I always had pretty sensitive skin growing up as a child. The older I have gotten these sensitivities have turned into full-blown contact dermatitis (skin allergies). Needless to say, finding bath and body products that work on my sensitive skin is really difficult.
After far too many purchases to count (I’m sure my husband wouldn’t want to know that answer anyways) I decided there had to be a better way. That is when I started researching how to make my bath products. This way I get all the desired benefits from my bath products; exfoliates and smooths skin, smells awesome and they contain only ingredients my skin can tolerate.
I have made several different batches, but so far this one is my all time favorite. Like peppermint, your skin get a nice tingle from the eucalyptus, the sugar exfoliates the skin and the oil help soften and moisturize your skin.
Here is how I made this batch:
2 cups granulated sugar
1/3 tsp. Eucalyptus essential oil
1/2 tsp. Vitamin E oil
1/2 -3/4 cup Coconut Oil (melted if in solid form)
Add the sugar to a large glass bowl and slowly start adding in the coconut oil stirring with a wooden spoon as you go. The amount of coconut oil you use will depend on your mixture. You want the mixture to be wet enough to “clump” together but not so saturated that the sugar is standing in a puddle of oil. Next add the Eucalyptus oil and Vitamin E (you may add more Eucalyptus oil if you would like a stronger smell). Once the mixture is combined store it in an airtight container, I like to use Mason jars with the locking lids.
Direction for use:
Using a scoop of plastic spoon, spoon a small portion of the scrub into your hand. Work scrub into skin in a circular motion. Rinse well with warm water. Wash area with regular body soap (don’t worry this won’t wash away all the oil and benefits of the scrub) and then apply your favorite lotion!
There are a few things to remember when making and using homemade body scrubs.
1. Only using a glass bowl and wooden spoon. This way you won’t get any chemical reactions from metal utensils.
2. Make sure you designate the bowl and spoon as “scrub” making supplies only or else you could end up with some perfumed tasting foods.
3. I keep my scrub on the seat in my walk in shower. Make sure to keep a plastic spoon or scoop in the jar with your scrub. This way you are not contaminating your scrub with bacteria each time you use therefore it should last longer.
4. Scrubs should last approximately 8-12 weeks. After this time the oils can start to go rancid so make sure to keep the lids on tight and use clean hands or scoops to get scrub out of container.
Good luck and have fun. Let me know if you decide to make your own and how it turns out!