Never has my skin been so luxuriously soft as it is right now.
I’ve always been someone who exfoliates regularly, but this scrub takes it to a whole new level.
The scrub I originally got was the green half circle shower scrub from Lush and I loved it so much that I was determined to make my own DIY version so that I could have it all the time! They only sell the one I like online, so there would have been too much waiting involved getting it shipped to me.
The Lush scrub has a lot more ingredients than mine does, but the basic ones are still the same:
The main portion of the scrub (and the portion responsible for the exfoliation) is granulated sugar. Add to that some baking soda, cream of tartar, a couple spices, couple oils, some chlorophyll and voila – you’re on your way to super smooth skin!
The ingredients can also be changed a little bit if you don’t have the oils on hand. You can dry using jojoba oil or even coconut oil in place of one or both of the oils in this recipe. The lavender essential oil is nice and calming for the skin, but if you don’t like the scent, try another calming essential oil like rose, chamomile or ylang-ylang.
The scrub is good for smoothing bumps and cellulite (thanks to the sugar), improving circulation (fennel and ginger), and calming (lavender) the skin.
There are 2 options for making this scrub – a loose scrub and a moulded scrub. The moulded is the more abrasive of the two and requires a bit more work. For the more abrasive scrub, you’re going to want to put it in a mould and let it dry overnight. For mine, I used a chocolate mould as well as a mini tart mould, but the shape and size are totally up to you.
Here’s how to make your own:
Exfoliating Shower Scrub DIY
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- 1/2 tablespoon cream of tartar
- a teaspoon of fennel seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon of dried ginger
- 1 tablespoon vitamin E oil
- 10 drops Lavender Essential Oil
- 1 tablespoon Argan oil
- 2 tablespoons liquid Chlorophyll
- Using a mortar and pestle, grind your fennel until it resembles a powder
- Combine the dry ingredients (first 5) with a whisk until everything is well combined
- Combine the wet ingredients and add to the dry, mixing until the scrub is a uniform colour
- Now you could be done here and can just add the loose scrub to an airtight container and use as you wish.This is the first way to make the scrub. If you want the scrub to be a bit more abrasive, try making it the second way and continue with the following steps:
- Take your moulds and fill them with the sugar scrub. Whatever type of mould you use, make sure to pack the scrub in there and then tamp it down with something heavy to make sure everything is compact.
- Now that your moulds are set up, the waiting begins. Allow the scrub to dry in the open air for about 6 hours before removing from the moulds.
- After 6 hours, gently remove from the moulds and allow them to dry overnight to make sure the scrub is hard and it won’t crumble when you touch it.
I like to use this scrub before I shave to make sure that any bumps on my legs are smooth and the hair is all standing up straight. After shaving, I then use a body wash. This is also great to use under your arms to get rid of any deodorant residue. I find that body wash doesn’t always take it off fully, so sometimes it’s nice to use this scrub for squeaky clean skin!
To use the moulded scrub in the shower, thoroughly wet the scrub and then gently brush your body, being careful not to press too hard.
For the loose scrub, simply spoon some out of the container and brush on your body. You can be a little rougher with this scrub as the sugar isn’t as abrasive when it hasn’t dried.
Now all you have to do is sit back and enjoy your perfectly smooth skin. Maybe you’re planning on using it before a date, or maybe it’s just for a little self-pampering. Either way, enjoy!
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