What to make: homemade body scrub

blood-orange_white-pepper-sugar-scrub_grandeI don’t know a girl out there who doesn’t love to be pampered. One of the first frivolous expenses I got rid of when I found out my company was being sold was my spa membership. It wasn’t as extravagant as it sounds, I promise. But it did allow me a facial and/or massage once a month. And it was lovely. And oh  my, numerous products I’ve tried at home. So many masks, scrubs, serums, soaps, lotions…if only I was getting paid to try them all! I’m currently going through a drawer full of samples, follow me on Instagram (crazylillady) for additional reviews and recommendations.

Though I probably don’t use them as often as I should (I tend to more if there’s a boy in the picture, naturally) I love a good body scrub. You’ll quickly learn I am an enormous fan of both Fresh and Bliss. Specifically the Fresh at NorthPark and the Bliss Spa at the W Hotel. More on both of those heavenly places later, cause let’s just say I’ve been mayor of both places on Foursquare. I’m kind of a big deal, y’all. Anyhow, as you might be aware, both of these brands can be pricey addictions. I think they are totally worth it, but neither have been in my budget recently.

fef990b2077dd1818c6ef27924fb016bSaving money should never mean a decline in personal luxuries. This is where Pinterest comes in handy. Well, let’s be honest, Pinterest comes in handy for many reasons, including that beach house and dream wedding I may or may not ever have (a girl can hope!) And seriously, Pinterest, thank you for the secret boards…I mean really. I don’t need to display ALL my crazy for the world to see. Anyhow, recently I saw a pin for homemade lavender scrub (as pictured) thanks to my friend Rachel, so I saved it to try. I have a ridiculous amount of boards on Pinterest and putting them to increased use is overdue.

photo 4To make this project even more cost friendly, I actually picked up the ingredients at a “dollar” store. A 4 lb. bag of sugar was $2.50 and the baby wash and oil $1.50 each. So a grand total of $5 plus tax. I did the math, if you got two bags of sugar instead of one you could make a total of eight batches, which comes out to…$1 a piece. Come ON. A check on Sephora’s website (which includes both Fresh and Bliss) will show you body scrubs run $20-$65 each. I’m sure there are cheaper brands at Target, Wal-mart, etc. But making your own is still cheaper plus super easy, quick and fun! It seriously took just a few minutes. I was also pleased to discover one batch fit perfectly in a used Bliss scrub container I’d cleaned up. The Dollar General brands I personally used created a creamy, snowy white mixture. The original creation is from the blog Pocketful of Motherhood; she used actual Johnson’s products, so it came out a lavender color. Perfect for gifts. And I know you’re wondering…it feels FABULOUS. Skin so smooth!

bethenny bath saltReally and truly if you had the sugar and baby oil you could use any body wash you wanted…the combinations are endless. If you prefer bath salts (I don’t use those often) Bethenny had a great segment this week on making your own. I’ve included her recipe as well. Either way, salts or scrubs, run a tub of cozy hot water, relax and enjoy! Single or married, working or not, a little girly time does us all some good and it doesn’t have to be expensive.

Xo, Nikki