Henry and I made this moisturising, exfoliating lemon and rosemary salt scrub as a fin de l’ecole gift for his maitresse. I wanted something that was easy to make with Henry, and relatively inexpensive. We had all the ingredients to hand, and it only took around 20 minutes to make. We gifted it to her on Thursday, along with a big punnet of our damson plums, and I think she liked it as she gave us both thank you kisses (Henry was very happy).

I’m struggling a little with ‘me time’ right now. I’m so busy with the boys, our home, our land and our animals, and our busy season for our business starts on Saturday – right now, we have guests booked in until 8 September. Noah isn’t yet three months, and I still feel as though I’m adapting to having a tiny baby to care for and adjusting to the changes within our little family. There are also things I’d like to do over the summer; I want to continue Henry’s education in both French and English, and I’m setting up a little honesty shop for our gite guests (right now, we’ve planned in fresh eggs, jams, sorbets and fruit-infused drinks).

I totally get the concept and importance of self-care, and it is something I plan to talk about more in future blog posts. Right now, I’m coming last in a looong list of priorities, which is fine, but tiring at times. I try to make time for a bath each evening once the boys are in bed (although two nights ago they both needed me as I’d literally lowered myself in), when I can light a relaxing candle, swirl in an essential oil blend and take 20 minutes to unwind, alone, at the end of the day. I’m planning to make a pot of this gorgeous, natural salt scrub for me, too.

Lemon & Rosemary Salt Scrub

300g coarse sea salt
4 tbsp olive oil
juice of two lemons and zest of one
3 tbsp finely chopped fresh rosemary

This is so easy; mix together all the ingredients in a bowl before decanting into a glass Kilner or Le Parfait jar, and store in the fridge.

If you decide to make this, please get in touch in the comments to let me know what you think. And if you decide to post a picture on Instagram please tag #afterhenry so I can take a look!

Emma xx

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