When I discovered that body scrub is so ridiculously easy and cheap to make, I was tempted to walk into to Sephora and smack the nearest salesgirl. ($22 for some body scrub?! I don’t think so).
Here’s what I used:
- raw brown sugar ( NOT the “Brownulated” kind)
- white sugar (you’re trying to be healthy right? So you shouldn’t be eating this stuff anyway)
- 1/2 cup sweet almond oil
- 1/2 cup grape seed oil
- spoon (or something to stir with)
- peppermint essential oil (optional)
- anise essential oil (optional)
- spoon, tongue depressor or pop-sickle stick
- empty plastic jar (any size will do, I recycled an old body scrub container)
First, I filled the jar halfway with the brown sugar, and then filled it almost to the top with the white sugar.
I made a well in the center of the sugar and poured the oils in. As you pour you should stir in the oil until all of it is wet but not saturated. If you need a little more sugar go ahead and add it. It should look like this.Then I added 20 drops of peppermint oil, 10 of anise, and 1 capful of vanilla extract and I stirred until well blended.
To use: After you’ve washed up in the shower or tub, right before you step out, stick two fingers in the jar of scrub and rub onto your skin in a circular motion. It sloughs off dead skin cells nicely. Once you’ve scrubbed all over, rinse off any excess sugar (not the oil) and step out of the shower. Step out of the shower and towel off. Because your pores are open and you’re using penetrating oils, you’re left with soft, smooth, moisturized skin! I never have to use lotion on the days I use my body scrub, even in winter!
Tips: Feel free to substitute any essential oils that you would like to use. Sweet orange and peppermint smell great, so does lemon balm. You can also use jojoba oil or avocado oil as a base if you’d like. Also, I don’t promote plastic often, but ever drop a glass jar in a wet shower without your glasses on? (I have, it’s not fun, I’m telling you.) So use a plastic container just to be safe. I also think that tongue depressors and popsickle sticks (even a chopstick) are easier to stir this mixture with and make less of a mess. (Next time you’re at the doc’s office, just ask for some!) The sugar will separate a bit from the oil, but that’s normal, don’t add more, just stir it up a little every time you use it.
- Do you make your own scrubs? What oils do you use?