I am a big fan of creating my own beauty products at home, particularly scrubs. By adjusting ingredients you can make a gentle scrub for the hands and face, an invigorating scrub for the body, or a tough scrub for the feet.
To make any type of scrub you need two main ingredients: an exfoliator and a moisturizer. Here are some suggestions…
White sugar, brown sugar, raw sugar, table salt, sea salt, epsom salt, coffee and oatmeal.
(The more coarsely “ground” the exfoliator is, the more rough it will be on the skin.)
Olive oil, coconut oil, almond oil.
While combining an exfoliator and a moisturizer will certainly yield a scrub, it’s nice to add a little something extra. Essential oils are probably the most common, but I don’t ever have any on hand. I tend to use citrus zest, minced herbs, vanilla extract, and cinnamon.
I never measure out any of the ingredients; there’s no need. And even if I shared with you measurements, scrubs are up to personal preference. Less oily, more oily, harsh scrub, gentle scrub; just start with the exfoliator and add enough oil to get the consistency and texture you like. The more you make and use, the more you understand what you like and in which combinations.
If you’re still uncomfortable making up your own body scrubs (you really should try), here are some recipes that I really like:
Rosemary and Orange Salt Scrub
Coffee Grounds Body Scrub
Lavender Sugar Scrub
** Remember to keep your scrubs in an airtight container!! Scrubs generally last one month.