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With spring in the air it’s time to get started on scrubbing those legs again. Although there are numerous brands with lovely smells, you can make your own scrub for a fraction of the cost.

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Sugar or Salt?

You can make a body scrub with sugar or salt (or both of them).

If your skin is very sensitive or dry, sugar will be a lot more gentle. When it comes into contact with water, it will melt, making the abrasive effect a lot less invasive. You can use a sugar scrub 1 to 2 times a week, depending on your skin type.

Make your own scrub

If you’re really in the mood for a good scrub, you should use a salt scrub, but don’t use it on your legs when you’ve just shaven them. It burns. A lot.
If your skin is really dry, you might want to stay away from salt as it dries the skin even more. Also, never use a salt scrub on your cleavage, for this area you should use a facial scrub as the skin is very delicate.

Make your own scrub
I would use a salt scrub only 1 or 2 times a month, when you really need it. It’s fairly agressive on your skin and you don’t want to damage it.

What you need to make your own scrub

What you need to make your own scrub

  • A small jar with a lid to store the scrub in
  • A spoon
  • Sugar or salt
  • Oil
    I’m using simple olive oil, really cheap and nourishing for your skin. But you’re free to use the oil of your choice. Almond oil might be a good alternative.

Something extra

If you have it, you can add some honey, but your scrub will work just as well without. The honey makes your skin extra soft and hydrated, although if your skin is extra sensitive, you might show a reaction to the honey as well.

Honey to make your own scrub

If you like something scented, add some drops of essential oils. Mind that it should be oil suitable to use on your skin and not the ones that you use in your burner.


Make our own scrub

I’ve used an old jar of moisturizing cream, perfect to use 2-3 times. You can make a bigger batch, but it’s so quick to make that I usually make smaller portions. It doesn’t go bad because of the oil, but I like it freshly made (it’s just the feeling I guess.)

Take 2 table spoons of sugar and put it in your jar.

make your own scrub

Add two spoons of the oil.

You can add more or less depending on your taste, if you like your scrub smooth and nourishing, add more of the oil. If you like a lot of texture, you should use more of the sugar / salt.

make your own scrub

And that’s about it! Told you it was easy!

make your own scrub

If you want, you can add the extra’s now (like the honey or essential oils).

Mix everything thoroughly and close your jar. Keep in mind that when the scrub comes into contact with water it will melt (if you’ve made a sugar scrub at least), so it’s better to make smaller portions.

Make your own scrub

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