This homemade body scrub is made with coconut oil, sugar, and essential oils. It's super easy to make and I've even included free printable labels if you want to give away a few to your friends.
This project is perfect for "make and takes", girls' night out, or any group gatherings where you want to enjoy creating something while sharing time with others. Of course, it also makes a great gift.
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A good coconut oil sugar body scrub is nice to use all year long. In the winter when your skin is dry, flaky, and itchy. And it's gentler than a salt scrub which is great if you have sensitive skin or issues like eczema or psoriasis. In fact, you can use brown sugar instead of granulated sugar which is less abrasive.
In addition, a sugar exfoliating scrub is great for polishing skin during the warm weather months when you are showing a lot more skin. Exfoliating your skin removes dead skin cells and allows products to go on smoothly and last longer. And, if you're fair skinned like me you probably hate showing your white legs in public. I don't have the time to lay out in the sun, and with my family's skin cancer history, it's probably not a good idea anyway. So, I often resort to using a sunless tanning product.
I've tried many and they all smell bad. The one that has worked best for me is St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse applied with a foam mitt for even coverage. However the key to obtaining a natural, even tan, with a sunless tanner is to make sure your skin is exfoliated. They all tell you this in the directions.
How to Make Homemade Body Scrub
- Solid coconut oil
- Essential oils or fragrance oils (optional)
- Food coloring (optional)
This is where the sugar scrub comes into play. Using a formula of 2 to 1, sugar to coconut oil, you can make your own homemade body scrub, which is perfect for exfoliating all the dead skin on your body. For this one, I also added a drop of red food coloring to make it a pretty blush pink color. Just like the center of my pretty peonies.
I used coconut oil in this recipe but you can try jojoba oil, olive oil, or sweet almond oil if you prefer. You may want to play around with the ratio using more of a 1:1 rather than a 2:1.
Adding, several drops of essential oils will make it smell great too. Feel free to use any combination of oils that you like best. Refreshing lemon or peppermint works well. I used a combination of lemon, orange, lavender, and patchouli. If you want to learn more about blending essential oils, check out this article about perfume oil. You could also use fragrance oils for this project. They are cheaper and you can sometimes find scents that are not readily available in the essential oil market.
Free Printable Labels
I'm using 8 oz. plastic jars for safety in the shower but you could use mason jars. If you want to make some to give away or sell, feel free to print out the label above which fits perfectly on a sheet of Avery 5294 round 2.5-inch labels. Just click on the image above and it will save a Word document to your computer.
Enjoy making your own homemade body scrub and don't forget to follow up with a good moisturizer or a dry body oil spray.
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup solid coconut oil
- 1/2 - 1 teaspoon essential oils, 50 - 100 drops
- plastic bowl
- whisk for stirring
- measuring spoons
- Combine sugar and coconut oil in a medium bowl.
- Whisk together until smooth.
- Add essential oils and mix well until you the scent strength you desire.
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