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Invigorating Body Scrub Recipe

Updated on July 4, 2020

Homemade beauty products are much better for your skin and your pocketbook than commercial products readily available in stores. Since you know exactly what is going into the product, it is especially good for individuals who suffer from allergies and want to know exactly what is in a product. The simple ingredients in the recipe cost much less than a store bought product would cost. You can mix it up in smaller quantities, and always be assured of its freshness. The homemade product will not contain all the preservatives that can be found in commercial products. And, last but not least, the satisfaction of knowing you made it yourself can be very rewarding.

I hope you enjoy this scrub as much as my grandmother did. She said it really helped her arthritis. As I get older, I think I'll be whipping up a batch more and more often.

Invigorating Body Scrub

1/2 cup baking soda

2 T. sugar or salt

2 T. cayenne pepper

Olive oil or vitamin E oil

Mix together the baking soda, sugar or salt, and cayenne pepper. Add olive oil until it is of the consistency that you like scrubbing with in the shower. Place in a sealed non-glass container.

I recently saw a recipe on the internet that was very similar to this except it had approximately 1-1/2 tsp. each of nutmeg and cinnamon.

If the scrub is kept in the refrigerator between uses, it can be refreshing on a hot summer day.

The sugar or salt, and the baking soda are used to soften and exfoliate the skin.

The cayenne pepper soothes the skin as well as stimulating it. Many people are concerned that it burns the skin, but unless you are allergic to it, and you avoid the most tender parts of your body, this is not the case. As long as the cayenne is used in the small amounts such as those indicated in this mixture, it can be amazingly soothing to the skin. Cayenne pepper is also good for stimulating the circulation, and it has been used extensively to treat arthritic joints. Like I said, my grandmother swore it helped her. Also, temporary redness and warmth may occur because of the increased circulation.

Do not use this scrub on the face or other tender areas of your body. Wash hands well after using scrub before touching your eyes.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2011 Cindy Murdoch

Comments: "How to Make an Invigorating Homemade Body Scrub; Body Scrub Recipe"

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    • homesteadbound profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Murdoch 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Let me know how you like it!

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      Michelle Dee 

      8 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      This sounds easy and practical. I am bookmarking so I can make it later.

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      Cindy Murdoch 

      8 years ago from Texas

      amberld - I hope that this scrub will help your mother's hands. The cayenne pepper is supposed to be good for arthritis, but if she has any open sores or cuts on her hands, it will be painful. Let me know how she likes it!

      cclitgirl - I hope you like this. Let me know what you think!

      mvaivata - The cayenne pepper definitely does help with blood flow so it is good. I hope you like it when you get a chance to make it.

      christianajohan - The picture did look like that didn't it?

      Thanks to you all for stopping by and making my birthday so memorable.

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      8 years ago

      Hi. It looks like bread or a full moon. LOL! Anways, thanks for sharing this. This is so helpful.

    • mvaivata profile image


      8 years ago

      Cayenne pepper is also supposed to be good for aging skin, as it promotes a lot of blood flow. I will definitely be trying this really simple, exciting recipe. Thank you, homesteadbound!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      8 years ago from Western NC

      Oh wow! This sounds lovely! Bookmarking so I can make some!

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      Amber White 

      8 years ago from New Glarus, WI

      I was just telling my mother the other day that you can make your own scrubs at home. I have never done it myself but have heard of making sugar scrubs at home. Arthritis is just starting to hit my moms hands so I will tell her this recipe. Thanks for the hub, voted up and SHARED!

    • homesteadbound profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Murdoch 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Madurai - I agree with you on both counts. I have so many allergies that I deal with that I like to know what is going into the products I use. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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      8 years ago from Online

      Homemade products are not only healthy but also gives you some satisfaction that your idea is behind that product..Thanks for SHARING:)

    • homesteadbound profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Murdoch 

      9 years ago from Texas

      WriteAngled, thank you. I haven't tried any natural oils in this scrub, because of the cayenne in it, but I have done so with others with rosemary and with peppermint. I really like peppermint.

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      Krys W 

      9 years ago from Abertawe, Cymru

      That sounds good. I would definitely go for the cinnamon in it! Have you ever experimented with adding an essential oil for its therapeutic effects and/or fragrance?

    • homesteadbound profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Murdoch 

      9 years ago from Texas

      Let me know how it turns out for you, kntrygal95. It's so easy to make, you can even make some for yourself. I hope to share other homemade recipes in the future.

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      9 years ago

      This is great! I will have to try it. I may make some for my ma-in-law. =0)


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