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Making Your Own Body Scrub Can Be Better for You and the Environment

largeEventually I’d like to make all my own personal care products, just like women did for thousands of years. I have several books instructing me how, but time and gathering all the needed resources is still holding me back. However, one thing that I have been making myself for awhile because it is super easy and much cheaper than the store bought stuff is body scrub. Body scrub is a wonderful “luxury” and there are so many yummy recipes out there, one can easily find something to one’s liking. I have a few different recipes that I’ll post at the end here.

The benefits to you of making your own scrub is that you can control the ingredients and know there are no toxins lurking in your scrub. You can make the scents and consistencies as you like to get the perfect scrub for you when you make your own. Plus, I’m pretty sure it is cheaper. I’ve honestly never determined the cost per ounce of any scrub I have made, but some of the ingredients are things I have on hand anyways, so I’m not worried about it.

The benefits to the environment is avoiding the entire manufacturing process that involves containers that might not be recyclable, carbon emissions, labels, possible toxins and pollutants, etc.

Making your own scrub takes mere minutes for days of enjoyment. Exfoliating is wonderful for our skin and the oils in these scrubs are super moisturizing. I use my scrub in the shower and don’t need to moisturize afterwards because the oil stays on. You can also keep some scrub by the sink to wash your hands with and it will keep them silky smooth.

Try any or all of these recipes and feel free to adjust ingredients to your liking. I personally like the salt scrub using olive oil. The caffeine scrub is good but, be warned, the coffee grounds can get messy in the shower.

Body Scrub Recipes

CAFFEINE SCRUB (banish cellulite and tone skin) – 6 tbsp. sugar or salt (or sugar/salt combo), 2 tbsp. coffee grounds, 4 tbsp. almond oil, 16 drops rosemary (or other essential) oil

SUGAR SCRUB – ½ cup dark brown sugar, 3 tbsp. olive or almond oil, 1/8 tsp. nutmeg

ALMOND SCRUB – 2 tbsp. almond oil, 1 tbsp. olive oil, 1 tbsp. baking soda, 1 tsp. aloe vera gel, ½ c. finely ground almonds

SALT SCRUB – 2 c. sea salt, ¾ c. olive oil, 40 – 60 drops of essential oil

SPICY SCRUB – 1 c. dark brown sugar (or any sugar with large grains), ½ c. olive or almond oil, 10 drops of orange essential oil, 1/2 tsp. pepper

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