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Treat Yourself: DIY Luxurious Body Scrubs for Less!


If you’re like me, any little luxury is almost always connected with the “guilt factor,” but you can have your cake and eat it, too!

Instead of going to a high-priced salon or boutique for a luxurious, exfoliating body scrub, make it yourself at home. Whipped sugar body scrubs are super-simple and easy to make with just 3 ingredients and a little scent. Here’s my famous lemongrass whipped sugar scrub recipe that’s sure to exfoliate and moisturize at the same time.

Lemongrass Whipped Sugar Scrub:

  • 4 tbsp. Purified water— free.
  • 16 oz. Coconut oil— approx. $8 for a 16oz jar.
  • 4 cups Sugar (white granulated is fine)— approx. $3.50 for a 4lb. bag.
  • 2 tsp. Essential or fragrance oil of your choice (lemongrass is my favorite!)— approx. $5.30 for a 2oz. bottle (you’ll have plenty left over for making more scrubs later!)
  • Mixer.

This recipe should make about four 8oz. containers. Don’t worry about having extra. These scrubs will keep for 6 months to 1 year if sealed properly. I guarantee that once your family members get a whiff of these yummy scrubs, you’ll be lucky if you can keep your hands on just one of them for yourself!

First, melt down your coconut oil in the microwave. You should probably heat at 30-second intervals so you don’t overheat your oil. You don’t want to boil it, just melt it. Then pour into a glass container. I use a large glass Pyrex mixing bowl.

Put the glass bowl in the fridge until the coconut oil is hardened back up. Add your 4 tbsp. of water. If it is really hard, you’ll have to stick it back in the microwave and soften it up a bit until you’re able to use your mixer to whip the coconut oil and water together. Whip the two until it’s nice and fluffy-like. This should only take about 30-60 seconds. Start adding your sugar 2 cups at a time. You should have a nice whipped consistency of oil and sugar.

Now, just add your 2 teaspoons of whatever essential oil or fragrance oil that you choose. Scoop into any glass or plastic jars you have and you’re done!

This has been a guest post by Jackie from San Diego, CA
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14 thoughts on “Treat Yourself: DIY Luxurious Body Scrubs for Less!”

  1. I make my own body scrubs with stuff I have at home. I use 1/3 cup salt ( I prefer coarse sea salt but table salt works just as well) 1/3 cup sugar and add enough moisturizing body wash ( of your choice I use Bath and Body works but any kind will work ) to make a paste You decide for yourself how coarse you want it, If it feels to rough to you just add more body wash until you get your desired consistency. Stir it up in a small plastic bowl and take it to the shower.  It will make your skin super soft, get rid of razor bumps and body acne. Use your favorite lotion afterwards for even softer skin.

  2. this is a good recipe. you could take a bit of it and mix with an avocado for a one time body moisturizer or mix in an egg white for a face mask. the egg will tighten up on your face and the coconut oil is so good for your skin. there are a lot of herbs you could mix in the base as well depending on your skin. look at herbs by merlin or other sites that have herbs for sale. they usually explain what each one is good for
     

  3. A says:

    Agreed oily hands from the coconut oil & glass is a bad combo, when you add water to the equation its a shattered glass filled shower waiting to happen. I’ve had it happen myself with some homemade shampoo someone gave me as a gift, glass is pretty slippery when wet.

  4. Carol Cave says:

    how much does the body scrub materials cost for 1 body scrub  Trying to give low cost presents.  Having some financial difficulties due to medical problems

    •  Going off the prices listed above it should be able 3.45 for an 8 ounce container, which does not include the container. However, you may be able to find the products cheaper at stores near you. I don’t remember exactly, but I think coconut oil at my trader joe’s is about $2 cheaper then the recipe calls for. And, you might have an extract already on hand, so you don’t need to purchase that, or the sugar already on hand. So how much it will actually cost you will depend on what you need.

  5. I love this recipe and can’t wait to try it. I love being able to make stuff myself that I can use as beauty treatments. It would be great if you had an area on here for just DIY beauty products. Hint hint lol. Anyway Thanks for the recipe. I will be sure to try this VERY soon.

  6. do you store it in the fridge or on a shelf

  7. Anonymous says:

    have tried this with fresh coconut from home, (home made), and also used Lavender too ,,,,great stuff…

  8. This looks terrific, but please consider using plastic or other non-breakable packaging. A friend of mine dropped a glass like this in her shower and sliced a tendon; it’s even more dangerous around children.  Better safe and luxuriating than sorry!

  9. where can i buy the coconut oil and fragrance oil?

    • Blythe Stewart says:

      I usually buy my coconut oil and fragrance oils at Whole Foods….

    • Anonymous says:

      Coconut oil is in any store that has an organic food section, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and asian markets.  Frangrance oil is in Whole Foods, sometimes at Michael’s, and any shop that sells joss sticks, aromatherapy, etc.

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