Today’s blog is inspired by family. At Christmas I made some of my friends and family a handmade gift of a body scrub. My cousin Kim had seen some of these and loved the smell of them. I told her I had made them and they were so cheap and easy. Today she asked me how I made them so this post is inspired by you Kim.

These are the scrubs I made and are very simple and easy. First off I’ll start with the coffee scrub.

Ingredients . . .
– 1 cup of sugar (granulated white or brown sugar, it doesn’t matter)
– 5tbsp coffee grounds (Starbucks give you a cup of these for free, just ask)
– 1/4 cup of oil (coconut, vegetable, almond, baby or extra virgin olive oil)
– 1tsp vanilla extract

As you can see you really don’t need a lot, it’s pretty cheap too, just use what have or can get your hands on easily. I had wanted to use the coconut oil but it was just too expensive at about £8 to buy. The coffee grounds I had remembered seeing a sign in Starbucks advertising free coffee grounds which could be used in your garden. At the time I decided to make these scrubs I wasn’t going to be near Starbucks so I asked the coffee place I was having lunch in. When they had no idea what I was talking about I was a bit embarrassed so to avoid this, Starbucks do definitely have it!

So what to do . . .
1. Place your sugar and coffee grounds into a largish bowl
2. Add small amounts of oil at a time to the bowl, (you might not need all of the oil, especially if your coffee grounds are a bit damp) and stir
3. Once your mix is coated in the oil and wet you can add any fragrance you like, I used vanilla
4. Mix well and put into your air tight container (I bought mine in Heaton’s and IKEA)

It’s as simple as that, it’s a bit of trial and error but very simple to make.


The next recipe is very versatile and a lot like the one above. For these recipes you can add whatever smells/flavours you want.

Ingredients . . .
– 1 cup of granulated sugar or sea salt
– 1/4 cup of vegetable or extra virgin olive oil
– 1/2 tsp of juice (the juice of whatever fruit you decide to use, or instead of juice essence, peppermint essence for example)
– zest of your fruit if you can zest it

What to do . . .
Again, pretty much as before
1. . Place your sugar into a largish bowl
2. Add small amounts of oil at a time to the bowl and stir
3. Once your mix is coated in the oil and wet you add the juice and zest or essence if you’re using it
4. Mix well and put into your air tight container

These are the scrubs I made . . .

I added fresh lemon juice and zest until it smelt nice and strong.

I added fresh orange juice and zest until it smelt nice and strong.

Instead of just making a lime scrub I decided alongside the lime juice and zest I added some fresh mint to make it into a mojito scrub.

Finally I’m going to give you a recipe for a lip scrub. If you’re anything like me this weather your lips will be very dry and flakey, no matter how often you apply lip balm! So this will be perfect for you, you can either apply it with your finger or a new toothbrush, it’s up to you.

Ingredients . . .
– 2 aspirin tablets – the cheap kind with no coating
– 2 tsp of sugar (brown or white)
– 1 tsp of extra virgin olive oil
– 2 tsp of honey
– 1 vitamin E capsule

What to do . . .
1. Add the aspirin to a cup with a few drops of water to dissolve them.
2. Mix in the sugar, oil and honey
3. Prick the vitamin E capsule and squeeze the contents into your mix
4. Stir together and add to your air tight container.

This might be a bit wetter than the previous scrubs but don’t worry.

Hope you enjoy these, for yourself or as a gift. I’d love to hear how you get on, so just leave me a wee comment.


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