We might be looking for ways to cut back sugar in our diet because of how it affects our weight and health, but there’s no need to fear about using it topically on our bodies! It’s a fantastic exfoliant that effectively lifts dead cells which then encourages new & healthy cell growth.
Homemade body scrubs are a luxurious way to pamper yourself yet they are so friendly on the budget. You can purchase commercial brands if you like, but for less than a dollar you can make your own with just a few simple ingredients!
Scrubs do a great job at refreshing, brightening and hydrating skin which helps tackle dull, tired looking and aged tissue. It nurtures and encourages a soft, happy glow.
Do you take a beating in the winter? Here’s one solution! Use a scrub to gently exfoliate the top layer of rough, patchy spots or dead cells, rinse off then apply a rich moisturizer. By tending to that damaged layer first, the moisturizer can penetrate more deeply.
Trouble spots/rough patches got you down? Treating your elbows and feet regularly with an all-natural scrub like this can truly nourish them back to prime condition. You can even whip some up to moisturize and hydrate your lips (you’ll find a few remedies just for lips at the bottom of this article).
If you struggle with sensitive skin, this is a great option for you since you can steer clear of highly fragranced products and control the ingredients used (focusing on all-natural items).
Do you struggle with those little tiny bumps on your legs after waxing or shaving? Try a good scrub the day before you wax, this will help prepare legs for hair removal and tame those irritating bumps.
Are you frequently on the hunt for last-minute gift ideas? Decorative pots filled with your favorite batch make great gifts! Simply package in a lovely glass jar (mason jars do the trick too) and wrap with pretty ribbon. You can also attach the recipe card instructing the recipient how to formulate a batch for themselves if they love it (and they surely will).
First A Few Tips
- Combine then store ingredients in glass bowls and jars to prevent reactions with other materials.
- Refrigerate any unused portion in a sealed container. Shelf life is only a couple weeks or so (if kept cool in an airtight container).
- Wash hands first before applying. If you have a big batch prepared, use a scoop rather than your fingers to dig out a portion. This will help keep bacteria out of the pot.
- Shelf life can be extended if a preservative of some sort is added. You’ll find more information and preservative suggestions here: fromnaturewithlove.com (info on T-50 Vitamin E, Rosemary Extract, Grapefruit Seed Extract and more).
- For an extra treat, try adding a bit of gentle liquid body soap to a scrub as you are applying it in the shower.
- Using a loofah or bristle brush when working it in (gently) will give a nice massage while exfoliating.
- As pleasing to the senses as this is, only treat yourself to this “body therapy” once or twice a week. For those a little older or with sensitivity issues, once a week. As with everything, moderation is key. You don’t want to damage any surface layers by overworking the skin.
- When preparing the salt recipes, some believe that those from the Dead Sea are the most therapeutic since they help relieve pain from arthritis and bring a glow to skin.
Ready to give yourself an invigorating salon experience from the comfort of your home? Here’s a bunch of DIY recipes to get started with, I’ve sorted them into separate groups for easier browsing.
Note: Abbreviations used in the ingredient lists below…
C = cup
TBS = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon
G-W-S = Granulated White Sugar
B-S = Brown Sugar
EO = Essential Oil
EVOO = Extra Virgin Olive Oil
|Almond & Vanilla|
1/2 C of B-S
1 C G-W-S
2 C G-W-S
|Lavender & Rosewood|
1 C B-S
3 TBS baby oil
1 C G-W-S
1/4 C packed B-S
|With Powdered Milk|
1 C B-S
Directions: Mix the dry items first then pour the EVOO slowly, stirring the whole time. After it’s at the desired consistency, add the essential oils. This was sent in by Charlotte, thanks!
|For Hands & Dry Trouble Spots|
2 tsp chopped rosemary
Directions: Combine chopped rosemary with the oils first then add sugar to make a paste.
1/2 C fine sea salt
1/4 C fine sea salt
Tip: Add a bit of water or liquid soap while using.
3 C fine sea salt
Combine everything together then use after showering, store in a sealed glass jar.
|Peppermint (for feet)|
1 1/2 C fine sea salt
Exfoliate soles and heels with this concoction after a bath or foot soak.
1 C oatmeal
1/2 C oatmeal
1 TBS oats
1/4 C rolled oats
Trim the berries of their leaves then mash, mix in the rolled oats then add enough milk to make a paste.
2 C oats
Mix then grind in a blender until it’s a powder, store in a sealed glass jar and keep in a dark location. To use: mix about a tablespoon of powder with enough water to make a paste. Gently massage into skin then rinse with clear water.
2 TBS B-S (firmly packed)
1 TBS Honey
2 tsp G-W-S
- Combine & store in a small pot. Keep leftovers refrigerated, use at room temperature.
- Remove all traces of lipstick or makeup before applying.
- Gently rub in a circular motion all over your lips, leave it for a minute or two then wipe off.
- Treat only once or twice a week.
- Moisturize right after treatment by applying a favorite lip balm.