If you have ever visited the beaches of California- you probably experienced that “WTH” moment when you took a look at the bottoms of your feet. On them you found little clusters of brown, sticky goo. That my friends, is tar. The next thing you discovered is how hard it is to get off. It seems that no amount of scrubbing will do the trick. Most people resort to using products that contain chemicals because of their desperation. This is not the answer! There is a safer alternative: my eco-friendly beach tar remover.

After living in Santa Barbara for a few months, I have perfected an easy recipe that is non-toxic, smells great, and is beneficial to skin health. All you need are a few natural ingredients and a pumice stone– your skin will be tar-free in no time.

Pro Tip: If you are walking on the beach, stray away from the tide line, where the waves hit the sand. This is where most of the tar accumulates.

What You Will Need

  • Pumice Stone – made from volcanic lava, great for exfoliation, removing calluses, and perfect for getting rid of tar!
  • Mini Dropper Bottle – these are easy to use with oily substances, unlike spray bottles
  • Pure Sunflower Seed Oil – oil in general is considered one of the best ways to remove tar, but this one in particular has always proved to be the most effective
  • Sweet Orange Essential Oil – citrus oils are known for being the most natural way to break down sticky substances
  • Grapefruit Essential Oil – an organic solvent that works well in skincare products

How to Make the Solution

  1. Combine 1 oz sunflower oil, 10 drops of sweet orange oil, and 10 drops of grapefruit oil into a 1 oz dropper bottle.
  2. Shake the mixture well.
  3. For children, reduce the essential oil amounts by half.

Best Way to Use the Beach Tar Remover

  1. Drop a copious amount of the blend onto the tarred area and let sit for a few minutes.
  2. Using the pumice stone, gently scrub the tar away in a circular motion.
  3. Once the tar has been removed, use soap and water to wash the area clean.
  4. Depending on the amount of tar, you may need to repeat this procedure at least once.

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