Make Your Own Shower Scrub

2 Mar

I was lucky enough to see my dear friend Lora Smith a few weekends ago.  She’s a woman of many talents- activist, media producer, goat cheese maker, expert preserver and party-thrower extraordinaire.  She gave me a super simple recipe for making your own bath scrub and as soon as we parted ways, I quickly turned around and made a batch.

All you need to do in combine equal parts coconut oil and salt or sugar (salt will exfoliate more thoroughly, sugar is better for sensitive skin) and you have a basic scrub.  You can add essential oils to make it smell good and throw in dried flowers, citrus zest or really anything else you can think of to pep it up a bit.  Here’s what I made.  I used it this morning and it’s fantastic– the sugar is a great exfoliant and the coconut oil leaves your skin uber-moisturized.


  • 1 part coconut oil
  • 1 part Demerara sugar
  • 1 spoonful of coconut salt (left over from the Azteca)
  • 1 scant spoonful of lavender flowers
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil

Heat the coconut oil in the microwave until it’s soft but not liquid, about 30 seconds.  Stir in sugar, salt, flowers and oil.  Keep in a sealed jar in the shower.  The coconut does solidify when it cools, so be sure to let it sit in the stream of your hot shower for a few minutes to soften it up before using it.

One Response to “Make Your Own Shower Scrub”

  1. Alexis Yael March 17, 2011 at 9:41 pm #

    Great resource, thanks for sharing!!

    (I used almond/ olive oil last time I made a scrub, coconut oil sounds great, too!)

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