Outstanding exfoliates don't have to be expensive when formulated at home. This guide is about homemade body scrubs.
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Do you suffer with dry skin, and lotion itself isn't doing the trick? I do and I can't afford to spend lots of $$ on scrubs that come in tiny containers. I recently found a body scrub online that's made from coffee and oils that I wanted to try, but the price is upwards of $30 a bag! I decided to take matters into my own hands and make my own.
I've been mixing my used coffee grounds, I like fine ground for consistency, and brown sugar together. It is the best scrub I've ever used! You can also mix in coconut oil, olive oil or whatever you have on hand. I follow up with my favorite lotion after I scrub in the shower or bath. It's a bit messy, but so worth it! I recommend refrigerating any leftovers and using the mixture within a week or so.
Pour 1/4 cup table salt in a bowl and add enough body wash or shampoo to make a paste. Use as a foot and body scrub. Don't use this on your face, as the salt is too harsh. For a facial scrub, substitute sugar for the table salt.
Source: my grandmother
By Monica from Cortez, CO
Sadly, I was feeling a little down this week, partially due to this horrible cold/wet summer we've been having. Clearly, it was time for me to do something for myself that wasn't going to cost me a fortune. (I know some people shop or drink a lot when feeling down and that costs money!) I was browsing spa menus online and came across a coconut body scrub that cost $90 at the Spa. I thought to myself "Ok, I can do this myself for pennies!"
Granted, my bathroom doesn't look like a fancy schmancy spa but I tried my best to make it look that way. I lit a beeswax candle! I prepared the following concoctions in my kitchen, which are very easy to do:
I didn't measure the coconut milk but poured a couple of tablespoons or so into the mix. You'll get a nice wet-ish consistency. Set aside.
Spread the clay mask all over your body. This can be used on your face but I didn't do that. Sit in your dry tub for about 20 minutes until the mask starts to dry. I found that the parts where I was sitting, the mask didn't dry as well. If you have someone who can help, wrap yourself in a dollar-store clear shower curtain, then with warm towels and lay down. I just sat in the tub as is.
Rinse the mask off, then pat dry. Apply a nice lotion. I used some self tanning lotion that I had bought at the dollarstore. It has a nice coconut smell and was perfect for this coconut spa theme!
After everything was finished, Put on my cozy pants and tank and made myself a nice cup of herbal tea.
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By freya1970 from Halifax, NS
Be it for winter dry skin, sunburn or a rash, I rely on this concoction to give me hours of relief from intensely itchy skin. I grind oatmeal and dried rosemary leaves (1 cup oatmeal to 1 Tbsp. rosemary leaves) and store in a large mason jar until the time I need it.
When need calls, I put some of the mix into a small plastic container and mix with pure lemon juice until it's a pudding consistency. When showering or bathing, I don't use very hot water or soap because that makes the itch worse. Donning exfoliant gloves, I dip into the oatmeal/rosemary pudding and scrub myself down. The gloves remove dry skin and at the same time, I am able to give myself a good all over scratch without breaking skin. This works as well for me as any prescription or OTC creams, costs a lot less and is always at hand when I need it.
Source: Trial and Error
Make a medium soft paste with baking soda and any carrier oil of your choice, for example: olive oil, coconut, almond, or grapeseed. Apply with a washcloth or loofa pad. Your skin will be amazingly soft. Stand on a hand towel or bathmat because it can be slippery.
Source: Myself, because commercial salt and sugar scrubs are expensive
By Christi from TX
Well, this is the final article in the series and I hope that you all have enjoyed them. I promised an article on Body Wraps and Body Sugaring . Body wraps are a good way to release stress and toxins from the body. Body Sugaring is a natural method of hair removal that is not as harmful to your skin as wax removal. Body wraps can cost upwards of $300.00 for a good professional wrap. But, I am here to tell you that you can save lots of money doing it yourself. The things you will need, in addition to the ingredients for each wrap, are lightweight sheets, flannel sheets or a lightweight thermo blanket that can be bought at any camping/sporting goods store to cover yourself with, towels and a flat surface to lay on. You can also do this lying in the bathtub. It is not as comfortable as using a exercise mat or lawn chair/lounger though. You might want to think about investing in some rolls of gauze to have a friend wrap you in. If you are going to do a compression wrap, be sure that you wrap snuggly but not too tight and this kind of body wrap should only be done once a month.
First, cover your surface with the towels. Light some candles and put on some soothing music. Make sure you have plenty of water to drink before and after to flush out toxins in your body. Try to avoid caffeine, sugar, fried fatty foods, soda drinks and alcohol for the next 48 hours. Take a warm shower before applying the wrap to open the pores. Get your ingredients together and mix away. I have included some recipes for very basic body wraps. Any facial mixture can be used also. Just make more of it. Many people confuse a sugar scrub with body sugaring so I am going to give you a couple of simple recipes for Sugar Scrubs that can be used before your Body Wrap.
Mix ingredients thoroughly in a glass bowl. In the shower, gently scrub all over body.
To use the paste, either microwave it (careful-it heats up fast) or boil some water and let the jar sit in the hot water for about 5 minutes. Be sure to test the temperature *very* carefully before you put a lot on your skin. Test a bit on the palm of your hand where the skin is a little thicker and tougher. Use a craft stick, like a tongue depressor, to spread the paste. The paste works best when it is very warm, it spreads thinner that way.
Take a bit of paste on the stick and spread it on, as thin as you can, in the direction of the hair growth. Put a strip on the paste and press it on firmly. Pull the strip off against the direction of the hair growth. Be sure to hold your skin taut, and pull the strip directly back, not up. You can use the same strip a couple of times. To clean up, all you need is soap and water. You can cream your legs after with a good natural lotion. By Debra from Colorado Springs Co
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Make a paste of baking soda and any oil (I prefer grapeseed oil). Apply to wet skin using a washcloth or loofa pad. The baking soda exfoliates and the oil moisturizes. Be sure to standing on a bathmat or hand towel because it can get slippery.
By Christi from TX
Instead of spending additional money for a foot scrub, use your body scrub with your foot pumice stone or block. This way you get two for one and don't add additional clutter in the shower. It worked like a charm and ever so smooth heels! Highly recommend as I think that is all the foot pumice products are with a splash of peppermint for soothing purposes.
By SnoopyMax from Cary, NC
This is the easiest scrub recipe around and probably the best. I've made lots of different scrubs and tested many recipes but always come back to the basic one because it works best. Makes incredible gifts!
Source: This is my own recipe, as are the EO blends :)
By Lisa from Halifax, NS
For Mother's Day, I am making my mom and mother-in-law a homemade sugar scrub as part of their gifts. They are easy to make, economical, and much healthier than store bought scrubs. Here is the recipe:
To use: Rub desired amount in gentle, circular motions on areas you wish to exfoliate, avoiding the face. Rinse and repeat if necessary.
You can easily customize this recipe by using different sugars, oils, and essential oils. You can also use salt in place of the sugar.
By Tracey from Hibbing, MN
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Here are questions related to Homemade Body Scrub Recipes.
Using all those sticky or expensive ingredients for a facial scrub or body stimulator are unnecessary. No need to make special purchases of sea salt, honey, sugar and/or olive oil to do the best job. Trust yourself!
Sit in a warm tub with two cups white distilled vinegar and two cups Epsom salts to soften and cleanse your body without drying or chemical bubble baths, soaps, or artificial additives. While you are unwinding, your whole body is softening and relaxing, naturally. Pour a small bit of Morton's salt into your palms, rub hands together, and then rub them ever-so-gently over your face, hands, legs, arms, feet, and so on.
When you do this, you will sense how much pressure to use on different parts of yourself and will lighten up or apply more pressure, or add more salt to get the softening effect or stimulation results you desire. Afterward, rinse and dry and feel your skin. See how soft?
By Aunt Bonnie from Denver, CO
I just wanted to say many thanks for the help with my soap making using the Melt and Pour. I have made some and they are great, so many thanks for sharing. I have another request now.
I have made a body scrub using brown sugar, baby oil, aloe vera, and vitamin E. The problem I found with this is it is so oily. Can you use water and half oil? Many thanks.
By Helen from U.K
By SuzyQ82 09/21/2010
You definitely can use some water! I make a scrub with olive oil, water, brown sugar and a couple drops of vanilla. The water will mix OK even though there is oil. Typically one typically mixes up the scrub a little before using it anyway so there should be no issues with it separating. :)
I read somewhere that one could use Auzki beans (ground up?) for a body scrub. Does anyone know how?
Barbara from Michigan
By mcw 11/27/2007
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If you want to treat yourself, your girlfriends or even your daughters to a special pamper session, then this recipe is for you.
Take your favorite liquid bath soap - 1/4 cup, and supersaturate it with sugar. (Add enough sugar so that the mixture is no longer a liquid).
Set up your table with a basin of warm water, towels and your favorite hand cream. Place hands in the warm water for about 5 minutes, then using the sugar scrub, massage the hands, fingers and even the wrists. Once done, rinse with warm water and then massage hands with your favorite hand cream. (I suggest using a cream with glycerin).
You will see that your hands are so very soft that you will want to share this with all your friends.
By Karyn from Ottawa, Canada
By north east england
Does anyone have a homemade recipe for a sugar scrub?
Sabrina from Council, N.C.
Are there any soapers out there who make their own body scrubs? Will you share your recipes? Thanks.
Sabrina from Council, NC
You just need to add enough bath bubbles to cover this to make into a thick gloppy paste. Do all this as your water in the bathtub runs.
Another inexpensive treat is to buy a can of coconut milk and add about a tablespoon of it + Tbsp of honey and slather this warmed mixture all over while the tub runs water this is allowed to soak in.Dont worry it rinses off easily
Cap the milk for the fridge til next time or use in coffee.
I have looked a several easy recipies online and they tell you items to mix. Google: home made beauty recipes or similar (08/05/2008)
By mom 3