In about 35 seconds you're going to wonder why you ever bought a body scrub from the store. Store bought scrubs are fantastic - don't get me wrong. However, skin care products are pricey and with a few questionable ingredients on the label, it can be hard to make the purchase. Alternatively, you can just wander over to your kitchen pantry and with only a few natural ingredients, you can make a wide range of scrubs from exfoliating face scrubs to homemade face masks to combat different beauty concerns.
Exfoliate, hydrate, and tighten. You name it and there is a DIY facial scrub that you can use to rub the problem away. Plus, if you use ingredients that you find in your own kitchen, like baking soda, lemon juice, and sea salt, you'll know you are keeping your skin healthy. Not only that, but a homemade facial scrub recipe allows you to mix up as much or little as you need for a fraction of the price.
However, remember since these scrubs contain real food and no preservatives they don't last long. Make sure that you keep them in the fridge to extend their shelf life. Here are 16 scrubs that you're sure to love and make on a regular basis.
1. Honey Brown Sugar Scrub
Scrub your skin with rich brown sugar and enjoy the magic of the sweet caramel scent. Don't worry, the honey will replenish and rehydrate your scrubbed skin.
Use in a circular motion as the brown sugar will work to clear blackheads. Get the recipe for one of the best natural remedies for smooth skin here.
2. Green Tea Body Scrub
Green tea is an excellent pick-me-up, but it is also a great way to instantly tighten your skin and help reduce scarring.
As with all tea-based beauty recipes, pour yourself a cup as you mix together the natural scrubs. Get the recipe here.
3. Ginger + Coconut Oil Body Scrub
Pretty much everything you need for this scrub, you'll be able to find in your kitchen without a special trip to the store. You'll be surprised that what you put inside your body to keep it healthy is just as effective on its exterior.
This is one of the homemade scrubs you'll come back to again and again. Get the recipe here.
4. Pumpkin Spice Scrub
This warm, spicy scent will be welcomed into any beauty routine. Plus it's an effective way to enjoy pumpkin spice all year round without being too obvious.
This sugar scrub recipe might convince you to make your own pumpkin pie, no matter the season. Get the recipe here.
5. Honey Blueberry Face Scrub
Blueberries are packed with antioxidants and Vitamin C which is just as good for your skin as it is the inside of your body. It's also a great anti-inflammatory that is effective against blemishes, boils, and zits. The honey, too, will do wonders for calming your skin with this natural face cleanser. You can swap in raw honey if you prefer the true natural source.
The best thing about this sugar face scrub is that the honey scrub eases the feeling of the sugar so it's less exfoliating and acts more as a facial cleanser. Get the recipe for one of the most summery face scrubs around here.
6. Blueberry Sugar Body Scrub
Need some more blueberry love for your skin? Try this scrub. With a larger sugar grain, it is sure to gently scrub all those dead skin cells and reveal a shimmering glow underneath.
Get the recipe for this oil sugar scrub here.
7. Vanilla Rose Sugar Scrub
With roses and sweet almond oil, this scrub has such an indulgent scent that you're going to think you took yourself to the spa.
Simply mix the ingredients in a small bowl, and you've got the whole experience without the price of the spa. Get the recipe here. You won't believe how good your skin feels after one of these natural face scrubs.
8. Almond Pulp Scrub
Do you hate wasting the leftover almond pulp from almond milk? Now you don't have to. Turn leftovers into a face pack that is calming and rejuvenating for even the most sensitive of skins.
With only three ingredients, this is an easy DIY that rivals all other homemade facial masks and homemade face wash on simplicity alone. While the recipe uses lavender essential oils, you can use any scent you prefer. Get the recipe here.
9. Lavender + Rose + Almond Face Scrub
This scrub works to keep your skin hydrated and happy. None of those drying agents that you find in commercial products here!
This face exfoliant is kind to dry skin with nourishing almond and it acts as a gentle exfoliant. Get the recipe here.
10. Sugar + Salt Scrub
This scented scrub is coarse in just the right way. Use it once a week to remove the week's grime and start afresh. Is there anything better than a sea salt scrub?
When it comes to DIY beauty recipes, it doesn't get more basic and clarifying than this for face scrubs. Get the recipe here.
11. Coffee + Banana Foot Scrub
Caffeine tones and banana smooths, so naturally the combination of the two creates an unparalleled foot scrub. Say hello to sandal-ready feet.
Gently rub the scrub over your feet in a massage motion, focusing on your heels and any dry patches. Get the recipe here.
12. Adzuki Bean Scrub
Use as a mask or a scrub. Adzuki beans are touted as the secret to Japanese skin care. Perfect for those with sensitive skin or tight budgets.
Get the recipe here.
13. Peppermint Candy Cane Scrub
Not only is peppermint delicious and invigorating, but the resulting color scheme of this scrub will make an excellent gift for your friends.
The cool water will feel absolutely divine with the peppermint scent. Get the recipe here.
14. Organic Citrus Sugar Scrub
Sweet and zesty, this lemon scrub will keep you poolside ready. Is there anything fresh lemon juice can't cure, after all? Face scrubs are necessary in the summertime, just be sure to use sunscreen while poolside.
The trace minerals that citrus gives this scrub are wonderful for exfoliating and bringing out the best of your skin tone. Get the recipe here.
15. Banana + Sugar Body Scrub
This scrub is hyper moisturizing. Bananas contain Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, and a lot of antioxidants and manganese. So if you spend your summers outside, you may want to add this to your beauty routine ASAP.
Get the recipe here.
16. Cucumber Body Scrub
Refreshing and subtle in scent, this scrub will awaken your skin as you enjoy a healthy buffing to reveal a new, supple layer. Furthermore, this scrub not only buffs, but it also hydrates deeply leaving your skin silky smooth.
Get the recipe here.