11/15/11

Homemade Body Scrub : Two Ingredient Recipe

make your own body scrub

This is the time of year, where I start to look for gift ideas I can make for friends, family , and coworkers that they will truly enjoy and won't cost me a fortune at the same time.  Making your own exfoliating body scrubs are a great way to accomplish that.

There are a TON of DIY scrub recipes out there, from lemon scrubs, vanilla, lavender, brown sugar,etc.Some recipes even contain a bit of oil, but I'm pretty sure that no good can come from  a thin coating of oil left on your shower floor,etc.   But also  there is something about the simplicity of just 2 ingredient recipes that I think are the best. The ingredients are already things you have on hand and are quite economical.

So, here it is:

Hand, Foot, & Body Scrub:

Supplies:
Jar/container
Sugar (regular ol' sugar!)
Body wash of your choice or wanna know a great alternative?  Dawn Hand Renewal dish soap w/Oil of Olay (Really, it's great for your skin!).
I used a dollar store White Rain Pomegranate Body wash cause that was what I had on hand.












 1) Pour sugar almost to top of jar/container:















Pour some body wash almost to the top. There is not an exact measurement here. You just want a layer of it for now:












Use a knife to mix the sugar and soap












This is where you decide what consistency you'd like your scrub. Sometimes you need to add more sugar and sometimes you need to add more soap.

 Here's how mine looked:














Screw on the lid, add a cute label and to finish it off, I used some silk flowers that i had and glued a small magnet to the bottom of to put on top of the lid. Done.

Jan's tip:  ( I used a small glass jar that I had saved from recycling, but afterwards realized ,you may want to use a small plastic jar with screw top lid for safety reasons: again, slippery soap + glass jar + shower= disaster)


This post was shared on: frugallysustainable.blogspot.com

31 comments:

  1. Hi Jan ~ I love this idea! I've been looking for a good body scrub recipe and this one is perfect. I've been shying away from the ones that call for oils as those can make for a slippery bathtub or shower floor.

    PS: I came to your blog from the link on Skip to My Lou. :o)

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  2. This is awesome! This post is so informative and I think my subscribers would really enjoy reading this. I would love for you to come share it at Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways on Frugally Sustainable today. And, I really hope that you will put Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways on your list of carnivals to visit and link to each Wednesday! Here’s the link: http://frugallysustainable.blogspot.com/2011/11/frugal-days-sustainable-ways-1.html

    Warmly,
    Andrea @ Frugally Sustainable
    Here's the link: http://www.frugallysustainable.com

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  3. Deb and Andrea: Thanks for the positive feedback! I hope you like it! Andrea, I'd be happy to come share the idea! As soon as I figure out how to add links and buttons to my site and also create my own button You'll be on it! Thanks again!
    Jan

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  4. Jan! You made it:) Thank you so very much for linking up to Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways:) I'm so happy to "meet" you! I am totally loving your blog and your posts! I really hope you make Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways a part of your Wednesdays! And keep the great posts comin'
    Very sincerely,
    Andrea @ Frugally Sustainable

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  5. Hi again, Jan. I made your hand scrub for my hubby and blogged about it this morning. :o) Thanks again for the great gift idea. I'll be making more of this for Christmas gifts.

    You can see it here.

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  6. Oh this looks so good! I think I definitely need to use this on my heels. Thanks so much for sharing.:)

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  7. Hi! Stopping by from the Kurtz corner. This is a new 'recipe' to me! I havent seen any like it. Its pretty simple.. Im going to have to try it!

    If you get a chance I would love for you to link this up to my Friday party :)

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  8. Kelly, Thanks for visiting! I hope you like the recipe! It's simple yet very effective! I would love to stop by and link up on Friday! I no longer have to rush off to any H.S. football games so a lot let less crazy schedule! I'll plan on "stopping by"! Thanks
    Jan

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  9. I'm having a linky party right now on my blog! I would love it if you would link up your holiday stuff! So cute! Here is my link http://www.thesouthernproductqueen.com/2011/12/13/linky-party/ Thanks!

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  10. This looks lovely - such a fun and bright idea I love it! You have done an amazing job on these - I want to make some for Christmas gifts!
    Visiting from Tip Junkie
    Lowri
    http://papervinenz.blogspot.com/

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  11. Wow, love how super simple this is, yet beautifully done as a gift package. Thank you so much for sharing! I will be trying these for birthdays this year.

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  12. I saw a variation of this scrub on another site, although they used it as a "gardners scrub" using the sugar and oil of olay dish soap. I tried it as a body scrub with Caress and loved it. I've made the oily scrubs and well, they leave my skin feeling oily, so I loved this recipe. Glad to see someone else posting about it. Thanks!

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    1. I'm glad you liked it! I love the flexibility of finding a wash that works well for different skin types and still not have to change the recipe for the body scrub! THanks for your lovely comments!
      Jan

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  13. Anonymous4/16/2012

    i tried this and the sugar and body wash keep separating is that normal?

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    1. It is normal, even for homemade scrubs from say... sea salt or what not, because we are not cooking and desolving the sugar into a liquid, it will always be heavier than the other ingredients and naturally separate. Most homemade scrubs need a quick stir to be remixed together before using. I had forgotten to go back and edit the post and add that in, so I appriciate your reminding me about that.

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    2. Anonymous4/16/2012

      ok thanks just wanted to make sure that i did not do something wrong.

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    3. Yay.. I was thinking I did something wrong. Thank you!!! Love this recipe.

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  14. Brilliant! I will definitely try this out. Stocking stuffer time. :)

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  15. Can you substitute brown sugar instead of the white sugar?

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    1. I think it would be just fine to substitute brown sugar for the white. I would imagine it would turn out great! I'd love to hear if you do make it, how it goes!
      Best of luck!

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    2. I have made mine with brown sugar, smells very good. I also added oatmeal & epsom salt.

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  16. hi, i made your wonderful idea for gifts and am just curious about how long it lasts. is it ok with no preservatives? thank you!!! love it!

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    1. Here is my favorite post on storing scrubs. Adding in a Vit. E capsule will add a preservative into it, but a 2 month expiration is usually a safe bet. Here's the link: http://www.ehow.com/how_2270968_store-homemade-sugar-body-scrub.html
      Best of Luck!

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  17. This looks awesome. I love your site. Can't wait to try this.

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  18. My sugar is seeming to dissolve and I added A LOT of sugar. I just made it yesterday and today it's already mostly like body wash and not like a scrub.

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    1. I have never had that happen. When you rub some of it between 2 fingers, can you feel any grit at all? I have never had the sugar completely dissolve. I wonder if you need to use more sugar? I'll do some thinking about this, and see if we can figure this out.

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    2. I added A LOT more sugar and its working better now! Maybe I just wasn't using enough to start

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    3. oh thank goodness! I was wanting to Skype with you and see if we could figure it out together! (But then you'd see how messy my desk is at the moment! ) So glad it got better!
      Jan

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  19. Is it supposed to be hard to stir? I have let mine sit overnight & noticed that the separation has indeed taken place & in a 16 oz. jar, it is only 1/3 of the way full, i used 2/3 c brown sugar, 1/4 c oatmeal, 1/4 c bodywash, a few drops of vitamin e oil, 1tbsp epsom salt.

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    1. I have never used oatmeal, so i have no personal experience with it, do any other readers have experience using oatmeal? Let us know!

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