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DIY: How to Make Your Own Natural Body Scrub

Don’t tell me you’ve never tried a body scrub?

Oh, you mean you’ve tried the ones at the store? Forget those. These are nothing like that.

Natural homemade body scrubs have to be some of the most amazing things in the world. These simple body scrubs exfoliate your skin to reveal a youthful luster that’s only possible when you use the best ingredients!

The most important part of making it yourself is that you get to pick exactly what goes into your body scrub. I personally have sensitive skins, so I am extra picky about what goes into my body scrub.

We’ll look at some of my personal recipes here.

But first—the best body scrub recipes for every body. From sensitive skin to oily skin, you can exfoliate and feel amazing with these gems!

Did you know that many ingredients for natural body scrubs are easily found in your pantry at home?

Ingredients like lemon zest, ground coffee, sea salt, and coconut oil or olive oil are staples in most people’s kitchens. Creating your own natural body scrub is easy and inexpensive!

Body scrubs are composed of a few elements:

Exfoliant – These include abrasive elements such as coffee grounds, sugar, and salt. The ingredient you use will vary based on your skin type as well as which areas you intend for its use.


Carrier Oil – Oil not only helps you to properly apply the exfoliant, but leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth afterwards. There are many oils you can use depending on your skin type and how moisturized you’d like to be after using the body scrub!


Essential Oils – Depending on which recipe you use, you may not need to use any essential oils to make your body scrub smell fantastic. However, if you’d like to amp up the smell factor on your body scrub, consider choosing some of your favorite essential oils to add into the mix.


Essential oils have added benefits of relaxation, stress relief, lifting your mood, energizing you, and even helping with pain relief!

If you want your body scrub to have added health benefits, consider choosing some essential oils such as grapefruit, peppermint, lavender, and lemongrass.

Which Ingredients for Which Skin Types

Choosing a body scrub at the store becomes even more difficult when you aren’t sure what type is best for your skin. Some types of body scrubs tend to be pretty abrasive, and this is not something you want if you have sensitive skin!

Luckily for you, there are a variety of body scrubs and body scrub ingredients that you can combine at home that are custom for your skin type.

Making your own body scrub is essential because you can add whichever ingredients you’d like and personalize your body scrub just for you–or for a friend!

Coffee Grounds: For normal skin types.

Salt: For oily skin types.

Sugar: For dry skin types.

Jojoba Beads: For sensitive skin types.

Now that you know which ingredients are best for your amazing skin, check out the following four recipes that make exfoliating a breeze!

Here are my 4 personal body scrub recipes.

With a recipe for every skin type (plus with the option for added ingredients for added benefits), the following scrubs are beneficial for your skin and easy to make.

1. Coconut Coffee Body Scrub: Normal Skin


This is one of my absolute favorite body scrubs. My skin hovers between dry and normal, so I find this scrub makes a perfect balance for me. It combines ground coffee, coconut sugar, and coconut oil with a pinch of cinnamon.

So easy and effective. Plus, with the added option of vanilla essential oil, you won’t believe the smell!

You’ll need:

  • ½ cup ground coffee (I use organic and finely ground)
  • ½ cup organic raw coconut sugar
  • ¼ cup organic extra-virgin unrefined coconut oil (the best kind)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • A few drops of vanilla essential oil for a comforting, sexy sent

Just mix all these ingredients together; it’s that easy. This body scrub will smell great even without the vanilla essential oil. You’ll want to ensure your coconut oil is at least somewhat soft before attempting to blend.

This amazing recipe was adapted from here.

2. Lemon Thyme Zesty Body Scrub: Oily Skin


This is another one of my favorite body scrubs, but since it tends to be slightly abrasive, it simply wasn’t a good fit for my drier skin type.

However, if you have oily skin, this zesty body scrub could be the perfect fit!

Salt can help to purify your skin as well as better balance the oil and dryness you experience when you tend to suffer from acne with oily skin.

Don’t worry, this recipe can help.

You’ll need:

  • ½ cup pink Himalayan sea salt, finely ground
  • ½ cup oil of your choice (olive, coconut, and sweet almond are all fine)
  • Zest of one organic lemon
  • 2 teaspoons chopped organic thyme

Optional: A few drops of lemon essential oil or thyme essential oil for added scent

Ensure the oil is in a liquid form before blending all ingredients together in a jar. This body scrubs smells divine with the thyme and lemon! The pink Himalayan sea salt can help to dry your skin while the oil nourishes it at the same time.

3. Winter Nights Lavender Dream Body Scrub: Dry Skin


This body scrub is sure to be your favorite pick-me-ups in the middle of winter when you feel like you’d die to smell a fresh lavender plant.

Don’t fret! The lavender and rosemary essential oils in this scrub help to elevate your mood. Lavender and rosemary are also known for helping to fight depression and anxiety and keep you calm.

This lovely recipe is paired with sugar, vitamin E, and coconut oil for an amazing scrub during your winter months.

  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 10-15 drops each of lavender and rosemary essential oil


  • ½ teaspoon vitamin E
  • 1 teaspoon each fresh lavender and rosemary leaves, chopped

If you have fresh lavender and rosemary on hand, you’re welcome to use those as well. Again, ensure the oil is well softened before use.

The coconut oil moisturizes, the sugar is perfect for dry skin (not too abrasive), and the vitamin E helps to nourish and restore tired skin.

You’ll love the scent of this lavender and rosemary winter scrub!

4. Mango Tango Summer Spark Body Scrub: Sensitive Skin


Having sensitive skin feels like a challenge most of the time. Your skin can react to certain products, you might have eczema, sometimes it’s dry. Ugh! When can you ever win?

Jojoba oil is your perfect fix for this summertime scrub. It’s gentle exfoliating power pairs flawlessly with fresh mango. Essential oils of sweet orange, lemongrass, and grapefruit dazzle your senses and has your friends asking, “What are you wearing?”

And they won’t be talking about your shoes!

You’ll need:

  • ½ cup jojoba beads
  • Flesh of one organic mango, blended
  • 10 drops each of sweet orange, lemongrass, and grapefruit essential oils (this creates the “spark” in summer spark)

Just mix together–easy peasy!

Why Exfoliate?

After reading these delicious recipes, I know you want to make at least one of these body scrubs for your skin.

Besides the whole yummy body scrub allure, why should you exfoliate?

Exfoliating your skin has more benefits than you think. It removes dead skin cells and helps your skin appear smooth, toned, and youthful. It increases circulation.

Using a body scrub once or twice a week can even help detoxify your lymph nodes because of the increased circulation! Exfoliating can also boost your mood and relax you.

After all, who doesn’t love taking care of their skin and looking their best?

How Often to Exfoliate

Exfoliating should happen about twice a week for normal skin types. If you have sensitive skin, once a week may be plenty for you. If you have oily skin, twice may not seem like enough.

It’s important to not exfoliate too much. Over exfoliating your skin could cause irritation, especially in sensitive skin.

What’s the proper way to exfoliate?

Always use on wet skin. Dry skin? It hurts.

Go in circles. Like the power of a good massage, it happens in circles.

Be gentle. This is probably the most important one–you never want to be too harsh with your skin. Even if you have oily skin, being gentle is very important for proper care and proper exfoliating!

Rinse thoroughly. Rinse with lukewarm water. Hot water can be very damaging to skin.


Body scrubs have a variety of benefits. Skip the expensive ones at the store and customize your own to be perfect for your unique skin type!

You can use ingredients you have at home to blend your own body scrubs and to have fun making them.

You’ll never want to buy another body scrub again after trying some of these–play with the ingredients and find what’s perfect for you!

Have you ever tried to make a homemade natural body scrub? What’s been your experience? Any favorite recipes?

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