Cinnamon-Orange Body Scrub Recipe

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••• Organe and cinnamon are a classic combination that are especially welcome during the holidays. Manuela Schewe-Behnisch/Getty Images

This cinnamon-orange body scrub has a romantic, heady scent that lifts your mood. Though it sounds indulgent, this homemade scrub is a real powerhouse. Like all scrubs, it exfoliates your skin, but this one has mild aphrodisiac properties, making it the perfect body scrub to do as a couple.  

It promotes a sense of happiness and warmth, alleviating anxiety, anger, ​and depression.  It stimulates your body's lymphatic system, which helps to detoxify the body by removing waste materials.

 The cinnamon boosts the activity of the brain and like with orange, is a mild aphrodisiac.

What to Know About Essential Oils

When you're buying essential oils, make sure to purchase them from a reputable source. It should be authentic essential oil and preferably organic.  Avoid any product that says "perfume, perfume oil, fragrance oil or scented oil," which are synthetic products.

Orange essential oil is present in its peel and extracted by compression. Like all other citrus fruits, It can cause skin irritation if exposed to strong sunlight after application. Cinnamon essential oil can also irritate the skin, which is why you may wish to use the powdered form (as noted in this recipe).

Optional Substitutions

If you want to experiment, orange essential oil blends well with many other essential oils, including cedarwood atlas, cardamom, clary sage, clove, frankincense, geranium, ginger, lavender, nutmeg, rosemary, sandalwood, and all the other citrus oils.


If you want an even more exfoliating scrub, substitute sea salt for the sugar.

Cinnamon-Orange Body Scrub Recipe


  • 1/2 cup white sugar (you can also substitute sea salt)
  • 1/2 cup sweet almond oil (or jojoba oil)
  • 15 drops orange essential oil 
  • 1/2 tsp powdered cinnamon


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 Homemade  Body Scrub

Once your cinnamon-orange 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 and breasts as well as around your neckline and behind. You definitely want to remove every little bit of sugar 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, which 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 that you or someone else could slip on.