Make Your Own Simple Exfoliating Body Scrub

Morning Bump! Originally posted on 10/19/2011:

body scrubI had a proud “Mom Moment” last week when my daughter decided to give making her own Body Scrub a try. Believe me, I don’t take credit for that girl’s incredible intelligence (well, maybe a teeny, tiny bit), but I do like to think I’ve been an example of how easy it is and how much sense it makes to make your own products for home, health and beauty.

body scrubI’ve never been one to use body scrubs with any regularity. As a matter of fact, this was probably only the 2nd or 3rd time I’ve tried one…..EVER.  I just have never seen the sense in paying $30 (ish) for a something NICE…but not NECESSARY.  I mean a 14.1 oz jar of this L’Occitane Verbena Body Salt Scrub retails for $36.00! You can find it for around $30 if you search around….but STILL….$30.00???  I don’t think so.  And it never occurred to me to make my own (see what I mean about my daughter’s “smarts” not coming from me!?!)

Last week we were making preparations for my son’s wedding when Britta came across the idea of making her own body scrub as a special pampering treatment before the big day.  She doesn’t remember exactly where she found the “recipe” but it was basically a mixture of coconut oil, kosher salt and lemon juice.
She LOVED the results! I decided to try my own concoction and used the same coconut oil that I bought for the Homemade Makeup Remover Wipes, some sugar in my pantry and a couple of drops of lavender essential oil.

The “RECIPE” is basically a 2-to-1 ratio of sugar to coconut oil and as many drop of essential oil as you like.  I used about 3 or 4 drops.

Put the amount of sugar you want in a jar or bowl, add 1/2 that amount of coconut oil that you have warmed up in the microwave for a few seconds to make it liquid and the lavender drops, and stir.

You should end up with something looking like this. A sugary, paste.


body scrubWow! I’m not sure if it was the scrub itself or the fact that it basically cost me nothing to make (I already had all the stuff on hand so it’s TECHNICALLY true), but it was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever tried! My skin was so smooth and soft afterwards…without being greasy. I couldn’t believe the difference in my skin after just ONE treatment. I’m definitely going to try it again….soon.

Now that Old Man Winter is on his way…this is going to be a much-needed TREAT for my dry winter skin!


UPDATE: 10/20/2011

body scrubAfter reading Danielle’s comment below about the citrus body scrub she uses and I couldn’t help but be intrigued. (I am a citrus FANATIC!)  So after just a few minutes with my friend Google, I managed to find this and HAD to share. :-)

Lemon (Or Lime) Sugar (Or Salt) Scrub


1/2 cup sugar or 1/2 cup salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice


1  Mix all ingredients in a small bowl.
2  Apply to hands or feet above the tub or sink, so you don’t make a mess. Scrub thoroughly for 2-3 minutes.
3  When done scrubbing, rinse briefly with lukewarm water and pat dry.
4  Apply your favorite moisturizer if desired.

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  1. Jane says

    I am so happy I ran across this site!! I actually got up from my computer and made this scrub with the sugar and olive oil and lemon juice, amazing results!!! you are such smart people out there, my hats off to you! thanks so much!!

  2. NeeNee says

    does it matter which to use salt or sugar? is there a difference in them for the use of the scrub that is?

  3. michelle says

    The difference between sugar and salt in the scrub is that one is a more jagged, irregular shaped crystal than the other. The shape of salt crystals is a six-sided cube similar to a dice. Sugar crystals on the other hand resemble a hexagonal prism. The edges of sugar crystals are often more sharp. The shape of sugar crystals can be estimated from looking at a piece of rock candy, which consists of many sugar crystals grown and bonded together. Occasionally, salt and sugar will look similar under a microscope, but this is typically because of broken or bonded crystals.
    In this recipe, the salt or sugar is only a sloughing agent, it is not drying or moisturizing. The moisture comes from wetting your skin as you scrub and the coconut oil holds the moisture in when you are done. The essential oils are for scent only. Great recipe, think I will make mine with lemon oil and vanilla.

  4. Kathy says

    I love knowing about the recipes, but I have a question… Is this something that once you make it, you need to use it immediately, or can you store it in a jar or canister and use it later? And if so, how long can you store it?

  5. Anonymous says

    I am so excited to try this ! I came across this on pinterest and can't wait to make some tonight ! Thank you for your great ideas ! :0)

  6. Alexandra says

    Sugar is much better. It dissolves completely and it doesn't dehydrate your skin. Be sure and use lotion after. Your skin will absorb it so much better after exfoliating. I love it for a face scrub. It's gentle and tastes good if you happen to get some in your mouth. You can never over exfoliate when using sugar! You'll see.

  7. Anonymous says

    I had to try this since I had the ingredients on hand. Love it!! Even my husband was asking how I did it since my hands were so soft!! I have to ask what everyone else is… can it be stored? If so this is an awesome gift idea!!


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