How to Make Body Scrub (& Why You Should Exfoliate!)

We’re deep diving into How to Make Body Scrub and giving you a few options so you can customize your DIY sugar scrub or salt scrub just how you want it! These DIY exfoliating body scrubs take ingredients you likely already have in your kitchen and turns them into a delicious scented scrub that leaves your skin moisturized and smooth, while saving you tons of money by making it at home!

Homemade Body ScrubHow to Make Body Scrub

The LCK team has been using these DIY scrub for a few weeks now and have been loving it. Not only does it smell AMAZING, but it leaves your skin feeling rejuvinated and moisturized.

We love a good deep exfoliation, especially as spring is around the corner and the winter skin is coming in strong! We were in love with our Chocolate Coconut Body Scrub during the holiday season, so we wanted to expand! Making a body scrub at home is so simple and we’re going to give you the details on how to make body scrub using all natural ingredients, many of which can be found inside your pantry right now. You can customize them based off of your skin needs and use up to a few times a week!

Why is it important to exfoliate your skin

A sugar scrub or salt scrub, also known as an exfoliator, is a purchased or homemade product that helps the skin rid the body of dead skin cells that then reveals healthy, glowing skin. While our body naturally sheds dead skin cells, as we age this process slows down and the dead skin can get backed up causing pores to get clogged, and making skin dry, rough, dull and spotty.

What are the benefits of exfoliating

  • Helps remove dead skin cells.
  • Your other products will work better since exfoliating your face eliminates the dead skin on top, it lets your cleanser, moisturizer and other products penetrate more deeply and work better.
  • Can increase blood circulation (which helps you to achieve healthy and glowing skin)
  • Unclog pores from dirt, blackheads, and other surface impurities so that new, healthy skin may flourish!
  • Exfoliating helps skin turn over its top dermal layer more often, so you can address a multitude of problems such as dryness and flakiness.

homemade body scrub for glowing skin

Who benefits from exfoliation?

All skin types can benefit from a body scrub. Your skin type will depend on how often you use it. People with normal/dry skin might use an exfoliator 2-3 times a week, while people with more sensitive skin might use it just once a week. We don’t recommend using this at all on your face. This recipe for body scrub is intended for the body only (as the name suggests!)

Ingredients in a Body Scrub

A lot of commercially produce scrubs and exfoliators include common household ingredients like salt and sugar and oatmeal, but also contain a lot of other ingredients that may or may not be safe for your body. If you already own a body scrub, or have used one in the past you can check it’s safety from this website here. We love the idea of using household ingredients that can exfoliate and moisturize your skin naturally. Plus it’s so much more economical!

Homemade Body Scrub

DIY Body Scrub

Start with a base ingredient, or the main exfoliant, and then add in your oil, followed by a few fun add-in options!

Base:

You can choose between sugar or salt. There are options below for how vigorous you want the exfoliation process to be.

  • Brown Sugar: This is a a very soft exfoliant and as a bonus adds moisture.
  • Coconut Sugar: This is a larger grain of sugar and is a rougher moisturizer. If using this, depending on your add-in you may need to use a bit more of the carrier oil (see below).
  • Kosher Salt, or other large crystal of salt: This is a rougher exfoliator, and is particularly good with lemon.
  • Pink Himalayan Sea Salt: This is the salt we keep around for cooking. It is a finer salt, so a more gentle exfoliant while also having the added benefit of the minerals it naturally contains.

Oils:

These oils or carrier oils help the body scrub apply smoothly and helps moisturize the skin. You can use one of these or do a combination.

  • Almond Oil: This is high in Vitamin E, can protect your skin from harmful UV radiation, and easily penetrates the skin which can help clean out your pores.
  • Jojoba Oil: This oil is similar to the oil naturally found on your skin. It absorbs fairly quickly.
  • Coconut Oil: This oil is an amazing moisturizer and has natural antibacterial properties.
  • Avocado Oil: This is high in Vitamins A, D, and E and can help sooth inflammation.
  • Olive Oil: Commonly found in our kitchens! It is heavier and absorbs slower on the skin. Be sure to use the best possible olive oil you can find (pure/cold pressed/organic).

Add-ins:

Some of these have specific benefits for your skin while others simply add a pleasant scent that can help brighten your day.

  • Essential Oils (we like lavender, lemongrass, tea tree, lemon and peppermint but feel free to experiment)
  • Finely Ground Coffee (the caffeine and antioxidants are said to be good for your skin)
  • Lemon, Orange, or Lime Zest (this adds a bright scent!)
  • Ground Oatmeal (this is an added exfoliant, plus it soothes the skin)
  • Honey (this is a natural cleanser!)
  • Lemon Juice (a natural astringent, be careful using this with very sensitive skin)
  • Herbs & Spices (suck as thyme, rosemary or cinnamon)
  • Cocoa Powder (this is high in antioxidants)
  • Vitamin E Oil (is said to have anti-aging properties)
  • Aloe Vera (is said to be good on acne prone and dry skin and has anti-inflammatory properties)
  • Argan Oil (is a great moisturizer and can help with acne)
  • Castille Soup (add this if you want your scrub to also double as a cleanser, we like Dr. Bronner’s)

DIY body scrub

How to use a body scrub

How to use them: Soften your skinin a warm shower for a few minutes, cleanse your body if desired, and then grab a dollop of the body scrub and gently scrub in a circular motion on clean, rough skin. Rinse completely. Moisturize afterwards! We recommend about once a week, but you can go up to 2-3 times a week to tackle really dry and rough skin.

Can you over exfoliate your skin

Yes, and some skin is more sensitive than others. Aggressive exfoliation can lead to irritated and red skin. We recommend exfoliating 1-3 times a week!

How to Make Body Scrub

Prep Time 00:05 Total Time 00:05

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar or salt
  • ½ cup oil 
  • Add-ins (use 6-12 drops of essential oils if using, or about 2 teaspoons other add-ins)

Directions

  • In a medium combine all ingredients and mix with a spoon until fully combined.
  • Place gently (do not pack it down) in a jar with a tight fitting lid and use weekly or every few days on body.

Recipe Notes

  1. You can tweak your body scrub depending on how you you want it to feel and smell. 
  2. Don't bring glassware into the shower. A reader wrote to us and shared a story of bring a glass jar in the shower and accidentally dropping it and cutting herself. So we wanted to spell this out that for safety reasons if you are using a glass jar keep it out of the shower. Or use a plastic container.
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Want to make body scrubs as a gift?

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  • Grab any jar you like (these are fun!)
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Holiday Gift Guide 2018 (Something for EVERYONE!)

My 2018 holiday gift guide is HERE and it’s jam-packed with my favorite products for him, for her, for the cook, for the fitness lover, for the traveler, for the teen, for the cookbook collector, and STOCKING stuffers!! Aside from the standard links and prices for you, I’ve also included a virtual shop area for each one! SO helpful and easy. So, if you’ve loved my 2014, 20152016, and 2017 gift guides, this one takes the cake!

Holiday Gift Guide 2018 (Something For EVERYONE!)


Holiday Gift Guide FOR HER 2018

For your mom, sister, MIL, wife, girlfriend, friend, and so on!

  1. Ugg Slippers ($129)
  2. Mini Lip Gloss Valut ($89)
  3. PJ Pants ($44) or PJ Set ($59)
  4. Silk Pillowcase ($85)
  5. Necklace ($48)
  6. Hair Wand ($60)
  7. Dyson Hair Dryer ($400)
  8. Shimmer and Shine Body Set ($59)
  9. Beanie ($24.95)
  10. Scarf ($29)
  11. Robe ($130)
  12. Hanging Earring Gift Set ($58) or Stud Earring Gift Set ($68)
  13. Ugg Boots ($120)
  14. Limited Edition Cleansing Balm ($89)
  15. Ugg Blanket ($98)

Bonus Favorites:

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Holiday Gift Guide Stocking Stuffers 2018

For Coworkers, Teacher gifts, friend gifts, etc.

  1. Letter Mug ($10) or Plaid Letter Mug ($5)
  2. Lip Balm Set ($18 + 10% off with code LEXI)
  3. Stainless Steel Straws ($7.99)
  4. Hand Cream Trio ($30: great gift to break apart and have for 3 gifts)
  5. Diamond Pop Socket ($13)
  6. Nude Lip Gloss Trio ($49: great gift to break apart and have for 3 gifts)
  7. Monogram Travel Jewelry Case ($59)
  8. Agate Coasters ($14)
  9. Two Minute Gratitude Journal ($11.91)
  10. Candle ($36)
  11. Transforming Lip Duo ($30)
  12. Warm & Cozy Mug ($14.99)
  13. Touchscreen Gloves ($39)
  14. Cable Knit Beanie ($29)
  15. Bluetooth Speaker ($99)

Bonus Favorites under $30:

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Holiday Gift Guide For HIM 2018For dad, FIL, husband, brother, boyfriend, friend, coworker, etc.

  1. Adidas UltraBOOST Sneakers ($200)
  2. Ugg Jogger Pants ($85)
  3. Counterman Travel Set ($45)
  4. Ugg Zip Hoodie ($95)
  5. Bose Ear Buds ($199)
  6. Charcoal Set ($49)
  7. Slippers ($39)
  8. Mizzen & Main Shirt ($145)
  9. Men’s Nail Set ($14.88)
  10. Mike’s Favorite Long Sleeve Tee ($59.50)
  11. Shinola Watch ($700)
  12. Apple AirPods ($144)
  13. Ted Baker Belt ($65)

Bonus Favorites:

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Holiday Gift Guide For The Cook 2018

  1. Le Creuset Dutch Oven ($379)
  2. Vitamix (this link for a discount + FREE Shipping)
  3. All-Clad Roasting Pan ($129)
  4. Two Set Green Pan Ceramic Non-Stick Pan ($99)
  5. Instant Pot Pressure Cooker ($69) — Best deal so far is here!
  6. Thermoworks Thermapen (Our kitchen BFF) ($99)
  7. Citrus Juicer ($199)
  8. Hand Mixer ($99.99)
  9. Stand Mixer ($227)
  10. Le Creuset Skillet ($149.95)
  11. Air Fryer ($299)
  12. Pie Pans ($59.95)
  13. Slow Cooker ($139.99)
  14. Shun Knife Set ($249)
  15. Green Pan Ceramic Non-Stick Cookware Set ($399)

Bonus Favorites:

  1. The Inspiralizer ($34.95)
  2. Silicone Baking Mats ($8.38)
  3. Espresso Machine ($499)
  4. Salad Serving Set ($39)
  5. Recipe Cocktail Shaker ($39)

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Holiday Gift Guide For The Traveler 2018

  1. Travel Body Wash Essentials Set ($35)
  2. Sony A6000 ($650) + 50mm Lens ($248)
  3. Portable Steamer ($30.99)
  4. Ugg Blanket and Eye Mask ($79)
  5. Reusable Mug and Water Bottle Combo ($24.99)
  6. Neck Pillow ($30)
  7. Lip Conditioner ($22)
  8. Passport and Luggage Tag ($25)
  9. Wireless Headphones ($149)
  10. Luggage Set ($223)
  11. Eye Masks ($5)
  12. Portable Charger ($48.79)
  13. Travel Jewelry Case ($104.50)
  14. Cozy Sweatshirt ($49)
  15. Slip On Sneakers ($39)

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Want a few more guides?

For the TEEN:


For the FITNESS LOVER:


For the COOKBOOK COLLECTOR:


Other favorite places to shop for the holidays:

  1. *Beautycounter
  2. *Primally Pure – 10%-off with code LEXI
  3. *ButcherBox– FREE BACON FOR LIFE!
  4. 23andMe
  5. Abercrombie
  6. Nordstrom
  7. Amazon Cookbooks
  8. Anthropologie
  9. Madewell
  10. Crate and Barrel
  11. Amazon
  12. Bloomingdales
  13. J Crew
  14. Loft
  15. Kohl’s
  16. Ann Taylor
  17. Express
  18. Macy’s
  19. Old Navy
  20. Wayfair
  21. Francesca’s
  22. Urban Outfitters
  23. West Elm
  24. Dicks Sporting Goods
  25. Ulta
  26. Nordstrom Rack
  27. H&M
  28. Banana Republic
  29. Gap
  30. Bauble Bar

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. Every item is something I truly love and think you will, too!

How to Make Homemade Vanilla Extract

Homemade Vanilla Extract requires only two ingredients, and we’re going through the step-by-step process of how to make it. It’s better quality than anything you can buy at the store, for less money and it makes a great gift!

how to make your own vanilla extract

How to Make Homemade Vanilla Extract

Here at LCK, we treat vanilla extract like liquid gold. We love using it in all of our baked goods like muffins, cookies and cakes. A good vanilla extract can make a big difference in a recipe, especially ones that only have a few ingredients in it. The price of vanilla beans fluctuate from year to year, and currently they are trending to be very expensive causing the cost of store-bought vanilla extract to rise. In addition to this, there are often quite a few added ingredients besides vanilla bean in the extract that are questionable. All this being said, it makes total sense to make it at home because Homemade Vanilla Extract is SO EASY to make. All you need are two ingredients (vanilla beans and vodka) and about 10 minutes of time to put together a batch!

We’ve included instructions to make a one cup batch, but this is something that is so easy to double or triple to make a great big batch to last a while, or to give out as gifts during the holidays.

how to make vanilla extract from vanilla beans

How Do You Make Homemade Vanilla Extract?

It is so simple! All you need to do is scrape out the beans from 5 vanilla pods (beans) and cut the pods to fit the size of your jar. It is best to use grade B vanilla beans which are better for making extract because they are drier than grade A, which are better for baking with. Place the scraped beans and the cut pods inside of a clean jar and top with 1 cup of alcohol and close with a tight-fitting lid. Scraping the beans leaves the extract with flecks, which we think makes it more authentic, but you can also skip this step and just slice open the beans and place in the jar, or strain it if you don’t want any flecks.

vanilla extract ingredients

What Kind of Alcohol is Used To Make Vanilla Extract?

Any neutral tasting alcohol like vodka is a good choice, but really any 80 proof alcohol like brandy, rum or bourbon is fine so long as you are okay with it imparting a slight flavor. We like to use a gluten-free vodka, like Tito’s.

best bottles for homemade vanilla extract

How Long Does Homemade Vanilla Extract Last?

The jar sits at room temperature and is ready to use at 6 weeks, though it is best to leave it as long as possible. We’ve tasted it at 6 weeks, when it is similar to store-bought extract, and then at 6 months where it is pretty phenomenal and after a year, it is truly the most amazing extract you have ever smelled. Pure extracted vanilla in alcohol has an indefinite shelf life.

Homemade Vanilla Extract

If you make more than one jar at a time you can make sure you never run out. When one jar starts to get low, place in a few more scraped vanilla beans and top it off with some vodka and set it aside while you start on your second jar.

BONUS: You can also give these out as gifts by purchasing some small jars and putting on a cute label and with some ribbon.

Homemade Vanilla Extract

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P.S. We buy our grade b vanilla beans here.

How to Make Homemade Vanilla Extract

Prep Time 00:10 Total Time 00:10 Yields 1 cup

Ingredients

  • 5 grade B vanilla beans
  • 1 cup gluten-free vodka (We Like Tito's)

Directions

  1. Using a sharp pairing knife, slice vanilla beans in half. Scrape out beans using the back of the knife and place inside of a clean 8 ounce jar. Continue with the remaining vanilla beans. Once they have all been scraped, cut beans in half or to fit jar.
  2. Place cut beans inside the jar and pour in 1 cup of vodka and cover with a tight fitting lid. Let sit at room temperature for at least 6 weeks before use. The longer you let it sit, the more flavor it has.

Recipe Notes

  1. We love to have the flecks of the vanilla beans in the extract, but if you'd like to have a clearer extract you can save the beans for another use, or strain the extract before use.
  2. To make more extract at once, double or triple the recipe.
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