DIY Body Scrub from the Kitchen

I have no idea how Christmas snuck up on me this year.

No, actually, I do. My head has been firmly buried in the edits of my book, and now Christmas is in just a few days! Eeep!!

If you are scrambling around at the last minute looking for hostess gifts, or something for your girlfriends, I am about to save your proverbial bacon.

You can make them something. Something from things that you probably already have on hand in your kitchen.

I recently got this new book, The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty: 125 Recipes for Vegan, Gluten-Free, Cruelty-Free Makeup, Skin and Hair Care, written by Sunny Subramanian, who runs the popular Vegan Beauty Review blog. 

It’s packed with all kinds of recipes for beauty products–from soap to shampoo to makeup to masques–that you can make yourself. Now, that sounds like it might be a lot of work, right? Especially when you can buy that stuff in any drugstore? Sure. But here’s the thing; whether you are vegan or not, we should all be concerned about what we’re putting on our skins. So much of what we buy in the drugstore is loaded with chemicals and preservatives, and we put it on on our skins, where it can be easily absorbed. So, I’m all for trying out some beauty products that are a little closer to nature.

Let’s take coconut oil for example. I use that stuff on everything! I cook with it, fry in it, and I also use it as a moisturizer after the shower. It makes an amazing, and incredibly effective, eye makeup remover (even with tough waterproof mascara).

Sunny’s book is full of tips like this; naturally-sourced ingredients that are actually good for you, and how to use them or incorporate them into recipes.

But back to the issue at hand: last minute Christmas gifts for your girlfriends.

I’m a big fan of this brown sugar, coconut oil scrub. First of all, those exfoliating microbead thingies have been banned in Canada, finally, because we know how terrible they are for the environment. This recipe uses brown sugar instead, and pairs it with coconut oil, which both moisturizes and binds the whole thing together. You can whip this stuff up in about 5 minutes, add whatever kinds of essential oils you like, package it in some pretty jars, and bam! Done.

By the way, the dollar store is a great place to get pretty glass jars on the cheap. Print up some pretty cards explaining how to use the scrub to go with.

DIY Body scrub

Vanilla Latte Body Scrub

(recipe courtesy of The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty: 125 Recipes for Vegan, Gluten-Free, Cruelty-Free Makeup, Skin and Hair Care)


  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup ground coffee
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla powder or 15 drops of your favorite essential oil (or combo of oils)


  1. In a small saucepan over low heat, or in the microwave, melt the coconut oil.
  2. Pour the oil into a bowl, and add the rest of the ingredients and stir well to combine.
  3. To use: scoop out a small amount of the scrub while in the shower, and massage over skin in a circular motion. Rinse well.


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