Many body scrubs, even the ones that claim to be sugar- or salt-based, actually contain beads made out of polyethylene, which is environmentally deplorable (it all goes down the drain, remember)—to say nothing of the preservatives, fragrance, penetration enhancers, and sulfates that typically bulk up these products.
Instead, head to your kitchen. Grab a bowl and make your own!
All it takes is 3 ingredients (honey, oil and sugar) which you can find in your cupboards. Granted, you won’t be using honey harvested at Tucker’s Point by Beekeeper No. 5 (which the scrub is named after), but the effect will be similar.
Here’s how to do it:
- 1. Warm a jar of honey in the microwave for a few seconds until it becomes runny but not too hot to the touch.
- 2. Pour about 1/4 cup of the honey (eyeball it) into a bowl.
- 3. Stir in 2 tablespoons of your favorite oil. You can use coconut oil (warm the jar in a hot bath if it’s solid), almond oil or even baby oil.
- 4. Add about a 1/2 cup of sugar. Mix well.
- 5. In the shower, wet your body and turn off the shower.
- 6. Place some of the mixture in your palms and massage in a circular motion all over legs, arms, belly, butt and chest (have your husband do your back).
- Don’t do this while the shower’s running or you’ll wash off the mixture before you get the full effect.
- 7. Rinse off in the shower.
If you would like a scented scrub, you can add any scent you want in the form of oil, or you can leave fresh, whole vanilla beans buried in your dry sugar for a week. You might also add vanilla extract to the mix. It is important to be careful with fragrances, as some irritate the skin.