5 Homemade Exfoliating Body Scrub Recipes: Nourish Your Skin Now!

Have you ever wondered how can I exfoliate my skin at home? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Get ready for a step-by-step guide on how to make your own homemade exfoliating scrub for body!

I promise, it’s easy. Very easy. Now you don’t have to look at the pretty pictures of creamy and foamy body scrubs on the internet, you can make one yourself right now!

Plus, the incredible benefits you can reap from a regular body scrub are incredible, especially now, when fall is coming and your skin will need that extra kick of nourishment.

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How do you make a homemade body scrub?

Easily. The basics are very simple:

  • 1 part exfoliator
  • 1 part oil

Additionally, you can build up from there. I love using essential oils in my homemade exfoliating scrub recipes, but you can omit them if you have none at hand or are in a hurry.

Apart from these, you can always play around with different natural oils as well. It doesn’t all have to be coconut at all times. In fact, I’ve included a variety of oils into the recipes below so that you can get an idea of how to use even different types of butters in your homemade body scrub recipes. Butters make them extra nourishing and creamy!

What’s more, if you’re not an oil fan, don’t worry! Below, you can even find a recipe on a DIY scrub without any oil! Feel free to use fresh fruit instead! In case you do, you should use the scrub right away because well, you don’t want it to go bad and develop a mold or start to ferment, right?

You can add more different exfoliators to one batch of a scrub. You don’t have to limit yourself just one natural exfoliant, be it sugar, oatmeal, or salt.

Oh, if you want to make your scrubs extra pretty, you can add dried flower petals to them as well, and herbs! I regularly add lavender buds to my scrubs, as well as dried rose petals. But you can use anything else you have at home, even green tea, calendula petals, and other dried goodies will do!

Just one tip before we start: make sure not to touch your homemade scrub with wet hands as water may cause the growth of bacteria in your scrub. Use a spoon to take out as much as you and store the rest.

. . . And that’s how you can exfoliate your skin naturally!

Let’s head over to creamy and soothing DIY exfoliating scrub recipes! The ratio of exfoliator and oil in the following recipes is usually 1:1, because I like them creamy and runny. When you make the scrub and you don’t like the runny consistency, slowly add more exfoliator until you reach the desired consistency!

homemade exfoliating scrub for legs

Chocolate homemade exfoliating scrub for body

For all your chocolate and coffee lovers out there, I bet you’ll love this one! I definitely do, even though it’s not my favorite in the pack; ground coffee is too soft to my taste and not as a strong exfoliator as salt or sugar.

But!

This homemade body scrub leaves my skin fragrant and ridiculously soft. You just can’t go wrong with this one, it also makes a great gift!

Ingredients:

  • 3 TBSP cocoa butter
  • 3 TBSP coconut oil
  • 2 TBSP baking soda
  • 2 TBSP ground coffee
  • 10 drops vanilla essential oil
  • 10 drops sweet orange essential oil

Process:

  1. Melt cocoa butter and coconut oil in a double boiler
  2. Once melted, set aside and add exfoliants (coffee and soda)
  3. Once the oils solidify to an extent (and cool down) add essential oils
  4. Whip until you get a fluffy consistency
  5. Apply with slow circular movements thoroughly to your skin

Shelf-life: with only oils in the recipe, you can store this DIY body scrub for a few weeks.

Soothing homemade exfoliating scrub for legs

I exfoliate my legs and face more often than I do my whole body. And that’s simply because I feel like my legs need some extra care now and again, especially if they work too hard during the day.

That’s why my homemade exfoliating scrub for legs is usually more therapeutic. I like to soothe and relax the muscles. As you’ll see in the recipe, all the ingredients work towards that same goal!

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup sea salt (finely ground)
  • ½ cup coconut oil (use fractioned or solid, whatever you have at home)
  • 1 TBSP crushed Moroccan mint leaves (optional)
  • 10 drops helichrysum essential oil
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 10 drops chamomile essential oil

Process:

  1. Melt coconut oil if necessary
  2. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl
  3. Apply the scrub all over your legs in slow circular motion

P.S.: you can substitute eucalyptus oil for peppermint oil; whichever one you have at hand!

Shelf-life: with only oils in the recipe, you can store this DIY body scrub for a few weeks. The oils and salt may separate so stir the scrub before using.

Homemade body scrub for glowing skin

Homemade body scrub

Glowing skin, here we come! I’ve intentionally gathered all the ingredients that boost the healthy look of your skin and, consequently give it a glowing appearance. I hope you’ll like the essential oils in this recipe, I love it!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Himalayan pink salt
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 3 TBSP jojoba oil
  • 5 TBSP sweet almond oil
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil
  • 10 drops ylang-ylang essential oil
  • 5 drops geranium essential oil

Process:

  1. Combine the salt with carrier oils, stir well
  2. Add drops of essential oils, stir well to combine
  3. Slather it on! Glowing skin, here we come!

P.S.: if you’re worried that lemon oil can be phototoxic, use this scrub in the evening. You can also substitute lemon oil for lemongrass essential oil, or omit it altogether.

Shelf-life: with only oils in the recipe, you can store this DIY body scrub for a few weeks. The oils and salt may separate so stir the scrub before using.

Creamy homemade body scrub for dry skin

This divine body scrub is one of my favorites for the dry season. It smells amazing and it’s very nourishing with the high shea content!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup babassu oil
  • ½ cup shea butter
  • 1/2 cup dried lavender flowers
  • 10 drops orange essential oil
  • 10 drops rose essential oil
  • 5 drops lime essential oil

Process:

  1. Melt shea butter and combine with babassu oil
  2. Combine sugar with shea butter
  3. Add essential oils and dried petals
  4. Whip until you get a fluffy consistency
  5. Slather it on!

P.S.: if you’re worried that lime and orange can be phototoxic, use this scrub in the evening.

Shelf-life: with only oils in the recipe, you can store this DIY body scrub for a few weeks. The oils and sugar may separate so stir the scrub before using. Also, the sugar may dissolve if you leave this srub standing in your cupboard for too long (weeks and months).

You can easily substitute sugar in this recipe with sea salt or/and Himalayan pink salt.

Pumpkin Autumn DIY body scrub without oil

This is a gorgeous homemade exfoliating body scrub. I love the color, the scent, the gentle skin it leaves after I remove it!

For those of you who want a body scrub without oil, this is it! Yes, there are essential oils in the recipe, but feel free to omit those too if that’s not what you’re looking for!

Ingredients:

  • 1 can pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • Pumpkin spice essential oil blend

(10 drops cinnamon EO, 10 drops ginger EO, 10 drops nutmeg EO, 7 drops clove bud, and a few drops cardamom essential oil)

Process:

  1. Combine pumpkin with baking soda
  2. Stir well until there are no lumps of baking soda left
  3. Add essential oil blend and stir again
  4. Apply religiously to your body and enjoy the scent!

(This body scrub gets a bit messy once you have to remove it)

P.S.: I know this blend smells of pumpkin spice, but I’m a bit of a cinnamon and gingerbread cookie nutter! I love fall spices, but if you don’t go easier on the blend!

Shelf-life: use as soon as possible since this scrub is made with fresh ingredients (pumpkin). You can also halve the amount when making it, so you can use it more easily.

homemade body scrub for dry skin

Tips on making your own homemade exfoliating scrub for body

As you can see from the recipes, it’s quite easy to make your own body scrub at home.

What is the best natural exfoliator?

There are a few natural exfoliators, but I can’t be the one to tell you which is the best one. Have a look at the list and test, until you find the one(s) that suit you most! I prefer number 2, 3, and 4, but it might be different for you!

1.       Oatmeal

Make sure to grind oatmeal in a food processor before using. Otherwise, this is a very popular ingredient in many DIY body scrub recipes. I’m not the biggest fan (prefer my oatmeal on a spoon, not on my legs), but perhaps it may work for you. After all, this is a great natural ingredient if you’re making a homemade body scrub for sensitive skin.

2.       Baking soda

The most common and well know perhaps, baking soda is a great exfoliator to add to your scrubs. While some combine it with old plain water to make a paste, feel free to upgrade your recipe and add a few essential oils in the mix as well.

Baking soda leaves the skin super soft, but some people don’t really like it because it irritates their skin. In case you’re not sure, check before making a large batch of a homemade exfoliating scrub for body.

3.       Clay

Clay has exfoliating properties and can be a great addition to your body scrub recipes since it’s all natural and it detoxifies the skin at the same time. You can use any type of clay you want; if you’re super specific, stick to white kaolin clay for sensitive skin and bentonite clay for a normal skin. It can be a bit drying, but in a combination with oils and other ingredients, it makes wonders!

Just…clay can be a bit messy when applying to your body. Be prepared for a bit of a cleanup!

4.       Salt

Think finely ground sea saltHimalayan pink salt, and even Epsom salt (to answer the question Can you make body scrub with Epsom salt?). They make an excellent exfoliator as well! Read on the benefits of Himalayan pink salt scrub here, but I love a refreshing salt scrub much more than a classic brown sugar one.

Some people love to use coarsely ground sea salt for elbows and heels, but I feel the granules are too big to actually be effective and I lose them all over the tub much too quickly.

5.       Sugar

Rough and small, sugar is a perfect skin-cleansing agent in a homemade exfoliating scrub for body and face. It not only effectively cleanses the skin of the dead skin cells, it also hydrates it and minimizes fine lines, as it’s a great source of glycemic acid.

6.       Coffee

Coffee! Yes, it is all over the Internet, especially in all homemade body scrubs for cellulite and for puffy eyes. How to use coffee as a body scrub? Well, take the coffee grounds that you’ve used to make a pot of coffee this morning and stick them in a recipe!

Keep in mind, coffee tends to be a bit messy, so prepare to clean up the remains of your scrub!

What essential oils are good for body scrubs?

Basically, you can use any essential oils you’d like in your homemade exfoliating scrub for body.

More skin-specific, I’d recommend the following:

  • Normal skin: frankincense, neroli, jasmine, German chamomile, geranium
  • Combination skin: patchouli, lavender, orange, and bergamot
  • Oily skin: bergamot, geranium, cypress, lemon, and lime
  • Dry skin: cedarwood, geranium, chamomile, myrrh, and sandalwood
  • Mature skin: tangerine, ylang-ylang, frankincense, rose, lavender, cypress, and sandalwood
  • Sensitive skin: myrrh, patchouli, sandalwood, rose, chamomile

What’s more, you can make your own blends based on what you’d like to additionally achieve with a body scrub.

Calming blend: 5 drops lavender, 5 drops geranium, 3 drops chamomile, 3 drops lime

Invigorating blend: 5 drops peppermint, 5 drops grapefruit, 3 drops rosemary

Focus blend: 4 drops lemon, 3 drops basil, 3 drops rosemary, 5 drops grapefruit

Anti-stress blend: 5 drops lavender, 8 drops bergamot, and 4 drops ylang-ylang

Wake-up blend: 5 drops wild orange, 5 drops peppermint

The ratio for blending essential oils with carrier oils is 1 TBSP carrier to 5 drops essential oil (and no more than that).

Tips on using your own homemade exfoliating scrub for body

It can be easy to make your own homemade body scrub, but hey, there are always additional questions we should consider before cleansing our skin religiously on a weekly basis. Let’s have a look at what you should pay attention to when getting into the exfoliating body scrub routine!

How often should I exfoliate?

Well, that all depends on your skin type.

You can and should exfoliate three times a week for normal and combination skin. In case you have dry and sensitive skin, minimize that amount to once a week.

Exfoliating every day can cause your skin to become more dry, irritated, and red. You want to remove the dead skin cells and other impurities from the skin, but you don’t want to strip it of its natural oils and cause more damage to healthy cells.

Do you exfoliate before or after you shave?

Ah, yes…the constant problem we worry about: should you exfoliate before or after shaving?

Before. The correct answer is before.

Your skin can feel irritated and it’s vulnerable right after the shave. You want to nourish after, so make sure to always exfoliate beforehand.

What’s more, exfoliating before shaving will make your shaving process easier: it lifts the hairs, which are easier to shave than if they are lying flat against your legs (or face for that matter, if you’re a guy)!

Also, exfoliating before shaving will help you remove any impurities and dead skin cells which can clog your razor. That way you’ll never get a close clean shave and your razor will be clogged all the time.

Exfoliating before you shave makes the whole process easier, smoother, and you’re less likely to get any razor bumps, minor cuts, and cause redness to the skin.

Is it better to exfoliate in the morning or at night?

It’s better to exfoliate in the morning. I personally enjoy the morning routine in the warm months of the year, but I can’t bring myself to repeat the same during the winter months. There’s nothing like a hot shower after an exfoliating session before I snuggle onto the couch with a cup of tea and a good movie or a book.

Anyway, that’s just me. And that’s my exfoliating routine for my body. I normally try and exfoliate my face in the morning (and I love my Konjac sponge for it when I’m in a hurry).

Apparently, the skin repairs itself throughout the day and it rebuilds new cells overnight. That’s why it’s important to exfoliate in the morning. Since I decided I care a lot about how my face looks like, I follow a facial routine thoroughly.

There are some opinions that differ, so it all depends on who you ask. Since I started exfoliating my face in the morning, I see it became much more glowing and healthy than in the evening. In case you’re not sure, try one and the other and see which gives you best results! You should be able to notice a difference after a week.

Anyway, in terms of a homemade exfoliating scrub for body, that’s more of a pampering, relaxing, and healing process that I like to enjoy more than making it a routine.

How do you heal your over-exfoliated skin?

  1. Apply a cool compress to the damaged area
  2. After a shower, pat your skin dry rather than rubbing it
  3. Apply nourishing moisturizer (a natural homemade one would be best; you want to avoid any artificial fragrances, or ingredients that can potentially irritate you skin even further)
  4. Turn to a completely natural makeup routine; don’t overburden your skin with many products. You want to give it time to heal and reduce irritation to a minimum

How do you get rid of an ingrown hair fast?

We’ve all been there. I hate ingrown hairs and I’ll take a wild guess and say that we all do! While I used to butcher my legs whenever I’d see one of these annoying ingrown, I’ve luckily grown out of it and took up a more civilized approach.

If you have the patience, you can let the poor ingrown hair a week for it to grown out of whatever it’s doing. Don’t rub it, shave it, nor touch it.

If you don’t have a week not the patience, here’s how you get rid of an ingrown hair fast:

  1. Apply a warm moist washcloth to the ingrown hair area for a few minutes
  2. Repeat the process once the washcloth has cooled down (this will soften the skin and make the hair easier to pluck out)
  3. Remove the hair with tweezers, working gently around the skin. don’t pluck it out all the way; try to remove only the embedded end
  4. If it doesn’t come out easily, leave it be. Repeat the process with the compress again

You can also try and scrub the area of the ingrown hair, but do it gently! Work your way around the area from all possible angles. Perhaps exfoliating can do the trick if you do it twice daily (I still prefer the upper method though!)

What’s your favorite homemade exfoliating scrub for body? Let me know in the comments below!

Stay Wild!

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