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2-Ingredient Homemade Body Scrub

This has been one long, hard, and cold winter this year — and it’s taken its toll on my skin in a BIG way. Dry and scaly doesn’t even begin to cover it, so I decided to whip up a simple DIY body scrub at home to (hopefully) get my skin silky smooth again before spring.

I’ve been playing around with making my own beauty products at home frequently these days, and I’ve been more than happy with the results. Not only are they typically cheaper than their store bought alternatives, but by making them myself, I have firsthand quality control over the ingredients that go into them, using organic products where it makes sense and leaving out all of the chemical preservatives that are necessary to keep them shelf stable for long periods of time.

DIY Body Scrub -- this easy 2-ingredient homemade body scrub will have your skin silky smooth and glowing in no time at all! | via @unsophisticook on unsophisticook.com

How To Make Homemade Body Scrub

In fact, one of the reasons that I LOVE this homemade body scrub so much is that it only requires TWO ingredients! Of course you can doctor it up with a few others, but in a pinch you just stir together one part of your favorite oil (almond, olive, jojoba, and liquid coconut oil all work well) with two parts of sea salt or turbinado sugar (large or small grain depending on the amount of exfoliation you wish).

Who knew it was so simple?!

DIY Body Scrub -- this easy 2-ingredient homemade body scrub will have your skin silky smooth and glowing in no time at all! | via @unsophisticook on unsophisticook.com

I opted to add a few drops of essential oil to my homemade sugar scrub, choosing a citrusy tangerine that’s super uplifting in the shower. But you can choose any you like — lavender, lemon, lime, etc. You might even consider incorporating a little citrus zest or spices to the mix, or squeeze a couple of vitamin E capsules in.

DIY Body Scrub -- this easy 2-ingredient homemade body scrub will have your skin silky smooth and glowing in no time at all! | via @unsophisticook on unsophisticook.com

As much as I was dying to put my DIY body scrub in one of my beautiful Weck jars, I just knew that would be a recipe for disaster. Glass jars + a slippery shower + me would surely end in a trip to the emergency room…

So I was really excited to find these great plastic Better Homes and Gardens Flip-Tite storage containers at Walmart! The ring top flips up for easy removal of the lid, and then you just flip it back down again to seal the container. It’s the perfect size for a batch of homemade body scrub, and most importantly, it’s shatter resistant.

DIY Body Scrub -- this easy 2-ingredient homemade body scrub will have your skin silky smooth and glowing in no time at all! | via @unsophisticook on unsophisticook.com

Another bonus — these containers are very inexpensive at just $3.97 each AND mine came with a free subscription to Better Homes and Gardens tucked inside. Score!

DIY Body Scrub -- this easy 2-ingredient homemade body scrub will have your skin silky smooth and glowing in no time at all! | via @unsophisticook on unsophisticook.com

You may notice the oil settles a little bit after the scrub sits for a bit, but there’s an easy fix. Just give it a shake to mix it all together again.

I keep my DIY body scrub in the shower at all times and use it near daily!

2-Ingredient Homemade Body Scrub

2-Ingredient Homemade Body Scrub

Yield: 1 cup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

This easy 2-ingredient homemade body scrub will have your skin silky smooth and glowing in no time at all!

Materials

  • 1 cup sugar or sea salt (large or small grain)
  • 1/2 cup of your favorite oil (almond, olive, jojoba, or coconut)
  • 30 drops of essential oil (optional)

Tools

  • spoon
  • measuring cup
  • airtight container

Instructions

    1. Stir together the oil and sugar or sea salt until combined. You can gradually add additional sugar or sea salt until the scrub has a consistency you like.
    2. If desired, add in 30 drops of your favorite essential oil. Customize your scrub even more by incorporating a little citrus zest or spices, or try squeezing a couple of vitamin E capsules in.
    3. Store in an airtight container for up to two months.

Did you make this project?

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If you like this homemade body scrub, I recommend you also check out my homemade massage oil, as well as this homemade bug repellent!

DIY Body Scrub -- this easy 2-ingredient homemade body scrub will have your skin silky smooth and glowing in no time at all! | via @unsophisticook on unsophisticook.com
DIY Body Scrub -- this easy 2-ingredient homemade body scrub will have your skin silky smooth and glowing in no time at all! | via @unsophisticook on unsophisticook.com
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Neresa

Thursday 26th of July 2018

I tried the original recipe, and since I'm new to body scrubs, I assume you scrub your skin, rinse, and you're done? Well, anyway, I did that and it left me feeling smooth, yes, but also oily, so what I did was I made another one, but this time I substituted the oil with liquid soap. It cleaned as well as exfoliated, and I absolutely love it! Thanks!

P.S. If you want to make it with soap, the ratio of soap to sugar should be around 1:4, as soap is more liquid-y than oil

Tara @ Unsophisticook

Thursday 26th of July 2018

Hi Neresa! Yes, it's supposed to be a moisturizing body scrub, so it's normal to feel a bit oily after using it. You can either wash with your soap or body wash after using it to remove the oil, or you can wash beforehand and then when you towel dry most of the oil will be removed. Mixing sugar into liquid soap is another good solution, though!

Me

Monday 18th of January 2016

I love this scrub :D amazing

KC

Sunday 4th of January 2015

Can you substitute other types of salt? I have an excess of canning salt on hand.

Amanda

Tuesday 25th of February 2014

It has been a brutal winter, will it ever end! What a great DIY project, and I love those containers too :)