It’s spring which means warmer weather and ditching your winter coat in favor of floral skirts and bright colored dresses. Spring is also a great time to start a new skin care routine. In the winter your skin will need more hydration and richer creams, but in the spring and summer, a light lotion is usually enough.
Have you checked how your skin is doing after the cold winter months? If it’s anything like ours, I’m sure your skin is looking a bit dull and dry. How about waking it up with a nice body scrub? You can buy body scrub at almost every drugstore now, but did you know that you can make body scrubs yourself with all natural ingredients for a fraction of the price?
Here it is, DIY body scrubs 101!
1. Choosing your base
First off, you need to choose your base. Which one you choose depends on how much you want to exfoliate your skin. If you have sensitive skin, you can use some fine white sugar as your base. If you want a more intense scrub, you can use to use coarse sea salt or brown sugar for your scrub. A nice alternative is crushed walnuts shells. They come in a variety of sizes, but most of them are fine enough that they can be used in a face scrub.
After you decided on a base, you’ll want to add some oil. The oil will help to rub the scrub over your skin, but it will also moisturize your skin at the same time. You can use a variety of oils, but choose one that fits your skin type. You can use coconut oil, but coconut oil can clog pores, so you might want to consider a different oil if you have oily / combination skin. Grape seed oil is wonderful alternative. It does not clogs pores and it’s a very light oil, so it sinks into the skin quickly. It’s a perfect oil for spring and summer time. A cheaper option would be sunflower seed oil. It’s a bit heavier oil, so it takes longer to sink into the skin, but it is very hydrating to the skin. It does have a slight nutty smell to it, which some might find unpleasant. Almond oil is also a great oil to use in body scrub. It’s a light oil, so it’s also great for spring and summer.
Whatever oil you choose, make sure you to look for cold-pressed oil when you buy it. Cold-pressed oil means that the oil has not been heated, so all the vitamins are still preserved.
3. Choose your scent
Now comes the fun part, you get to choose what you want your body scrub to smell like! The easiest way to do this is by adding essential oils. When you use essential oils, make sure that they are 100% natural and that they are safe to use. Some essential oils are not safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding, so always double check. Also make sure that the essential oils are diluted before you apply them to your skin. Essential oils are very potent, so you never want to apply them straight onto your skin.
You can also choose to add dried flowers and herbs to your body scrub. Calendula flowers, lavender buds and dried orange peel are some of our favorites. Make sure the plants are completely dried, otherwise the water content in your flowers will make the scrub become moldy.
So now that you have chosen your main ingredients, let’s put it all together. Here’s the base recipe:
DIY body scrub base recipe
You’ll want to use about 80% exfoliant (sugar, salt or crushed walnuts) to about 20% oil (coconut oil, almond, oil, grape seed oil, sunflower seed oil). This amounts to roughly one cup of exfoliant to 1/4 cup oil.
Gently mix the exfoliant together with the oil with a spoon. After it’s all mixed you can add your scent. Then just store it in an airtight container in your shower or next to your bath. That’s all! If stored correctly, it will stay good for several weeks. Just make sure that you do not spill any water in it, otherwise the scrub can mold.
To get you started, here’s some of our favorite vegan body scrub recipes!
Vegan coffee body scrub for cellulite
1/2 cup of white sugar, 1/2 cup of coffee grounds, 1/4 cup of coconut oil.
Vitalizing vegan citrus body scrub
1 cup of crushed walnut shells, 1/4 cup of grape seed oil, dried lemon peel, dried orange peel, grapefruit essential oil.
Relaxing vegan body scrub
1 cup of brown sugar, 1/4 cup of almond oil, dried lavender buds, lavender essential oil, roman chamomile essential oil.
Please let us know if you tried one of our DIY vegan body scrub recipes, we’d love to know what you think about them!
The Vyana team