I’m a big fan of anything homemade. When you make something yourself you know exactly what’s in it and what you’re putting into your body, or in this case, on your body.
When I find something I like I try and make it myself. It’s fun, cheap, and like I said, you know exactly what’s in it. No crazy chemicals or words you can’t pronounce.
After enjoying June and Tawnya’s body scrub posts and recipes, I thought I’d share the homemade body scrub I dreamt up last year . It’s really easy to make scrubs and your first major decision in the process is whether you want to use salt or sugar. For this one I decided to use sugar as the base.
1/2 cup turbinado sugar
1/2 cup fine raw sugar
organic vanilla extract
100% lavendar essential oil
Yup, that’s it. Very easy. Before you head out to your local grocery store there are a few things to know about the ingredients.
Turbinado sugar is a fancy name for raw sugar. They’re very similar and all you’ll want to pay attention to when you’re buying is that you’re looking for a sugar that has large brown crystals (don’t use brown sugar, light brown sugar or anything else like that, it’ll come out a little sloppy.) For the second 1/2 sugar you can use anything fine or granulated even, gasp, white sugar. I hate white sugar and try to keep it out of my life but since you won’t be eating this recipe, have at it. I opted for the fine raw sugar but your basic white sugar will do. Using both types of sugars gives you a nice balance of exfoliation and makes it look pretty when you’re making it. When buying, head to the bulk isle if you have one – it gives you a wide variety of sugars and allows you to buy in smaller quantities and spend 27¢ on a half cup like I did.
As far as oils go, the choice is up to you but I’d recommend staying away from olive oils, vegetables oils and the like and instead choose a grapeseed oil, jojoba oil or avocado oil.
Step 1 - Add the sugars into a glass jar. The bigger the jar, the larger you can make your recipe. I prefer things in small batches so I can change it up next time.
Step 2 - Pour the oil over the sugar until it absorbs and starts covering the top of the sugar.
Step 3 - Add in a few drops of your oils. The amount will depend on how strong you want the smell to be an which you prefer to be stronger. I found that pairing a few drops of vanilla with a significant amount more of lavender created a good balance. I don’t like things too vanilla-y.
Step 4 - Stir it up good and draw a nice warm bath and relax.