Body Scrubs You Can Make At Home

Scented, gritty body scrubs are all the rage. Here are a few recipes you can make at home.
Almond Exfoliating Body Scrub.
1/4 cup coarse sea salt
1/4 cup baby oil
1/2 teaspoon almond extract, vanilla extract, or lightly scented perfume oil

  1. In a small bowl, stir the salt and baby oil together until the oil is thoroughly incorporated into the salt. Add the extract and stir until it, too, is incorporated.
  2. Use in the shower, after you are thoroughly wet. Apply with your hands, a washcloth, or a body puff scrubber. Massage in and rinse off.

Simple Sugar Scrub for Dry Skin.
1 cup brown sugar, white sugar, or a mix
1/2 cup olive, grapeseed, or other oil
2 drops vanilla or almond extract {optional}

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the sugar and oil. Mix with a wooden spoon until you achieve a paste-like blend. Add extract if desired and stir until incorporated.
  2. Transfer to a clean, airtight glass container to slow breakdown of the oil.
  3. In the shower, massage this mixture gently over damp skin. It will exfoliate and moisturize at the same time. Do not use on broken, irritated, or scarred skin. Avoid the eyes. This is an especially oily mixture, so it is really best for dry skin.
  4. Store mixture in the refrigerator for 6 months to a year.

Cranberry Sugar Scrub.
The beauty of sugar scrub recipes is the way they offer scent while managing to exfoliate, nourish, and polish the skin. Here is another spa quality product you can make in your kitchen.
1/2 cup froze cranberries
1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin
1/4 cup sweet almond oil
1/4 cup sugar
2 drops orange essential oil
2 tablespoons oat powder {whirl oatmeal in a blender if needed}

  1. In the container of a food processor, combine cranberries, glycerin, and almond oil and whirl for 30 seconds – just enough to blend the ingredients without turning the berries to a pulp. You want to keep the mixture thick.
  2. Transfer mixture to a bowl and stir in the sugar. Stir in the essential oil. Add just enough of the oat powder to create a cohesive mixture that you can apply to your skin.
  3. In the shower, rub the mixture on your skin. Massage in and remove with warm water.