Every time I make a body scrub I wonder why I ever run out of them! They are unbelievably easy to make and honestly, SO good to use.
Better than ones you buy, that's for sure - and they actually take less time to make than going to the shops. And of course, you know exactly what's in the products you're putting on your skin.
The one I made today is a Thai-influenced citrus-scented sugar scrub.
For the sugar element use white granulated sugar for a softer scrub and raw/ Demerera sugar for a coarser scrub. (Don't use brown sugar as it's basically white sugar with molasses and molasses won't be nice on your skin!).
I like quite a coarse body scrub so I'm making mine with half white and half Demerara - change the ratio as you like of course.
Please do note that this scrub is much too abrasive for use on your face or delicate decolletage and go very very easy on your tummy if you try it there.
It's great for the upper arms, bum, thighs, knees and feet though!
OK, let's do it.
Find a jar - of any sort, but of course it's nice to have a Kilner or something that looks pretty in the bathroom - and yes, thoroughly wash and dry it first.
Get your ingredients together:
Raw sugar / demerera sugar
Coconut oil, or sweet almond oil - or even a light olive oil (NOT a vegetable cooking oil!)
I've got my favourite fractionated coconut oil from doTerra.
Essential oils - your choice really ...
I've used doTerra oils and combined Wild Orange, Lime and Lemongrass. Use what you have and if you don't have any essential oils well, firstly, why not?! And secondly, some vanilla or almond extract would be lovely too if you have either of those in the cupboard.
I put equal quantities of the brown and white sugars into the jar (I used 7 dessert spoonfuls of each) and mix well (with a spoon or, um, a chopstick).
Then pour in the oil gradually and stirring so you can see the texture - you can always take a pinch out and test it on your arm to see what it feels like. I added 2 dessertspoons.
Stir until it's well combined.
Then add your essential oils - I had two drops each of Wild Orange, Lemongrass and Lime essential oils from doTerra. I do recommend doTerra as they are very pure oils so you get the health benefits as well as the fragrance benefits, and they're not synthetic).
And stir again! That's kind of it really - although I realised that I needed a little more oil so added another spoonful and stirred.
When you want to use it, just make sure you're in the bath or shower and use on wet skin - it is too abrasive to put on dry skin.
Take a small handful at a time and exfoliate then rinse off completely in the water.
I forgot how lovely it smells and how soft it makes your skin ... hope you like this one and do let me know if you try it and what fragrances you use.