Make Your Own Cinnamon Vanilla Body Scrub
As promised (here), I have a recipe for a delightful body scrub that does NOT need essential oils. I know how it goes: you scroll through countless DIY Beauty recipes and the darn things all use essential oils. You don’t own them (yet) and you want to make a DIY Beauty recipe NOW with what you already have in your home. For you non-essential oil users, this Body scrub is for you. For you essential oil users (learn more about essential oils here by the way), you can make this body scrub AND add essential oils to it. I added those with the ‘optional’ section.
This DIY Cinnamon Vanilla Body Scrub would make a wonderful gift for loved ones OR a wonderful scrub for yourself. It’s got ‘warm and cozy’ written all over it. It’s so deliciously spice-scented that you might be tempted to eat it. My husband used it on his dry hands and asked me “can I just lick this off my hands?” because it’s just so yummy smelling. Enjoy!
Learn more about Body Scrubs in my Lemon Mint Body Scrub post. This is another winning recipe!
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 Cinnamon Vanilla Body Scrub recipe uses part brown sugar and part raw sugar because I think a Cinnamon Vanilla scrub should be brown and the raw sugar gives it a great 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.
After you have these basic ingredients, the experimenting can begin! Here’s my recipe for a Cinnamon Vanilla Body Scrub:
Cinnamon Vanilla Body Scrub:
1 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 cup Raw Sugar
1/2 cup Sea Salt
2 tbsp. Honey
1/4 cup Coconut Oil
1/2 cup Almond/Avocado Oil
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1/2 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg (optional)
5-10 drops of Cinnamon Essential Oil (optional)
5-10 drops of Nutmeg Essential Oil (optional)
1. Combine the sugar and salt.
2. Add the Honey, Coconut Oil, and Almond (or Avocado) Oil.
3. Add the Vanilla Extract, Spices, and Essential Oils (optional).
4. Smell your body scrub: does it need more spices? more vanilla?
5. Feel your body scrub: does it need more oil/liquid? more texture? If so, add the necessary items.
6. Once happy, add to 2 half pint glass jars and enjoy!
**Check out my Lemon Mint Body Scrub here.
**Check out my Lavender Mint Body Scrub here.
**Want some more DIY Beauty ideas? Check out my Bath and Beauty Pinterest Board!
**Learn more about Essential Oils in this post.
What are YOUR favorite Body Scrub scents?