How to Make All-Natural Body Scrub

How to Make All Natural Body Scrub

Turn your regular bath or shower into the ultimate spa-like experience with an all-natural body scrub.

Making your own body scrub is easy, affordable and allows you to have complete control over ingredients like organic oils and natural scents. So, let’s get started by getting to know the body scrub basics!

Body Scrub Basics

The Exfoliator

The Exfoliator

The exfoliator is the ingredient that helps polish off old skin cells. You can customize the grain size by grinding it down with a mortar and pestle so that you have a grain that works best for your skin. Keep in mind that some ingredients, such as oats, may require a quick clean of the tub after you rinse.

The following ingredients are good exfoliants:

  • Sea salt, finely ground
  • White or brown sugar
  • Oats
  • Ground coffee beans
  • Almond meal

The Oil

The Oil


The oil is the ingredient that helps moisturize your skin. It also helps to hold the other ingredients together into a paste. Try using:

The following ingredients are good body scrub oils:

The Fragrance

the Fragrance

The fragrance in your homemade body scrub is achieved with essential oils and herbs with pleasing and therapeutic odors. You can focus on one particular scent, or experiment with combining several until you find the perfect aroma!

The following herbs and essential oils make great fragrances for body scrubs:

  • Vanilla
  • Eucalyptus
  • Lavender
  • Green tea
  • Citrus zest
  • Rosemary

3 Homemade Body Scrub Favorites

For all recipes below, make sure to mix the ingredients well and store in an airtight glass container, such as a mason jar. Use 1 – 2 tablespoons in the shower by gently rubbing onto your skin.

1. Zesty Orange Salt Scrub

  • ½ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ½ cup sea salt, ground
  • 1 tbsp fresh orange zest

2. Sweet Vanilla Sugar Scrub

  • ¼ cup sweet almond oil
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract or 1 drop vanilla essential oil

3. Wake-Me-Up Coffee Scrub

  • ½ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ½ cup fresh coffee grounds
  • 1 drop lemon essential oil
  • ¼ cup white sugar

About the Author

Patience Lister is a Vancouver, B.C. based freelance writer specializing in food and natural health products. She has been writing and conducting research for these sectors since 2005 with a particular focus on nutrition and quality.