There's nothing quite like a homemade body scrub. Sure, you can splurge on fancy exfoliants (and there's nothing wrong with that), but there's something satisfying about putting a handmade potion on yourself that works wonders, whether that's helping circulation or just exfoliating the body before you fake tan. You can stay on a beauty budget by making your own all-natural body scrubs at home. These recipes are easy and use common ingredients that may already be in your home.
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Milk and Almond Face and Body Scrub
Since it's recommended to exfoliate once or twice a week, take the easy route and whip up a large batch of this milk and almond scrub that will last you weeks. The recipe uses only dry ingredients, so there's no need to worry about storing it for long periods of time. The whole milk powder contains lactic acid that helps remove dead skin cells, and the almond meal softens skin. Finish the mix with bentonite clay to purify your pores.
Sea Salt Scrub
A basic homemade body scrub can be crafted with fine mineral sea salt, plus a little nourishing almond, jojoba, avocado, olive, coconut, or grapeseed oil. To elevate the experience with a scent, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Lemon zest is another fragrant option that also lends astringent and toning properties. If you want a little more exfoliation, add some coffee grounds. For extra moisture, go with honey.
Honey-Sugar Body Scrub
Even high-end spas sometimes create their own scrubs using natural ingredients. This decadent, spa-inspired scrub works like magic. The recipe is remarkably simple and requires just three ingredients that are in almost everyone's kitchen: honey, oil, and sugar. Just whisk this up in a bowl and step into the shower.
- Warm a jar of honey in the microwave for a few seconds until it becomes runny but not too hot to the touch.
- Pour about a quarter-cup of the honey into a small bowl.
- Stir in 2 tablespoons of your favorite oil. You can use coconut oil, sweet almond oil, or olive oil.
- Mix in about a half-cup of brown sugar (white sugar works as well).
Sweet Almond Oil Body Scrub
Sugar is the key exfoliating ingredient in this sweet almond oil scrub. Coconut oil is a great alternative to almond oil if that's what you have. Fragrant essential oils and vitamin E round out this scrub. The latter is antioxidant, anti-aging, and very moisturizing; you can find it in capsules or liquid form at the drugstore.
Cate Blanchett's DIY Herb and Citrus Body Scrub
Movie stars—they're just like us. Apparently, Cate Blanchett loves a good DIY body scrub, too. Her recipe combines sea salt and coconut oil with lemon and mint. It's refreshing, invigorating, and easy to whip together, plus it will keep in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
- Put a half-cup of sea salt into a bowl.
- Mix in a quarter-cup of melted coconut oil.
- Place five to 10 mint leaves into a food processor and add the zest of one lemon, then process.
- Stir the mint and lemon mixture into the oil and sea salt.
Green Tea Ginger Coffee Body Scrub
Hello Glow offers a fantastic recipe for a homemade scrub that's ideal for anyone who deals with extra dry skin. The green tea and ginger root sugar scrub recipe is as rejuvenating as it is exfoliating. You simply melt coconut oil and steep green tea in it. Add fresh coffee grounds and a little ground ginger, then freeze it in ice cube trays for easy storage and use. Pop out a cube before your shower and enjoy. Follow with a therapeutic moisturizer.
Sea Salt and Sugar Scrub
This super simple salt and brown sugar scrub combines both raw and brown sugar with sea salt and coconut oil. You can simply mix the ingredients until you get a texture you like. Get ready for a radiant post-shower glow.
Lavender Vanilla Sugar Scrub
Soothing lavender and vanilla come together in a gorgeous, all-natural, and inexpensive scrub from Suburban Simplicity. This recipe is one of those great mix-and-store scrubs that you can keep stocked in the bathroom all the time. The base is one of sugar and coconut or almond oil, along with the benefits of vitamin E. Add a teaspoon of vanilla extract and a few drops of lavender essential oil and you're done. It also makes a sweet gift.
Honey Oatmeal Body Scrub
Oats and honey have many skin benefits. Oatmeal is a gentle anti-inflammatory exfoliant, and honey helps the skin retain moisture. In this scrub from Sprinkle of Green, coconut oil adds extra moisturizing and nourishing effects, while apple cider vinegar helps restore the skin's pH balance.
According to Lyudmyla Nagirnyak, the spa manager at K West Spa in London, proper exfoliation goes like this: Dampen your skin in the shower and apply the homemade scrub for two to three minutes in circular motions. Once you're out of the shower, Nagirnyak stresses the importance of moisturizing the skin. We love Vichy Ideal Body Serum Milk ($29).
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