Detox with Delightful Homemade Body Scrubs

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Have you tried using a DIY (or even shop bought) body scrub before? They can be quite divine, as long as you get/make a good one. I have made the sugar scrub below before – it makes an excellent Christmas present too – and of course I have used the Norwex Organic Olive Oil Salt Scrub, made with salt from the Dead Sea (ULTRA high in minerals). I love it just for my hands, it smells wonderful too (citrus essential oils).

You can make your own, or buy one. Just don’t get one filled with toxic chemicals! Remember, your skin is the largest organ in your body, so take care what you put on it. If your going to buy one, I would recommend the sublime Mediterranean Meditation Olive Oil Salt Scrub. If you’re going to make one, try one of these:

  • Laura Saville from The Soft Landing recently shared her favourite recipe for a Detoxifying Body Scrub, which contains coconut oil, a mix of salts & sugar, essential oils and raw honey.
  • This Peppermint Sugar Body Scrub from Krista at Rambling Tart is lovely and so simple it will take you about 5 minutes to whip up. She likes peppermint for it’s Christmassy smell. I like it at this time of year for the high menthol content – perfect for clearing the sinuses, and at the same time, a great rub for sore muscles. She also uses apricot kernel oil, which is a favourite of mine – very nourishing for the skin, and easily absorbed.
  • Now if you want to go all out, here’s a Coconut-Caramel-Lemon body scrub from Alexx Stuart (who also contributed her coffee body scrub to my book, Less Toxic Living, by the by).

Any one of these will give you a marvelous scrub, and leave your skin feeling soft and nourished. Just be careful if you use them in the shower – the oil can make the floor quite slippery!

What’s your favourite body scrub?

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  11 comments for “Detox with Delightful Homemade Body Scrubs

  1. June 17, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    I am a bit of a dry brushing fan, but these scrubs look great. Might have to try.

  2. Kirsten
    June 17, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Oh are you Michelle? I’ve never tried dry brushing, but it’s something I’m interested in… when I get around to it… :)

  3. Bec
    June 17, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Ohh these look interesting – definitely something to put on my to do list!

    • Kirsten
      June 17, 2014 at 9:37 pm

      They are great for quick presents too Bec – which I often find is the way I finally get around to trying these things :) – you just need a nice enough jar and a ribbon :)

  4. June 17, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    Is it wrong that the first thing I thought of when I saw that olive oil salt scrub was – man I’d like to spread that on a nice big piece of crusty bread?? ;) Seriously, these all sound delish. The peppermint one appeals to me. I will definitely have to try it. Thanks for the tips. Saying hi via #teamIBOT.
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    • Kirsten
      June 17, 2014 at 9:36 pm

      haha! Well, it could work. Pretty salty though!!
      They do all smell great though, definitely (well, the ones I’ve tried do) :)

  5. June 17, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    A body scrub sounds just awesome right now, I really could go some pampering :)
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  6. June 19, 2014 at 4:24 am

    Do any of these scrubs cause irritation for those with sensitive skin? I have to be careful of what I put on my skin!
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    • June 19, 2014 at 9:41 am

      It depends what you react to Jamie, but in general, no, they are all very mild. However, suppose you react to citrus – then avoid the Norwex one, because while it has only 3 ingredients, one of them is citrus essential oils. If you’re allergic to coconut, avoid Laura’s & Alexx’s or just substitute something else like almond oil. But no, in general these are all fine for sensitive skin, keeping in mind they are a scrub, so you don’t want to use that too often or you’ll be scrubbing your skin away! :)
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  7. June 21, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Thanks for sharing my recipe Kirsten – Everything mentioned looks delicious enough to eat! Alexx xx

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