I love body scrub. I love it so much that I feel like a different person after using it. What I don’t love is how expensive the natural ones are. Sure I could pick one up at a drugstore for under $10, but those are typically filled with chemicals, artificial fragrances and other junk I shouldn’t be slathering all over my skin. But then I realized it’s stupid simple to make your own body scrubs — and you probably have most of the ingredients already!
After I got a $3 jar (wide enough to get your hand in) at Ross, I decided which base to use. Sea salt scrubs feel too abrasive on my skin and rice is too fine, but I did have brown sugar on hand. (Birchbox has a handy guide to the best natural scrubs for your skin type.)
I started with this recipe as a guide, but made a substitution for the rose petals. It sounded lovely to use soft, fragrant petals, but I didn’t want to buy a bouquet or risk the bad juju if I poached a flower from a neighbor’s garden. Instead I used about 5 tablespoons of orange blossom syrup that we had gotten from the Middle Eastern market ($2.50). I think any essential oil would work in the rose petals’ place. As the recipe suggests, you can top it off with jojoba or almond oil; jojoba was more expensive, so I got this $5 bottle of almond oil.
The scrub smells divine — mostly of coconut — and feels gentle enough not to break the skin but rough enough to get results. The best part is that the coconut oil leaves a nice, moisturized finish so you can skip the extra step of applying body lotion post-shower. (I know some products can leave a too-oily film, but this recipe wasn’t like that.) I cannot reiterate how much I loved making this scrub. It was cheap and whipped up in a matter of minutes. I’m pretty sure I’ll never go back to buying store-bought. Check it out: