Homemade Body Scrubs

Despite what a large rodent says, we are just over halfway through winter. Only recently the temperature has dropped to frigid temperatures, but winter always leaves my skin is so dry and flaky! Ever since I made the body scrub as gifts, I’ve been testing out various body scrubs. Today here are the three that I’ve enjoyed the most so far. I’m new to the use of essential oils, and by no means an expert, I really go by what I think smells good and how it leaves my skin feeling.

Coffee, Cacao and Brown Sugar Scrub

  • 1/2 cup of organic light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup of ground coffee 
  • 2 tablespoons of organic raw cacao powder 
  • 1/4-1/2 cup of avocado oil
  • 10 drops of peppermint essential oil

This is the same recipe I used for my Christmas gifts. The recipe can be found over at The Rising Spoon. I loved the coffee, chocolate and peppermint flavor of Elaina’s original version. I wanted to change it up just a bit. Instead of peppermint essential oil, I added sweet orange essential oil. I love the smell of orange it’s such an uplifting smell. It reminds me of summer time. Who couldn’t use some warm thoughts to get through the last part of winter. The combination of the coffee, cacao and orange smells so delicious. It reminds me Terry’s Chocolate Oranges. You know the ones, they’re shaped like and orange, wrapped in orange foil and you smack in order to get the “orange pieces”.

Peppermint and Lavender Body Scrub

  • Coconut Oil
  • Organic Raw Sugar
  • Epsom Salt
  • Lavender and Peppermint Essential Oils
  • 1 Tablespoon Dried Lavender Buds

 

With this recipe, I didn’t measure my ingredients. I was feeling very devil-may-care. I did try to get a sugar to Epsom salt ratio of 1 to 1.
Before adding the coconut oil, I ran it under warm water to liquefy it to make it easier to pour and mix. The ratio of sugar and salt to oil was about 1 to 1.5. I didn’t want it too dry nor did I want too much oil. For me it comes down to trying it out to see if I like the consistency. I started out a little dryer and then added a little more oil until I got to the consistency that worked for me.
I added 15 drops of peppermint essential oil and about 10 drops of lavender essential oil. Finally, I added about a tablespoon of dried lavender buds.

I like to use this body scrub at night, it’s very relaxing and I fund that it helps me sleep. The lavender buds give an extra burst of scent in the shower.

Eucalyptus and Lavender Foot Scrub

  • 1/2 Cup Epsom Salt
  • Avocado Oil
  • Eucalyptus Oil and Lavender Oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dried Lavender Buds
For those days I want to pamper myself, I like to give myself a pedicure. After scrubbing away all the dead skin, I like to use a foot scrub to finish my home pedicure. And this foot scrub is perfect. I think the combination of the lavender and the eucalyptus is tied with the coffee, cacao and brown sugar as my favorite.
For this foot scrub, I used 1/4 cup Epsom salt and mixed that with avocado oil until I got the consistency I liked. I added about 10 drops each of the eucalyptus and lavender oils. I topped off the foot scrub with 1/2 teaspoon of the dried lavender buds. This time I crushed them in my hands before adding them to the mix.

 

How do guys deal with getting rid of the dry skin that winter brings? Do you have any favorite scent combinations? Share in the comments.

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