Body scrubs improve your skin tone, remove dead skin cells, boost circulation and keep your skin soft and glowing. Homemade body scrubs are easy to make with sea salt, sugar, coconut oil, olive oil and essential oils.
Olive oil and coconut oil moisturize and hydrate, sea salt is rich in minerals, and sugar is ideal for sensitive skin types. Detoxifying and relaxing essential oils add natural fragrance to your homemade scrubs.
Try these homemade body scrub recipes that use natural ingredients and are suitable for all skin types.
Homemade body scrub recipes
Coconut oil and sugar body scrub
- a cup of brown or white sugar
- half a cup (or more) of coconut oil
- optional: a few drops of citrus essential oils, such as lemon, grapefruit or orange
Combine the sugar and the coconut oil. Experiment with the proportions depending on how dry or how oily you want the scrub to feel. Add a few drops of energizing citrus essential oils, such as grapefruit, lemon or orange, and mix well.
In the shower room or in the bathtub, massage the scrub on wet skin using circular movements.Take your time to massage the scrub around the body and pay attention to dry areas, but avoid any broken skin. Rinse the scrub off in a warm or hot shower.
The coconut oil leaves your skin hydrated and so soft that you might not even need a moisturizer.
Detoxifying sea salt and olive oil body scrub
- a cup of (fine) sea salt
- half a cup (or more) of olive oil: adjust the amount as necessary
- optional: a few drops of detoxifying essential oils such as rosemary, juniper, grapefruit or geranium
Mix the salt and the oil in a bowl. Add 5-10 drops of detoxifying essential oils: rosemary, lemon, grapefruit, juniper or geranium.
Apply the scrub on wet skin in the bathtub or in the shower room, and massage it especially on areas that suffer from puffiness or cellulite. Wash the scrub off with warm to hot water and your usual shower gel or soap.
Use a moisturizer if needed.
Oatmeal and yogurt face scrub
If your face is too sensitive for salt scrubs, try this face scrub that uses oatmeal, yogurt and honey. Oatmeal exfoliates without irritating your skin, natural live yogurt is balancing and antiseptic, and honey nourishes and hydrates all skin types.
- 1 tablespoon of uncooked oatmeal
- 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt
- 1 tablespoon of honey
Mix the ingredients and massage the scrub on the face and on the neck. This scrub doubles as a face mask, and you can leave it on for 5-10 minutes.
Remove the scrub and rinse your face with water.
Finish with a toner and a moisturizer.
Oily scrubs can clog the drain, and it is a good idea to pour boiling water down the drain once you have finished your home spa treatment.
Olive and coconut oils will make the bathtub or shower room floor slippery, so be careful when applying the scrub and wash the tub and the shower floor afterwards.
A home body scrub treatment gives you all the same benefits as a spa treatment.
Homemade body scrubs are easy and fun to make, and once you get used to making your own scrubs you can experiment with different essential oils. If you make too much scrub for one use, store the leftovers in a well-sealed glass jar away from heat and sunlight.