How to Make DIY Body Scrub

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Getting Started

A hand with salt scrub on it
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There's no need to spend your hard earned cash on a body scrub. Sure there are plenty of luxe versions on the market that might smell great, but it's so easy to make your own at home instead. This one is chock-full of ingredients you can actually pronounce—okay, there are only three but still—you can control exactly what goes in. So you know that all you'll be getting is a skin-smoothing scrub with no irritation from fragrance or mystery ingredients. Here's how to whip up a quick body scrub with ingredients you'll find right in your pantry.

Gather Your Supplies

Supplies for DIY body scrub
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When you see how simple this list of ingredients is, you'll be ready to prepare these body scrubs as gifts for everyone you know. You can customize this list down to just the bare minimum if you're in a pinch and just need something to slough off dead skin! Here's what you'll need:

As for the more decorative supplies, how you choose to outfit the salt scrub is entirely up to you, but this is what we used.

Combine the Salt and Oil

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There's no exact science here, you can make as much or as little scrub as you'd like. Start by filling the bowl with some salt. Add liquid coconut oil until the mixture resembles damp sand. You don't want it to be too wet or too dry. The great part is that you can add more wet (oil) or dry (salt) until it reaches the right consistency. Mix together thoroughly. Salt isn't the only dry ingredient you can use for this. You can also use a coarse sugar as well. One of the main things to remember is that you want the scrub to have grains that are large enough to last in the oil and help exfoliate your skin.

Add the Essential Oil

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You don't need to add fragrance, in fact the coconut oil will already be imparting a pleasant scent, so if your skin in sensitive it might be smart to skip them. But if you'd like to add fragrance, one of the safest ways to do it is by using essential oils. It's worth noting that all essential oils aren't created equal. Make sure you're using a quality brand that you trust.

It's also important to know that there are some types of oils that can irritate the skin. Some of the best picks for essentials oils to use in body care products like this are tea tree, rose, rosehip, sandalwood, chamomile, and lavender. If there's a specific scent you want to use make sure it's safe for your skin before you add it in. Mix a few drops into the scrub mixture based on your scent preferences.

Package It Up

Body scrub in a bowl
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Using an old spoon or a large popsicle stick, spoon the mixture into the glass jar. Leave the cap off until you have the decorative elements set. Trace the interior of the lid onto your decorative craft paper. Cut out the shape, write the name on it and place it in this order on the jar. So it should go interior lid, paper label, and then the screw-on exterior lid. If you want, you can add a ribbon or any sort of decorative elements you want. Enjoy!