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by Fiona McBryde July 02, 2020 2 min read


A homemade body scrub will help to deep clean and buff away dull and dead skin cells, revealing beautiful soft and glowy skin. 

This is a simple recipe that you can put together at home to recreate that little bit of luxury spa indulgence. After the last few months of lockdown, a home pampering session is certainly well deserved.

And if heading to the shops still feels daunting, you should be able to find all the ingredients already in the cupboard.

Ingredients for your scrub

You will be making an emulsified sugar scrub, perfect for the summer when traditional oil and sugar based scrubs can feel too greasy. Soap works well as the emulsifier in this scrub, binding together oil and water to create a creamy cleansing lather. It's so easy to rinse away too, think of it as “scrub and go”.

Tablespoon of grated soap

Either grate from a full bar of soap or make use of that last little slither of soap sitting in the dish - this will be a softer consistency and not need any grating.

Tablespoon of olive oil

The skincare hero hiding in your cupboard. This nourishing and protecting oil will leave your skin feeling soft and smooth.

Tablespoon of sugar or salt

Sugar or salt are great choices, insoluble whilst in your scrub but able to dissolve as you wash off the scrub. Sugar is less abrasive and better for sensitive skin. Try salt if you are making a foot scrub.

 Here are the shavings from two of our floral soaps - Lavender & Oatmilk and Rose Geranium. Using a scented soap means there is no need to add extra fragrance to this recipe

How to make your scrub

Gather a clean bowl, a fork, and a shallow or wide necked bowl in which to decant your final product.

How to use

Use in place soap twice a week. Massage into damp skin using a gentle circular motion. Pay particular attention to dry, rough patches such as heels and elbows.

Follow up, if you need with a light layer of olive oil.

As this is an oil based product, it won't need any preservative. However, if any water is introduced into your scrub, wet fingers dipping into the bowl for instance, then a preservative becomes necessary. For this reason, we recommend only making what you need, or decanting into a clean bowl each time. 

That's it - a super simple but effective bodycare treatment at a fraction of the cost of the most decadent spa product.

Thank you to Sophie Learmont of Starling Pots(oval plates) and Sarah Hardaker (green bowl) members of the Clayloft for the loan of the props.

Fiona McBryde
Fiona McBryde

Founder. Soap maker. Never finishes a cup of tea.

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