DIY Lemon Mint Body Scrub
Make Your Own Lemon Mint Body Scrub
As a tomboy with no sisters, I have almost zero understanding of beauty products. For the past year or so, I kept seeing all these pretty looking DIY “sugar scrubs” “salt scrubs” and “body scrubs” on Pinterest, and I had no clue what they were for or how to use them. So please forgive me if my recipe and/or instructions seem super simple…
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 love trying new body scrub recipes to find out what I like best. I am a HUGE citrus fan, so this Lemon Mint Body Scrub is one of my favorites. The Lemon smell brightens my mood/spirit and helps lighten age spots and skin blemishes. I add Peppermint Essential Oil to almost all of my body scrubs. It makes my skin tingle and wakes me up better than my morning coffee! I LOVE that tingling feeling!
What are Body Scrubs?
**Body scrubs are a wonderful way to get smooth, silky skin. They exfoliate your skin and get rid of that awful dry skin on your body/face. I write body scrub, but these scrubs can be used gently on your face as well, depending on what oils you add to them.
**I use my scrubs in the shower because I am terrible at adding new morning/night routines to my skin outside of shower time. I often use the scrub in place of shower gel. Simply make circular motions on your skin with the scrub on your fingers, and again, depending on the oils used, feel free to use on your face (but avoid the delicate skin near your eyes!). I then rinse it off in the warm water while showering. Be prepared to have the most silky, soft skin ever. It’s amazing!
**You can also use them over a sink, but they might make more of a mess than if in the shower.
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 Lemon Mint Body Scrub recipe uses only organic cane sugar partly because I think a Lemon Mint scrub should be bright white, and partly because it is a gift for someone who prefers 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 a very 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.
After you have these basic ingredients, the experimenting can begin! Here’s my favorite recipe for Lemon Mint Body Scrub:
- 1 cup organic white sugar (or sugar of choice)
- 3/4 cup sea salt
- 1/2 cup 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. lemon juice
- 10 drops lemon essential oil
- 5-10 drops peppermint essential oil
- 1 tbsp. raw honey
- zest from 1 lemon (optional)
- 2 half pint glass jars
- Combine the sugar and salt.
- Add the oils of your choice as well as the lemon juice, honey, and lemon zest (optional)
- Add the essential oils.
- Smell your body scrub: does it need more lemon? 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.
- Feel free to add lemon zest. It adds more texture to your body scrub as well as smell, but it can be left out as well.
- 10 drops of each essential oil is an average idea. I probably added 15 drops of each because I like strong smells. You can always add more lemon than mint too. Have fun with it!
**Click here for my Cinnamon Vanilla Body Scrub recipe. It does NOT require essential oils!
**Click here for my Lavender Mint Body Scrub recipe.
**Want some more Body Scrub recipes? Check out my Bath and Beauty Pinterest Board!
**Check out some more beautiful exfoliants and DIY facial scrubs from the Crunchy Moose.
**Suffer from acne? Try one of the acne facial mask ideas from Holistic Health Herbalist.
**Muscle aches? Try this Muscle-soothing salt scrub recipe from Real Fit Mama.
**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?
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