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Anytime you feel like treating yourself to a DIY spa day, a good body scrub will always come in handy. The natural oils and minerals that they contain can do wonders for your skin and provide even the thirstiest skin with ample moisturization for the day. But did you know that you can create your own body scrub at home with coconut oil? This post will offer you a few recipes that you can use to create your own homemade coconut oil body scrub.
Coconut oil can effectively penetrate your skin to replenish it and give you long-lasting moisture. But you don't need to spend $15 on a body scrub to enjoy its benefits. Here are the basic steps to create your own strawberry and coconut oil body scrub right at home:
- Gather your equipment and ingredients.
- Heat the water.
- Melt the coconut oil.
- Blend the strawberries.
- Combine the rest of the ingredients.
This post is right up your alley if you love playing around with body oils and homemade recipes. Not only can you follow these recipes to create new nourishing body scrubs with coconut oil, but you can also switch them up to include your own ingredients. Continue reading to learn how to make five simple body scrubs using coconut oil and other all-natural ingredients.
5 DIY Coconut Oil Body Scrub Recipes
Body Scrub #1. Coconut Oil and Strawberry Scrub
Strawberries contain numerous alpha-hydroxy acids which can help to exfoliate dead skin cells and promote a clearer skin tone. The strawberries combined with the coconut oil in this moisture-rich body scrub will leave your skin feeling luxurious. Let's take a look at how to create it!
Things you'll need:
- A small bowl
- 1 large measuring cup
- 1 small measuring cup
- 3 cups of hot water
- A blender or food processor
- Storage containers
- A wooden or metal spoon
- A whisk
- 1 cup pure cane sugar
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup dehydrated strawberries
1. Gather your equipment and ingredients
Start by gathering all the kitchen equipment. Be sure that all of your ingredients are fresh and at least one month away from their expiration date. If you plan to use your scrub over the next few weeks, you don't want it to expire before you have a chance to finish it all.
2. Heat the water
Pour 3 cups of water into a small saucepan and place it on medium heat for 2-3 minutes. Be sure to watch the saucepan closely, as you simply want the water to heat--you don't want it to come to a boil. After 2-3 minutes, pour the water into your large measuring cup.
3. Melt the coconut oil
Next, add the 1/2 cup of coconut oil to the small measuring cup and then place it inside the large measuring cup of hot water. Allow the coconut oil to sit in the hot water for about 1-2 minutes, or until it completely melts. Then, add the coconut oil to the mixing bowl. Check out this video to get a better idea of how to use this method to melt coconut oil. (Note: You can also use coconut oil that hasn't been melted.)
4. Blend the strawberries
Take 1/4 cup of dehydrated strawberries and blend them using a food processor or a blender. Next, add them to the mixing bowl.
5. Combine the rest of the ingredients
Next, mix the sugar and any other ingredients into the bowl and use a large spoon to stir them. If you notice that the consistency is too thick, add in more coconut oil. You don't want the scrub to be runny, but you don't want it to be too thick to where you can't easily scoop it up with your hand. You can also use other penetrating oils in addition to coconut oil, such as almond, olive, or jojoba oil.
Take a look at this video for more details about how to make this coconut oil body scrub:
Body Scrub #2. Coffee & Coconut Oil Scrub
If you are looking to help minimize the appearance of under-eye bags and cellulite, this is a scrub that you can use on your body and face. This scrub contains coffee grounds, and the caffeine from it may help make cellulite and eye bags less noticeable. And who doesn't love the wonderful aroma of coffee?
You can make this homemade body scrub recipe in as little as 10 minutes. All you need is a little coconut oil, ground coffee, shea butter, and a couple of other items, and you're all set. Check out how to make this addictive body scrub here:
Body Scrub #3. Brown Sugar & Coconut Oil Scrub
Brown sugar is one of the most inexpensive natural exfoliants that you can buy. It's gentler than other all-natural exfoliants such as Epsom or sea salt, and it is perfect for dry and sensitive skin. Keep in mind that brown sugar can make your skin feel a little sticky after using it as a body scrub, so you'll need to rinse off thoroughly with warm water afterward. The smell of this scrub alone will leave you wanting more of it. Let's look at how to make it.
This is one of the quickest body scrubs that you can make, and the great thing is that you only need two ingredients: brown sugar and coconut oil. Take a look at how to make this easy face and body scrub here:
Body Scrub #4. Sea Salt & Coconut Oil Scrub
The anti-microbial and antibacterial properties of salt can help to alleviate and heal some minor skin conditions. The cool thing about this scrub is that the salt, being a natural preservative, will allow the scrub to last longer than it usually would. You can use fine or coarse sea salt for the scrub, depending on your personal preference. If you find that course salt scrubs are too abrasive for your skin, definitely go with fine sea salt instead.
You can also make this scrub at home in under 10 minutes using just a few ingredients. Check out how to do it here:
Body Scrub #5. Green Tea & Coconut Oil Body Scrub
Are you a green tea fanatic? If so, we've got the perfect body scrub for you. This DIY coconut and green tea scrub can provide you with a super-refreshing skin exfoliation session. You can whip the ingredients together in a matter of minutes to provide yourself with a spa-like treatment that will leave your skin feeling revitalized and completely hydrated.
If you are looking for an inexpensive exfoliation treatment that you can make at home, check out the recipe for this body scrub here:
What Kind Of Coconut Oil Is Best For Body Scrub?
Most dermatologists recommend using refined coconut oil for body scrubs. The reason is that virgin coconut oil has all of the fatty acids that add to coconut oil's nutritional value, not to mention that it comes with that wonderful and easily-identifiable aroma. You can also use virgin coconut oil for cooking and baking.
That being stated, its properties as a skin and hair moisturizer are continuing to be uncovered. This isn't to say that you can't use refined coconut oil for your body scrub; you absolutely can. However, virgin coconut oil may contain more nutrients.
Do Homemade Body Scrubs Go Bad?
Yes, homemade scrubs can go bad, especially if they are not appropriately sealed or left in extremely warm or cold conditions. It's best to keep your body scrub in an atmosphere with a room temperature between 60 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. If the scrub contains water, it may spoil faster or develop mold. But if the scrub contains salt, it will be able to preserve itself due to the salt content.
Does Coconut Oil Go Bad?
Yes. Coconut oil can go bad, unfortunately. Both refined and virgin coconut oil has a shelf life, typically about 12 to 18 months. Signs of spoilage may include discoloration and a bitter odor coming from the coconut oil.
Can Coconut Oil Exfoliate Skin?
Yes and no. Though coconut can be classified as a very gentle exfoliant, this isn't its primary benefit. The main benefit of coconut oil is its ability to penetrate the skin and make it more supple and hydrated. If you are looking for a way to include coconut oil in your exfoliation regimen, consider adding sugars or salts to make a face or body scrub.
Wrapping Things Up
We hope that this post has answered all of your questions about making a body scrub with coconut oil. Before you go, be sure to check out our other posts: