I know I’m not alone in feeling…how can I put this nicely…not great about my body right now (anyone else holding onto an extra [quaran]nineteen pounds?). Added stress these days doesn’t make it easy to battle my negative self-talk.Time to bring in the homemade body scrub!
Rationally, I know that self-care begets self-love, but when I don’t feel my best, it can be hard to find the motivation to take care of myself in the small, kind ways that I need, ESPECIALLY with so little time to devote to myself.
(Speaking of no time…scroll to the bottom for the TLDR version)
If I can make it happen, something as simple as using a homemade body scrub in the shower for a mini-meditation and micro-self-care escape can help reestablish a happier connection with my body.
“that’s nice, but who has the time to make their own products?!
So I’m switching things up this week, and compounding (pharmacy joke, get it?) a self-care product to share with you.
Using ingredients you (probably) already have in your pantry, and breaking up the steps throughout the week, you’ll be making a homemade body scrub, and hopefully indulging in some much-needed pampering very soon!
This homemade body scrub is a small, inexpensive way to take care of yourself this week, gently sloughing away some dead skin cells, and hopefully some stress, too. Regularly exfoliating the skin (once to twice per week) can encourage natural cell turnover and renewal, which means brighter, healthier-looking skin, and again, hopefully the ritual brings some stress reduction as well.
You might be thinking, “that’s nice, but who has the time to make their own products? or the time to actually use them? I don’t!” but this one is easy, and worth it, I promise.
For those of us REALLY pressed for time, I’ve broken it down into easy (possibly insultingly simple) steps for when you have 5 minutes here or there.
A quick PLAN for making your homemade body scrub
- Monday – Collect and assemble your supplies, placing them out of the way, but in a conspicuous place to act as a visual reminder as you go about your day.
- Tuesday – Make the body scrub and store it in an airtight container (or in my case, since I’m using it in a day or so, a solo cup with a plastic bag cover. Super glamorous!)
- Wednesday…or any day this week that you get to shower…. USE your homemade body scrub!
If you’re still thinking, “seriously though, I don’t have time for this!” it might be time to treat yourself to a premade body scrub that can live in your shower.
For extra self-care yumminess with your products, try hard to focus on the task at hand, engaging all your senses as you pamper yourself. If you notice your mind wandering, bring your focus back to the moment.
Alternatively, if you have another self-care product squirreled away, take 5 min today to find it, and put it somewhere that you’ll be reminded to use it the next few days (perhaps in your shower, or by your toothbrush, etc).
Whether your body scrub comes from a store or from your pantry, if you are able to use it by next Monday, congrats friend! Not only will you have pampered yourself with a scrumptious body scrub, but you also will have had a mini-massage AND meditated, too! Nice work, you self-care maestro!
By the end of the week, if your ingredients remain unassembled on your countertop, forgive yourself, put the stuff away, and try something different (or if you’re like me, leave it on the counter, and go do some micro-self-care anyway). You’re still super at this self-care thing, keep trying.
What will you do to pamper yourself this week? How will you break it down into easy steps that fit into your busy life? Comment below or message me to let me know!
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil, in liquid form (or substitute for olive, avocado or almond oil, depending on your pantry!)
- 1 Tbsp honey
- A few drops of vanilla
- Optional add-ins*
Monday - Collect your supplies
Collect and assemble your supplies, placing them out of the way, but in a conspicuous place to act as a visual reminder. You will need:
-- 1 small bowl
-- 1 mixing utensil
-- 1 small air-tight container
-- your bulk ingredients
Tuesday - Make your body scrub & store it
- Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl
- Once combined, spoon into an airtight container
- Clean up your supplies and put the body scrub in your shower, for use later this week...Unless you have time today, in which case, GO FOR IT.
Wednesday...or any day this week that you get to shower....
- Go through your regular shower routine necessities, allowing your skin to be warmed and softened by the water. I recommend skipping shaving, or leaving for the end, after the body scrub.
- When you're ready, scoop out a handful of body scrub and apply to the skin, massaging in a gentle, circular motion. If your oil is solidified, take a min to warm it in your hands before massaging.
- Rinse off, and pat dry. Time allowing, apply lotion to lock in moisture (or don’t, because #aintnobodygottimefordat ).
- Repeat once (or up to twice) a week to slough off the stress.
For extra self-care yumminess, try hard to focus on the task at hand, engaging all your senses (except maybe your sense of taste, but technically all your add-ins are edible so...you do you) as you pamper yourself. If you notice your mind wandering, bring your focus back to the moment.
WARNING -- this body scrub will make your shower slick, so be careful getting in and out, and consider cleaning the tub before using again. Quite honestly, after a body scrub the LAST thing I want to do is scrub the tub, so I usually spray a cleaner on, allow it to sit while I dry off, and then rinse it down the drain.
- a few drops of essential oil
- add 1 part breast milk (reduce your oil or add more sugar, store any leftovers in an air-tight container in the fridge)
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0
Stress sucks! Scrub it away (gently) with this cheap body scrub you can make with stuff in your pantry. Enjoy, and don’t slip in the tub!
- 4 parts brown sugar
- 1 part honey
- 2 parts liquid coconut oil
Mix, scrub (in the shower), rinse, and pat dry! Let me know how it worked for you.