Exfoliating Scrub Recipe

When it comes to skincare, I’ve found that the less I do to my skin, the better it looks. You won’t find many skincare products in my medicine cabinet.

Even with a minimalist approach, exfoliating is something we should all be doing – and definitely something I should be doing more of myself.



Why Exfoliate?

Exfoliating is good for your skin for so many reasons. We’re constantly shedding dead skin cells, and these can clog your pores, making it harder for you to absorb beneficial products like moisturizer. Plus, scrubbing these cells away helps to fight dry skin, so common in this season, and it also speeds up cell renewal, allowing new, healthy cells to grow.


What you’ll need to make your own scrub

  • 4 oz jar
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 20 drops of your favorite essential oils

Either salt or sugar will work for this recipe – but when I made a sugar scrub in an apartment some years ago, the ants were big fans of it. My recommendation is to stick with salt.

If you’re focusing on your feet, a coarse salt is fine. For more sensitive areas, like your face, use a fine salt so you don’t damage your skin.

Any oil will work for this, but I must warn you: if you use olive oil, you will smell like a giant olive! Choose an oil you like, or one with minimal scent. I recommend avocado, sunflower, or sesame.

Finally, you can add a scent to your scrub with essential oil. You can find essential oils in health food and vitamin stores. I recommend lavender or citrusy scents like lemon or bergamot.

When measuring your essential oil, know that you’re working with a very concentrated, potent substance: 1 drop of peppermint essential oil is equivalent to 28 cups of peppermint tea!

Essential oils should be used carefully, and never applied directly to the skin without first diluting them, as in the recipe above.


How to make your scrub

Simply mix the ingredients together and store in an airtight jar. Use in the tub or shower.

Warning: don’t try to stand on freshly scrubbed feet! The oil will linger and make your feet slippery. (And yes, I did learn this the hard way…)


Time to make some holiday gifts?

This is the perfect handmade gift to share with your loved ones this holiday season! Try a seasonal essential oil mix of cinnamon leaf, orange, and fir for an amazingly delicious scent. (Make sure you get cinnamon leaf – cinnamon bark has different chemical compounds that are more likely to irritate the skin.)

Give it a try, and share your thoughts in the comments below. What oil or blend did you try?

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