Melt-in-your-mouth Body Scrub
This is one of my favorites. It’s so easy and I’ve gotten nothing, but rave reviews from everyone who’s tried it. I was originally inspired to make my own body scrub after purchasing an organic body scrub in the store and the saleswoman telling me that I could use it on my lips too (aka eat it) because all of the ingredients safe. And low and behold they were - coconut oil, sugar, grapefruit, and probably another one or two (this was a few years ago).
So I thought to myself, why pay $15 for a tub when I can buy all of these items at the store for so much less. My first batch was heavenly. I used coconut oil, organic sugar cane (bigger crystals for a good scrub) and coffee. It was a great pick-me-up in the morning getting ready for work and it left my skin so incredibly soft and moisturized.
Fast forward to Christmas and I decided to make a little pot for all of the women in my family. We don’t all exchange gifts, but I was so excited to share this with them. Every single one (ok there were only 5) later told me how much they loved it. My cousin even asked for the recipe to make for a bridal shower favor.
To make it is very simple. Below is a basic recipe and you can also find many more flavors to choose from online. I made a few different tubs using essential oils like lavender, peppermint and, still my favorite, coffee. I love the smell of coconut oil and the warmth of the coffee scent compliments it well. Each oil or ingredient will have it’s list of (supposed) benefits so you can choose based on smell or function. Here’s a few:
Coffee: caffeine is said to help stimulate blood flow and reduce cellulite (yes!)
Peppermint: stress reliever, soothes sore muscles, naturally antibacterial, energizing and more.
Lavender: relaxing, antioxidants, good for eczema, and more.
Citrus: energy boost, supports immune system, antibacterial and more.
½ c organic sugar
½ c coconut oil
Choose your flavor:
1 Tbsp coffee grounds
10-15 drops of essential oil
A FEW KEY NOTES
In making this sugar body scrub a few times and doing my research, there a few points I'd be remiss not mentioning:
The above recipe does not include any preservatives, which is great overall, but it shortens the shelf life to a few months. Some essential oils, like grapefruit, have antibacterial properties and there are a few other options debating on your definition of natural. I've found this post very informative.
Coconut oil has a melting point at 76*F so keep in mind if you live in a warm climate.
Benefits of the essential oils are widely accepted however not approved by the FDA.