Have you ever had an incredibly relaxing day at a spa only to be jarred by the bill when you’re finished? Instead of paying hundreds of dollars for expensive skin treatments, make your own body scrubs at home using fresh, organic ingredients you already have in your kitchen. Feel free to experiment with different ingredients based on the results you desire — lavender, for instance, will reduce anxiety and stress, while cucumber will reduce inflammation.
We recommend using salt scrubs for the parts of your body you’d like to smooth, such as your elbows or feet, and sugar scrubs for more sensitive areas. A homemade scrub makes a perfect gift for a friend or hostess and looks great packaged in a Mason jar with a ribbon. Store any scrubs you keep for yourself in an air-tight container in the fridge when you’re not using them. Enjoy!
1. Eucalyptus sugar scrub
Source: Salt Lick Lessons
Eucalyptus is not only unbelievably calming and cooling, but it’s great for your joints, improves your circulation and has antibacterial properties. Get the recipe at Salt Lick Lessons.
2. Green tea sugar scrub
Source: Live Simply
You’ve probably heard that drinking green tea does wonders for your digestive system, but did you know using it in a scrub can help rejuvenate cells and heal damaged skin? Get the recipe at Live Simply.
3. Whipped grapefruit and peppermint sugar scrub
Source: The Kitchen McCabe
This heavenly sugar scrub will moisturize and exfoliate your skin while waking you up with its fresh, summery scent. Get the recipe at The Kitchen McCabe.
4. Cucumber sugar scrub
Source: Dear Crissy
This light and ultra-calming scrub will wash away dead skin cells while moisturizing healthy skin and reducing inflammation, leaving you feeling completely rejuvenated. Get the recipe at Dear Crissy.
5. Coconut lime body scrub
Source: Handmade Mood
The lime oil in this scrub is both antiseptic and antibacterial — and, when combined with coconut oil, smells like a luxurious tropical breeze. Get the recipe at Handmade Mood.
6. Citrus salt scrub
Source: offbeat + inspired
Citrus zest is a powerful antioxidant and can help prevent wrinkles, acne and dark spots. We’d recommend using lemon, orange, or grapefruit zest for this scrub. Get the recipe at offbeat + inspired.
7. Lavender salt scrub
Source: queenie and the dew
Need to relax? This scrub is just for you: Lavender is known to reduce anxiety and stress and ease insomnia. Get the recipe at queenie and the dew.
8. Chocolate sugar scrub
Source: Not Quite Susie
This scrub isn’t just a sweet treat — it’s a great way to sooth your skin and balance its natural oils. Get the recipe at Not Quite Susie.
9. Chai masala sugar scrub
Out of all the scrubs in this list, his one has one of the most intoxicating scents. Plus, the black tea used in chai has anti-inflammatory properties and plenty of antioxidants. Get the recipe at youbeauty.
10. Oatmeal sugar scrub
Source: Freebie Finding Mom
This recipe contains most of the ingredients you’d find in a bowl of oatmeal meant to eat. Resist the temptation to try a spoonful — using it as a scrub will soothe and soften your skin. Get the recipe at Freebie Finding Mom.