Today I have the perfect weekend DIY for you and the best part about it? It will leave you smelling delicious and feeling silky smooth. I kid you not. Lately I really feel like my whole face and body needs a good overhaul. Some serious TLC. Something that has needed serious attention is my lack of exfoliation. Before having the boys I would scrub 2-3 times a week and do all my strict beauty rituals. Ah, the days when I had so many spare hours to do whatever I wanted. I can hardly remember those days.
My not so fantastic supermarket scrub just isn’t cutting it anymore (it actually never did) and I need some industrial strength stuff to get all this nasty dead skin off my body and my feet. I’m making myself sound quite gross aren’t I? haha. Well, it ain’t a pretty sight I tell you.
So anyway, I went on the hunt for some nice, strong and effective exfoliants and when I found something that didn’t even give me the grit I was looking for I was shocked to find out that it was over $60! I mean really? I don’t think so. Back when I had no kids that would not have been an issue but these days this mama has to prioritise. So I decided to make my own DIY Lavender Body Scrub and I’ve got to say I’m pretty happy with the results. Even if you don’t have any of these ingredients it will cost you a lot less for a lot more than the small overpriced jar you will get at the department store.
Luckily I’m no stranger to making DIY Scrubs. A few years back when my husband and I lived in Indonesia (pre-children) I was faced with the problem that I couldn’t find a scrub that was strong enough for my liking. I like a very coarse scrub that I can feel removing all that skin. For this scrub I chose lavender as my scent because I intend on using it at night before I go to bed so it will help get me nice and relaxed after the kids go down to bed. Plus I love the smell. I was lucky I had everything I used in this recipe here in my house including the lavender sprigs which I planted a couple of months back outside my kitchen window! Winning!
I really believe that this scrub is as good as any on the market and believe me I kinda know, I worked as a beauty therapist (beautician) for over 10 years. You read the labels of these store-bought sugar scrubs and you see that there are no magic ingredients added to these. they consist of your basic kitchen ingredients. No need for fancy containers also! I just used old jam jars that I had in my cupboards. I love collecting glass jars and bottles from store-bought products that we finish. Rather than throw them in the recycling bin I prefer to keep them, you never know when they will come in handy and as you can see these ones came in handy for this simple DIY.
Alright, so now to show you just how easy and quick it is to make my DIY Lavender Body Scrub! You can double or triple the recipe for bulk amounts to share among friends and family.
1 Cup Raw Sugar
3 Drops Lavender Essential Oil (or more if you desire a stronger fragarance)
4-5 Tbsp Organic Coconut Oil
1 Tbsp Fresh or Dry Lavender Petals (Optional)
If coconut oil is hard, place in microwave for 15-20 seconds to melt into liquid. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well with a wooden spoon. Spoon contents into an airtight jar or container.
There you have it! So, so easy and quick!
This is a strong exfoliant so I suggest you only use once or twice a week on your body and if you have problem areas like rough feet, elbows and knees then you can focus on those areas 3-4 times a week. Make sure to rub in gentle circular motion to help increase circulation. The benefits of lavender are to help relax the body and release tension. Lavender is also a wonderful healing oil and can help to reduce acne breakout. Coconut oil is extremely nourishing. It will help to leave your skin feeling silky and moisturised. As you massage the sugar into your skin it will melt, if you prefer a courser scrub that doesn’t melt try sea salt instead or a 50/50 blend.
Hope you enjoy making and using this scrub as much as I did. Do you make your own DIY beauty products? What have you made?