A DIY Baking Soda Body Scrub

Last year we were all at home so much, and some of us still are, & so we think it’s a good time to experiment with some DIY stuff.

Bring on homemade body wash.

This is one that we found online & researched & it’s great if you have sensitive skin (just make sure it’s diluted!).

Liv Taylor told Into the Gloss that takes a couple of baths a week & uses a whole box of Epsom salts & a pack of baking soda (or hydrogen peroxide).

She says that it makes you sweat out all the toxins & junk in your cells. She said this natural pediatrician told her about it for when kids get sick. Amazing.

So, we had to dig deeper. Is baking soda in the bath a thing?

It turns out it is.

After Liv’s interview on Into the Gloss, they dug deep & spoke to James Hardwick on his holistic approach to self-care products:

“First, let’s talk about using baking soda as an exfoliant for your face and body. Whole Foods sells a little box for less than a buck. Places like Target and CVS sell boxes of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda, too, but I’m not sure if it’s as refined or as pure as the stuff you’ll find at natural food stores.

You can taste the difference if you brush your teeth with it—which I highly recommend (I’ll come back to this). In the shower, I pour a pile of baking soda into my hands and scrub everything—my face, my hair, my body, and the actual shower— with it. It’s a little rough, but it feels good… And maybe I’ve just been lucky, but my skin is happier when I wash it with something simple like baking soda.

It doesn’t seem to dehydrate my skin or strip away healthy oils, and baking soda is pretty stress-free—it’s no big deal if you accidentally swallow some, waste it (it’s so inexpensive), plus it’s environmentally safe! On top of that, baking soda is an odor neutralizer, and it’s good for cleaning produce (not something I do in the shower). See? Multi-purpose, simple, and cheap.”

After digging a bit deeper ourselves, we found a recipe & gave it a try.

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A DIY Baking Soda Body Scrub

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

♡ a container (anything works but these look super cute in a bathroom)

♡ baking soda (apparently Bob’s Red Mill is clean & doesn’t contain aluminum)

♡ water

♡ a spoon

♡ optional: few drops of essential oil (we like lavender because it winds us down)

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DIRECTIONS:

♡ fill half your container with baking soda.

♡ slowly add water.

♡ put a few drops of your essential oil in & stir.

♡ gently stir & add more water or baking soda depending on the consistency you have. (You want it to be a paste).

♡ keep adding water & baking soda until your container is full & the paste has formed.

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HOW TO USE IT:

♡ scoop some up with your hand & rub it on your body in the shower.

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You should know that baking soda is exfoliating so it’ll feel a bit rough. If you use it on your face, rub gently!

This is a little trick that is so inexpensive, effective, quick, easy, AND good for the environment.

As we mentioned, we love lavender essential oil in this because it promotes relaxation.

Setting our bathroom up with a salt rock night light, eucalyptus hanging, & our DIY lavender scrub makes us feel like we are at a spa. Then we crawl into bed with our CBD pen from stnrcreations. One puff & we are relaxed.

Do you guys have any DIY self-care products you love? Tell us below. So, into this right now.

DIY: Cellulite Scrub

While cellulite is largely genetic, most forms are caused by a combination of poor circulation, fat pockets (that’s why you’ll see cellulite on your butt, thighs, and sometimes even arms), and female hormones. But here’s the thing: just because your limbs are long and lean doesn’t mean that this is a post to skip. In fact, it can happen to you (read all about that here from our friends at Beauty Banter).

As we’ve shared, avoiding certain foods can help. Sarah from Beauty Banter also shares, “Exercise is a must. Hydration is essential. But treating the affected area consistently and vigorously is really your best bet. Commit to six weeks of two to three treatments a week. Combine your treatments with exercise, better diet (low in sugars and processed foods), and tons of water.

While there is no topical cure for cellulite, scrubs and creams with effective ingredients will help to diminish its appearance. Caffeine is considered the Holy Grail ingredient for anti-cellulite. So, naturally, this scrub is essentially coffee grinds. It’s easy to make, simple to apply, and affordable—especially compared with those costly medical-grade creams and treatments.

This scrub has the ability to subtly reduce the appearance of cellulite. And, bonus, it leaves skin soft and hydrated. But beware, while skin will look gorgeous, your tub or shower won’t—it will most likely resemble the inside of a coffee maker. Fret not, a quick rinse and wipe-down will clean the basin. Just be careful not to slip.” Read on for the step-by-step instructions and benefits of this DIY scrub.

What You’ll Need:
Coffee grinds (caffeinated)
Juniper oil
Coconut oil

Benefits of the Ingredients:
– Fresh coffee grinds (caffeinated)—Caffeine can immediately diminish the appearance of cellulite by stimulating blood flow, toning and tightening the area. The grinds are also rich in antioxidants (which aid in releasing toxins).
– Juniper oil—A berry that increases circulation and energizes the underactive tissues.
– Coconut oil—Hydrates, smoothes, and helps your skin absorb the caffeine and juniper.

Directions:
Combine 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and 20-30 drops of essential juniper oil in a bowl. Mix in about 1/2 cup of fresh caffeinated coffee grinds until the grinds are completely soaked with the oils. You’ll want this scrub to be grind-heavy, so if it’s feeling too watery, add more grinds. There are no exact measurements, so feel free to play around, but these are good jumping-off points.

Take into the bathroom (I highly suggest doing this in the bath or tub, prior to turning on the water) and firmly rub into affected areas using circular scrubbing motions.

Continue for at least five minutes. Then rinse and pat dry. Feel free to apply pure coconut oil to moisturize and soothe the skin (and massage that in too).

Note: Apply to affected areas two to three times a week. For quicker results, wrap the scrubbed area (concoction still on) with Saran Wrap to essentially heat the skin. Relax for 15 minutes then remove the wrap and shower.

I suggest making a new batch daily as the caffeine is said to be most effective when coffee grinds are fresh.

This Ahhhhmazing Drugstore Scrub Will Smooth Your Skin Like You Won’t Believe!

I’ve been obsessed with Soap & Glory for a really really long time, their products always smell divine (a bomb fragrance is everything to me) and they use the most gorgeous ingredients. They have this scrub called, Soap & Glory Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub, $15; it literally sloughs away every last bit of dead skin. Unlike some scrubs that can make your skin oily without really scrubbing, this one will actually exfoliate your skin and leave it crazy clean. It’s not super softening, but it’s one of my all-time faves because it just gets the job done; be sure to follow with a good moisturizer.

It’s an award-winning oat, shea butter and sugar body smoother with a great maple scent. The SMOOTHIE STAR™ BREAKFAST SCRUB features a super skin-smoothing blend of cupuacu bio scrubs, bananas, almond, and honey extracts to gently polish, smooth and moisturizes the skin.

I also love that it uses amazing natural ingredients like oats, honey, and bananas – I know, it sounds delicious, like some yummy maple syrup pudding. Oats are surprisingly good for your skin; they contain amino acids that can heal damaged skin and even target blemishes. Bananas and honey are also incredible natural ingredients that are loaded with good-for-your-skin vitamins and have anti-bacterial properties. With the added benefits of shea butter, almond oil, sea salt, and brown sugar, it’s basically a huge tub of food for your skin! I find with a scrub you need to use a good amount, or the exfoliation isn’t the same, and because this tub is huge, you can use a lot every time without having to worry about saving it (unlike when you have an expensive scrub, and you skimp, because you spent so much money on it)!

DIY Your Own Breakfast Scrub!

I love this scrub so much I’ve even recreated it myself. It’s a little bit messy, but it’s totally worth it.

For your face: Mash up half a ripe banana with a fork and combine it with two tablespoons of organic oats and about a teaspoon of honey. Combine the mix and then smother your face with it. I like to gently rub it onto my skin for exfoliation (over the sink, as the oats can fall off), and then I leave it on my face for around fifteen minutes.

For your body: Mash up one ripe banana, and combine with half a cup of brown sugar, half a cup of oatmeal, and two tablespoons of coconut oil. Jump in the shower, plaster your body with the scrub (I always go in sections, my arms, my body, my legs) and rub in circular motions – this usually takes me a good few minutes. Rinse thoroughly with water and pat your skin dry.