10 Fabulous DIY Body Scrub Recipes

Make a body scrub for pennies

Body scrubs are wonderful for exfoliating dead skin. They're on your body for just minutes before washing away down your drain, so there's no need to spend a lot of money on them. You can simplify your life and reduce your beauty budget by making your own all-natural body scrubs at home. The recipes are easy and often use common ingredients that may already be in your home.

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A basic homemade body scrub can be made with either sugar or salt and a little body oil. Whether you choose almond, jojoba, avocado, or grapeseed oil, is up to you. Any of them are great for hydrating dry skin.

There are many things you can add to this simple recipe as well. Your favorite essential oils can give it a lovely fragrance while lemon zest is an astringent that also tones. If you want a little extra exfoliation, add some coffee grounds, or go with honey for added moisturizing properties. More »

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Honey Sugar Body Scrub

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Runny honey is great for masks and scrubs. Digital Vision for Getty Images

Even the very best spas tend to make their own scrubs using natural ingredients. You, too, can make a scrub that mimics the pros and this gorgeous honey sugar scrub works like magic.

The recipe is remarkably simple and requires just three ingredients that are in everyone's kitchen: honey, oil, and sugar. Just whisk this up in a bowl and step into the shower.

  1. Warm a jar of honey in the microwave for a few seconds until it becomes runny but not too hot to the touch.
  2. Pour about 1/4 cup of the honey into a small bowl.
  3. Stir in 2 tablespoons of your favorite oil. You can use coconut oil, sweet almond oil, or even baby oil. In a pinch, you could even use olive oil, which is also great for the skin.
  4. Add about a 1/2 cup of sugar. Brown sugar is great, but a basic white sugar works as well.
  5. Mix well.

Step into the shower and turn on the water. Get completely wet. Turn off the shower. You don't want to do this while the shower's running or you'll wash off the scrub before you get the full effect.

Place some of the mixture in your palms and massage it in a circular motion all over your body. Rinse off in the shower.

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Sweet almond oil. Pricegrabber

Sugar is the key exfoliating ingredient in this sweet almond oil scrub as well. It's combined with sweet almond oil, though coconut oil is a great alternative if that's all you have.

Not only does this recipe use your favorite essential oils—lavender is very relaxing—but it also adds vitamin E. This is an essential vitamin for great skin because it is an antioxidant with anti-aging properties and it's an amazing moisturizer. Better yet, you can find it in capsules or liquid form at the corner drug store. More »

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Aztec Secret bentonite clay. Pricegrabber

It's recommended to exfoliate one or two times a week, which means you may spend a bit of time mixing up your homemade scrub. Take the easy route and make up a large batch of this almond milk scrub that will last you weeks.

The recipe uses only dry ingredients, so there's no need to worry about storing it for long periods of time. The whole milk powder is a lactic acid that helps remove dead skin cells and the almond meal softens skin. Finish the mix with a bentonite clay that is designed for skin and you're set. More »

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Cate Blanchett's DIY Body Scrub

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Who doesn't love a good do-it-yourself body scrub? It seems that even someone like actress Cate Blanchett has a favorite recipe, which appeared in an old issue of Glamour magazine.

Her recipe combines sea salt and coconut oil with lemon and mint. It's refreshing, invigorating, and easy to whip together, plus it will keep in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

While Blanchett uses sea salt, you might want to switch to regular table salt. The coarseness of sea salt has the potential to tear at skin. Also, you can make as little or as much of this scrub as you like. Simply keep the ratio at one part oil to two parts salt.

  1. In a bowl, put in a 1/2 cup of sea salt.
  2. Mix in 1/4 cup of coconut oil. If it's not in liquid form, run hot water over the glass bottle first or microwave it for 10 seconds.
  3. Place five to 10 mint leaves in a food processor and add the zest of one lemon.
  4. Mix the mint and lemon together.
  5. Stir mint and lemon mixture into the oil and sea salt.
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green tea body scrub. Digital Vision for Getty Images

Hello Glow offers a fantastic recipe for a homemade scrub that is ideal for anyone who deals with extra dry skin. This one is best when followed up with a therapeutic moisturizer and is made in ice cube trays for easy storage and use.

The green tea and ginger root sugar scrub recipe is as rejuvenating as it is exfoliating. You'll simply melt coconut oil and steep green tea in it. Add fresh coffee grounds and a little ground ginger, then freeze it. Pop out a cube before your shower and enjoy. More »

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Salt scrub. Digital Vision for Getty Images

Many scrubs use either salt or sugar, but this recipe from Liz Marie Blog uses a little of both. It can also be customized to fit your specific needs at the moment and the lavender makes it smell amazing.

This super simple salt and brown sugar scrub combines both raw and brown sugar with sea salt and coconut oil. You can simply combine the ingredients until you get a texture you like and your skin will have a great glow after your shower. More »

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Oatmeal is a great ingredient for a facial mask. Digital Vision for Getty Images

Oatmeal is another remarkable exfoliant that you'll find in many commercial scrubs. Sprinkle of Green shows us how easy and cost-effective this is to make at home.

The oats and honey body scrub has many benefits for healthy skin. The honey has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, and coconut oil adds to its moisturizing effects. The ground oats and Epsom salts provide scrubbing power, while apple cider vinegar is great for restoring the pH balance of the skin.

Just be sure to collect the oatmeal in a drain because it has the potential to clog pipes. More »

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365 Baking Soda from Whole Foods. Whole Foods

It turns out that many people have been enjoying the simplest body scrub ever: baking soda. Yes, that unassuming box in your cupboard can easily be transformed into a basic paste that will leave your skin feeling like new.

All you really need to do is mix a little baking soda and distilled water together to create a paste. You can add essential oils or brown sugar as well. The result is a natural cleanser that also exfoliates the dead skin without drying out the fresh stuff underneath.

You do want to be careful though. Baking soda can irritate some skin types, so it's best to do a spot test with just a little paste before exfoliating your entire body. More »

Two of the most soothing scents are lavender and vanilla. They come together in a gorgeous, all-natural, and inexpensive scrub from Suburban Simplicity

This recipe is one of those great mix and store scrubs that you can keep in the bathroom all the time. The base is one of sugar and coconut or almond oil, along with the benefits of vitamin E. Add a teaspoon of vanilla extract and a few drops of lavender essential oil and you're done. It also makes a great gift. More »