When you're looking to take a few steps to green your beauty routine, looking for replacements for conventional products is a great choice. Homemade body scrubs are among the best choices when it comes to DIY cosmetics as the recipes are extremely simple and easily customizable.
Salt and sugar are often among the main abrasive ingredients used in many recipes because they are gentle yet effective at removing dead skin cells. While salt based scrubs are considered best for oily skin, sugar based recipes tend to work well for normal and dry skin.
The basic formula for a homemade body scrub is very simple and entails mixing an abrasive ingredient with a carrier oil. Here are a few easy DIY body scrub recipes worth experimenting with:
Sugar and coconut oil body scrub
For this recipe you'll need half a cup of granulated sugar, a quarter of a cup of coconut oil, a teaspoon of honey and, optionally, a few drops of your favorite essential oil. In a bowl, mix the sugar and the coconut oil slowly until you get a smooth paste, then add the honey.
DIY cellulite body scrub
As you might know coffee is often listed as an ingredients in many products marketed for the dreaded 'orange peel' look. Similar effects can be obtained by using coffee grounds as an ingredient for a body scrub with the same purpose. Mixing equal amounts of coffee, salt with enough olive oil to create a thick paste is the simplest recipe that can be used for the purpose.
Summer body scrub
In summer tomatoes are incredibly abundant and inexpensive, which means that the hot months are the perfect time to experiment with this DIY scrub: mix one large tomato, chopped finely, with two cups of sugar and enough oil to get a smooth consistency. If you're concerned about the smell of the mixture, you can also add a few drops of essential oils. If you place the mixture in the fridge, in an airtight container, the mix will be a great choice after a very hot day.
Rosemary body scrub
This body scrub has three essential ingredients: salt, olive oil or almond oil, and rosemary. Mix 8 tablespoons of salt with 4 tablespoons of oil and the leaves from two rosemary springs. You can also add a few drops of rosemary oils to the mix. Rosemary oil is said to have a beneficial impact on the skin, boosting cell renewal and improving skin circulation.
Luxurious almond body scrub
Mix two cups of finely chopped almonds with four tablespoons of olive oil and a cup of sea salt in a bowl until you get a fairly thick paste. Apply the mixture using gentle motions and be sure to moisturize afterward. The mixture can be refrigerated for up to five days.