7 DIY Body Scrub Recipes

Get Glowing Skin with Natural, At-Home Body Scrubs

To maintain beautiful, glowing skin it’s absolutely necessary to exfoliate all those icky dead cells blocking the baby soft layer of skin underneath. But boy can the body exfoliators and scrubs in the beauty aisle really put a dent in your shopping budget. Instead, try out a few of our favorite easy and effective DIY body scrub recipes. For a thoughtful and wallet-friendly gift, you can also make an extra mason jar full of your favorite scrub below for your mom or BFF. 

Coffee Body Scrub

coffee body scrub recipe
Coffee is good for more than just your morning wakeup. This scrub performs double duty by exfoliating while the caffeine in the coffee grounds may even help reduce the appearance of cellulite by plumping up your skin. If you check the labels, caffeine is actually in many of those crazy expensive cellulite creams. This, however, is a much cheaper way to discover if caffeine works as a treatment for you. No promises, but try it out.

Equal parts ground coffee and raw sugar
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp sea salt

Mix the ground coffee with raw sugar and sea salt. Add the olive oil and coconut oil. And voila, coffee body scrub.

(Recipe & photo source: deliciouslyorganized.blogspot.com/2012/07/diy-mornin-coffee-scrub.html)

Rosemary Lavender Salt Scrub

lavender body scrub recipe
For a relaxing end to your day, draw yourself a nice warm bath and unwind with this soothing scrub. It'll get you to your happy place in no time.

2 cups salt, kosher
1/4 cup olive oil
3 tbsp lavender, culinary grade
3 tbsp rosemary leaves, finely chopped

Mix all ingredients together and enjoy. This scrub can also be applied to the more delicate neck and facial area (other scrubs, in general, though, are too harsh to use on your face or neck).

(Adapted recipe & photo source:  bettycrocker.com/recipes/diy-rosemary-lavender-salt-scrub/ab242ee3-c896-44a2-9a93-2ee4654f8959)

Daniela Ferri’s Go-To Body Scrub

diy body scrub recipe
Licensed Esthetician and acne specialist Daniela Ferri recommends using her easily customizable recipe to reveal your naturally lovely skin.

3/4 cup sugar in the raw
1/4 cup honey
1/8 cup vegetable glycerin (check the vitamin section for this)
1/8 cup olive oil
1/4 liquid castile soap (or 1/4 cup shampoo)
25 drops of your favorite essential oil (or 1/4 tsp pumpkin spice)

In a bowl, mix ingredients together well. After showering with your usual body wash, apply generously to your body especially concentrating on rough areas like knees and elbows. Rinse off and apply your favorite moisturizing body lotion post-shower.

Sunless Tanner Correcting Scrub

lemon body scrub recipe
Have you applied sunless tanner without exfoliating first? Holy oompa loompa! To correct those dreaded dark orange patches, try this sunless-tanner fixer. Two go-to remedies for removing those pesky tangerine streaks are lemon and a great scrub. Lemons contain citric acid, a natural exfoliator, and also contain elements that cause bleaching (sunless tanner included). This recipe combines both sugar scrub and lemons.

5 cups white granulated sugar
2 cups olive oil
2 lemons
3 tbsp honey

Using a wooden spoon, mix the sugar with the olive oil. Slice lemons in half and squeeze the juice into the sugar olive oil mix. Add honey and mix just until combined. After a long soak in a warm bath, apply the scrub to trouble spots. Be careful not to scrub too hard and damage your skin, though! Rinse off. Follow up with a nice moisturizing body lotion.

P.S. Kudos to you for using a safer tanning alternative! We'll take streaks over sun damage any day.

(Recipe source:  neverlandnook.com/honey-lemon-sugar-scrub)

Peppermint Sugar Scrub

peppermint sugar body scrub
Peppermint is not just for the holidays. Scrubbing down with this recipe will make you feel refreshed and invigorated--not to mention it's delightfully pink.

2 cups white granulated sugar
1/4 cup almond oil or coconut oil
Peppermint essential oil
Raspberry/pomegranate juice or red food coloring

Slowly mix almond or coconut oil into the granulated sugar. If you feel like there doesn't seem to be enough oil, you can add more, but don’t overdo it and let the mixture get too oily. Add a few drops of peppermint oil until it reaches your desired scent. To get the pink color, add a few drops of red food coloring, or for a natural take, you can add drops of raspberry or pomegranate juice. Mix together until color is uniform throughout (don’t worry, it won’t be enough to dye your skin!).

(Recipe & photo source: theidearoom.net/2012/11/peppermint-candy-cane-sugar-scrub)

Vanilla Sugar Scrub

vanilla body scrub recipe
If you’re sensitive to strongly scented products, this natural, simple sugar scrub is the way to go. The delicate scent of the vanilla extract and almond oil will hardly trigger any sensitive noses or smell-induced migraines.

2 1/2 cups sugar in the raw
3/4 cup white granulated sugar
4-5 tbsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup almond oil

In a bowl, mix together the sugar in the raw and the white granulated sugar. Add in the vanilla extract and almond oil and mix well.

(Recipe & photo source: heygorg.com/2012/04/diy-body-scrub-favor.html)

Create Your Body Scrub

Don’t be afraid to play around with the recipes and create your own signature scrub. Stick to two core ingredients (granulated sugar and olive oil) and add a few drops of your favorite essential oil and you’ve got a scrub as unique as your lovely self.
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Daniela Ferri commented
Love the peppermint sugar scrub ! Can't wait to try it this summer ! :)
Anonymous commented
Thanks for the recipes! Some recipes use salts in their scrubs instead of sugar. Is there a reason that you prefer the sugar? It seems like it might be gentler on the skin.
Daniela Ferri commented
Salt can be too harsh on sensitive skin. Plus, sugar has a type of acid that can further exfoliate the skin. :)
Sherry B. commented
Need to make 50 gifts... Any suggestions on how much to use?....
Jessica P. commented
...sherry, I can make one 8 oz scrub with about 1 cup of salt and 1/2 cup of oil (with just a bit left over). . . it depends on your recipe and what size jars you are using.
PorcelainShree commented
Can't wait to try the vanilla and sunless tanner one!
acalderon commented
How long can these be stored?
Michelle N John S. commented
Yes, I too would like to know the shelf life for these scrubs.....and do they require refrigeration?
Karen S. commented
I make my own scrub,1/4 c sugar brown sugar,3 teaspoons of vanilla,2 tablespoons of olive oil,and add dish liquid till it stirs easily. No refrigeration needed and last forever,put in squatty jelly jars for gifts!!
Angela C. commented
I will try some of these. i need to make some as gifts as well. TY all for the advice and recipes.
mcamtat commented
Why is sea salt needed?
Danielle M. commented
My daughter's best friend has terrible acne: will the "go-to" scrub help alleviate that for her? Also, is that gentle enough for her face?
Morganjoy89 commented
How long should we leave the scrubs on before rinsing them off?
Kimm L. commented
how long can you keep the scrubs?
Razia commented
Please advise how long u can store these scrubs. Or is there a natural preservative that one can add.
Kortnee W. commented
reaearch the properties if the essential oils that you will be using. Most essential oils have anti-microbal, bacterial benefits. They will also keep mold from growing. Do this to keep your product truly all natural. Preservatives are not necessary.
Kortnee W. commented
I am a licensed cosmetologist, owner of a 100% all natural skincare brand. I specialize in care for skin, body, hair, and nails.
Kortnee W. commented
The Peppermint scrub is also great for congested, oilier skin. If using on the face, opt for grapeseed oil or avocado oil. These oils are great for oilier, sensitive skin types.
wadsys commented
Thanks for sharing your recipes. :) I enjoy seeing the natural ingredients you used too. As the author of many DIY natural skin care books, I use them a lot as well. The coffee scrub looks great and I really love sugar scrubs. Thanks again for sharing!
Anonymous commented
These recipies look great and seem easy to make. I do have a stupid question. Is the coffee scrub with already brewed coffee grains or not?
Lisa W. commented
got a body scrub as a gift and I love it
Anonymous commented
Will the peppermint scrub help acne
Mia G. commented
Add some tea tree and/or lavender oil (few drops per 100ml) to your scrub and a teaspoon of turmeric powder for a super antibacterial boost (nice recipe in The Complete Acne Book). Add some Carrot seed oil juice or Carrot seed oil oil for acne scarring (there are other oils that are amazing for acne scars). Ground oatmeal is great for itching and inflamed skin - and almond meal is good for lightening skin...
Banke L. commented
Thanks 4 sharing ur recipe I wil try it.
Bonnie M. commented
Have been looking for a good scrub recipe, thanks for sharing!
Carol42 commented
Anonymous, you can use brewed and dried coffee grounds as just an exfoliate method, when non-brewed the coffee adds the dark brown color and an extra punch of caffeine. It is up to you :)
otisha commented
Just did a mixture of grounded coffee, sugar,sea salt, honey and a few drops of coconut oil haven't applied it as yet. Plan to use that 2times a week. Also mixed grounded cinnamon powder,grounded nutmeg lime juice pinch of sea salt and hobey. After using everything that promised to clear my ance but never did. One can understand my obsession with natural home made remedies. Results are almost ridiculous they r that good.
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kathy commented
I am really looking for a body scrub, can anyone suggest me a good body scrub direct from the market?