I am forever seeing overly priced body scrubs that don’t really feel like you’ve scrubbed ANYTHING, much less your skin. I am not paying upwards of £10 for a minuscule pot of scrub that probably wouldn’t cover me big toe at a push.
The most basic of scrubs could just use an oil and any granulated sugar. That’s your base. I personally use olive oil, but I have also used coconut oil. Those empty glass jam jars you’ve been hoarding in the cupboard that might have doubled as wine receptacles so you don’t smash yer fancy crystal, are perfect for this, with a lid on, obviously.
The messy bit:
- A glass jar with a lid.
- Granulated sugar.
- A wooden spatula for mixing.
- Olive oil.
- Essential oils of your choice – no more then twenty drops.
Fill yer jar about three quarters with sugar. You can use white granulated sugar, it’s totally fine but if you want to be bloody fancy-pants, go ahead and use granulated golden sugar.
Start drizzling olive oil into the sugar, mixing it with your spatula until you get a thick oily paste consistency. Once you’ve managed that, add your chosen oils and mash that about a bit until you’re convinced they’re well combined. That’s what I do anyway.
Stick the lid on, because you don’t want stuff falling into it. Use as you would any other scrub, and pat your skin dry after rather than rubbing the fuck out of it, so the oils stay nicely on your skin. The best thing about this is that you don’t need to apply lotion after, your skin will be soft and smooth.
You can add extra things to the mix such as honey, or coffee grounds; if it’s in a scrub in a shop, you can shove it in. Just don’t eat it if it smells too nice.