I spend a lot of time outside and, in spite of my best efforts to stay hydrated and wear lotion, sometimes my skin needs a really good scrub. Unfortunately, my favorite Bath and Body Works scrub costs $16 when it’s not on sale, which leaves me a little hesitant to use it as often as I’d like. Luckily, making your own body scrub is pretty darn easy, and doesn’t even necessitate a visit to some speciality store for supplies. Of course, you don’t have to use eucalyptus and mint, they just happen to by my favorite scents. Use both, one, neither – whatever you want! You are the one using it, after all. This recipe makes a little over 1 cup of finished product (because that’s what size container I had on hand). For more volume, just double it! I used an old jar from a commercial sugar scrub, but class mason jars work fantastically well, too.
Ingredients for Eucalyptus Mint Body Scrub
- 1/2 a cup of raw cane sugar (it has big crystals and is a very light brown color)
- 1/2 a cup of refined white sugar
- 1 cup of extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 a teaspoon of eucalyptus essential oil
- 1/2 a teaspoon of mint essential oil
Using 1/2 a teaspoon of both oils will result in a strongly scented sugar scrub. I like this because the scent lingers on my skin throughout the day and I really like that! If you want something a little less potent, scale it back to 1/4 of a teaspoon of each. However much you use, make sure to use essential oils that are okay for topical use! If you’re unsure whether or not yours are okay, you might want to get essential oils that are labeled as safe for topical use. I love my DoTerra oils because each bottle is labeled whether it is safe to ingest, apply topically, or should only ever be used aromatically.
Sugar Scrub Recipe
1. Pour your sugar into a small/medium bowl.
2. Add the white sugar and stir thoroughly to combine.
3. Add the olive oil and mix thoroughly. I find that a fork works best for this!
4. Mix in the essential oils.
5. Transfer to your container and close the lid.
6. Use whenever you’d like!
This scrub works best on the hands and body and isn’t really designed for the face. You will notice some separation – this is totally normal. It actually happens with commercial scrubs, too, and is nothing to worry about. You can re-mix it, if you’d like, just before using, or simply scoop down into it to grab a bit of both layers. Of course, you can mix up the scents, too, and change the ratio of raw sugar to white sugar. I like the half and half because it is scrubby without being painful, but you can make it more gentle by using a more white sugar/less raw sugar or even more powerful by using all raw sugar.
Have you ever made your own scrubs before? How about body products, in general? What personal care items do you enjoy DIY-ing?