I've never been one to actively exfoliate my body. Sure, I use a scrubby poof thing to wash with when I shower, but body scrubs have really only been used because they smelled good.
And by some miraculous stroke of luck, I've never had much of an issue with needing to scrub my body — until a month or so ago.
I don't know if it is because I've been wearing sandals and my feet suddenly decided they didn't like that, but I was quickly gifted some seriously sad-looking legs and feet. They were tough and calloused, and looked weirdly flaky no matter how much I moisturized.
I needed to scrub all that gross dead skin away, and I wanted it to be more convenient than scooping up a handful of goo and rubbing it into my skin and ending up with it all over my tub and bathroom and apartment floor.
So here we are: DIY scrub cubes.
You will need:
- Coconut Oil
- Coarse salt (or sugar — just make sure it is coarse)
- Shea or cocoa Butter
- Tea tree oil
- An optional lime
- For tools you will need a bowl, ice cube tray, spoon, and zester if you choose to include the lime
First things first: if you want to add a little #aesthetic to your scrub, zest up one lime and add it to the bowl. This helps to scent the cube and make it look a little cuter. Don't add lime juice, though, because that would literally be like rubbing acid into a (potential) cut.
In the bowl, mix your lime zest with coconut oil, Shea butter, salt, and a few drops of tea tree oil. The tea tree is just there to help keep bacteria at bay.
Here is where you can choose your own adventure and make this scrub to your preference.
If you would like to have a really solid scrub that could stay solid at room temperature you will need to use a lot of shea butter and don't add the coconut oil. If you would like it to be a scrub that you keep in a jar and scoop out, have it be a mostly coconut oil mixture and add salt up to your preference.
My final mixture ended up being equal parts salt and shea butter at about five tablespoons each, one tablespoon of coconut oil so there was a good slip to the mixture, the zest, and three drops of tea tree oil.
To get the exact same result as mine, mix until your scrub looks kind of like a thin tapioca pudding then scoop it into your ice cube tray. I recommend using a silicone tray like this one because it would be a major pain to get the cubes out of a traditional plastic tray.
Put your cubes in the freezer for a few hours.
These cubes will start to melt with your body heat and will melt faster if you have more coconut oil in the mixture. Climb into your bath or shower and from there just use your cube to scrub your feet and legs! I find the solid cube makes it much easier to control the scrub without rubbing my hands raw.
The cube will melt, and then you can continue scrubbing with the salt and oil mixture that it leaves on your skin. When you are done scrubbing, rinse off the salt and zest and you can work the remaining oil into your skin as a moisturizer. And it is a seriously awesome moisturizer. All those oils mix together and give you celebrity-shiny legs. It's great.
- Do you DIY scrubs?
- How often do you need to tend to scrubbing your legs and feet?