When it comes to making preparations I like to keep it simple enough for the very beginner to start at home with what they have on hand. That isn’t always possible but when it comes to homemade body scrub, it is possible. It’s so easy that as soon as you get done reading the directions you should quickly throw a batch together!

There aren’t many complications with this recipe. But if you decide to use some ground herbs or coffee grounds then remove a tablespoon of sugar to compensate for the addition of more dry ingredients. As far as oil goes, I used olive oil but feel free to use your oil of choice. If you decide to use coconut oil it might be a good idea to cut it 1/2 and 1/2 with a “runnier” oil like olive or almond. Get creative with the scents and ingredients. I think something like ground rosemary and lemon essential oil would be amazing. How about lavender and orange or maybe just use vanilla with coffee grounds in brown sugar! YUM

Sugar Scrub

Supplies you need:

  • 1/2 c sugar (any type is fine, I used coconut sugar but you can use white or brown as well)
  • 1/4 c oil (I used olive oil but feel free to use almond or even coconut although I would cut that with a runnier oil)
  • 10-20 drops essential oil
  • 1 T ground herb or coffee grounds, optional
  • small canning jar with lid
  • small bowl for combining
  • spatula or spoon

If using herb, grind it until it’s grainy but not a powder. Add to the oil and sugar. drop in your essential oils and stir well. Put in a jar with a lid. It will keep for up to 2 months as long as you don’t introduce moisture or other germs. If you used spent coffee grounds use it a little quicker since it has had moisture added to it.

See a video demonstration of this recipe on YouTube!

Lip Balm

This recipe makes about 8 tubes 

  • 1/4 oz by weight (about 1 T) beeswax
  • 1 oz by volume oil (I used herb infused olive oil)
  • 8 lip balm tubes
  • Essential oil (as much as you like but normal is 10-20 drops per batch)
  • liquid stevia, optional
  • a small jar
  • small pot
  • canning rings to cover the bottom of the pot
  • chopstick for stirring

Put as many canning rings as you can at the bottom of your pot, put the jar in the pot. Add the oil and beeswax into the jar. Pour water into the pot so it is a little above the level of the oil in the jar. On medium heat heat the water until the beeswax has melted.

In the meantime, set the tubes out on a tray and make sure you have a small enough funnel to help you pour it. Once the wax is melted, add essential oil and stevia if you are using it. Stir with a chopstick then carefully pour the balm into the tubes. Leave the cover off until they are fully cooled. Enjoy!

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