Using a body scrub regularly has some scientifically-backed reasons that explain why using scrubs can improve your health and overall wellbeing. Especially if you make your own and infuse them with the wonders of essential oils. Beyond the delightful aromas and satisfyingly scrubby textures, there's a wealth of empirical evidence supporting the practice of regular exfoliation.
The skin, our body’s largest organ, constantly renews itself. However, over time, dead skin cells accumulate, leading to dullness and potentially clogged pores. This is where exfoliation steps in as a vital practice. Scientifically speaking, regular exfoliation enhances skin renewal and rejuvenation by removing these dead cells, promoting collagen synthesis, and improving overall skin texture.
But the benefits extend far beyond the surface. Studies have shown that when you add essential oils to your DIY body scrubs, they can impart therapeutic properties to your skin and mindset. Lavender, for instance, is proven to reduce stress and anxiety levels, while citrus oils have mood-enhancing effects. When incorporated into body scrubs, essential oils not only invigorate the senses but also positively influence mental well-being.
Incorporating these natural home-made products into your skincare routine isn’t merely a luxury; it’s a scientifically substantiated approach to nurturing both your skin and your mind. So, let’s make our own DIY body scrub to rejuvenate, and experience first-hand how the science of essential oils meets the art of self-care, and let’s unlock the secrets to radiant skin and holistic living.
Here is a list of our top 5 essential oils to use in your DIY Body Scrub for Rejuvenation
Frankincense Essential Oil (Boswellia serrata) is steam distilled from the resin of a craggy ancient tree found growing in India. This species smells different from the Frankincense we may be more familiar with that is from Oman and Somalia, but it shares many similar healing benefits. Calming to the nervous system, and soothing and reparative to skin, the essential oil calms away puffiness, and encourages the flow of energy and circulation, plus tissue repair - that can offer an experience of deep calm and relaxation while supporting both mental and physical rejuvenation.
Geranium Essential Oil (Pelargonium graveolens) is steam distilled from the fragrant leaves of this large herbaceous bush that is native to warmer climates. Its floral grass-like aroma relaxes the nervous system and helps re-balances our skin. Loaded with molecules that are both calming and antimicrobial, Geranium essential oil has the unique ability to simultaneously draw out and let go of what our body no longer needs, and help it to recalibrate and restore itself.
Orange Essential Oil (Citrus sinensis) essential oil is cold pressed from the peel of the sweet orange and its bright uplifting citrusy scent makes us feel refreshed and energized. The molecules that make up this essential oil are deeply cleansing, stimulating and rejuvenating. It encourages and promotes the circulation of bright awakening energy that makes us feel rejuvenated.
Lavender Essential Oil (Lavandula angustifolia) is steam distilled from the flowering tops of the Lavender herbaceous bush. There have been countless studies over many years showing how Lavender reduces stress levels, soothes muscle aches and pain, and offers the experience of deep relaxation. But another unique therapeutic benefit is Lavender’s ability to cleanse and detox our body and our mind, by helping us let go of things that are no longer helping us while simultaneously supporting the skin’s natural innate capacity to rejuvenate.
Grapefruit Essential Oil (Citrus paradisi) is cold pressed from the peel of Grapefruits and it has a light refresh and uplifting aroma that encourages movement, brightness and clarity. It is a wonderful oil to use when we are looking to release and let go, start anew and regroup and refresh. It’s uplifting, revitalizing and clearing. The aroma leaves us feeling fully refreshed and rejuvenated.
Read below for How to Make DIY Body Scrub to Rejuvenate:
Makes one 4 oz jar of sugar scrub, that is good for 2 full body scrubs
What you’ll need:
- Measuring cups and spoons, or glass beakers
- A small mixing bowl
- Small metal spoon, or wooden popsicle stick for stirring
- 1 empty glass 4 oz jar
- Blank Labels
- Parchment Paper
- Paper towel
- ½ cup of organic fine grain sugar.
- ¼ cup of Jojoba Oil
- 7 drops of Grapefruit Oil
- 4 drops of Frankincense Root Oil
- 7 drops of Lavender Oil
- 8 drops of Orange Oil
- 3 drops of Geranium Oil
- Before starting to make the recipe make sure the area where you will be blending is very clean. That means wiping down counter spaces with rubbing alcohol and putting away any food items and extra clutter. Once your counter space, or table top is clean, line the area with some parchment paper, pull your hair back and thoroughly wash your hands.
- Set out all blending tools so they are easy to grab when needed.
- Bring out all of your ingredients so they are accessible.
- Using your measuring cups and spoons, measure out each ingredient separately into their own beaker or small bowl. Place the essential oils close by.
- Pour your ½ cup of sugar into a small mixing bowl.
- Next, measure out your Jojoba Carrier Oil
- Next, add your essential oil drops (as listed above) into your Jojoba Oil and mix them together well.
- Slowly pour your blended Jojoba Oil and essential oils into the bowl that has ½ cup of bath salts, and mix thoroughly.
- Once everything is well combined, carefully spoon the mixture into your empty glass jar and cap tightly
- Make up a name for your body scrub, and write the name and the ingredients on the label and attach to the jar.
- Use half the jar per bath.
How to use your DIY Body Scrub for Rejuvenation
To reap the most benefits from your DIY body scrub scrub recipe, make sure to follow our recommendations below.
If you plan to use the sugar scrub in the bath the first thing to do is run the bath water until you get the desired temperature. Plug the drain, and let the bath fill to the point where you are almost ready to get it. Slide into the tub so your body gets warm. Next, scoop out about 2 TBSP of scrub and in gentle circular motions start scrubbing your legs, and arms. Let the relaxing aromas do their job in relaxing your body and mind.
Next after soaking for about 5 minutes, scoop out another 1 TBSP and give your body a more vigorous scrub on your legs, hips and arms, chest, and belly area, and then soak in the tub for another 5 minutes.
Try sitting in silence, avoid looking at your devices, or any screens, dim the lights and get as much of your body under the water as possible.
Sugar Scrubs are recommended twice a week for use in the evening, before going to sleep, as they can have a powerful effect on soothing the nervous system and can work intensely to soften and rejuvenate the skin, while helping the body and mind prepare to de-stress.
After stepping out of the bath and drying off, we suggest massaging your entire body with our Argan Oil to help the skin recalibrate after exfoliation.
We also recommend drinking at least 8 oz of water after your sugar scrub, as your body will need replenishment after exfoliation.
One word of warning: Never use this scrub on your face! Sugar is never recommended for exfoliating the face as it can be too harsh.
Enjoy your scrub and let us know how fresh and rejuvenated you feel!