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How to create a homemade body scrub for Valentine’s Day

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I’m a big believer in love- whether that be couples love or self love so with this little Valentine’s treat you get both! Here’s how to make a homemade body scrub for Valentine’s Day. This can either be given to your lover for a Valentine’s gift, used together in the bathroom for a romantic couples night in, or if you are spending Valentine’s night solo, it can be used to pamper yourself in a loving way and provide self care and nurturing!

All you need for this beautiful red home made sugar body scrub is a few ingredients and a clean glass jar to put it in! I had most of the basic ingredients (like sugar and olive oil) at home, but I needed essential oil so my son and I took a trip to Boots after school. Here we are in the aisle where the oils are located- it was near the health and wellbeing areas, close to the pharmacy.

aisle in store

The aisle in store where I found essential oils

There was a small range of oils in store, but they had the one I wanted… Lavender!
oils in store

Once we’d got our essential oil, I got to work the next day. It doesn’t take long to make this scrub… about ten minutes!

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Here’s what you’ll need.
Prep time: 10 mins
Ingredients

  • 200g light brown sugar
  • 200g white sugar
  • 85g olive oil
  • Red gel food colouring
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil

After measuring out your ingredients, simply combine the white and brown sugar in a bowl. Then add in the olive oil and stir. Once the mixture is combined, add the food colouring.

add colouring to sugar

You can make the colour as intense as you like – just add less drops for a lighter shade and more drops for a darker shade. I went for a true red, like a love heart! You really need to ensure the mixture is fully combined and there are no blobs of food colouring within the mixture as you don’t want to turn your skin red when you use the scrub! Once the colour is to your liking and all the food colouring is mixed in, add about 5 drops of essential oil to fragrance the scrub. Combine well with your spoon.

add essential oil

That’s it! It is really simple to make and is a very thoughtful present for the one you love (or yourself!) Just make sure that you store in a air tight container and for best results, use within 6 months!

I had plenty of product from my mixture, so here are a few in pots. The mini pot could be used as a lip scrub and the larger pots as body scrubs!
trio of red scrubs in pots

You can also make this for a mother’s day gift or a birthday treat for a girly girl!

Here is one with a beautiful label that I made on my computer. It says “Open when you need to know you’re loved”.

Open When body scrub jar

Open When… you need to know you’re loved

Have you ever created a homemade gift for Valentine’s? Let me know in the comments!

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Comments to How to create a homemade body scrub for Valentine’s Day

  • Oh love the colour, it looks like sherbet!

    I’ve made body scrubs before, they really are easy and lovely to use.

    Liz Burton 29th January 2016 11:07 am Reply
    • I guess it does! It doesn’t feel like sherbet though:-)

      Nadine Hill 29th January 2016 7:18 pm Reply
  • What a lovely little gift idea, so easy to make. Ive never made a body scrub before, I might just this now. Thank you

    Lucy Zelazowski 29th January 2016 11:21 am Reply
    • You’re welcome!

      Nadine Hill 29th January 2016 7:18 pm Reply
  • I am sniffing the screen, makes me want Lavender and so easy to make!

    Penny 29th January 2016 6:26 pm Reply
    • It really is so easy. Only 10 minutes!

      Nadine Hill 29th January 2016 7:18 pm Reply
  • I love the idea of making my own body scrub. Just a bit nervous about the red food colouring!

    Carole at Healthier Mummy 29th January 2016 6:56 pm Reply
    • The trick is to mix it really well so you don’t turn your skin red!

      Nadine Hill 29th January 2016 7:17 pm Reply
  • Oooo this looks fantastic, never thought of making a homemade scrub before

    Kara 30th January 2016 7:33 am Reply
  • I love making my own scrubs, so easy and at least you know what is in them. Love your label too

    Kizzy 30th January 2016 7:36 am Reply
  • This is a really great idea – i shall be making some scrubs for myself!

    Mary Louise 30th January 2016 9:02 am Reply
  • Great idea. Homemade gifts are always the most thoughtful 🙂

    Stephs Two Girls 30th January 2016 10:43 am Reply
    • Thank you and I agree!

      Nadine Hill 30th January 2016 1:59 pm Reply
  • I didn’t realise body scrubs were so easy make. Think of the unnecessary rubbish in shop bought ones!

    Ness 30th January 2016 11:02 pm Reply
    • Shop bought ones are so pricey too whereas this is fairly cheap to make!

      Nadine Hill 1st February 2016 4:22 pm Reply
  • What a great idea. I’ve never made anything using essential oils, but this looks super-easy. I wonder whether you can make it with other oils too?

    Nell@PigeonPairandMe.com 31st January 2016 6:40 pm Reply
    • As long as the oil you choose is safe to use directly on skin, you can!

      Nadine Hill 1st February 2016 4:15 pm Reply
  • Sugar makes a great scrub, I use it on my hands too!

    Lucy Dorrington 31st January 2016 8:19 pm Reply
    • …and it’s so cheap and easy to find!

      Nadine Hill 1st February 2016 4:14 pm Reply
  • Such a great looking product and so easy to make, Nadine! I had no idea Boots sold essential oils and that some of them are so very reasonably priced, will bear that in mind!xx

    oana79 1st February 2016 12:21 pm Reply
    • They don’t have a massive range Oana, probably about 5 oils but they did have what I wanted… Lavender!

      Nadine Hill 1st February 2016 4:12 pm Reply
  • Ooh, I have some essential oil in the cupboard already. This looks super easy to make and really good value. It will be perfect for a friend’s birthday coming up soon!

    Donna @OrdCyclingGirl 1st February 2016 1:08 pm Reply
    • Ooh she’ll love it!

      Nadine Hill 1st February 2016 4:11 pm Reply
  • We love mode made body scrubs and make them a lot. I have never considered adding food coloring. I would be worried about turning me and the water red!

    Jen 2nd February 2016 2:35 pm Reply
  • what a simple yet effective idea and you know what’s going into it . love it

    Ninajcat 5th February 2016 9:52 am Reply
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