If you’re like me and enjoy making your own beauty products, these eight recipes for homemade body scrubs are right up your alley! Exfoliating our skin is an important part of skin care, but I like variety and I can’t always afford to buy the latest and greatest. With these recipes for homemade body scrubs we can try out many new and different body scrubs without paying for a brand name!
1. Vegan Hand and Body Scrub
Let’s start of this list of recipes for homemade body scrubs for ladies who are looking to keep their skin care products free of animal products! Many vegan body scrubs use honey as a main ingredient and not all vegans are cool with that but this recipe is totally animal product-free! Grab an empty jar or container, fine sea salt and extra virgin olive oil and prepare for smooth skin!
1/3 cup fine sea salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
Few drops of essential oil, optional
Combine all ingredients in a jar and enjoy!
2. DIY Spicy Sugar Scrub
If you prefer to use sugar or salt in your DIY body scrub, this is the perfect spicy and sugar body exfoliator! I think this body scrub recipe is ideal to use when it’s cold or you just want to use a fragrant scrub to treat all of your senses! This recipe calls for some uncommon ingredients but once you make it, it lasts up to six months in a cool, dark cupboard!
3/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons ground cloves
1 tablespoon dried rose petals
2 teaspoons grated orange zest
1 1/2 cups sesame oil
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, making sure that everything is well mixed. Use on damp skin twice a week, scrubbing with your hands or a washcloth in small, circular motions.
3. Polishing Skin Scrub
This body scrub recipe uses only two ingredients and you can pretty much make it anywhere! If you’re on a trip and notice that your skin is looking not-so-stellar, grab some sugar packets and body wash from your hotel bathroom and you’ve got yourself a quick and easy body scrub! This might seem like it’s cheating since the body wash is already made but this is great to keep in mind when need a quick fix!
Sugar or brown sugar
Just mix up these ingredients to the consistency YOU LIKE. You can add essential oils to up the scent factor if you wish but most body washes already have wonderful scents so you really don’t HAVE to!
4. DIY Wake-up Scrub
The best thing about this body scrub recipe is that you can recycle the coffee grounds from your morning coffee! Using coffee grounds in your body scrub allows you to apply the caffeine from coffee topically which improves circulation, treats cellulite and polishes your skin! You’ll love taking in the rich and luxurious fragrance of coffee and peppermint to energize and refresh you!
1/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup pure turbinado sugar
15 drops peppermint essential oil (Mentha piperita)
1/2 cup used coffee grounds from a freshly brewed pot
Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl; using a fork, thoroughly blend. Transfer the scrub to a wide mouthed jar, and store in a cool place until ready to use. The scrub will keep for one to two weeks, longer if refrigerated.
While showering, apply handfuls of the coffee scrub to wet skin in circular motions, starting at the feet and working up. The scrub contains oil, so it's best to do this over a rubber mat to avoid slipping. Pay particular attention to rough spots such as heels, ankles, knees, and elbows.
After scrubbing, cleanse skin as usual using a mild natural soap or body wash. Pat skin dry with a fluffy towel, and follow with lotion to seal in the moisture.
5. Gentle Oatmeal Body Scrub
If you have sensitive skin, using sugar or salt in your body scrub recipe might be a little too harsh for your unique skin type. Luckily there’s a simple solution to this beauty quandary-oatmeal! Oatmeal can be used to make a very mild body scrub and it won’t irritate sensitive skin. In fact, it’s ideal to calm red, itchy or dry skin so if you skin has taken a beating from the winter air, make this ASAP!
1 cup finely ground oatmeal
8 drops lavender essential oil, 8 drops tangerine, 8 drops rosewood, 4 drops chamomile
1 Tbsp dried lavender petals (optional)
In a glass or ceramic bowl, add essential oils drop by drop, stirring constantly to avoid clumps. Store in an airtight jar in the fridge - keeps for up to 1 year. To use, combine one Tbsp of the mix with a little water to form a paste, then gently rub onto skin.
6. Corrie’s Brown Sugar Body Scrub
This next DIY body scrub recipe is perfect to make for yourself or as a gift! This body scrub uses skin soothing olive oil, Vitamin E and honey mixed with brown sugar and fragrant vanilla extract for a sweet scrub that you’ll enjoy any time of the day! Wouldn’t this sugar scrub be a great way to help get you going in the morning and sweeten your day?!
1 cup Dark Brown Sugar
1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil, can substitute Sweetened Almond Oil or Vegetable Oil
1 teaspoon Vitamin E (cut open Vitamin E liquid gel caps)
1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract , optional (or your favorite citrus essential oil)
1 tablespoon honey, optional for dry skin
In a medium mixing bowl, combine oil, vitamin E and vanilla. Add the brown sugar and mix well.
To Use: In the shower, apply Corrie’s Brown Sugar Body Scrub into skin and rinse. Can be used daily. Corrie’s Note: Please be aware that oils can make the shower and bath surfaces very slippery... so be careful!
7. Homemade Body Scrub
This next body scrub recipe can be summed in two words: easy and natural! All you need is coconut oil, raw sugar and lavender essential oil to create a lovely body polish that will condition and nourish your skin all over! Reuse containers from your old body scrubs or beauty products to make an earth-friendly and all-natural scrub for your skin!
An old jar with lid
Enough RAW sugar to fill the jar almost to the top.
Natural Coconut Oil
Lavender Essential Oil
Make sure the jar you’ll be using is nice and clean and that the lid secures tightly. Fill the jar with raw sugar until it almost reaches the top. Pour coconut oil over the sugar slowly until you see it has completely coated the sugar. Stir the sugar and coconut oil together until they are well mixed. It should NOT be runny. Add a few drops of lavender essential oil to the mixture. The more drops, the more potent the smell. Stir and that’s it!
8. Honey Almond Sugar Sleepy Scrub
This is another body scrub recipe that would make a unique gift! It calls for a couple of tablespoons of Sleepytime tea which contains chamomile, lemongrass and spearmint to soothe skin along with almond extract and honey for an aromatic blend of herbs and kitchen staples. Doesn’t this scrub sound good enough to eat?!
About 3 parts white sugar and 1 part honey.
2 Tablespoons Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime tea (P.S.-use this more quickly, since the tea won’t be good forever)
1 Teaspoon almond extract. You could also use an essential oil here instead.
Mix all ingredients together. The consistency: Not oily runny everywhere, like the honey won’t mix all the way in. Not breaking apart and lumpy like there is too much sugar.
Use these body scrub recipes when you skin needs a little lift or you just want to treat yourself to a fragrant treatment at home. Body scrubs will get rid of dead skin cells, make shaving easier and smooth out your skin. Do you make your own body scrubs at home? What’s your favorite body scrub recipe?
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