Making your own DIY body scrub is one of the most simple DIY projects that everyone can do. I love making DIY body scrub for myself, but it also makes a really sweet homemade gift.
Body scrub is used to exfoliate your skin, meaning you are gently sloughing off old, dead skin cells.
It’s great for keeping your skin feeling fresh, helps makeup go on smoother, and moisturizing products to soak in better. Exfoliation is also important when you are doing things like prepping for a spray tan.
While it is a healthy practice, you don’t want to overdo it. Read Is Your Exfoliation Routine Damaging Your Skin? for more information about exfoliation.
We’ve been sharing DIY body scrub recipes for years now, so I wanted to put together this ultimate guide for anyone getting started. Body Scrub = Exfoliant + Oil + Scents. It’s truly that simple!
Again, the basic formula for making your own body scrub is:
Body Scrub = Exfoliant + Oil + Scents
- Sugar – Caster sugar, sometimes called super fine sugar, is great as it’s more finely ground than granulated white sugar. Although regular granulated white sugar works great, too.
- Salt – Super fine or pink Himalayan works well.
- Coffee grounds
- Oats – ground or whole will work
- Nuts – ground well, these work best as an addition to other exfoliants
- Dried flowers – ground up, these work best as an addition to other exfoliants
- Coconut oil
- Jojoba oil
- Olive oil
- Almond oil
Scents & Other Add-ins:
- Essential oils
- Citrus zest or rinds
- Herbs or spices
Basic Body Scrub Recipes:
- Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub DIY
- Grapefruit Lemonade Lip Scrub
- Vanilla Latte Coffee Scrub DIY
- Citrus Mint Sea Salt Foot Scrub
- Pink Sugar Body Polish
Advanced Body Scrub Recipes:
- Whipped Peppermint Cream Hand Scrub
- Unicorn Sugar Scrub
- Lavender Sugar Cube Scrub DIY
- Flower Petal and Walnut Scrub
Frequently Asked Questions
Which is better, sugar or salt scrub?
Sugar, especially caster sugar, is gentler on your skin. So, if you are unsure how your skin will react or plan to exfoliate using a body scrub often, then sugar may be a better choice.
What are the basic ingredients of a body scrub?
Exfoliate + Oil + Scent = Body Scrub. So, this could be as simple as caster sugar, coconut oil, and a few drops essential oil. But, there are many ways to use this basic formula to make body scrub.
How long will homemade sugar scrub last?
If stored well in a sealed container, it will last at least six months.
How to Store DIY Body Scrub:
- Mini mason jars – small glass jars with lids are great, also makes a cute gifting option
- Colorful glass jars with lids – another cute one for gifting
- Plastic jars with gold lids – if you don’t want a glass option
- Disposable plastic cups with lids – if you are making a big batch for holiday gifting
As long as you save your homemade body scrub in a well sealed container so no moisture or other environmental components can get in, then it can last up to six months.
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- 1 cup sugar (or salt)
- ½ cup oil
- 2-3 drops essential oil
- mixing bowl
- In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients.
- Mix together well so that everything gets well incorporated.
- Store in an airtight container when not in use.
Hi Emma, thanks for the cool ideas. Can I ask, do you think any of these could be used as an occasional (once a week) homemade face scrub? Would love to use something gentle and plastic free. I used to buy a lovely honey oat one, and was wondering would something like honey, olive oil and oats work together for your face? Thanks for any advice you can offer.
Personally I’d put honey, yoghurt or avocado on my face but no olive oil. The scrubbing parts should be rather soft, so even sugar might be too harsh. Your lips will enjoy honey/sugar combo though! 🙂
Thanks a million will give that a try. Love the blog!