I’ve seen a lot of posts recently about DIY body scrubs, so I decided to give it a try, myself. I researched the benefits of different fruits and came up with my own mixture.
- Bananas: antibacterial, softens, hydrates, moisturizes skin
- Lemons: antibacterial, brightens skin
- Oranges: astringent, toner, firms skin
- Coconut Oil: moisturizes skin
- Sugar: exfoliates skin, less harsh than salt
You can make your own recipe with your own proportions. Add more of whatever you think your skin needs and whatever will give you the consistency you desire. Here are the approximate measurements of what I concocted:
- 2.5 cups of sugar
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 banana
- 1/2 medium-sized orange (juice and zest)
- 1 medium-sized lemon (juice and zest)
Mash up the banana (a fork/wooden spoon combo seemed to work best for me). Use a reamer to juice the lemon and half of the orange. Grate off the zest of each. Add the coconut oil and sugar and mix everything together. Store in a seal-tight container and place in the fridge until you are ready to use.
When the coconut oil has been refrigerated, it will form little white balls in your scrub. Those will melt as soon as you rub in your scrub. The consistency of mine was gel-like, yet still abrasive enough to act as a scrub. If you want yours more like a true scrub, just add more sugar.
I made enough for both my mom and I to use this week. It filled up an entire 16 oz mason jar. If you want less, just cut the “recipe” in half.
I found I like to use this after a hot bath. While I’m waiting for the tub to drain, I scrub my body down then rinse off in a cool shower.
The skin on my entire body feels so incredibly smooth after. This mix smells (and tastes) amazing, too! It’s definitely a keeper!!