DIY Body Scrubs

2 DIY body scrub recipes

Have you ever found yourself browsing through Pinterest to find the perfect, homemade gift for someone special in your life? Or, maybe you are looking to create something for yourself. Either way, look no further. We have come up with the most simple, easy and delightful gift that you can make at home in your very own kitchen. Put on your apron, and scrub up because you are about to make some pretty amazing all natural body scrubs. Read on to find out how.

If you’ve always wanted to try making your own beauty products (or gifting them) this is a perfect starting point. DIY body scrubs are so simple to make, and you only need a few ingredients for each. Gifts can be pricey, and so can body scrubs. For just a few dollars per gift, and a little bit of your time, you can create a gift that special someone will never forget. Store bought body scrubs can have a bunch of big name ingredients in them, most of which you won’t recognize. Keep it natural and cost efficient by making your own at home with only the finest ingredients. Here are two of our favorite DIY body scrub recipes.

Mint Sugar Scrub

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Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup of coconut oil
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1 tbsp of peppermint extract
  • 1 drop of green food coloring

Have you ever used coconut oil? You can usually find it in the health food section at your local grocery store, or right next to where all of the other oils are found. You can also buy it here. You can use coconut oil for just about anything and the health benefits are endless. Put it on your skin, in your hair, cook with it, or put it on your nipples to sooth breastfeeding related problems. You can do just about anything with it. With that said, we thought it was the best oil to throw in our scrub. Keep in mind that at room temperature, the coconut oil will be a solid, so that’s why we suggest you microwave it in a bowl until it is softened (15-25 seconds).
Directions
  1. Place your coconut oil in a microwaveable bowl and heat on high for 15-25 seconds, until it is softened.

  2. Add 1 1/2 cups of sugar to the oil, and then the peppermint extract and food coloring.

  3. Take a spoon and move your scrub into air tight containers (such as a mason jar as pictured above) and decorate with your choice of twine or ribbon.

If you are going to give these out as gifts, packaging is just as important as the product. We suggest spooning your scrub into pint or half-pint sized mason jars. You can get them here. This recipe should give you enough to fill just about 1 pint-sized jar.


Coffee & Sugar Body Scrub

Caffeine contains anti oxidants, and also has anti-inflammatory properties in it, which makes it really great for your skin when applied topically. You may not believe this but caffeine can dehydrate fatty cells, to help in the reduction of cellulite. Which bring us to our next scrub recipe. There are about one thousand ways to make a coffee scrub for your body, but we are going to give to you the easiest and simplest way we can.

Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups of ground coffee
  • 1 1/4 cups of brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup of coconut oil
Directions
  1. Mix the ground coffee and coconut oil together in a small bowl.
  2. Slowly add in your brow sugar and keep in mind if it is too wet, you may need to add a little extra.

Package this scrub the same way you would for the mint scrub.

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For the best results, you should apply scrub to dry skin so that it exfoliates, and rinse off in the shower. It is not recommended for use in the bath, and is not intended to replace soap. These sugar scrubs will last at least up to 6 months, but remember, if you add anything else to these recipes, it could change the shelf life!

For more DIY beauty products, check out these posts:
DIY: Homemade Sunscreen
Easy DIY lip balm
DIY body wash from a bar of soap

Photo Credits: Lauren Hardy

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Lauren Hardy

Lauren is a new mom living in Toronto, Canada. When she is not at home being a mom, she is working full time as a model, playing competitive baseball, and working on her personal blog. In her "spare" time, Lauren is aspiring to become a childbirth educator. You can find her at Lauren Hardy Blog

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    Ashley Witcher Email:

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    This is a brilliant idea. Thank you Lauren Hardy for spending your time posting this one. I appreciate the effort despite of your busy schedules. Thank your for your recipes. http://youscrub.com

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