Homemade body scrub recipes


Get your skin ready for summer and pamper yourself on a budget using one of these homemade exfoliating body scrub recipes.
Three main ingredients of the body scrub are: exfoliators, carrier oils, and essential oils. An exfoliate could consist of sugar, sea salt, ground almonds or wheat bran. You can use either form of sugar, just make sure that with the brown sugar, you’re keeping a careful eye on the liquid ingredients so your scrub doesn’t dissolve into a thin paste. A carrier oil could be olive, grape-seed, hazelnut, or almond oil. The essential oils used here are for fragrance and healing. Grapefruit and orange essential oils gently stimulate and refresh. Lavender oil can help heal minor inflammations, and relieve day-to-day stress. Some other skin friendly oils include rose, rosemary, mandarin, jojoba, and chamomile. Do not use “fragrance oils” – they are chemical fakes that can cause irritation or even allergic symptoms. Try any of these recipes, or make your own, mixing your favorite exfoliate with carrier and essential oils.

Recipe 1:
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup carrier oil
10 drops vitamin E
10 drops essential oil

Recipe 2:
2 cups of ground coffee
1/2 cup sugar or sea salt
2-3 tablespoons of carrier oil

Recipe 3:
1/2 cup of poppy seeds
1/2 cup of carrier oil
10 drops orange essential oil

Recipe 4:
1 cup fine sea salt
1/2 cup carrier oil
10 drops grapefruit essential oil

Recipe 5:
2/3 cup sugar
2 mashed strawberries
6-8 drops rose/jojoba oil

Recipe 6:
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons ground oats
2 tablespoons aloe vera gel
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon carrier oil

Recipe 7:
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup carrier oil
a shot of rum

Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and stir thoroughly. While taking a shower, scoop up some, not more than a teaspoon at a time, and massage gently using circular motions. Rinse and voila! Your skin is totally smooth and silky.
You can use these scrubs once a week. Keep in mind though, if you have rashes, acne, or sunburned skin, scrubs might make the condition worse.
I hope you enjoy these body scrub recipes!

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8 thoughts on “Homemade body scrub recipes”

  1. Hi Natalia,
    Your recipe with strawberries is fabulous! Thank you! Could you please write more on how to choose carrier and essential oils?

  2. Hi Angela,
    Certainly, I will. Please, check back tomorrow!
    And I’m glad that you enjoyed the scrab :)

  3. I love recipe #6. I am curious though.. Can I add oils that will scent this scrub, or essential oils? I am thinking of four fragrances-ginger, nutmeg, rose and evening primrose.

    I know that essential oils and fragrance oils are different and you can’t use fragrance oils on skin, but can I add essential oils to this particular recipe, or any sugar scrub recipe for that matter?

  4. Hi Nasie,

    You are right, fragrance oils do not offer the same botanical properties that are found with essential oils, moreover, some of them contain chemicals that might be hazardous to health!

    I love essential oils, and often use them in my homemade cosmetics. However, be careful with essential oils as well – just because something is natural doesn’t mean it’s safe to put in or on your body. All essential oils have their proper uses, cautions and advantages.

    Ginger essential oil is sought after due to its antiseptic, analgesic, anti inflammatory, stimulating and aphrodisiac properties. It helps a great deal in toning the body.

    Nutmeg has a number of properties including being analgesic, anti-septic, stimulant, tonic and anti-oxidant. In a massage blend it is gently warming and that, coupled with its anti-inflammatory characteristics make it useful in treating sore joints and muscles.

    Evening Primrose essential oil is considered as the best panacea for the people suffering from skin sensations, including eczema. It can revitalize and glow your skin.

    As for the sugar scrub, I would choose Rose essential oil – it is one of the best oils which can give you a shining, fresh and youthful skin. The health benefits of Rose essential oil can be attributed to its properties like anti-depressant, anti-septic, anti-viral, aphrodisiac, bactericidal, etc.

    You might also like this post about carrier and essential oils: http://going-well.com/2009/06/19/how-to-choose-carrier-and-essential-oils-for-homemade-cosmetics/


  5. Thanks a lot!!! I can’t wait to get the ingredients together and try it out. This may just be my Christmas present to all!


  6. Homemade Bath Scrub Recipes
    Each and every person in this world craves for a skin that is soft, smooth and completely free of any unwanted marks. In order to achieve this very purpose, they undertake a large number of steps, applying different types of creams and lotions, going for cosmetic treatments, making use of body scrubs, and so on. In case you are one of those who resort to the use of body scrubs, this article will prove quite handy to you. Go through the recipes given below and know how to make a homemade bath scrub.
    Homemade Bath Scrub Recipes
    Recipe 1
    Supplies Needed

    * 3 cups Epsom Salt (or coarse sea salt)
    * 1 cup Almond Oil (or canola oil or olive oil)
    * Essential Oils (for fragrance)
    * Mixing Bowl
    * Spoon


    * Take a large container or pot and put the salt in it.
    * Add the almond oil to the container and mix well.
    * Mix in the essential oil.
    * Your bath scrub is ready to be used.

    Recipe 2
    Supplies Needed

    * 1 cup Epsom Salt
    * 2 drops Essential Oil (of your choice)
    * 2 drops Food Coloring (of your choice)
    * 2-3 drops Jojoba Oil (almond oil or olive oil)
    * 1 tbsp Baking Soda
    * Mixing Bowl
    * Spoon


    * In a bow, put Epson salt and the essential oil. Mix well.
    * Add food coloring and jojoba oil, stirring the mixture thoroughly.
    * Finally, add baking soda and combine together.
    * Your bath scrub is ready to be used.

    Recipe 3
    Supplies Needed

    * 3 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    * 2 tbsp Coarse Sea Salt
    * Mixing Bowl
    * Spoon


    * Put the olive oil in the mixing bowl and add coarse sea salt.
    * Making use of the spoon, mix the salt and oil thoroughly.
    * Your bath scrub is ready to be used.

    Recipe 4
    Supplies Needed

    * 1 cup White Sugar
    * 1/2 cup Olive Oil
    * 1/2 tsp Vitamin E Oil
    * 4 drops Lavender Essential Oil
    * 1/2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
    * Mixing Bowl
    * Spoon


    * In a mixing bowl, combine together olive oil and vitamin E oil.
    * Add lavender essential oil, followed by pure vanilla extract. Stir well.
    * Finally, add sugar to the mixture, stirring gently.
    * Your bath scrub is ready to be used.

    Using the Bath Scrubs

    * Get into the shower and make sure that all the parts of your body get wet.
    * Scoop a handful of the body scrub onto your hands or on a body puff.
    * Scrub the mixture into your skin, making use of a circular motion.
    * In case of hands, feet, elbows and knees, scrub a bit extra.
    * Rinse off the body scrub with the help of warm water

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