The reasons to DIY your own skincare supplies go way beyond cheap and easy (though we’ve preached that message to you again and again!). When you use exfoliating body scrub, you’re not just giving your skin a pleasant-smelling, silky smooth makeover — you’re also lathering on vitamins and minerals that benefit your body in major ways. That grapefruit in your scented scrub? It helps eliminate wrinkles. Or the coffee grounds in your latte lather? It actually minimizes cellulite for a precious few hours.
So yeah, you could say this mind-blowing info gave us the incentive to create five power scrubs that go far beyond exfoliating. Start by gathering a slew of fridge and pantry-friendly organic ingredients — yes, organic DOES make a difference — and we’ll show you how to mix and mash them into serious skincare saviors.
BANANA BROWN SUGAR SCRUB
This moisturizing, oil-free scrub gives your skin a youthful glow. Plus, it’s packed with vitamins and minerals to help keep your skin tight.
– 1 cup brown sugar
– 3 brown bananas
Add brown sugar and brown banana chunks (they break down much easier than yellow bananas) to a bowl and mush with a spatula. To get the consistency just right, use your fingers to crush the banana bits. Bonus! You can totally lick your fingers clean! No joke — we kept saying what a dope pancake topping this scrub would make. Organic ingredients FTW!
GRAPEFRUIT-AVOCADO OIL SUGAR SCRUB
Grapefruit brings its free-radical fighting powers to this scrub that helps equalize your skin tone and bust everything from blemishes to wrinkles. Best news: Mild avocado oil won’t block your pores.
– 1 cup sugar
– 1/2 grapefruit, squeezed
– 3 tablespoons avocado oil
Juice half a grapefruit into a bowl of sugar and pour in your avocado oil (AVOO if you think like Rachael Ray), then stir to combine. Remember: The more you stir, the more the sugar will dissolve, so use more of a folding motion if you want to keep the granules in tact!
LAVENDER-GRAPESEED OIL SEA SALT SCRUB
Dried lavender exfoliates as it soothes the senses in this acne-fighting scrub. Sub sea salt for sugar to scrub away dead skin and other impurities. Lavender and sea salt are also perfect PICs for those battling eczema.
– 1 cup sea salt
– 2-3 sprigs dried lavender
– 2-6 drops lavender essential oil
– 1 cup grape seed oil
Remove the lavender buds from the sprigs just like you would with herbs like thyme and rosemary, then boost the calming aroma by adding drops of lavender essential oil to your sea salt scrub. Pour in the grapeseed oil and gently mix to combine.
COFFEE-COCONUT OIL SUGAR SCRUB
Coffee is the wonder ingredient in this antioxidant packed-scrub: it not only reinvigorates your senses, but it also lightens and brightens the skin AND temporarily minimizes cellulite. Can we get an Amen!? We paired it with creamy coconut oil — one of the most moisturizing natural ingredients around.
– 1/2 cup sugar
– 1/2 cup ground coffee
– 1 cup coconut oil
Coffee and sugar join forces outside the mug to make this scrub that’s bound together by coconut oil. Don’t even reach for the spatula with this mixture: the warmth from your hands will melt the coconut oil like a dream. Plus, it’s an excuse to get down and dirty 😉
PUMPKIN-HONEY BAKING SODA SCRUB
This super gentle scrub has hella restorative powers from vitamin-packed pumpkin, which can help reverse skin damage. Soothing honey gives your skin a natural glow and helps to unclog pores.
– 1 can pumpkin
– 1 cup baking soda
– 1/4 cup honey
So baking soda kinda came out of left field, right? It’s an extremely gentle exfoliant, so this scrub is great for those with super sensitive skin. Mix it together with pumpkin pulp and honey and you’re done. (PS: As tempting as this pumpkin scrub may look, don’t try to taste it—baking soda is NOT a palette pleaser!).
Unless you and your gal pals are planning to use these scrubs straight from the mixing bowl at a stay-at-home spa day (um, that sounds nice!), you’ll want to transfer your scrubs into containers so that they’ll keep longer (about a week in the fridge). We used glass jars so we could see exactly what scrub is inside—A+ for easy access.
How gorgeous did these scrubs turn out? They definitely indicate how good your skin will look and feel once you lather them on!
We couldn’t resist compiling all of this eye candy — these scrubs are stunning from every angle 🙂 And since they’re all so easy to make, you don’t even have to pick and choose from the group, lucky you! For reals, why buy expensive skincare products when you can DIY just like that?
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