DIY – Homemade Body Scrub Recipes

body scrub

Body scrubs are great!  They leave skin feeling fresh and smooth as well as healthy and glowing by exfoliating off old layers of dead skin.  (They are also a must before applying sunless tanner or getting a spray tan.)  However, sometimes you just don’t have the money to buy one or just don’t have one on hand to use when you need a good scrub.  No worries….you can make your own body scrub using any one of these amazing recipes below with ingrediants that you most likely already have stashed in your kitchen pantry.

Below is a collection of body scrub recipes that I have found while scouring the web….enjoy!

Just remember the consistency of your scrub should be not too oily/runny but it also shouldn’t be dry/crumbly…you want to find that “happy medium” between the two.  Also, you can always adjust any of these recipes to better suit your needs and preferences.  If your scrub is too oily/runny just add some more sugar or salt.  If your scrub is too dry, add some more oil. 

sea salt

ULTIMATE SEA SALT SCRUB

(All scrubs that incorporate sea salt into them are excellent at detoxifying)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup course seal salt
  • 1/2 cup baby oil (if you don’t have baby oil, you can substitute with vegetable oil)

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients into a bowl and stir
  • Cover the bowl and let it sit for 24 hours
  • Stir the mixture
  • Apply to body and massage into skin for a few minutes
  • Rinse

citrus scrub

CITRUS SCRUB

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup course sea salt
  • 1/2 cup raw sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 10 drops grapefruit essential oil
  • 10 drops sweet orange essential oil
  • 5 drops lemon essential oil

Directions:

  • Combine the sea salt and sugar in a small jar (do not fill to the top)
  • Heat coconut oil on low heat until it becomes a liquid
  • Remove coconut oil from heat and add esstential oils
  • Pour coconut oil and essential oils mixture over the sea salt and sugar mixture (do not stir ingredients)
  • Apply to body and massage into skin for a few minutes
  • Rinse

sage sea salt scrub

SAGE SEA SALT SCRUB

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups fine sea salt
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • Fresh sage (4-6 leaves)
  • 1/2 cup date sugar
  • 1 grapefruit (red or white)

Directions:

  • Puree the olive oil and sage in a blender for one minute on high
  • Pour puree mixture into sea salt and date sugar and mix well
  • Zest rind off grapefruit and add to above mixture and mix well
  • Apply to body and massage into skin
  • Allow scrub to sit on skin for a minimum of 1 minute
  • Rinse

(Any remaining scrub can be stored for up to 14 days in a refridgerator)

irish cream body scrub

IRISH CREAM SUGAR SCRUB

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp. dry milk
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • Couple drops of peppermint oil
  • Couple drops of green food coloring

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients (oil last); mix well
  • Apply to body and massage into skin
  • Rinse

coffee body scrub2

IRISH COFFEE SCRUB

(Coffee works to reduce the appearance of cellulite.  Anyone battling cellulite should try a scrub that incorporates coffee into it.)

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup coffee
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup organic nut oil
  • Couple drops of mint oil

Directions:

  • Apply to body and massage into skin
  • Rinse

delicious body scrub

DELICIOUS SCRUB

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1/3 cup celtic sea salt
  • 1/2 cup organic coconut oil
  • 2-3 tbsp. almond oil
  • 1 tbsp. vitamin e
  • Couple drops of lavendar essential oil

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients (oils last); mix well
  • Apply to body and massage into skin
  • Rinse

olive oil body scrub

SUGAR OLIVE OIL SCRUB

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients and mix well
  • Apply to body and massage into skin
  • Rinse

(Any remaining scrub mixture can be stored for up to 30 days)

pumpkin body scrub

PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE SCRUB

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp. ground coffee
  • 1-2 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 3/4 – 1 cup oil (depending on how oily you want your scrub)

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients (except for oil); mix well
  • Add oil to mixture; mix well
  • Apply to body and massage into skin
  • Rinse

ginger body scrub

GINGER AND COCONUT OIL SUGAR SCRUB

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp. ginger (coarsely chopped)
  • 1/4 cup oil (whichever you prefer)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 1-4 drops essential oil (whichever you prefer)

Directions:

  • Heat the ginger and coconut oil in a small saucepan over low heat for 5-10 minutes (until transformed into liquid)
  • Remove from heat and press through cheesecloth or through coffee filter
  • Mix warm oils with oil (whichever you prefer)
  • Stir in sugar and salt
  • Scent with esstial oil of your choice
  • Apply to body and massage into skin
  • Rinse

peppermint body scrub

CANDY CANE BROWN SUGAR SCRUB RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup almond oil
  • 5 drops peppermint oil
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients; mix well
  • Apply to body and massage into skin
  • Rinse

brown sugar scrub

BROWN SUGAR SCRUB

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup course brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 tbsp. fresh lemon juice

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients; mix well
  • Apply to body and massage into skin
  • Rinse

lemon body scrub

LEMON AND SUGAR SCRUB

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 fresh lemon
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. honey

Directions:

  • Combine lemon juice and olive oil in a bowl; mix well
  • Add the honey to above mixture
  • Whisk until a medium thick consistency forms
  • Add the sugar and mix well
  • Apply to body and massage into skin
  • Rinse

sweet and spicy scrub

SWEET AND SPICY SCRUB

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 oil (almond, coconut or hazlenut)
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. ginger
  • 2 tsp. nutmeg

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl
  • Blend ingredients together using a whisk
  • Apply to body and massage into skin
  • Rinse

almond orange body scrub

ALMOND ORANGE SCRUB

Ingredients:

  • 1 handful almonds
  • 1 orange peel
  • 1 cup oil (olive or grapeseed)

Directions:

  • Blitz all ingredients together in a blender/food processor
  • Apply to body and massage into skin
  • Rinse

chocolate body scrub

CHOCOLATE SCRUB

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup cocoa

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients (oil last); mix well
  • Apply to body and massage into skin
  • Rinse

coffee body scrub

WAKE ME UP SCRUB

(This is my favorite scrub!  It leaves my skin so incredibly soft and smooth and smells amazing!  This one can be messy though–so be prepared to wipe down your shower/tub after scrubing.)

Ingredients:

  • 2  cups of ground coffee (can use fresh or from a freshly brewed pot.  I prefer fresh grounds because they are coarser)
  • 1/2 cup sugar (brown of white – sometimes I do both)
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil (or vegetable oil if there’s no olive oil on hand)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract (optional-but smells amazing)

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients (oil last); mix well
  • Apply to body and massage into skin
  • Rinse
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67 thoughts on “DIY – Homemade Body Scrub Recipes

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    • Please let me know what ones you try and how you like them…I always like to hear how people feel about them after trying them. I think they smell amazing and I feel like I always smell great after using one. The coffee scrub remains my favorite :)

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  2. I have bunches of fresh peppermint in my “garden”. What essential oil or other oils do you recommend to blend with this herb?

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    • Hi Siobhan!

      Most of the d.i.y. body scrub recipes have a shelf life of right around 6 months. You want to be sure to store them in an airtight container though in order for them to keep. A lot of times the mixtures will settle over time and may show some signs of separation so just advise the recipient to stir the mixture prior to using it. (These make great gifts!)

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  6. I love these and would like to make as gifts. Do you know of any stores or online places that sell the bowls with the spoons. Any help would be great

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    • These make excellent gifts Sherri!

      I would look at your local craft store. They most likely will have the jars and the spoons. (Most likely you will have to purchase them separately though. I’ve never seen them sold together as a pair.) If you don’t have a local craft store there are plenty online. (Such as michaels.com). Good luck :)

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  7. Hi, I’m kind of a newbie here in the world of homemade body scrubs stuffs. So, I’m wondering how big is the cup that you used to measure the ingredients? For example, the first one, the Ultimate Sea Salt Scrub. It says there to use 1 cup course seal salt & 1/2 cup baby oil.
    Is it the normal everyday cup you used to drink your coffee/tea? Or some other kind of cup?
    (I feel so stupid for asking this kind of question…but… I don’t care.) Haha… ^_^
    Thanks for posting this up!
    I plan to use this recipes to give my mum a homemade spa-treatment soon.

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    • Alin,
      Don’t feel stupid for asking what you asked, it’s a great question! I personally just use kitchen measuring cups from my kitchen when I mix up one of these recipes. But, a lot of times, I find that a lot of these measurements don’t need to be exact because you can adjust them to suit your needs. Sometimes I like my scrub to be a bit more grainy so i’ll add extra sugar or salt to the mix. So really, you could get away with using a cup or bowl instead of a specific measuring cup. Have fun making these recipes and I hope your mum has a wonderful spa day treatment!

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      • In case Alin is not American: a cup is a measuring unit used in America (and possibly elsewhere?). It is equivalent to about 250 ml, but you can find lots of converters online to get the exact measure in whatever unit you are used to using.

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  8. Lemon is too acidic to be incorporated into a scrub. It will not only leave you with white patches on your skin but also irritate and burn if you have open wounds. Not a good idea, you want to be able to have a “glow” so instead, use coffee or cocoa powder.

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    • Jamila, thank you for your input and suggestion. I agree that you want to glow rather than be patchy. I also agree that this could cause burning and irritation to a wound. I wouldn’t suggest using any scrub on a wound or sore as I imagine any of them would cause further irritation.

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  10. Just stepped out of bath after using the “wake me up ” scrub and I feel soooooo good! Exactly what this girl needed! Thanks a million for posting these recipes, I look forward to trying a new one next week :D

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    • Pam,
      Thank you so much for sharing your experience with the “wake me up” scrub! This is a personal favorite of mine! It really does leave you feeling refreshed and awake and it always leaves my skin feeling super smooth and soft and not to mention, glowing. Please keep sharing :)

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  13. Thank you for posting this, I started making homemade scrubs some time ago and was looking for new recipes when I found this page. I have enough here to experiment with before having to look anywhere else thank you so much for doing the research and sharing ;). The the wake me up scrub is one I make often except I add honey-an excellent skin conditioner.

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    • Hi Kadiene,

      You’re welcome…I’m so glad you liked all these and have been trying them out! The wake me up scrub is by far one of my absolute favorites and I really love your suggestion of using honey! I will definitely add that in the next time I make this…thanks so much for sharing :)

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  14. Hi…love your diy body scrubs and it gives me a great idea of making it and giving as a gift especially Christmas is around the corner. Would like to check with you if making the scrub as a gift, how long can one keeps it? Are there anything natural that we can add into the scrub to prolong its shelve life? Thank you, Ivy

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  15. I’ve just spent a week using the chocolate and lemon scrubs and i absolutley love them! thanks for sharing! will you post anymore different ones?

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  16. It’s coarse (meaning unrefined), not course! Sorry, but this bothers me. You are making such a great effort to make this website beautiful and full of useful information, I could not but help myself… Hope you don’t take this the wrong way.

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    • Hi Kajal,

      Thank you for pointing this out!! You are 100% correct, the word “coarse” should have been used in place of the word “course”. I probably spent too much time staring at the screen and neglected to notice this :(

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  17. I like the recipes, but when I tried one I found I ended up standing in a DANGEROUSLY slippery tub. Scary. I had to crawl out and grab a sponge and cleaner before I could continue my shower. Be careful, ladies!

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    • Erin,

      That’s a really great point you made about the tub getting slippery. Everyone should use caution when using these scrubs in the shower/tub because the oil has the ability to make the area you are standing on slippery and the more oil you use, the more slippery it can get. I would suggest placing a rubber bathtub mat/pad on the floor of the shower/tub as this normally helps some. (Just remember to lift up the mat after you get out and rinse under it so the scrub doesn’t get stuck under there leaving a mess). Thanks for pointing this out!

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  18. I have a question on the wake me up scrub, when you said fresh coffee grounds you mean coffee grounds straight from the can? I know this may sound silly, but I am just trying to get clarification. Thanks.

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    • Hi Shawnna,

      I have actually used both fresh coffee grinds after making a pot of coffee as well as coffee grinds out of a can/bag. I personally like the coffee grinds out of the can/bag better because they are a little more “gritty” and I prefer a more gritty scrub.

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  19. I was wondering with the brown sugar scrub can you sub veg oil for the olive oil? I do not keep olive oil on hand because of the price.
    Thanks,
    Bethany

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    • Unless otherwise noted, I believe I saw on a past comment she put up, they can be stored for up to 6 months…

      Roughly how much do these recipes make? I was hoping to make it and store it, but need to purchase a jar of sorts, don’t want to get something too big or too small (although I might want to make a bigger batch of some :D i’m not really a petite woman haha)

      I LOVE the pictures, you have one creative mind! <3

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      • Hi Claudia!

        Yes, a lot of the scrubs can be stored for up to months at a time if properly stored. Some of the d.i.y. treatments don’t last long and can’t be stored for long because of the ingredients. I’m hoping to do a post in the near future addressing the shelf life times of different d.i.y. beauty treatments. Most of the scrubs yield between 1 and 2 cups but it all depends how much you adjust the ingredients to make it to your liking. Please feel free to share any of the ones you try and how you like them :)

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