Gorgeous Homemade Body Scrub Recipes

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There are so many benefits to be found when you make a homemade body scrub. I’ve made homemade face scrub recipes in the past, as well as a homemade sea salt scrub recipe, but I wanted to simplify the ingredients for a more streamlined tutorial.

So, streamlined and with fewer ingredients, these recipes make wonderful homemade beauty gifts and are great for exfoliating old skin cells to leave your skin feeling refreshed and silky smooth. They’re also excellent for all skin types and can leave you with a soft glow when you’re done.

homemade body scrub

Along with being much cheaper than store-bought alternatives, you’re also able to choose ingredients that you prefer and avoid those that you don’t.

Got an allergy to something? Chuck it and replace it with something that won’t irritate your skin. You’re also avoiding nasty industrially produced chemicals with a DIY body scrub, so it’s better for you and our environment too!

Watch How To Make This Body Scrub

So, What Ingredients Am I Using?

step 5: Stir thoroughly and then spoon into an appropriate container

First up, we have the dead sea salts, which adds the exfoliating properties to our scrub. While salt is a great ingredient here, for those with sensitive, mature or acne prone skin you may wish to substitute this for sugar. Sugar is much less coarse, and so will exfoliate more gently.

As for the carrier oils, I chose two that are absolutely wonderful for the skin, sweet almond and fractionated coconut oils. Sweet almond is your bread and butter for most homemade skin care products, as it’s suitable for pretty much anyone without a nut allergy. Fractionated coconut is great for mature or dry skin, but can be substituted for a variety of oils.

If you are planning to substitute either of these oils, pick ones that don’t sink in immediately. We want some ‘glide’ time here, otherwise we’re just scrapping living skin cells off our bodies with un-lubricated salt crystals. Very painful… Just trust me on this one.

Now, this is a great recipe to throw some of your favorite essential oils into the mix. For this, I’ve chosen two delightful citrus aromas, lemon and orange. Lemon is a wonderful cleanser and fights off microbial nastiness. Orange, however, encourages the growth of new skin cells, which should provide our skin with a youthful glow.

As with the carrier oils, you can substitute the essential oils for whatever you like most. I like to use this in the shower, which is why I went for a more refreshing, zingy fragrance that gets me going in the morning. However, if floral notes are more your thing, I’ve also made this with Lavender essential oil, which works wonderfully.

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How To Make Homemade Body Scrub

Amazing homemade body scrub using dead sea salt and scented with zesty citrus fruits!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty Level: Easy
Yield (adjustable): 360 grams (approx)
Author: Angela Wills
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  • Start by weighing out all of your ingredients. You can do this by using your digital scales. Then, add your dead sea salt to a large mixing bowl. It is best to use a glass bowl, as our essential oils will corrode an ordinary plastic bowl.
    add your dead sea salt to the bowl
  • Then, go ahead and add both your almond and coconut oils. It’s important to make sure you’re using fractionated coconut oil, rather than your standard organic coconut oil.
    add your oils to your mixing bowl
  • Now it’s time to add our essential oils! Go ahead and add your drops of Lemon and Orange into the mixing bowl.
    Now that all of our ingredients are in the bowl, we can give it a good stir, making sure they are all combined.
    If you like your diy body scrubs a little more or less wet, you can change the amount of liquid carrier oil. Try reducing or increasing your oils by 10g.
    add your essential oils
  • The body scrub is now almost done, the only thing to do now is spooning it into your chosen container and seal with a lid.
    I like to use this in the shower, which is quite effective at ridding yourself of any dead skin cells and grim all at the same time.
    spoon into your container
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While this is my favorite go-to recipe, I’ve made many different variations in the past. Take a look at some of my other great recipes, including my Sweet Sugar Scrub for anyone who doesn’t want to use dead sea salts. Feel free to share this on Facebook and other social medias, because who doesn’t deserve a little at home spa treatment?!

Other Recipes

Sea Salt Scrub Gift

This scrub is quite abrasive. So, if you feel you need heavy exfoliating on toughened areas like the heels of your feet or dried out elbows, then this recipe is perfect for you.

homemade sea salt body scrub gift

  1. Mix ingredients together well in a bowl.
  2. Massage gently into your skin using slow circular motions.
  3. Rinse thoroughly in warm water.

This homemade exfoliating body scrub can be kept for weeks, so I usually makeup a lot more than the one application given. Its best stored in a glass jar with a secure lid and kept in a dark place to protect the essential oils.

Important tip:

Some of the following recipes contain fresh ingredients. This means that you won’t be able to store them for any longer than a couple of days without the ingredients becoming affected. So make sure you check each recipe for storage guidance before you begin.

It is possible to add preservatives to extend the storage life of your scrubs. Add 1 teaspoon of Wheat Germ Oil or 1 vitamin E capsule to it (unless of course you happen to be using wheat germ oil as your carrier oil) as the wheat germ oil and vitamin E are both natural preservatives.

Sweet Sugar Scrub

Oatmeal is ideal for oily skin and can also help with dry skin. It’s also hypoallergenic so this recipe is ideal if you prefer a gentler scrub for your sensitive skin.

Homemade Sweet Sugar Body Scrub


This recipe needs to be used within 48 hours.

  • 2 tablespoons Granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Ground oats
  • 2 tablespoons Aloe Vera Gel
  • 1 tablespoon Honey
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Olive Oil
  1. Grind the oats in a food processor until they have a sandy consistency.
  2. Mix oats with the rest of the ingredients until they resemble a paste.
  3. Apply your scrub on moist skin after you’ve gently cleansed first.
  4. Rub gently into your skin using a circular motion and rinse off with warm water when you’re done.
  5. Use within 48 hours.

Coffee Body Scrub

Ground coffee is able to help increase circulation beneath the skin layers, which can help to reduce cellulite.

DIY Coffee Body Scrub


This recipe needs to be used within 48 hours.

  • 2 tablespoons Coffee grounds
  • 1 tablespoon Fine oatmeal
  • 1 tablespoon Brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Honey
  • 1 tablespoon Sweet Almond Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  1. Mix all of the ingredients until they form a paste.
  2. Massage your scrub into your skin gently in a circular motion after you’ve cleansed.
  3. Rinse the mixture off with water and you should feel a light tingling sensation as your circulation increases.
  4. Use within 48 hours.

Moisturizing Scrub

While all scrubs have a moisturizing ingredient or two included in them, sometimes you might just want to feel pampered. This recipe will leave your skin feeling soft and smooth.


This recipe needs to be used within 48 hours.

  • 3 tablespoons baby oil
  • 1 tablespoon yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon granulated white sugar
  1. Mix ingredients together and massage all over your body in a gentle scrubbing motion.
  2. Rinse well with warm water.
  3. Remember that sugar will dissolve quite quickly so this recipe won’t last very long. Often it’s wise to make this one just before you get into the shower.

Wake Up Exfoliating Rub

With its refreshing and stimulating oils and gentle exfoliating ground rice, this therapeutic rub is the perfect choice for using first thing in the morning.

This scrub needs to be used within 24 hours.

  • 1 cup or a small container of plain yogurt
  • 3 sprigs of fresh peppermint
  • 2 sprigs of fresh spearmint
  • 1 cup of ground rice
  • 1 drop of Peppermint Essential Oil
  1. Place the yogurt, fresh peppermint and spearmint into a blender, and blend for a few minutes.
  2. Refrigerate overnight (or up to 24 hours but no longer) so that the yogurt becomes infused with the mints.
  3. Stir the rice into the minty yogurt mixture. Then using your hand, bristle brush or a loofah, rub the mixture over your body focussing on the rough skin areas.
  4. Rinse off in a warm shower.
  5. Use within 48 hours.

A Weekly Cleansing Scrub

Treat yourself once a week with this refreshing deep cleansing oatmeal scrub, the oatmeal helps break down the impurities in the skin whilst the sea salt lightly removes them from the skin’s surface.

Sea salt also contains beneficial minerals including calcium, iron and zinc that quickly absorb into the skin leaving your skin feeling nourished and silky smooth.


This scrub needs to be used within 24 hours.

  • 8 tablespoons Oatmeal
  • 8 tablespoons Bran
  • 2 teaspoons Sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons Milk
  1. Combine the oatmeal, bran and sea salt.
  2. Add enough of the milk to make a paste that’s moist but not sticky.
  3. Then massage the mixture into the skin using your hands or a body brush, focussing on the rough skin areas.
  4. Rinse off in a warm shower.
  5. Needs to be made fresh each time.


Now you know how to make homemade body scrub, try our homemade face scrubs or a how to make homemade body wraps at home.

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Angela Wills
Angela Wills
Hi, I’m Angela, I make most of the homemade things here at Savvy Homemade. I'm an experienced soap maker, skincare formulator, author, busy Mom of 3 and recently a Grandma! Welcome to SavvyHomemade, it's my true passion.

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    • Hi, A!

      You totally can use them instead and the difference is really where they come from. Dead sea salt tends to be more expensive as well. However, I have found epsom salts to generally be much coarser than dead sea salt, although you can buy finer grains. I think this is because epsom salts are usually used as bath salts, while dead sea salt is preferred for body scrubs. When you come to make your body scrub, if your epsom salts are rather coarse, I’d suggest grinding them down a bit with a pestle and mortar just so you’re only scraping off dead skin cells and not causing your skin any unnecessary damage.

      Sugar is a great alternative as well, one that is waaaaay less expensive and more readily available than epsome and dead sea salts. It’s also much kinder to the skin, and I recommend it to anyone trying out DIY body scrubs for the first time.

      I hope this helps!


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