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Since these pantry projects are made with pure ingredients and lack any chemical additives, you can pamper body’s largest organ naturally and smell like you’ve spent the day at a spa. You’ll be amazed how easily and quickly you can make your own scrub. So grab your girlfriends or daughters and bring the spa into your home.


Here’s my recipe for Citrus Lavender Body Scrub:


  • Juice and zest of one medium lemon
  • 1 cup Epsom salt
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 4 drops lavender essential oil



Mix the salts with the lemon juice and coconut oil in a medium sized bowl. I use organic MCT oil (or medium chain triglycerides oil), a liquid form of coconut oil, to give the scrub a luscious consistency.

Add in four drops of lavender and about three-quarters of the lemon rind zest, saving the rest for later. 

Mix the ingredients well and scoop the contents into small glass jars with lids.

Before sealing the lid, sprinkle some of the remaining zest on top and add a few little flowers to honor spring. This garnish makes for a nice visual surprise upon opening the jar, especially if the scrub is a gift.

Remember — the scrub is made with all-natural, fresh ingredients, so it won’t last forever. Placing it in the fridge will extend its shelf life.


Both the lemon and lavender lend a nice aromatic touch to the scrub. Lavender is a calming essential oil that relaxes the body and mind. As a natural sedative, it’s a soothing tonic for sleep, nervous tension, migraines and more.

If lavender doesn’t wow your senses, you can always substitute a grapefruit essential oil or a fresh rosemary oil. Both are energizing and complement the citrus scent.

This healthy scrub will slough off your body’s dead cells and leave you with silky soft skin, gently perfumed in lavender. You can personalize it by experimenting with different contents to make your own version. Feel free to replace the salt with organic brown sugar, swap the coconut oil for olive oil or use any number of pure oils from the essence of plants.

If you want to present the scrub as a gift, cut some squares of yellow and white paper to go over the lid, securing them with a natural twine.

But be sure to save a jar for your own enjoyment, as taking the time to apply this scrub to the body and inhaling the calming lavender is a gift to the self. Slow down, breathe deeply, nurture your body and say sp-aaaaah!



Journalist Ann Wycoff has written about wellness, fitness, longevity, travel, spas, food and wine for the past 20 years for magazines like Shape, Fitness, Spa, Outside, Travel + Leisure, Coastal Living, Redbook, Modern Luxury, San Diego Magazine, Redbook, Marin Magazine and more. She lives in Encinitas, California.