If I had devoted the same time to intellectual pursuit as I had to the pursuit of the next beauty product, I could have a PhD in something really tricky by now. Still, if my nanna had had wheels she would have been a bus, and it’s a bit late for regrets.
Truthfully, I made this body scrub the first time just as something to do with a little badger on a long afternoon of lockdown and expected most of it would end up in the bin after it was revealed to be a) revolting and b) useless. In fact it is great – as good as any scrub I have ever used. It takes moments to make, is super cheap and – most importantly – works like a dream.
After a little hiatus, it’s been back in production and I have been using it 2 or 3 times a week and have really found a big difference in my skin since. The sugar is very scrubby and might not be suitable for sensitive skin, but it smoothes my hide nicely and the oil that’s left on the skin does a good job of moisturising it.
I already had the Epsom salts in as we had bought them for some long since forgotten project of a similar nature, and had grapeseed oil in the kitchen and a selection of essential oils.
I have quite a lot of essential oils which I use most days in my diffuser, and can recommend the VicTsing oil set if you want to get the basics.
The sugar could be swapped for sea salt or Epsom salts (less scrubby) and the grapeseed oil could be substituted with coconut oil – it’d be lovely for your skin, I just find the scent quite unpleasant – or even a mild olive oil, though the smell of this might be a bit stronger. If you fancied it, using sweet almond oil would be lovely, but a bit more expensive. Squirting a capsule of Vitamin E oil in before you use it is only going to do your skin good too.
How to make a super easy body scrub.
- 3 parts sugar (by volume, so 3 cups sugar to 1 cup oil)
- 1 part of oil of your choice (obvs melt coconut oil first)
- 10-15 drops of essential oils (I used 10 drops sweet orange, 4 drops peppermint and 2 drops bay)
- Mix together in a bowl – add the oil slowly, you might not need it all. Add more sugar/salts if it seems too wet.
- Add essential oils and mix thoroughly.
- Store in an airtight container. It should keep for at least 3 months – avoid getting water into it.
Obviously, throwing oil around in the shower has the potential to make it horrifically slippery.