Hey y’all, I’m back at it again with another DIY Friday! Today, if you can’t tell by the title – I’m making a body scrub or should I say scrubs?! Since its getting cooler out, our skin tends to get drier and for some maybe even a little flakey. So maybe we should start making our scrubs now rather than later.
Earlier today, I did a one time use sugar scrub with sweet orange oil and cinnamon leaf oil and I smelled like Christmas potpourri or those scented pinecones alllllll freakin’ day. Those two oils are extremely strong, so if you just love that smell then go with that. I’m more of a fresh minimal scent type of girl.
Today I’m experimenting with autumn and winter smells. I’m a sucker for food smells like cotton candy, apple pie, peppermint and gingerbread. I also love the classic scents like vanilla lavender. Vanilla lavender is definitely a year round scent, so I’m going to do both a gingerbread and a vanilla lavender scrub and see how they turn out.
What you’ll need:
I add a bit of sea salt to sugar scrubs because I like that extra bit of exfoliation and it feels amazing too. Also, if you want a little more of a kick, add some clove oil to this recipe. I personally skip the clove oil because it can be overpowering, but do you boo.
I eyeball everything, even when I’m cooking. I’m really a rebel when it comes to following recipes…aw yeah. But for the sake of this DIY, I’ll add those pesky measurements.
Start with adding about 1 tablespoons of sea salt
Add about 1/3 cup of brown sugar
Add ½ to 1 teaspoon of nutmeg
Add ½ to 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
Add ½ to 1 teaspoon of allspice
Then little by little mix in your carrier oil. I’m using sweet almond oil. You don’t want the oil to be more than the solid ingredients because it will start to dissolve and be runny. Start with about ½ tablespoon of oil until you get the consistency you want. I don’t really know how to describe the consistency but you’ll know when you see it and feel it. Not wet, but not dry.
For whatever reason when you add all of these spices together, they smell like straight gingerbread cookies. If you add more allspice, then you’ll get more of an apple pie scent. I love the idea of using things that are already in my kitchen…no money spent and I can still exfoliate my skin!
Either give as a gift or use on yourself. If you’re giving as a gift get a cute little jar with a spoon and a nice little sticker or tag so they know what it is.
Vanilla Lavender Scrub
What you’ll need:
Sea salt or Himalayan Salt
Carrier Oil (Sweet Almond, Coconut, Olive)
Pure Vanilla Extract
Start with ¼ cup Epsom salt
Add ¼ cup sea salt or Himalayan salt
Add in the carrier oil just like the recipe above. You’re going to want it to clump so you can scoop it out easier.
Both vanilla extract and lavender oil are potent scents, so be very diligent about these.
If you have a dropper for the vanilla use it adding 3-10 drops, if not add about ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract.
Add 3-10 drops of lavender.
The essential oils depend on you and if you want the scent to be strong or not. I’m going to add maybe a whole teaspoon of vanilla extract and 5-7 drops of lavender.
This is optional but you can have a lot of fun with the salts and add food coloring. You can even soak rose petals or lavender in a bit of water, using that as a coloring and a scent. If you decide to do this step, be sure not to add too much water too fast because the salt will dissolve.
I hope you all enjoyed this DIY Friday! Instead of buying a pricey body scrub this year, try making it for a change. As always you can give these as a gift to someone and I’m sure they’ll love it – maybe even ask for another batch! Thanks for reading once again!