It’s no secret that DIY beauty products are slowly making their way back into the beauty arena.
Cheap to make and low on packaging, they are a great way to streamline your beauty regime whilst staying on a budget and minimising your impact on the environment.
Because homemade concoctions are often made with 100% natural ingredients, they’re also usually kinder on the skin and free of harsh chemicals. It’s true when they say our skin is our biggest organ, so we need to be careful about what we allow it to absorb. What better foods to feed your skin, than the ones we use to nourish our bodies?
My stance on homemade beauty products
Having said that, I’m not the sort of gal to go completely wild and free in the cosmetics department, shunning any and all store-bought products in favour of making everything from my own kitchen. I believe that when it comes to certain ingredients and products, such as hyaloronic acid, vitamin C and natural essential oils, we ought to leave those kind of formulas to the experts, unless you seriously know what you’re doing.
When it comes to my favourite serums and cosmetics, I’m much more happy to splurge on things that will make a real difference to my skin (as well as align with my ethics and values), rather than try to save money by concocting a questionable product in my kitchen, which may or may not have any effect.
I’m not saying that making all of your own beauty products is a bad thing – it certainly isn’t, and if you have the skills and knowledge to do so, by all means go for it!
I’m just saying that that way of living isn’t for me…at least not yet, anyway.
However, if we’re talking about those expensive beauty products where an all-natural, homemade version will do the same job, I’m all for choosing the latter. That often typically includes face masks, and yes, body scrubs, which is the recipe I’m about to show you now!
Super easy homemade scrub
The reason I insist on making my own scrubs at home is because many of the fancy, expensive body scrubs out there are based around one of two simple ingredients: salt and sugar. I’ve used both types and yes, they work amazingly, but other than the rich oils and the natural exfoliant (either salt or sugar), these scrubs don’t contain much else that you couldn’t easily source yourself.
This two-ingredient homemade body scrub has been my go-to for some years now. It’s made with just brown sugar and extra virgin coconut oil, both of which can easily be found in any supermarket. Most people will already have them in their pantry for cooking/baking purposes, so if that’s you, you can whip up this beauty delight right now!
The brown sugar makes an amazing exfoliant, sloughing away any dead skin cells whilst still being gentle on the skin. Meanwhile, the coconut oil will leave your skin feeling luscious and velvety soft. I don’t even apply moisturiser after using this scrub – I just wash, pat dry and go!
You can infuse this scrub with a couple of drops of your own favourite essential oil if you wish, to give it a different scent. A squeeze of citrus, like lemon or lime juice, is great too. And another bonus is that you can even sub some of the sugar with a tablespoon or two of coffee grounds, which is known to be great at energising the skin and smoothing cellulite.
Finally, don’t worry if you don’t have extra virgin coconut oil – because you can sub pretty much any other carrier oil you have. I’ve tried this with cold-press extra virgin olive oil, and it worked just as well. Try it out and let me know the results!
2-Ingredient Coconut Body Scrub Recipe
- 4 tbsp dark brown sugar
- 4 tbsp melted coconut oil
- 5-10 drops of your favourite essential oil
- Mix all ingredients together in a small pot or jar. The consistency should be soft and sandy, not dry and gritty or overly sludgy.
- Apply all over the body to dry skin. Remember to pay attention to elbows, knees, heels and the backs of the ankles!
- Rinse off with warm water.
- Store leftover scrub in a small glass jar.
I use this scrub about 1-2 times a week. It’s fantastic for soothing skin issues and using in between shaves.
What do you think of this homemade coconut body scrub recipe? Will you be trying it? Let me know in the comments below!