only one in all six weeks.

Try this if you haven't yet. I'm sure everyone has dry skin from the hot summer.


SewingLibrarian said...

Welcome back! I've missed your cheerful "voice." My family has done nothing as glamorous as a European trip, but we are having a lovely, relaxing summer, nonetheless. I'd love to hear about your Gallic adventures. Did you buy any scarves? ;)

déjà pseu said...

Welcome back, hope you had a wonderful time! I may try this scrub over the weekend...

Anonymous said...

This sounds too easy and I am sample it, sitting down, at home. I want to hear all about your trip!

Funny about Money said...

Yay! Welcome back

Frugal Scholar said...

@Sewing--thanks for calling me cheerful. I am soooo lugubrious in real life! I LOOKED at two scarves--one in a vintage shop and one in the airport--both Hermes--but I was too agitated to bite the bullet.

@Pseu--Take the two minutes it takes! It really is great.

@Terri--See above. Hope you tried it. An amazing trip--so much beauty!

@Funny--It is good to be back, but I can't wait till my next long trip.

Revanche said...

So glad you're back, you've been missed!

Shelley said...

I can't believe you were in Avignon! So were we! We spent all of July in France, at various motorhome campsites and visiting Bill's son Simon. Unlike the 6 weeks in Australia, I never got the point of counting days until I could come home. We're definitely going to do that again!

I've done oil and sugar in the shower and it does work well, though it is a bit messy.