Body scrubs are really easy to make with regular household items.
Body scrubs are really easy to make with regular household items. Chad Baker/Jason Reed/Ryan McVay

Salty solution for skin issues

PEOPLE pay a lot of money for body scrubs, but you absolutely don't need to. They are one of the easiest things to make yourself. Here are a few cheap and easy all natural body scrubs that you can make yourself in the comfort of your own home.

Now, you can use them yourself, or you can make up jars of them as gifts for family and friends. Remember that if you are pregnant you must consult a naturopath or medical professional before using any essential oils. Most of these scrubs will last for two weeks at room temperature or a month if in the fridge.

Lemon sugar body scrub (for oily skin)

Combine quarter cup white sugar with a quarter cup lemon zest in a metal or glass bowl. Add one cup olive oil and use your hands to combine the mixture until the sugar is completely saturated with the oil. Stand the mixture for about half an hour - the oil should have risen to the top by then and separated from the sugar/lemon mixture (if not, add a little more oil and mix, then stand for another 15 minutes). Store the mixture in an airtight container or jar. To use it simply apply to your damp skin, rub in a gentle circular motion and rinse off.

Lavender body scrub (for normal to dry skin)

Crush two tablespoons of dried lavender with a mortar and pestle or in a small bowl with the back of a spoon, then set it aside. Combine a cup of olive oil with two cups of sea salt and mix until the salt is completely saturated. Stand for half an hour. The oil should now have risen to the top and separated from the salt. If not, add more oil, mix and stand another 15 minutes. Add the crushed dried lavender and mix well. Add two drops of lavender essential oil, mix, then store in an airtight container or jar. To use it simply apply to your damp skin, rub in a gentle circular motion and rinse off.

Coffee body scrub (for cellulite)

Recently, ground coffee has been recognised as an excellent way to treat and prevent cellulite and it is really invigorating. Mix 2 cups of ground coffee, half a cup of white sugar or sea salt and 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil into a paste. Massage over the skin in a gentle circular motion and rinse off.

Jody Allen is the founder of Stay At Home Mum: stayathomemum.com.au


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