Living up in the Great White North, we know a thing or two about winter, and more specifically, about dry, winter skin. In addition to regular moisturizing (usually with some virgin coconut oil), my favorite way to beat the rough, dry winter skin is with a good body scrub.
But the store-bought stuff is way over-priced and sometimes too rough on sensitive skin, so of course you know I had to try making some at home. And you know what? It’s so easy, it’s much cheaper, and you can totally customize it to your liking!
Just start out with a basic recipe guideline (2 parts sugar/salt to 1 part oil) and customize to your heart’s content. 🙂 You can use either sugar or salt (I used a mixture of white and brown sugar), but just make sure it has small granules so it doesn’t tear at your skin. As for the oil, my favorite is virgin coconut oil (buy at Tropical Traditions or Amazon) – I just love the way it smells and it’s health benefits are innumerable! Other great oils to use include olive oil, almond oil, grapeseed oil, and safflower oil.
The final touch to your homemade body scrub is the addition of your favorite essential oils – both for their scent, as well as their therapeutic properties. My go-to oil for bath products is lavender because it’s calming and relaxing – perfect for an at-home spa experience! Some other oils you can try include vanilla, jasmine, almond, chamomile, rosemary, and lemon, to name a few. (Buy essential oils here or here)
Once you’ve decided on your ingredients, simply mix the sugar/salt with the oil until nice and smooth. Then add your essential oils and mix well. Transfer the scrub into a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid and you’re ready for business!
When you’re ready to use your scrub, step into your bath, wet your body with warm water for about 10 minutes, and put on some bath gloves or loofah mitts.
- After you’ve showered and your skin has been wet for about 10 minutes, spoon some of your homemade body scrub into your hands (or gloves/mitts) and rub the mixture over your entire body, in a circular motion.
- Try to always rub towards your heart – start at your feet and work up your legs; start at your hands and work up your arms, etc.
- Once your entire body is scrubbed, rinse off very well with warm water, then pat dry.
Some Extra Tips
- You most likely won’t need to moisturize afterwards, but if you do, coconut oil is a great moisturizer!
- Don’t over-exfoliate! Once or twice a week is more than enough to keep your skin nice and soft. Any more and you could damage your skin.
- Always exfoliate before you shave (NOT after!) – it helps remove dead skin and lifts the hair follicles so they’re easier to remove.
Have you ever used a body scrub before? Ever tried to make your own? What’s your favorite oil and salt/sugar combo?
Homemade Coconut-Lavender Body Scrub
- 1 cup sugar (I used a mix of white and brown sugar)
- 1/2 cup extra virgin coconut oil
- 5-7 drops lavender essential oil (optional)
- Add sugar and coconut oil to a small bowl and mix until smooth.
- Add essential oil and mix well.
- Spoon mixture into glass container with tight-fitting lid.