Monday, 14 December 2015

Six easy-to-make Scrubs

Over the last few months I've shared quite a few recipes for salt or sugar scrubs.  Here, in no particular order, are some of the most popular ones. Enjoy!

Lemon Exfoliating Scrub

To make this you will need:

  • 1 cup sea salt or Epsom salt (if using sea salt medium grind works best)
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (in cold temperatures you will need to soften this)
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil

Combine the salt and coconut oil in a glass or ceramic bowl or (if the oil is quite soft) you could use a whisk. Add the essential oil a couple of drops at a time mixing thoroughly after each addition. Spoon into a clean lidded glass jar.

To use scoop out and rub into your skin concentrating on knees, elbows and heels. Rinse well and follow with a good moisturiser.

The salt in this scrub acts to soften and smooth skin by removing dead cells. The coconut oil hydrates, moisturises and nourishes skin.

Sweet orange oil and be used in place of lemon. A few dried and crushed peppermint leaves could also be added

For a gentler option use 1/2 salt and 1/2 cup sugar.

This is a very gentle scrub which will leave your skin soft and smooth. It's so gentle that you can use it as a facial mask.

Milky Oatmeal Scrub

To make this you will need:

1/2 cup milk powder
1/2 cup finely ground oatmeal

Blend the dry ingredients thoroughly. Pour into an airtight storage container.

When you're ready to use the scrub combine 2 teaspoons of water and 2 teaspoons of the milk-oat mix to form a paste. You may need to adjust the quantities to get a smooth, spreadable mix that isn't too runny or too thick. Allow the mixture to sit for a minute or two before using.

To use as facial scrub massage gently into your face ans neck, then rinse with warm water.

To use as a mask apply to your face and throat (avoiding the eyes). Leave for 20 minutes then rinse off.

Stored in an airtight container the dry ingredients will last for up to 6 months. Any wet mixture left over should be discarded.

Peppermint Rosemary Foot Scrub

Place these ingredients in a small 
  • 1/4 cup sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon plain salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil (you may need to soften this a little first)
  • 3 drops peppermint essential oil

Use a whisk to combine. If the scrub seems a little dry add more oil - too wet, add more salt.

Run gently into damp feet. Rinse off.

Store in an airtight container. 

Brown Sugar Scrub

The sugar in this scrub isn't just acting as an exfoliant. Glycolic acid occurs naturally in sugar and can help to remove dead skin cells and clarify the skin.

1/2 cup fine brown sugar
1/2 cup olive oil
4 drops vanilla extract (optional)

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and stir well to make sure the sugar is well coated in oil. Store in a tightly closed container for up to two weeks.

To use: massage over face and neck for 2-3 minutes. Rinse well with warm water.

Sea Salt Scrub

2 cups of sea salt (finely ground is best as coarser salt may be a bit abrasive)
3/4 cup olive oil
40-60 drops essential oil - rosemary, peppermint, sweet orange, grapefruit or rose geranium all work well

Combine the salt and olive oil in a bowl using a whisk to blend. Add the essential oil a few drops at a time, whisking as you go.

Spoon into an airtight container with a good lid. Use within 6 months.

To use: using a circular motion massage 1/4-1/2 a cup of scrub into damp skin. Rinse with warm water.

Not suitable for sensitive or damaged skin.

Note: Sea salt can be healing if not over-used, but can sting if skin is sensitive, irritated or thin. Don not use a salt scrub on skin that has just been shaved, waxed or is otherwise irritated

Apple Sauce Facial Scrub

In a small bowl mix together:
  • 2 tablespoons apple sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon olive or rice bran oil

Gently massage into your face and neck. Leave for a minute or two, then rinse with warm water. Follow with your usual moisturiser.

This makes enough for one scrub. Discard any scrub mix you may have left over.

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  1. These sound super yummy! A great gift idea!

  2. Oooooh I've been obsessed with scrubs recently, I love these recipes! Great ideas for DIY Christmas presents too!

  3. These would make a lovely gift in a pretty jar.

  4. I made scrubs for my entire family last year but I didn't try any of these recipes. You've given me some ideas to try. Did you find that the oil made your shower slippery?

    1. I've found if you use the Sea Salt scrub soon after making it then it can leave a bit of an oily film in the shower, so now I make it a couple of days ahead and the salt seems to absorb enough of the oil to counteract an slipperiness.

  5. these sound like you could eat them instead of scrubbing with them! I am tempted to go and make a few of them for Christmas! Thanks for sharing at our #OverTheMoon link up No#2 :) ~ Leanne

  6. We plan on making a few these for Christmas gifts as a group project. Thanks for the idea.


    1. What a great idea! Let me know how they turn out. :)

  7. Ooo that foot scrub sounds divine!! I could use that and a nice cup of tea. Thanks for sharing these great ideas!

    1. Foot scrub and a cup of tea sound pretty good right now.

  8. The peppermint rosemary foot scrub sounds great! When we went to Disney my feet ached terribly. I think something like this would be perfect for cooling and calming achy feet. Thank you for sharing on the #SundayBlogHop :)

    1. The foot scrub is great for tired, sore feet. I like that you can make it ahead of time and store until you need it.

  9. Lovely! I can't wait to make the brown sugar scrub!

  10. Can't wait to make and use these homemade scrubs! They will make wonderful Christmas gifts as well!

  11. Awesome! So glad to see these all together, they make great gifts!

  12. These look great & easy to make! Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday!

  13. This will be great to keep pinned. Thanks for linking up on the Country Fair Blog Party!

  14. I love body scrubs! I made a wonderful brown sugar scrub for myself and friends a few years back.

  15. What a great collection! Thanks so much for sharing at Inspiration Thursday. Pinned!


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