Most luxury body scrubs are simply salt or sugar blended with moisturizers. Why spend big bucks on something with such a simple recipe? Culinary blog TheKitchn took the principle ingredients from several DIY body scrub recipes floating around and put them to the test. They tried various mixtures of olive and essential oil blended with brown sugar, granulated sugar, and sea salt. Their findings?
We preferred the granulated sugar mixture. It felt like smooth sand and provided good exfoliation without being too harsh. The brown sugar was clumpy and brown (lemony yellow seemed more aesthetically pleasing). The salt was too abrasive for our skin, although it would be great for calloused heels.
For more information about making and refining your own scrubs, including olive oil selection and mixing ratios, check out the full write-up. If you have your own tips for getting a posh spa treatment with a cold shower budget, sound off in the comments below.