diy body scrub {a base for salt scrub or sugar scrub + questions answered}

I'm going to go ahead and start this post off by telling you all that my fiance has been begging for the title of this post to be named after the TLC song "no scrubs", repeatedly singing, "noooooo scrubs", "noooooooo scrubs" for the past 10 minutes.  I have politely denied his request.  With that image fresh in your mind, I want to do a quick post on diy scrubs...so, "yeeeeeeees scrubs", "yeeeeeees scrubs".
Tonight I quickly made another batch of lavender scrub as seen above, but also added fresh lavender to the mix.  I recommend using the scrub within a few weeks if you decide to do this.

First of all, I didn't really give measurements in my last post and I wanted to clear that up.  Both of these bases {below} can be used to make any scent of scrub you'd like by switching out the essential oil. For example, you could use sweet orange, lavender, rose, peppermint, almond oil, etc. or whatever your favorite scent is with this base.  The measurements for the base are:

SALT SCRUB:

1/2 cup of organic sea salt
1/3 cup of organic raw sugar or 1/3 cup of organic cane sugar {tip: cane sugar is softer than the raw}
1 cup of room temperature coconut oil {best when it has a liquid consistency}
30 drops of essential oil 

OR

SUGAR SCRUB:

1/2 cup of organic raw sugar or 1/2 cup of organic cane sugar {tip: cane sugar is softer than the raw}
1/3 cup of organic sea salt
1 cup of coconut oil {best when it has a liquid consistency}
30 drops of essential oil 

Add ingredients in order listed above, topping it off with coconut oil {add more coconut oil if you like it less dry}. Then, add essential oil and stir with a butter knife.  Tip-the coconut oil may go back to a more solid form, add 1/4 cup of almond oil to create a liquid consistency again or more coconut oil. 

Lastly, people have asked if it's cost effective?  I personally feel it is because I always have sea salt, coconut oil and sugar in my home...but that may not be true for others.  I use these ingredients to bake often, so they also have multiple uses.  As far as essential oils go, I prefer using the cheaper brands (Aura Cacia is sold at Whole Foods and is under $6 for most scents-the sweet orange was $5.49} and buying a new scent ever so often.  Once I own a new essential oil, I mix it with water as a mist for pillows or skin, use it in the bath, etc.  As far as the jar goes, I use an old recycled jar so that is at no cost to me.  

The best part of making your own bath products is knowing what is really in them and I love knowing all the ingredients are organic {at the same time this is 100% hypocritical...as I slather on non organic products after I shower regularly!}.  Anyway, hope this helps a bit!

31 comments:

  1. I bet those smell amazing and sounds like they are pretty easy to make !! Thanks for sharing.

    xxLily
    goldandgray.com

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  2. Nice sounds easy! My problem with scrubs [making them] is that they're always a bit too rough for me! Would adding a little extra oil help with that?

    http://annawalker1992.blogspot.com/

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  3. The sugar scrub sounds delightful! I recently found your blog and I am now following you. Your blog is adorable and packed with awesome ideas!! Looking forward to reading through all your past posts.

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  4. Very cool, thanks for sharing! I have some leftover lavender from the sachets I made for my baby shower, perhaps I'll have to put a few springs in. Happy scrubbing! *Amy

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  5. Thanks for posting. This would be a great idea to do for a girls night :)

    aHb
    http://carolinaonmymind1223.blogspot.com/

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  6. Oh this sounds wonderful! I think I will make the sugar scrub this week! Thanks for sharing your recipes.

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  7. Love this post!! Going to have to make one this weekend. Any suggestions on what kind of used jar you use?

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  8. If you don't have an old jar with a lid, I highly recommend the bormioli rocco quattro stagioni jars. You can get them at Container Store, Target, and I'm sure many other places. They have a nice range of sizes and are inexpensive. This is their actual website:

    http://www.vasiquattrostagioni.it/Quattro_stagioni_linea.htm

    and here is the target link:

    http://www.target.com/s?keywords=bormioli+rocco+quattro+stagioni&searchNodeID=1038576|1287991011&ref=sr_bx_1_1&x=0&y=0

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  9. I love homemade scrubs. I find that natural ingredients work so much better for my sensitive skin. I made a facial scrub with some granulated sugar and a TOMATO! It was amazing and my face felt so soft! :)

    L
    adventuresofoldandnew.blogspot.com

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  10. You might want to try the HimalaSalt pink salt from Sustainable Sourcing (here's their website: https://secure.sustainablesourcing.com). There's really nothing else like it on the market. I love it!! And the color is just, well, beautiful, too!

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  11. Deb- I love their stuff! Buy it regularly at Whole Foods!

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  12. I recently found your blog, and have been catching up! Great blog, full of good ideas and great design and style! These scrubs looks awesome. They would make awesome gifts for people too!!

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  13. Loved this so much I featured it in my Weekly Round Up of posts from blogs I follow. One of my followers pointed out that these would make really great gifts. Looking forward to some scrub making! Claire from Stylish Irish

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  14. I always wondered how to make scrubs. Now I know. Thank you for sharing this!

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  15. We don't have any whole foods or a store like that here. Where would you suggest being able to get the essential oils? Love your blog and can't wait to try these out!! :)

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  16. Hi - I'm curious if these get old or bacteria grow quickly in them? If I'm giving as gifts, is there a way to keep them from getting moldy? Thanks!

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  17. So I made these last night and the coconut oil congealed on the top...any recommendations??
    Elise

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  18. The coconut oil solidified on my batch too. I just used a butter knife and broke it up. Wondering if I should try a different oil next time - like olive or almond oil. Would love recommendations too. I used sweet orange oil and the scent is divine!

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  19. The coconut oil solidified on the batch I made too. I just used a butter knife and broke it up into tiny chunks. Wondering about using a different oil next time - like olive or almond. Would love recommendations too. By the way, I used sweet orange oil and the scent is divine!

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    1. Yes, add a little almond/olive/avocado all are great!

      I'm really into the avocado oil lately!

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  20. I just made a batch of the sugar scrub and it is super runny. I'm also wondering about the coconut oil solidifying in the cold weather... would adding a little bit of almond oil make it keep it's liquid state? My scrub just doesn't look anything like you're picture :(

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    1. Yes, the coconut oil solidifies a bit in the weather. Avocado oil, almond oil, olive oil- all of these are great to add if it gets too dry/rough for use.

      The opposite goes for runny. I would add more sugar/salt if you want it less runny.

      It's all based on preference on what to use.

      Hope this helps!

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  21. Thanks so much for this great and easy recipe! I was wondering if you could tell me approximately how many ounces the final product yields. I'm considering mixing up a big batch for gifts and am trying to estimate cost for supplies.

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    1. I'm actually not sure! Haven't made any in a while either so I can't even check.

      It really depends on how much of sugar/salt you add. And it seems every batch can be a bit different. I always buy the tiny jars and just keep filling them up until they are full. Again- not quite helpful to answering your question...

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  22. Hi, I just found your blog & am very interested in looking around. I've decided to find some natural, homemade skin are products to start making. Ones that I know every thing that goes into them. I've been hearing so much about coconut oil, but haven't tried it yet. Due to a chronic illness I get rashes all the time, I understand from what you said in the directions that sugar is gentler than salt. Do you know if the coconut oil is gentler than the other oils you mentioned? Also a question I've worried about, maybe you or one of your readers might know. We recently invested in a jetted tub due to the almost constant pain caused by Fibromyalgia, but I don't know if its safe to use even homemade bath soaks with the jets. I hope someone knows, I'm dying to try some. One more question. I would like to subscribe to your blog but prefer to do it by email, I didn't see that option & wonder if you offer it. I can't wait to read more of your blog. Thank you

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    1. Hello, I'm not sure if coconut oil is gentler than other oils. I imagine all of the oils are pretty gentle- but again I'm not sure. Wish I also had the answer about the jets- but I am also not sure. I believe you can subscribe to the posts in the upper right hand corner where it says "subscribe" and then under that it says "posts".

      Thank you for stopping by ;)

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  23. what size jar does this recipe best fit? also what's the shelf life? thank you!

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    1. not sure the jar size on this recipe (this was made a long time ago). the shelf life varies- i would check the expiration date on all items you use. i typically use my scrubs up within 1-3 months though, if that helps :)

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  24. what size jar does this recipe call for also what's the shelf life? thanks!

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  25. Coconut oil, sugar, and salt are some of my favorite ingredients for natural skin remedies! As the author of Natural Home Made Skin Care Recipes (http://www.mia-gordon.com/naturalskincare), the ingredients you've chosen haven't failed me. May I suggest trying some borage oil? Borage seed oil is a little bit thicker than avocado oil. It's contains an important and essential fatty acid that's great for reversing the effects caused by ultraviolet rays in the sun. Thanks for sharing your post by the way. :)

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