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3 Ingredient Body Scrub: A Quick Beauty DIY

Who doesn’t love body scrubs? A good body scrub is like a magic little beauty potion: it will open your pores and banish dead skin cells, leaving you with smooth, healthy-looking skin. Plus, it will smell incredible! I’ve used dozens of different kinds throughout my life, but my favorite is one that I can make all on my own. Aside from the fact that it works wonderfully, is incredibly inexpensive, and can be made from items you already have in your house, I love that it’s made from just three simple – and natural – ingredients.

What you need:

3 Ingredient Body Scrub - Ingredients

4 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 drop essential oil of your choice

What you do:

Mix ingredients together and they’re ready for use! I like to make a big batch and store in a glass jar in my bathroom. Just make sure to use a 2:1 ratio of sugar to olive oil. The amount (and type) of essential oil is a matter of preference. I love to use lavender for its calming effects, but I imagine this scrub is equally amazing with vanilla or rose oil! Take a peek at the benefits of different scents if you need help choosing an essential oil :)

3 Ingredient Body Scrub 2

3 Ingredient Body Scrub in Hand

To use, put your scrub on a washcloth or directly onto the palm of your hand, scrub gently on your skin, and rinse off. You’ll be amazed how effective — and spa-like – your little creation is!

Photos by fp brigette.

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mae -August 6, 2012, 11:11AM

Gonna try this

Aliya Marie -August 6, 2012, 11:51AM

Thank you! Can’t wait to try this.

Nell -August 6, 2012, 1:56PM

That looks just like something I paid $30 for (in fact, it’s likely the same thing!). Can you use it on your face, or is that too harsh?

Sarkodie Philip -August 6, 2012, 3:03PM

Pls, is it good for boys; can I apply it on my face. Thanks

Tessa -August 6, 2012, 4:02PM

Even better that olive oil would be to use Jojoba oil- only one of two oils I know of that the molecules are small enough to get into your skin. The other one being emu oil, which is also a trans-dermal anti inflammatory- good for anyone having sore muscles.

fp brigette -August 6, 2012, 4:35PM

Nell and Sarkodie – As long as your skin isn’t super sensitive, you can totally use this on your face! I just wouldn’t recommend using it every day because too much exfoliation can cause breakouts.

Christina -August 6, 2012, 4:47PM

Ooh this looks like it would let my skin feeling baby smooth after using! Can’t wait to try soon.

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Dorothy -August 6, 2012, 7:27PM

I make this all the time with coconut oil and a little fresh lemon zest and juice :)

Marsha -August 6, 2012, 11:46PM

This sounds so luscious–can’t wait to try it sometime!

Vicky -August 7, 2012, 6:14PM

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sheena -August 8, 2012, 10:16PM

FYI, be careful using lemon juice on your skin and then going out in the sun. Lemon juice is photosensitive, so using on the skin and then going in the sun can cause pigment changes.

crimsonlips -August 20, 2012, 3:24PM

I use argan oil instead of olive oil. Very moisturizing for your skin and readily available at the grocery store as well.

Victoria -October 22, 2012, 7:50PM

Would the olive oil cause breakouts?

Amy -December 12, 2012, 12:08PM

What is the shelf life?

April -December 23, 2012, 7:33PM

OOO, Can’t wait to try this!!

April -December 23, 2012, 11:19PM

I just made this and it turned out really good :D I put tangerine oil in it because I think the citrus smell is perfect and refreshing for those early morning showers!

valerie -February 3, 2013, 1:47PM

Where can we buy some essential oil ?

karebare -September 23, 2013, 12:27AM

how do you feel about using sugar in the raw instead of granulate sugar, think it would throw the texture off?

Stephanie -November 11, 2013, 12:14AM

For those of you worried about breakouts, I’ve been using this face scrub every day for a year and I can’t find anything to rival it. 1/2 c Raw Organic Honey (I use eco bee farms), 1 Tablespoon lemon juice, and organic cane sugar. Stir in enough sugar to get a good scrub consistency. My acne was so bad before I started using this, now I hardly ever get a spot. Whenever I stop using it the blemishes come back. Anyway, hope this helps somebody!

sparklechic -December 21, 2013, 2:06PM

Can you use salt (sea salt or table salt) instead of the sugar? Or could brown sugar work too?

sparklechic -December 21, 2013, 2:16PM

Also what can I use instead of olive oil can I use the Pam cooking spray olive oil?

CAL -May 21, 2014, 8:07PM

Hi. Would it be alright not to put in the essential oil?

karina -July 9, 2014, 9:46AM

i make scrubs all the time now. thanks!

xox karina

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Trish -December 5, 2014, 5:35PM

Looks easy! Going to try it out.

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