It is so very easy to make a sugar body scrub at home, so much cheaper, better for your skin, and better for the environment as you won’t be needing to buy any plastic packaging. Plus it is very easy to tweak according to your preference for different aromas.
Using a sugar scrub will give you gorgeously soft glowing skin, perfect for when you are getting your arms and legs out for summer time. It’s also a great way of creating a bit of self-care time.
To make your sugar scrub you will need
a glass jar – an old jam jar will do, just make sure it is spotlessly clean – washing it in the dishwasher will sterilise it.
200g sugar – granulated or brown sugar are the best – castor is a bit too fine
40g coconut oil
10g dried flower petals – calendula, rose or lavender all work really well
essential oils for your choice – 30 drops in total
a bowl and spoon for mixing
Weight the coconut oil into the bowl and gently melt it. You can do this by putting it on a really low heat in the microwave. Don’t get it too hot, it literally just needs to go soft. Spoon your sugar into the bowl and mix. Add in your dried botanicals, as much as you like really. Drop in your essential oils and stir really thoroughly. Carefully spoon into your clean jar and pop the lids on. Write on a label which oils you’ve used so you can remember for next time.
And that is it, how simple, quick and easy is that? If you love making your own skincare products then why not come to one of my beauty workshops? You can learn all about the basics of aromatherapy and how to make a range of really simple, natural, sustainable products at home. Click here to see more details. Or check out my natural skincare recipe booklet – 10 really easy recipes to make at home.
Evening, indulgent: lavender, ylang ylang and rose geranium
Day time, uplifting: lemon, bergamot and rosemary
Linalool/limonene-free: cedarwood, patchouli and amarys
Morning/clear your head: eucalyptus, basil and lavender
Sensitive skin: chamomile and mandarin, but only use 10 drops in total
PS a few people have asked me about making coffee scrubs but I don’t recommend this as the coffee grinds will very quickly clog up your drains and you will not thank me for that.
PPS you can make this for yourself but you can’t make loads and go to your local market and sell it – to sell skincare you need to have cosmetic safety assessments, product liability insurance and comply with relevant UK cosmetic product law. You can see more about this on the Guild of Craft Soap & Toiletry Makers website.