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Homemade Natural Body Scrubs

June 14 2019

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The Benefits of Making Body Scrubs at Home

Homemade natural body scrubs may provide relief from the painful and annoying symptoms of dry skin. Scrubs provide gentle exfoliation, helping to brighten dull skin and promote cell turnover. Unlike the scrubs available in stores, homemade scrubs are completely free of any synthetic ingredients such as parabens and phthalates that may irritate dry skin. They can be entirely customized to the user's skin needs and preferences. For example, users of homemade scrubs can carefully select an exfoliating ingredient that is not too harsh for their skin. Similarly, the level of moisturization in the scrub can be adapted to achieve the most beneficial balance of hydration and exfoliation for the user.

Individuals who are on a budget will appreciate that making body scrubs at home saves money, and many of the most effective scrubs are made with ingredients that are kitchen cupboard staples. Those pressed for time will be glad to know that homemade scrubs typically come together in a matter of minutes and are an easy, fun project.

Body Scrub Recipes for Beginners

Scrubs made with sugar and salt are the simplest to make for true body scrub beginners. The recipes are highly adaptable and can be made with just about any type of sugar, salt or oil that one has on hand. As scrub users become more advanced, they may wish to consider adding additional ingredients or essential oils to the mix.

Sweet Sugar Body Scrub

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in the glass or jar and seal.
  2. Store on the counter or in a cupboard. Do not refrigerate.
  3. Apply to damp skin as needed, especially to knees, feet, elbows and other dry areas.

The scrub will stay fresh for up to six months.

Simple Salt Body Scrub

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Place the salt in the bottom of the jar.
  2. Add the oil and stir to combine.
  3. Add 5-7 drops of essential oil and stir again.

Store this scrub in a cool, dry place such as on a countertop or in a cupboard. It will keep for up to six months. Do not refrigerate it.

More Advanced Body Scrubs

As individuals making body scrubs at home build their skills, they can easily branch out into more complex recipes that blend a higher number of ingredients and incorporate more varied scents. In addition to reducing one's skin dryness, these luxurious scrubs would be thoughtful gifts for family and friends.

The body scrubs listed below give people a choice of invigorating or relaxing scents that they can customize to their mood. Invigorating scents help users feel more alert and are ideal for morning showers or baths. Soothing scrubs may help users relax after a long day, and they would make a beneficial addition to a bedtime routine.

Invigorating Jasmine and Coconut Sugar Body Scrub

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Place the coconut or brown sugar in the bottom of the jar.
  2. Add the coconut oil and stir to combine.
  3. Add 10 drops of jasmine essential oil and stir again.

Store the finished scrub in a cool, dry place for up to six months.

Energizing Lemongrass and Ginger Body Scrub

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Place the sugar in the bottom of the jar or glass.
  2. Add the sweet almond oil and stir to combine.
  3. Add the lemongrass essential oil and stir again.
  4. Add the ginger essential oil or pinch of ground ginger and stir once.
  5. If using white sugar, add a pinch of ground turmeric to enhance the color of the scrub and stir to combine.

Since this scrub has more ingredients than simple scrubs, it has the best scent if it is used within one month from the date it is made. Store it on the countertop or in a cupboard.

Refreshing Rose Body Scrub

Ingredients:

  • Clean glass or jar with lid
  • A food processor or immersion blender
  • 1 cup of sugar of choice such as cane sugar or coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup avocado, olive or liquid coconut oil
  • Rose petals that have not been chemically treated

Instructions:

  1. If using a food processor or immersion blender for this recipe, add all of the ingredients into the food processor or jar at one time, and then blend them together with the processor or blender.
  2. If making this recipe by hand, place the sugar in the bottom of the glass or jar. Next, add the olive, coconut or avocado oil and stir to combine.
  3. Add the rose petals to the top and stir again.

If the rose scent is not strong enough, 4-5 drops of rose essential oil may be added. Since this scrub uses fresh rose petals, it is best to use it within 10 days. Store it on the countertop or in a cool, dry place.

Calming Chamomile Body Scrub With Lavender

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Place the sugar in the jar or glass.
  2. Add the coconut, olive or other oil of choice and stir to combine.
  3. Add the herb-infused oil of choice and stir again.
  4. Add the lavender and chamomile essential oils and stir once more.
  5. Once these ingredients are thoroughly combined, add up to one handful of dried lavender flowers and stir gently to incorporate.

This scrub will stay fresh for up to six months when stored in a cool, dry place.

Body Scrubs for Sensitive Skin

When making scrubs for use on sensitive skin or areas with scars, it is important to choose ingredients like oatmeal that offer light exfoliation and are not overly harsh. Individuals may wish to test essential oils on the skin prior to including them in a scrub recipe just to be sure that the oils do not cause an adverse reaction.

Restorative Oatmeal Body Scrub

Ingredients:

  • Clean glass or jar with lid
  • A food processor
  • 1 cup of rolled, old-fashioned or steel-cut oats
  • 1 Tbs. sugar of choice, such as brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp. oil of choice, such as olive, almond or coconut
  • 2 Tbs. nondairy milk, such as oat, almond, rice or coconut
  • 1 whole egg or vegan egg replacement

Instructions:

  1. Grind the oats in the food processor and place them in the bottom of the jar.
  2. Add the sugar and oil, stirring to combine.
  3. Add the nondairy milk and egg and stir again.

Since this recipe contains milk and egg, it needs to be used immediately or stored in the refrigerator where it will keep for two to three days. The oatmeal will gently exfoliate the skin, and the milk and egg or vegan substitute help to nourish the skin with protein and vitamins. For people who suffer from skin conditions, this scrub may be the best choice.

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