Perfect for a little TLC, a homemade body scrub helps remove dead skin and leave your skin soft and smooth. Although true self care goes far beyond pampering, taking time to enjoy a good pamper session helps to boost relaxation and calm the mind. You can even turn your bath or shower session into a mindfulness exercise by focusing on the process of cleansing.
However you enjoy your pamper time, a homemade body scrub is a good way to add a little indulgence. These scrubs can be whipped up quickly and easily, using ingredients you likely already have at home.
Try These Homemade Body Scrub Ideas
There are a few ways to make scrubs. Although you can follow exact recipes, a better way to make your homemade body scrub is to use a formula that you can adapt to your needs. Many recipes call for a cup or more of sugar, salt or other ingredients, which I find is usually far too much. Others require far too little. I usually use a basic ratio of scrubby stuff to oil or liquid, and then add essential oils.
The best ratio is 2 parts granules to 1 part liquid. For example, you could use 2 tablespoons of granules and 1 tablespoon of liquid, or 1/2 cup of granules and 1/4 cup liquid. Essential oils can be added to your own preferences. If you don’t like certain smells, add less or leave them out. If you love certain oils, add more. This approach means that you can adapt your scrubs. Now that you have the basic formula, here are some scrub ideas to try:
Sugar scrubs are great for dry and sensitive skin. As sugar contains glycolic acid, it helps to gently remove toxins. Sugar scrubs also dissolve easily (always good when you’re in the bath). Some ideas for this type of scrub:
- Sugar, Olive Oil & Lavender (relaxing)
- Sugar, Vitamin E Oil & Orange (revitalising)
- Sugar, Almond Oil & Peppermint (energising)
Salt scrubs are best for normal, combination, and oily skin types. Salt particles are often coarser than sugar granules, with sharper edges that can be too harsh for sensitive skin. Salt has detoxing properties and plenty of minerals that help the skin. Sea salt or ground salt is the best choice. Ideas for this type of scrub:
- Salt, Argan Oil & Tea Tree (purifying)
- Salt, Olive Oil & Lemon (refreshing)
- Salt, Coconut Oil & Rose (soothing)
Coffee scrubs are gentle enough for all skin types. Regular coffee scrubs can help to minimise cellulite and leave your skin feeling firmer. Coffee scrubs also improve circulation, leaving skin feeling smooth. Ideas for this scrub:
- Coffee, Almond Oil & Vanilla (comforting)
- Coffee, Olive Oil & Grapefruit (uplifting)
Oatmeal scrubs are ideal for sensitive and dry skins. Dried oatmeal is soft enough to not damage or irritate the skin, and ground oatmeal is equally soothing, helping to ease irritation, redness or dry skin. Ideas for this scrub:
- Oatmeal, Coconut Milk & Lavender (relaxing)
- Oatmeal, Milk & Rose (soothing)
- Oatmeal, Almond Oil & Lemon (revitalising)
Ground turmeric has become very popular in both food and skincare. This golden wonder is loaded with nutrients and goodness. It is gentle enough for all skin types. Some ideas for this homemade body scrub include:
- Turmeric, Argan Oil & Orange (refreshing)
- Turmeric, Coconut Oil & Sandalwood (nourishing)
Which scrubs do you enjoy the most? Share your homemade body scrub ideas below and let me know.