Body scrubs are a great way to get the rough spots on your skin smoothed, and do some exfoliating, as well as moisturizing at the same time. They are easy to make and if you have just a few natural ingredients on hand, as well as some essential oils, you have all you need to make some up.
They make great gifts and you can customize them as well, to fit your needs. For example, if you have dry skin or get itchy patches, use essential oils like melaleuca, geranium or frankincense to help get some relief. If you know your Mom loves lavender, make her a custom one using that as the scent.
Upcycle your jars, too. You can come up with some really cute ones if you think about it when you’re recycling glass jars.
If you use essential oils regularly, you probably are very familiar with many of their health benefits so utilize that knowledge as you make the scrubs. If not, you can easily find the info online.
For a 12 oz. size jar, which is average, you will want to use at least 15 drops of oils, but it will be up to you how strong you want the scent. So just as a rule, I would do at least 8 to 10 drops of the main oil and then add 5 or 6 at least of the secondary one you use.
Here are a few suggestions for great combinations you can make
Any citrus oil such as lemon, tangerine, grapefruit, bergamot or orange, blends well with frankincense, lavender, or any root type oil.
Bergamot with white fir, Grapefruit with vetiver, Lavender, frankincense, and orange, or tangerine with lime are all great ones.
You can make a men’s blend by using any woodsy scents like white fir, cedarwood or arborvitae, and blend them with a light citrus or root oil. Just go heavier on the woodsy one.
Women’s blends that are good for overall balance or hormonal health are: geranium, grapefruit, and frankincense for healthy skin, Clary sage, patchouli and lime for hormonal balance, ylang ylang, clary sage and bergamot for hormonal balance and calming.
So here are the 3 recipes for you to choose from – All are similar to make, but with slightly different combinations of base ingredients, and then you just add in your essential oils of choice. The recipes all follow basically the same instructions.
Pink Sea Salt Body Scrub
Glass jar with a lid in at least a 12 oz. size
8 oz. Himalayan pink sea salt
4 to 5 oz. regular sea salt (The Morton’s brand is inexpensive & easy to find.)
½ to 3/4 cup jojoba oil or sweet almond oil
15 to 20 drops essential oils of your choice
TIP – If your jar is smaller than 12 oz. just use the ratio above for the salts and jojoba oil to figure out the difference. It doesn’t have to be exact, so don’t stress out over it, and just add fewer drops of the essential oils.
In a mixing bowl, add in your pink salt first, and make sure it has no lumps in it, and then add the sea salt. It should be thinner in consistency and probably not lumpy at all. Mix them together well, and then add in the jojoba oil.
You want the oil to coat all of the salt but not have it be overly wet. It is what moisturizes your skin but you don’t need it to be dripping wet. At first, the amount given in the recipe may seem like it won’t be enough, but it does spread well all over as long as your mix it thoroughly.
Now, go ahead and add in the essential oils.
Mix those in and then add the mixture into your jar and you’re all set.
If you are giving as a gift, you can add a cute ribbon or twine to the jar and a label for an added personal touch.
Brown Sugar Scrub
12 oz. Glass Jar
6 oz. Brown sugar
6 oz. White sugar
½ to ¾ cup jojoba or your favorite carrier oil like olive oil or sweet almond oil
15 to 20 drops essential oils
The brown sugar does tend to compact in the jar after mixing so you may need another ounce of it, so keep out a little in case your jar isn’t full. Put the brown sugar in a mixing bowl first and go through it well, removing any lumps. It can get some hard, small ones it in from time to time, so just remove them or be sure to flatten them well with a spoon. Then add your white sugar to the bowl and do the same. Mix sugar together well with a whisk and then add in your sweet almond oil and blend. Follow up with the essential oils.
Once well blended, add into your jar.
Sugar & Sea Salt Scrub
12 oz. Glass jar
8 oz. white sugar
4 to 5 oz. sea salt of your choice. The pink Himalayan is great as well as just a general sea salt
½ to ¾ cup sweet almond oil
15 to 20 drops essential oil
Mix together the sugar and the salt in a mixing bowl after making sure the sugar has no lumps in it. Whisk them together well and then add in your almond oil. Get the whole mixture nice and damp all over, but not dripping wet.
Next, add in your essential oils and blend.
Add into your jar, and if it does not fill it all the way up, top off with a little more salt and almond oil on top.
To use any of these scrubs
Take a fingertip or two and dip into the jar, getting a small amount out at a time. Rub on elbows, knees, feet and hands to help smooth rough patches and moisturize any dry spots.
Rub in, along with some water, until the granules break down and dissolve. Rinse well.