DIY Lemon and Rosemary Body Scrub

This time of the year my hands and skin are so dry, they need all the TLC they can get! I’ve got a great solution for you to help soften your dry winter skin and get it ready for the warmer months that are ahead. 

Michelle Pino, who works at Skana, a spa in upstate New York, sent me some tips to share with you that will help you get the spa treatment and luxury at home for a fraction of the price! 

I made this DIY lemon and rosemary body scrub this weekend, and I loved it! The lemon and rosemary smell was so refreshing, and this scrub really couldn’t be easier to make!  

If your skin is dry and needs a little moisturizing, then this DIY body scrub is the perfect solution for you! 

Lemon and Rosemary Body Scrub:

2 cups of white sugar
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/8 cup rosemary essential oil
2 Tbsp. baking soda

Combine all of these ingredients until the mixture forms a paste-like substance.  Place in a mason jar.  Because of the olive oil ingredient, it is ideal to use this body scrub while showering, and to clean the tub thoroughly when you are finished to get rid of any oily or slippery residue. This body scrub may be used before shaving to leave your skin feeling soft and resilient.

Simple combinations of olive oil, fresh herbs (such as rosemary or basil), essential oils, and sugar or sea salt can easily create a very effective body scrub.  Bananas may be mashed and combined with sea salt and citrus juice to make a luxurious body scrub that will leave your skin silky smooth and rejuvenated, just in time for spring!

I used a little less oil than the recipe called for, because I like my scrubs with a lot of texture and less oil, but you can make according to your preference. I also added some finely grated lemon peel and chopped fresh rosemary to add some extra color and texture. I love the way this scrub looks in the mason jar! The recipe fit perfectly in a wide-mouth pint size mason jar.
Making your own body scrub is the perfect way to repair your skin without spending a lot of money.  There are so many different combinations of oils and natural ingredients you can use to create your own blends that are perfect for you. The great thing about making a DIY scrub is that the ingredients used are often inexpensive ingredients that you already have around your home. Body scrubs also make great gifts!!

Thanks Michelle for the easy recipe!!  

And for another great DIY body scrub, be sure to check out my Rosemary and Mint Body Scrub, with free printable tags for gift giving!
xo, Laura

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  1. I’m SO tight fisted when it comes to beauty products – I only own about 3 that I use for everything, so when I saw this, I made it within 5 minutes of finding the recipe as I’d just run out of exfoliator! It was lovely, but next time I think I will use a little less oil like you suggested because the oil kept separating from the mixture and floating to the top so I had to mix it with my fingers, which was annoying! Thank you somuch for the recipe though- it’s helped so much, and I not have skin like silk!

    • Yay for silky skin! So glad it worked for you! Yes, I like my scrubs a little drier as well, just a little oil next time and it will be perfect for you! You could always spoon some of the extra oil out as well.

    • hey laura, I am a stay at home mom who loves to try new things and this sounds awesome! Problem is i have no idea where to even begin looking for the rosemary essential oil or any essential oils for that matter. if you could point me in the right direction that would be great!

    • Hi Amber, I bought my essential oils at my local health food store. Most health food stores carry a huge variety of essential oils, and you should be able to find them there. If not, you can always buy them online. Amazon carries them, as well as others. Good luck!

  2. This looks amazing! Does it need to be refrigerated once it’s made or is it ok hanging out in the bathroom cabinet for awhile? Maybe weeks?

  3. Change tour oils to 1/2 c coconut oil and
    1/4 cup olive oil and 2 tablespoons vitamin e oil and 1 tablespoon flax seed oil or sweet almond oil. I also add poppy seeds sometimes for a little added texture.

  4. I just made my first lemon and rosemary scrub and it smells divine!!! Did you say this could be used for the bath and the shower? And i think i will have to end up scooping some of the oil out of it too…next time i will try something besides olive oil. Thanks for your recipe and tips!!!

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