Whether you are enjoying summer in the northern hemisphere, or winter in the southern hemisphere, treating your skin to a delicious homemade body scrub is something you can enjoy any time of year. Scrubs are a great way to get rid of dead skin, smooth out rough patches, moisturise dry bits and promote healthy skin. Some of the most commonly used bases (aka scrubby ingredients) used include sugar, salt, coffee and oats but there are many other ingredients that can add an extra dose of goodness to your scrubs.
The skin on your face is often a lot more sensitive, which means that scrubs you used on your body may not always be suitable to use on your face. Skin on the body however can get a good exfoliation without the risk of redness or sensitivity. For best results, using pampering oils in your scrubs will help to nourish as you get rid of dead skin.
How to Develop a Basic Body Scrub Recipe
One of the best ways to discover what your skin likes is to experiment. You may find that sugar scrubs work best for you, or you may prefer salt scrubs. You might even find that your skin likes a combination of sugar and salt, or a certain oil. You may want to test out seasonal ingredients according to your mood and current preference. Either way, having a base to work with will make things a lot easier to play around.
To make a small jar, try the following:
- 2 tablespoons dry ingredient (sugar, salt, oats, coffee, ground rice flour, clay, activated charcoal, coconut milk powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, turmeric)
- 1-2 tablespoons carrier oil or liquid (almond oil, rosehip oil, argan oil, olive oil, macadamia nut oil, apricot kernel oil, avocado oil, grapeseed oil, milk, coconut milk, rice milk)
- Optional: 1 tablespoon – reduce liquids if adding extra ingredients (strawberries, papaya, raw honey, Greek yoghurt)
If the mixture is too dry, simply add more liquid. If it’s too runny, add more dry ingredient. Ideally, you want to be able to scoop up a section with your hand or a spoon. It’s also worth noting that making smaller amounts will ensure that your scrub stays fresh. Over time, the sugar and salt will start to crystallise and any fresh ingredients may start to expire. Make in small batches, and keep in an air-tight jar.
Homemade Body Scrub Ideas to Try
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon sea salt or pink salt
- 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
Dry Skin Scrub
- 1 tablespoon coconut milk powder
- 1 tablespoon ground rice powder
- 1 tablespoon macadamia nut oil
- 1 tablespoon shea butter
- 1 teaspoon bentonite clay
- 1 teaspoon seaweed powder
- 1 tablespoon sea salt
- 2 tablespoons grapeseed or jojoba oil
- 1 tablespoon coconut milk powder
- 1 tablespoon argan oil
- 1 tablespoon ground rice flour
- 1 tablespoon rosehip oil
Homemade Scrub Ingredients for Pampering
The following ingredients can also be added to your homemade scrub mixture for a dose of extra pampering…
- Dried, ground lavender
- Rose petals (dried and crushed or fresh and blended)
- Bamboo exfoliate
- Ground loofah or pumice powder
- Liquid castile soap (stick to pure or handmade soaps only)
- Dried and crushed calendula and chamomile flowers
- Finely ground dried rosemary
- Dried and ground orange or lemon peel
- Ground poppy seeds
Play around and see what works for your skin. Some combinations are great for winter to get rid of dry, flaky skin and add optimal moisture, while other combinations are perfect for summer when you need something lighter. For best results, always try and include an oil-based ingredient in your scrub. Using a dry ingredient with a water-based ingredient may cause irritation. If you are using fresh fruit or milks, keep the scrub in the fridge or use within a day or two.