I really enjoyed the brown sugar and sea salt shower scrub that I made a few months ago, but wanted to continue experimenting. I found another simple recipe for a sugar scrub that turned out quite well.
- 2 parts sugar
- 1 part oil
- Approximately 15-20 drops of any essential oil
- Mix sugar and oil. Add essential oil and mix.
- I used regular granulated sugar. You can also use brown sugar which is supposed to be a little more gentle on your skin, or raw sugar which will be more coarse.
- There is a lot of debate about what kind of oils you can use to make shower scrubs. A common choice seemed to be olive oil, but the general consensus is that any non-stinky oil will work. I decided to use virgin coconut oil because it’s sort of solid (like vegetable shortening) and I thought it might hold up better in the mix vs. a liquid oil that would tend to separate from the sugar.
- I started mixing this with a spoon but ended up running it through the food processor. That worked perfectly! Very smooth and even consistency.
- I used lavender essential oil in this first run but I’m sure we’ll be experimenting with others!
I think this turned out great. The consistency is very similar to the scrubs you can buy in a tube at Bath and Body works for $14 a container? Granted, the coconut oil isn’t exactly cheap (approximately $9 a jar), but you could get at least four or five batches of scrub out of one jar. Still way cheaper. I’m one of those people who has to have a variety of different soaps and scrubs in my shower at all times so there will be more scrub being made in the near future!
Based on something else I read on the internet while researching shower scrubs, I made another batch using the recipe above, but added a bar of ivory soap to the mix (cut into small squares and dropped into the food processor after the sugar and oil were mixed). I only got to test a little washing my hands – it still is slightly oily and softens your skin, but also foams up and makes you feel cleaner than the original version. I think I’m in love!! This seems to be the closest to store-bought scrub that I have found so far. I used sweet orange essential oils in this one, and that scent mixed with the ivory soap is very fresh and clean.