Several years ago my husband and I decided to go “bad stuff” free when it comes to the products that we use in our home, on ourselves, and on our kiddos. We switched to cloth diapers, made homemade cleaning brews, and started the process of removing all of the chemicals from our bath and body products as well. At first we were overwhelmed by sticker shock – the natural and organic products on the market were far more pricy than their conventional counterparts, and I found the hippie in myself doing battle with the penny-pinching bargainista. After splurging on a $24 (!!!!) container of organic body scrub, I knew that there had to be a better solution, and set about replacing my favorite, pricy products with homemade equivalents. This body scrub quickly became my favorite bathtime treat! It cleans, exfoliates, and moisturizes just as well as the boutique scrubs, but is made from 100% natural ingredients. It also makes a great gift when gussied up in a pretty container, and would be perfect in a basket with a loofah and a homemade lotion bar!
Homemade Body Scrub
What You’ll Need:
1/3 cup organic coconut oil
1/2 cup sea salt
1 cup Coarse sugar (Sugar in the Raw works great!)
Essential oil of your choice (orange, peppermint, almond – all work great!)
A container for storage
First, combine the sugar and salt in a medium bowl.
Next, add the coconut oil. Use a fork to work the oil into the sugar and salt mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs.
Add several drops of your essential oil, and then continue to work the mixture until well combined and free of coconut oil chunks.
Finally, transfer your body scrub to a container for either storage or gift giving! Use daily in the bath or shower for smooth, hydrated skin with none of the nasty chemicals that lurk in conventional mixtures!