January 6, 2013

Homemade Single-use Exfoliating Body Scrub

I'm still fighting off illness, so while I have a few recipes and other things to share, today I'm going to give you something simple. It involves sugar. But we aren't going to be eating it.

Many of you probably (maybe) already know about this...well, I'm sharing it anyway. Because I have a person in mind when writing this. As I brushed across her arm the other day, snow began to fall -- in the form of dry skin cells. Actually...it was probably my arm.

Yeah, it was my arm.

Winter is here and my skin has finally become aware of that. And it's time to scrub those skin cells away. (Doing this all year is best, but who thinks about this kind of stuff in the summer...) While making and storing a body scrub is nice, that is not what we are doing today.

 Kitchen-to-Tub Exfoliating Body Scrub (single use) #DIY #bodyscrub
Sorry no pics from the shower...

Today is for those of you that just don't want to make a body scrub. That don't want to go out and buy special oils. Those that don't have a jar to store it in. Those that rather have someone else make it for them. Those that have 2 kids hanging on their leg. Those that are afraid of attracting ants with sugar in the bathroom. I could go on, but you get the point. Sometimes, some of us, just don't want to make body products, no matter how simple. And to be honest, since my scrub ran out from the last time (which I only made because I was making one for someone else), I haven't made more. So even if you don't want to make a body scrub to store in your bathroom or cabinet, it doesn't mean you have to suffer dry skin or spend money on ridiculously overpriced scrubs with crazy ingredients.

All you need to remove your lizard skin is a few items from your kitchen. Do this right before you take your shower. It takes one minute, one bowl, and two products.

Kitchen-to-Tub Exfoliating Body Scrub

  • Sugar or salt, large handful (brown, white, whatever you have)
  • Oil, olive or coconut (Enough to cover sugar/salt. Approximately a tablespoon.)

Pour handful of sugar or salt in bowl. Pour in oil and mix into a paste. No need to melt your coconut oil. Just smash it in. Kick it up a notch with a squeeze of lemon juice or a few drops of essential oil. (I get my oils HERE or HERE.) Apply to skin in the shower and scrub in circles until most of the sugar/salt dissolves. Skin will feel slightly oily after rinsing sugar/salt away.

Bonus: Coconut oil will leave you smelling like the tropics. Or like a twenty year old straight from the tanning bed. (Yes, I was that twenty year old.)

Sugar or salt?

Well, both will help stimulate circulation, exfoliate, and soften your skin. Sugar is softer on your skin and won't sting if you have any cuts or scrapes. Salt scrubs will be slightly more abrasive (great for feet and elbows), but also help remove impurities and toxins.

Update: For a make-and-store body scrub, find my Lavender Vanilla Sugar Scrub here.

Now, if you're still reading...what would you like to see on the blog? The natural remedies I use when sick? Natural sanitizer and air fresheners? Natural body products? How I gave up fake coffee creamers? Want to hear my full health story? Just recipes and more recipes? Only chocolate recipes? Anything else? Since this is still a new blog, I'd love to know what you guys are interested in seeing next.


  1. I'd love to read more easy DIY natural beauty product ideas! Also house cleaning methods.. I'd like to see more pics of FOOD too. Keep up the great work....

    I blogged for over four years and I'm finally enjoying just reading other people...living vicariously for awhile. I enjoy your entries!

    1. 4 years, that's great! I honestly didn't think I'd still be blogging, but I'm really enjoying it. Now it's just deciding what to share first :) I appreciate your comment and thanks for reading!

      I have posts for some easy homemade facial products and home cleaning/sanitizing products in the works so stay tuned.

  2. I would love to see more recipes and natural body products. I am enjoying your blog entries too, some great ideas and information. Keep up the great work!!

    1. Thank you! I should have a couple food recipes ready this/next week. Plus, I have posts for some easy homemade facial products and home cleaning/sanitizing products in the works so stay tuned.


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