Salt Series: Black Lava Salt
I don't know about you, but I've always had a slight obsession with Hawaii. Growing up in southern California was great, but Hawaii always seemed like a magical destination right across the sea. When I finally visited Lanai and Kauai four years ago, it was confirmed. Magical! So when I saw that Mountain Rose Herbs was carrying an activated charcoal infused Black Lava salt from Hawaii, obviously my interest was peaked. Plus, it's this gorgeous black color that shimmers and shines. I had to create a DIY out of it, no question.
The Benefits of Activated Charcoal
Apparently activated charcoal is all the rage these days. It's claim to fame is drawing out impurities and toxins from your body. In fact, this salt is specifically sold for edible use to do just that, which to me means perfect for beauty use as well.
In addition to its stunning flavor, the nutritional advantage of Black Lava salt is that it is infused with activated charcoal which assists the body in removing harmful impurities, and is exceptional in essential minerals to help maintain the body’s normal functions.
Why a Foot Soak?
Since I tend to do a lot of barefoot walking down to the beach or around the house, this Black Lava salt seemed to be the perfect fit for a foot soak. My feet can get pretty beat up and I'm a little embarrassed to say, dirty (comes with living at the beach!), so drawing out impurities while relaxing in a soak sounds pretty good to me.
When you combine everything in the recipe below, the water turns black. In my mind, it feels like I'm performing some ancient Hawaiian beauty ritual. Love it! I used my favorite beachy scents and tossed in whatever flowers I had on hand to make it feel even more luxurious (recommend bright pink petals against the dark black salt, exotic).
Black Lava Salt Infused with Activated Charcoal Foot Soak DIY
- Handful of Black Lava salt
- Warm water
- 5 drops of Geranium essential oil
- 5 drops of Cedarwood Atlas essential oil
- 2 drops of Juniper Berry essential oil
- Flower petals
For the soak, I used a plastic tub I bought at Target for $2.99 in the Home Organizing section. It's the perfect size for my feet.
Combine all ingredients in tub and soak feet for around 20 minutes.
Note: You'll find that you're feet will turn a little black from the lava, have no worries. It comes right off with soap.
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