Make Your Own Lavender Mint Body Scrub
Lavender is one of the MOST popular smells for cosmetic and household purposes. Both women and men seem to love this stuff. I even read once that many men prefer the smell of lavender to that of chocolate chip cookies! Lavender is full of powerful medicinal qualities, the most important medicinal benefit being that it is great for helping you relax. Click here to learn more about the medicinal benefits of Lavender. I grow my own beautiful lavender using seeds from here.
I made this lavender mint body scrub for a friend who is obsessed with lavender. Lavender is great for your skin and I added some mint because I adore the tingling sensation it adds to my body scrubs. She loved it, and if you love lavender, you will love this too!
While you CAN buy body scrubs at the store, who knows what extra chemical junk is in them, and it’s also super cheap to make them at home! This recipe uses essential oils (learn more about essential oils here), but I promise you, I will be posting a non-essential oil body scrub recipe soon as well. (Updated: Click here for my Cinnamon Vanilla Body Scrub recipe that does NOT require essential oils!)That way, no matter what supplies you have at home, you should be able to make your own body scrub with some basic kitchen ingredients. I also have a Lemon Mint Body Scrub for you to try as well.
What do you use in Body Scrubs?
The funnest thing about making your own Body Scrubs is using whatever items you prefer and/or have around the home. Here are the basics:
**Sugar contains something called glycolic acid, which, in combination with its’ rough texture, helps dissolve dead skin cells. I enjoy using a combination of brown sugar and raw sugar due to the texture it provides. This Lavender Mint Body Scrub recipe uses only organic cane sugar partly because I think a Lavender Mint scrub should be bright white and this type of sugar will give it a softer texture. Experiment with the different sugar options and find what works for you!
**Salt contains many helpful minerals for your body as well as having a good texture for getting rid of dead skin cells. Salt can also stimulate cell growth, improve circulation, and help your skin become smoother and softer. I prefer using sea salt in my body scrubs and epsom salt in my baths. However, feel free to use epsom salt (which also reduces inflammation and is rich in magnesium) to your body scrubs.
**There are SO many useful oils to use for your skin in your body scrub recipe! The oil/oils will help keep your scrub together and will also moisturize, nourish, and clean your skin. The most basic is a good quality olive oil. I have never used olive oil in my body scrubs, but it is a common body scrub ingredient, so feel free to use it! There are also others including: coconut oil, jojoba oil, almond oil, grapeseed oil, and avocado oil. Oils can be a bit overwhelming, so here’s avery basic guideline:
- For oily skin, use: jojoba oil or grapeseed oil
- For normal skin, use: jojoba oil or almond oil
- For dry skin, use: avocado oil, jojoba oil, almond oil, or coconut oil
- For sensitive skin, use: avocado oil or coconut oil
**Raw honey will further moisturize your skin and is also a great antioxidant. It will protect your skin against further damage and makes your skin healthy and soft.
- 1 cup of organic white sugar (or sugar of choice)
- 3/4 cup sea salt
- 1/2 cup of coconut oil (warm it up to become liquid if it is in solid form)
- 1/4 cup almond oil (or oil of choice)
- 1 tbsp. raw honey
- 10 drops of lavender essential oil
- 5-10 drops of peppermint essential oil
- Combine the sugar and salt.
- Add the coconut oil and almond oil (or oils of choice).
- Add the essential oils.
- Smell your body scrub: does it need more lavender? more mint?
- Feel your body scrub: does it need more oil/liquid? more texture (if so, add more sugar/salt)?
- Once happy with your scrub, add to the 2 half pint glass jars and enjoy.
- 10 drops of each essential oil is an average idea. I probably added 15 drops of each because I like strong smells. Make it as strong as you want! Enjoy it!
- I used white sugar to make this one look pretty for my friend. If you want more texture, use raw sugar or half raw sugar and half white sugar.
**Learn how to grow your own Lavender here.
**Check out my Lemon Mint Body Scrub here.
**Click here for my Cinnamon Vanilla Body Scrub recipe. It does NOT require essential oils!
**Want some more DIY Beauty ideas? Check out my Bath and Beauty Pinterest Board!
**Learn more about Essential Oils in this post.
**Want to learn more DIY Beauty Recipes? Check out this absolutely fantastic book called DIY Organic Beauty Recipes by Heather Dessinger!
What are YOUR favorite Body Scrub scents?
For further reading:
**Check out this Lavender Lotion recipe from Oh Lardy! What a perfect combo with this Lavender Mint body scrub recipe!
**Learn more about how to get healthy and glowing skin in this post from MIX Wellness.
**Here are some more natural ways to improve your skin, from Yogi Mami.
**Learn how to make your own Lip Balm from Life, from the Ground Up