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DIY Homemade Body Scrub Recipe

DIY Body Scrub


This DIY Body Scrub recipe is an easy, at-home way to exfoliate your skin, while also hydrating and moisturizing! You can customize this recipe so that it ends up being exactly what YOU need. Keep reading for instructions!


Written By: Allison Schade





An exfoliant – 1 cup of one of the following:

  • Salt: (Use BEFORE shaving) Salt contains a variety of trace elements and minerals; it relaxes your muscles; most people prefer sea salt to table salt; smaller granules=more gentle on skin
  • Sugar: Can use both white and brown (brown works great with vanilla); sugar is more gentle on skin than salt
  • Oatmeal: Detoxifies skin; very gentle; soothing; hydrates
  • Ground Coffee: Smells Great; contains caffeine

A carrier oil – 1/4th to 1/3rd cup of one of the following:

  • Sunflower: fights free radicals, protects skin’s barrier function, extremely high in Vitamin E
  • Sweet Almond: hypoallergenic, safe for sensitive skin, protects against UV rays
  • Grapeseed: light moisture, high in Vitamin E, high in linoleic acid
  • Olive: contains many vitamins (A, D, K and E), antioxidants that help prevent or reduce damage of UV rays
  • Jojoba: keeps oil levels balanced, natural treatment for eczema, prevents razor burn
  • Coconut: helps remove makeup, protects from sunburn, can reduce wrinkles
  • Apricot: anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-septic, prevents damage by free radicals
  • Avocado: soothes, anti-inflammatory, heals and replenishes, protects from UV rays

An essential oil (or mixture of several) – 5 to 20 drops, depending on preference:

  • Lavender: stress reducer, speeds healing process, reduces acne
  • Sandalwood: astringent, anti-viral, anti-septic, anti-inflammatory
  • Rose: antimicrobial, increases skin’s permeability
  • Lemon: cleansing, nourishes skin, powerful antioxidant
  • Orange: decreases wrinkles, increases circulation, kills bacteria
  • Eucalyptus: antioxidant protection, antimicrobial, anti-septic, natural pain reliever

Directions: Mix all together slowly – you’ll want the consistency of wet sand. Apply and exfoliate all over body, then rinse with warm water.

Benefits: It is a simple and inexpensive way to slough off old, dead skin cells, while putting moisture and hydration back into your skin. It is SO easy to make – done in minutes! And it’s a great homemade gift idea!


Written by: Allison Schade

Allison is an Esthetics student at our Madison school.

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