So I’m all about DIY body scrubs lately. I have a great time putting together my Gorgeous Homemade Body Scrub Recipes post a couple of weeks ago. There’s nothing better than scrubbing away those unsightly layers of dead and dry skin.
For this recipe, I thought it would be fun to mix things up and make a layered DIY body scrub, and the first thing that popped into my mind was Neapolitan ice cream!
Neapolitan Ice Cream?
This is a mix of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry ice cream flavors, all layered together. The principle for this body scrub is the same, and uses various dyes and fragrance oils to achieve this effect.
I love how once you’re done with one layer, you have a whole new one below with a different fragrance and look to it. It’s a lot of fun, and definitely a skin care product that your teenage girls will absolutely love! They’ll probably have a great time helping out with this DIY body scrub recipe as well, so totally get them involved if they’re feeling creative.
To read more about body scrub, go take a look at my main post where you can learn a whole lot more about Gorgeous Homemade Body Scrub Recipes.
About The Ingredients Used
I’ve loved the amount of oil I would normally use in my scrub recipes, as I want to achieve clean layers. While it doesn’t really matter how much oil you use in an ordinary scrub, and is much more about personal preference, it kinda makes the difference here.
I’m using ordinary coconut oil here, rather than fractionated, for the same reason I just mentioned above. Macademia nut oil can totally be substituted for whatever oil you prefer most, or you can simply up the coconut oil by 15g if you prefer.
While I was attempting to mimic neapolitan ice cream here, you absolutely don’t have to stick to the fragrance oils and dyes if you’d prefer to try something different. You can use this technique to create layers of whatever beautiful smelling scrubs you like. You could even use essential oils if rather than fragrance oils if you’d prefer to try something different.
DIY Ice Cream Body Scrub
- First, weigh out your granulated sugar and separate it evenly into 2 bowl. Next, weigh out your brown or golden sugar and place that in a third bowl.
- Weigh out the coconut oil and melt it in a waterbath. To set up a waterbath, simply place a pan of water on to boil and then remove from the heat. Place a pyrex beaker with your coconut oil into the water and allow to melt.Once melted, remove from the waterbath and split it evenly across the 3 bowls of sugar. Each bowl should have about 36g of the coconut oil.Then add 5g of the macadamia nut oil to each of the bowls.
- Now, a few pinches of the beetroot powder/red mica to one of the bowls of ordinary granulated sugar. Then, add a few pinches of the brown mica to your bowl of brown/golden sugar. Mix thoroughly.If you really want to make the vanilla layer a little more yellow, you can add a bit of yellow mica (or even a tiny amount of brown). But I don’t always think this is necessary. If you use golden sugar instead of ordinary granulated for this layer you can achieve the same effect, but it isn’t really necessary.
- Add your fragrance oils to the corresponding bowls. Chocolate to the brown/golden sugar, strawberry to the granulated sugar with beetroot powder/red mica and lastly vanilla to the undyed granulated sugar. Mix thoroughly.You should now have three bowls gorgeous smelling body scrubs!
- Now we have to layer this bad boy. I prefer to start with chocolate, then vanilla and finally strawberry. As this recipe has a bit of liquid oil, you can sometimes get some seeping between the layers.As chocolate has a rich brown colour, putting it at the bottom makes it far less likely to spoil the colors of the layers above. Use the back of your spoon to smooth out the sugar between layers.
- As this DIY body scrub does not contain a preservative, I find it best to store this away from the bathroom. I have an en suite bathroom, and so keep this on my vanity table. I’ll use a spoon to scoop some out and then take that into the bathroom.
- If you really want to store this close to your tub or shower, you may want to add a broad specrum preservative at 1%, but make sure to follow the manufacturer guidelines.
And that’s it! I’ve found that as you use this, some of the layers may begin to blend together. But if you’re careful, you shouldn’t have too many problems with this.