Making your own salt or sugar scrub could not be easier. It’s especially good to make your own because you can avoid nasty chemicals and plastic beads. A lot of exfoliants now contain plastic beads so they don’t scratch your skin, but those beads end up in our water supply, thus choking and otherwise killing marine life. These scrubs below are great because they contain olive oil which is very nourishing for your skin.
I’ve made and experimented with all of these. Some people claim the salt is drying and that the sugar is less abrasive. You can substitute salt for sugar and vice versa in these recipes.
My favorite is the coffee scrub. I haven’t had it stain our tub or grout, but you might want to check yours first. I also don’t tend to use these on my face – they’re better for body and feet. You can try on your face, but don’t scrub really hard because they can be abrasive.
Recipe for Salt Scrub:
- 1 cup Olive Oil
- 2/3 cup fine sea salt (don’t use course, it’s ouch)
- A few drops of your favorite essential oil for fragrance (my favorite is eucalyptus, but lavender and cinnamon are nice too. You can also use vanilla from the kitchen)
Mix together. If it’s too oily, add more salt and vice versa. Keep in the shower in a plastic or other non-breakable container. You will need to mix this up each time you use it.
Detoxifying Sugar Scrub
- 1 cup Olive Oil
- 2/3 cup fine white sugar (not powdered sugar, makes it pasty)
- 1/4 cup finely ground (espresso grind) coffee
This sugar scrub tastes and smells great! The caffeine in the coffee is supposed to pull toxins out of your body and help reduce cellulite. I think that’s a lot to ask of a sugar scrub, but I do like this.
Variation on Detox Sugar Scrub
You can put 1/4 cup of oatmeal in the coffee grinder or other device to make sure it’s finely ground and add that to the recipe above for a more moisturizing and gentle scrub. Just make sure you use it fairly quickly (within a month) or the oatmeal can cause it to go bad.