Looking to make something extra special for mom this year? These three DIY body scrubs are the perfect gift. The scrubs include a Lavender Lemon Sugar Scrub, an Oatmeal Cookie Scrub that can be used on face and body, and gorgeous Rose Orange Body Scrub.
We all know mom deserves some R&R – what better way to help her unwind than with a luxurious DIY body scrub? They’re easy to make, smell amazing, and look gorgeous. Stock up on a few small mason jars or tulip jelly jars and twine or ribbon to package them up nicely. Make all three (they will last for up to 6 months) or just one. (And hey, why not make some for yourself while you’re at it?)
I’ve been experimenting with DIY body products since I was a young teenager. It’s fun to play around with various ingredients – there are so many natural ingredients that are great for your skin. Honestly, there’s no need to buy a store-bought scrub when you can make it on your own for a quarter (or less) of the price.
For my wedding a few months ago, we actually made a few different body/hand scrubs as part of our wedding favor gifts. It was an easy, fun way to put our own touch on the gift! (Plus, we only had 65 guests, so it didn’t take as long as you might think.)
Below, we’ll share the recipes for these scrubs as well as some information about various ingredients and their impact on the health of your skin. If you have any questions, feel free to comment below or send us an email!
Oatmeal Cookie Scrub
This scrub is made with oats, raw honey, brown sugar, jojoba oil and vitamin E oil. It can be used on your body and on your face – the brown sugar is a gentler exfoliator than regular sugar. Bonus: it smells amazing…almost good enough to eat!
Oats are both soothing, exfoliating and moisturizing, making them the perfect ingredient for a face/body mask. They can also help reduce skin inflammation and itching, especially for skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. (I’ve personally dealt with eczema my entire life and can confirm that oat-based skin products make a big difference for me!)
Brown sugar, as I mentioned above is a gentle exfoliator, which makes this scrub suitable for both face and body. Raw honey is my personal favorite ingredient. Honey is naturally antibacterial and rich in antioxidants. Raw honey, particularly, is minimally processed and contains the best source of nutrition (both for your body and for your skin), so skip the processed stuff that comes in a bear-shaped bottle.
I am by no means a skincare expert, but for about 2 and a half years in my early twenties, I had terrible acne that just wouldn’t go away. I tried a number of prescriptions and creams from a dermatologist, but my skin is extremely sensitive and these usually just worsened things. After reading this post by Lily Diamond, I decided to give raw honey a try. It completely cleared up my skin and I now use it as in place of face wash on a daily basis. It truly works and my skin has never been better! (This is the brand I’ve been using!)
Jojoba oil is a versatile oil that moisturizes without leaving your skin feeling oily and heavy. Vitamin E is excellent for your skin and can protect against premature aging and sun damage. You should be able to find both at most specialty health stores and/or some drug/vitamin stores. (If all else fails, just order online!)
To make this mask, pulse 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats in a food processor for just a few seconds. Transfer to a bowl and add 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1 tbsp raw honey, 2 tbsp jojoba oil and 1/2 tsp vitamin E oil. Stir until well combined. Transfer to a glass jar and store in a cool place for up to a few months.
Lavender Lemon Sugar Scrub
This lavender lemon scrub smells incredible and looks gorgeous. It will make your mom feel like she’s at an actual spa. (Hint: bring her some champagne, flowers, a candle and perhaps a good book so she can enjoy a spa day at home!)
Regular granulated sugar is an easy and cost-effective base for this scrub. We suggest using a fine granulated white sugar for best results. Because regular sugar is a bit rougher on the skin, it’s best to use this for body, hands and feet.
Lavender essential oil is believed to have anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. The scent is also extremely soothing. Some studies have shown that lavender oil may reduce anxiety in anxiety-producing situations (for example: visiting the dentist). We also add dried lavender buds to the scrub for a bit of texture. (You can leave them out if you aren’t able to find any.)
Lemon essential oil is astringent and rejuvenating. The scent alone is a pick-me-up! Fresh lemon zest is optional, but adds a bit more color and a more intense lemon scent. Organic coconut oil rounds out the ingredient list – it’s extremely hydrating and rich in antioxidants.
To make this scrub, stir together 1/2 cup fine granulated sugar, 2 tbsp softened or melted coconut oil, 3 drops lemon essential oil, 2 drops lavender essential oil, 1 tbsp dried lavender and 2 tsp lemon zest. Store in an airtight glass jar for up to a few months.
Rose Orange Body Scrub
This rose orange body scrub turned out to be our favorite of the bunch. Rose and orange are such a great combination – we’ve kept a jar by our sink to use on a daily basis for dry hands!
This scrub also uses fine granulated white sugar as its base. Olive oil is the main hydrating ingredient. While using too much can cause clogged pores in some, a small amount in this mask is just enough to leave your skin feeling silky smooth and light. We also add a touch of vitamin E oil – an excellent choice for skin health.
Orange essential oil has anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties. It also smells absolutely incredible and not too strong (other citrus essential oils can be a bit overwhelming!). Similarly, fresh orange zest adds an extra punch of color and scent.
Rose oil and dried rose petals round out the ingredient list. Rose essential oil is a soothing ingredient that has been used in skin products for many years. Dried rose petals are so luxurious – we can’t get enough of them! Here’s where we get ours.
To make this scrub, stir together 1/2 cup fine granulated white sugar, 2 tbsp olive oil, 1/2 tsp vitamin E oil, 4-5 drops orange essential oil, 2-3 drops rose essential oil, 1 tbsp dried rose petals and 2 tsp fresh orange zest. Store in an airtight glass jar for up to a few months.
Now that you’ve got gifts covered with these DIY body scrubs, here are a few of our favorite recipes that mom will love:
- Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp (vegan + GF)
- Lemon Lavender Mint Julep
- Vegan Ricotta and Asparagus Tart (GF)
- Lemon Almond Layer Cake with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting (vegan + GF)
- Blueberry Lemon Poppyseed Waffles (vegan + GF)
- Brownies with a Chocolate Ganache Frosting (vegan + GF)
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