20 DIY Body Scrubs Anyone Can Make

20 DIY Body Scrubs Anyone Can Make
Written by Oana Schneider

Before you go on and spend a lot of money on expensive body-care products, it’s best that you really do your research online and come up with your own beauty recipes. If that peaks your interest, keep reading because we have every intention to help you with that.

But before we start, there are a few things you need to know about brand products: they contain chemicals even if the label says they don’t-how else could they resist so long on the shelves? – and there is only one formula made to fit everybody, when we know very well that each type of skin is different.

This being said, why not try your own mixture at home until you find the right formula for your body? Without further ado, we recommend that you try these DIY body scrubs anyone can make!

1. Vanilla Lavender Scrub

Ingredients: 1 handful of Lavender flowers, 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract and a bathing sponge
How to prepare and apply it: Mix the vanilla extract and the lavender in a large bowl, pour the composition in a jar and keep it in a cold, dark place for 3 days before using it. When it’s ready, apply it with a sponge on your body, using circular moves, up and down. You don’t need a huge amount of it, especially since both vanilla and Lavender have a really strong flavor. Two drops are enough for one scrub.

2. Coffee Scrub

Ingredients: Coffee powder, a cloth glove
How to prepare and apply it: If you made coffee this morning, keep the leftovers from the bottom of your pot and, using a cloth glove, massage it on your body. It is believed that this will reduce cellulite, but no studies have proved this yet.  However, your skin will become much smoother, so you should give it a try!

3. Mango Scrub

Ingredients: 1 ripe mango, a sponge
How to prepare and apply it: First of all, take out the hard seed and manually mash the pulp until you get a soft, nice paste. Apply it on your thighs, abdomen, arms and feet with circular moves to improve blood circulation. Keep doing this for 6-10 minutes and then rinse with cold water. You will immediately feel energized and ready to conquer the world!

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4. Sugar and Lime Scrub

Ingredients: 1 small lime, 1 spoon of sugar
How to prepare and apply it: Squeeze the lime juice in a bowl, add the sugar and you’re good to go! Massage this mixture on your thighs, buttocks, elbows and knees. This scrub is good especially for rugged or oily skin, but don’t use it for your face, arms, neck or the chest area, since it’s very harsh and it might damage these areas. Other than that, you are all set: repeat the procedure every three days in order to allow your skin to rejuvenate in the meantime.

5. Sweet Potato and Lemon Zest Scrub

Ingredients: 1 medium-sized sweet potato, the zest from 1 big lemon
How to prepare and apply it: First of all, bake the sweet potato in the oven at medium temperature, for 15 minutes, add the lemon zest and stir until you obtain a nice and creamy composition. Using your hands, spread it on your face, neck, chest, arms and wait. Leave it on for 10 minutes, like you would do with a normal face mask, then start massaging it on your skin for another 5 minutes. When you are done, rinse with warm water. You can repeat the procedure every day and you should see some results within 10 days.

6. Chocolate Scrub

Ingredients: 1 teaspoon of powdered sugar, ¼ chocolate bar
How to prepare and apply it: Using a small knife, chop the chocolate into small bits, add the sugar and quickly start massaging the composition on your skin until it melts and becomes a smooth cream. Keep massaging for 5 more minutes and them leave it on for 2 minutes, like you would do with a mask. When you’re done, rinse with warm water. This mask is good for your face, neck, chest and arms area and the treatment can be applied every other day.

7. Cinnamon and Chamomile Scrub

Ingredients: Two teaspoons of cinnamon powder, 2 spoons of Chamomile tea
How to prepare and apply it: Mix the ingredients together until you get a soft, almost liquid composition. When it’s ready, apply it on your back, underarms, buttocks and thighs. Keep massaging until you feel a slight pinch or a very faded kind of pain. The entire process shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes. Rinse off with warm water and then put on cotton clothes. This scrub is very effective for people who sweat a lot or in case you are spending your summer at the beach.

8. Green Tea Scrub

Ingredients: 2 spoons of grounded green tea, hot water
How to prepare and apply it: Put the green tea leaves in a bowl, add the hot water and let it simmer for 10 minutes. When it’s done, take out the leaves, let them cool off and them massage your thighs area with this mixture. If you think it would help, use a sponge. With circular moves, keep rubbing it on your skin for 5 minutes and then rinse off with warm water. Don’t wipe with a towel, let it dry on itself.

9. Pepper and Sugar Scrub

Ingredients: ½ teaspoon of grounded black pepper, 2 teaspoons of sugar
How to prepare and apply it: After taking a shower like you normally do, don’t wipe with a towel. Apply a mixture of grounded pepper and sugar on your wet skin, massaging it thoroughly. Avoid your intimate are and your face, because the pepper might cause serious burns. In fact, you better use this for your feet and underarms only. It will help a lot with your sweating problem!

10. Grapefruit and Mint Scrub

Ingredients: ½ fresh grapefruit, 1 handful of freshly chopped mint leaves
How to prepare and apply it: Mix the two ingredients in a bowl and then apply the resulting composition on your thighs, buttocks, back, arms and even face, especially if you are facing a severe case of oily skin and/or acne. Massage it gently on your skin for 3-4 minutes and then leave it on for 3 more minutes, in order to allow the nutrients protrude your pores. Since the grapefruit juice is quite harsh, we recommend that you only repeat this procedure every four-five days or so, allowing your skin to recover from the initial shock.

11. Banana and Poppy Seed Scrub

Ingredients: 1 ripe banana, a spoon of poppy seeds
How to prepare and apply it: If you have bananas that are too ripe or look bad enough not to eat them, turn them into your special scrub. Mix the banana pulp with the poppy seeds using your hands and apply this composition on your thighs, feet, buttocks, chest, arms, knees and elbows. If your face skin is quite oily, apply some of this mixture on it too. Massage like you would do it with any other scrub and wash it off with cold water, to close your pores. Only repeat this treatment once a week for your face, but you can do it daily for the rest of your body.

12. Oatmeal Scrub

Ingredients: 2 spoons of moist oatmeal
How to prepare and apply it: This is probably the simplest scrub ever! Take the oatmeal and massage it on your elbows, knees, feet, buttocks and thighs, where the skin needs more attention and a rougher treatment, for 5 minutes and then rinse with warm water. Don’t use it on your face, however. If you have enough oatmeal, you can repeat the treatment every night, before going to bed!

13. Walnuts and Orange Scrub

Ingredients: 2 spoons of walnuts, the juice from ½ orange
How to prepare and apply it: Using a blender, mix these two ingredients and apply the resulting composition on your skin, where you feel you need help. Use your hands to spread it all over your back, thighs, legs, arms and feet. You can also use it for your chest area, but carefully, since that skin is very sensitive. Leave it on for 2 minutes and then start massaging it for 3 more minutes, with gentle moves. Do not try this treatment if you’re suffering from sunburns!

14. Sesame Seeds and Baby Oil Scrub

Ingredients: 1 spoon of sesame seeds and 1 teaspoon of baby oil
How to prepare and apply it: Mix the two ingredients together and then apply everything on your skin. Massage the composition using circular moves for 5-7 minutes and, when you are done, wash it off with warm to hot water. This scrub is good for every region of your body, so feel free to use it wherever, whenever!

15. Apple and Balsamic Vinegar Scrub

Ingredients: ½ medium-sized apple, 1 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar
How to prepare and apply it: Using a knife, chop the apple and finely as you can, add the balsamic vinegar and massage the composition on your skin. Be careful: this treatment is not for your upper body, so only use it for your thighs, knees, elbows and feet. Also, if you are suffering from sunburns, have cuts or opened wounds, avoid this scrub at all costs!

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16. Peach and Corn Flower Scrub

Ingredients: ½ ripe peach, 1 teaspoon of corn flower
How to prepare and apply it: Mix the two ingredients together and massage your back, buttocks, thighs, legs and feet with the resulting composition. Since this scrub is very rough on your skin, it’s best not to use it on your face: you’ll turn red and irritate your skin. Also, don’t use it if you are suffering from sunburns, have dry skin or Rosacea. Other than that, this is an acne skin remedy and should only be used for that 

17. Strawberry Scrub

Ingredients: 3 ripe strawberries
How to prepare and apply it: Mash the strawberries using a spoons and apply the resulting paste on your face, chest, thighs, buttocks and abdomen. Although this scrub is especially good for your face, you can try it on your entire skin without regretting it! The secret is to use small and fast circular moves, like your hands are a massaging device. By using your hands instead of an apparatus, you’ll also soften their skin, so it’s a win-win situation! Rinse off with cold water and put on cotton clothes.

18. Raspberry Scrub

Ingredients: 2 spoons of ripe raspberries
How to prepare and apply it: If you have some raspberries around the house, mash them with a spoon and massage the paste on your face and body, just like you would do with a strawberry scrub. The difference is that the raspberry is rougher, thanks to its bigger hard seeds. You can use this treatment every three days in order to let your skin rejuvenate in between the procedures.

19. Olive Oil and Lemon Scrub

Ingredients: 1 spoon olive oil, the juice from ½ lemon
How to prepare and apply it: In a bowl, mix the two ingredients until you obtain a liquid concoction. Apply it all over your skin if you feel like it and massage it thoroughly for 5 minutes, until your skin becomes nice and smooth. The good thing about this scrub it that it’s good for any type of skin, thanks to the fat in the olive oil and the acid components in the lemon juice. Try it and see for yourself! 

20. Carrots and Aspirin Scrub

Ingredients: 1 big carrot, two aspirins
How to prepare and apply it: In a blender, mix the raw carrot and the two aspirins until you obtain a juicy paste. Apply this composition all over your body if you need it and massage it roughly, especially if your skin is oily or has acne problems. After 5-7 minutes, stop and leave the scrub on like you would do with a mask. Two minutes later, wash everything off with warm water. We recommend that you try this treatment once a week, at night, 24 hours before leaving the house, just in case you still smell like aspirin.

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Oana Schneider

Oana Schneider is a published author located in Chicago, Illinois and was part of our team as a communication specialist and blog editor. She writes about lifestyle, family budget and has a degree in Communications.


  • I use green tea leaves for body scrubs all the time. I drink 5 cups of tea a day, and all those tea leaves in the tea bags would be wasted if I hadn’t known of this nifty little trick. If you think that reusing the tea bags would somehow make the scrub less effective, don’t worry. Tea bags don’t lose their potency in just one use. As for the scrub, it’s very effective. Tea is inherently acidic after all so it’s an ideal substance for body scrubs.

    • I should really start doing this. I drink quite a bit of green tea and have been interested in making my own scrub for awhile. I’m glad to finally come across an article that helps me do this. Moreover, your comment contains information to make it more convenient. I would usually not bother because I would have to go out of my way to prepare loose leaves, but considering that I already drink green tea I have used teabags on hand. Thank you!

  • We are exposing ourselves to a lot of chemicals so it would be nice to utilize some natural alternatives. I been interested in making some chocolate scrub for a while now. Yes, I have a lot of chocolate lying around. I also wouldn’t have to worry about having to throw away some fruit away using some of these body scrubs. This is the first article that explain so many types of body scrubs in a simple, easy-to-understand way.

  • I will admit that making my own body scrub is something that has never crossed my mind before now, but reading through some of these recipes makes me think that it could be a very good idea – particularly the chocolate one because I love chocolate and body scrubs that are that flavour, so being able to make my own could be really great for me. I have tried making some things in the past, some of which have been more successful than others, so I suppose the only thing that I can do with regards to these body scrubs is to give them a go and see how good I am with them really!

    • Sounds like a plan! You shouldn’t have too much trouble making these scrubs. They’re all simple yet effective recipes, so I wouldn’t worry too much about making mistakes. Your body might respond differently to each one, so only a handful of them might produce the results you’re looking for.

  • I like doing my own scrub but I would like to have nice massage by nice pretty girl. Thats relaxing by soft hands. My hands are so hard because ım a male. Nice informations here I will use these infos myself and tell others.

    • I’m not sure you need another person to help you moisturize dry hands. I’m pretty sure that’s what good moisturizers were invented for, so I’d recommend trying one of those out before you go asking someone else for help with the matter. They’ll appreciate you more for taking the initiative yourself after all.

  • The usefulness of a simple oatmeal scrub can’t be overstated. It’s an effective way to cleanse and moisturize the skin without using harmful chemicals. I’ve used an oatmeal scrub before, and I know plenty of people that won’t use anything else. It’s a simple, yet cost-effective solution and alternative to traditional body scrubs.

  • I love oatmeal scrubs and masks as well; I make mine with honey. I used to do green tea scrubs/rinses and coffee scrubs on occasion, but it’s been a while. There are quite a few other recipes on this list I’d like to try. Kind of want to do a home spa day now that I’ve read this post 😀

  • I haven’t tried body scrubs yet, but I’m a big fan of homemade face scrubs and masks in general. And I agree with you, sometimes all that we need in order to create a good face mask/scrub it’s in our own kitchen. And also, I’m low key scared that those chemicals can ruin my skin, so I guess that on this case it’s better safe than sorry.
    I make a really good face scrub, with one teaspoon of soluble coffee, other of honey and one more of olive oil. I wash my face and I apply it on circular moves and leave it there for approximately half hour, and then I wash it. I use it as my regular exfoliating without mentioning that my skin is literally glowing after it.
    But I guess that’s always good to try new things, so I guess that I’ll do some research about body scrubs and who knows, maybe I’ll try them out these days.
    Thanks for sharing!

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