Basic Lavender Body Scrub Recipe

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••• You can make a lavender body scrubs with essential oil, and add a little dried lavender for texture and beauty. Getty Images: Chris Gramley

This home-made lavender body scrub exfoliates your skin as it calms you down, making it the perfect body scrub before going to bed.   Therapuetic-grade lavender essential oil, made from lavandula angustifolia, is considered the most versatile of all essential oils.  

Lavender is an extremely calming scent and can help with insomnia, so this is a good scrub to give yourself in the evening.  It is also a good scent to use when you feel anxiety, depression or high levels of stress.

 Lavender also has powerful anti-viral and anti-fungal qualities.  

To get the therapeutic benefits, be sure and buy lavender oil from the plant ​lavandula angustifolia -- you can check the bottle.  Avoid lavandins, which are clones that have little therapeutic benefits, and any product that says "perfume, perfume oil, fragrance oil or scented oil," which are synthetic products.


One of the nice things about lavender essential oil is that it blends so well with so many other essential oils.  I love to add five or ten drops of rose essential oil to this recipe, but it also goes well with bergamot, black pepper, cedarwood, chamomile, clary sage, clove, cypress, eucalyptus, geranium, grapefruit, juniper, lemon, lemongrass, mandarin, marjoram, oakmoss, palmarosa, patchouli, peppermint, pine, rosemary, tea tree and thyme.

If you want a more vigorous scrub, you can substitute sea salt for the sugar.


  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup sweet almond oil 
  • 15 drops lavender essential oil   (​lavandula angustifolia)
  • 1 tsp dried lavender (optional)

Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl, preferably a rubber mixing bowl that is non-porous, oil-resistant, and easy-to-clean. Mix well, using a clean spoon or a jumbo wooden craft stick if you have it.

 That's it!

This recipe makes enough for two body scrubs.  Grab your partner and have some fun!   Or store the extra in the refrigerator and use within the week.

How To Use Your Home-made Lavender Body Scrub

Once your lavender body scrub is made, you can take it right to the bathroom and add a few extras like candles to turn your home body scrub into a nurturing at-home spa experience. Here are my top tips for giving yourself a great body scrub at home. 

  • Put a towel on the side of your empty tub and sit on it, with your legs inside the tub.  Put a small amount of the coffee scrub on one part of your dry body -- your lower leg, for instance -- and rub. The abrasiveness of the sugar will start to remove the dead skin cells.

  • Spend a minute or two on each body part. If you do it too quickly, you won't get the results.  

  • While seated, scrub your legs (front and back), arms (both sides and underarms), shoulders, back of neck, décolletage, and belly.  Move your hand in a clockwise position on your belly, and go lightly on the delicate skin of your breasts. 

  • Stand up to work on your behind, back and sides.  It is almost impossible to reach the center of your back, so you can either ask someone to help or use long-handled skin brush. This is a good time to wipe away loose scrub so it falls into the tub.

  • Sit back down on the towel and finish by giving your feet a good scrub. 

  • Now it's time to rinse off the scrub with water.  Start by rinsing your feet while you're seated so you don't slip in the tub.   Stand up, shake any sugar crystals off the towel into the tub, then place it outside the tub.  Step outside the tub to get your shower started.

  • When the water is the right temperature, step in and let the water wash off the residue while your rub your body. Check under your arms, your breasts, your neckline and around your behind. You definitely want every little bit of sugar off before you step out of the shower and dry off.

  • Even in the shower you'll be able to tell that your skin is softer and smoother.

  • Don't use soap.  That will wash the hydrating oil off your skin. 

  • Be careful to check the bottom of your tub to make sure there is no greasy residue you or someone else could slip on.