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Exfoliate and nourish your skin with DIY natural spirulina body scrub made with sea salt, liquid coconut oil, & peppermint essential oil
I’ve created this recipe in partnership with iHerb who is a supplier of high-quality natural products. All of the ingredients used come from their online shop.
Sometimes your skin can use a good scrub to remove dead skin and to help rejuvenate it. It could be at any time of the year: in the middle of winter when your skin is feeling the effects of the cold, or in summer before you go on a beach holiday. What’s important is to clean your skin but to remember to nourish and moisturize it too. This recipe for making spirulina body scrub does all three at the same time. Its simple and natural ingredients are gentle and making it couldn’t be easier.
This is a very simple natural skincare recipe that uses just a few ingredients and a few minutes of time to make. It’s perfect for beginners to make! Use spirulina body scrub whenever your skin needs uplifting and invigorating and save a pot to share with a friend. It makes a great handmade gift!
Skin Loving from the Sea
The main ingredient in this recipe is finely ground Celtic sea salt. It’s a natural exfoliant that gently removes dead skin cells as you massage the scrub in. This sea salt has been hand-harvested from the ocean and naturally dried in the sun and the wind. Packed with trace minerals and nutrients, it’s also food grade which means you can use it in cooking too.
Spirulina is a blue-green algae that grows in freshwaters around the world. It’s ridiculously nutrient dense with Vitamin B1, B2, AND B3 and decent quantities of Iron, Manganese, Potassium, and Magnesium. The last one, Magnesium, can actually be better absorbed through your skin than if taken internally.
What Coconut oil does for your skin
The scrub is a combination of sea salt and spirulina powder in a solution of liquid coconut oil. It’s possible to use solid coconut oil that’s been heated and melted but please be aware that it will solidify again at room temperature. If you use fractionated coconut oil instead, the scrub will stay lovely and liquidy.
When combined, the fractionated coconut oil in this recipe helps keep the salt together in a paste. It also aides the scrubbing action and moisturizes your skin while you’re cleansing. It also has a lighter feeling and promotes healthy skin by nourishing it with vitamin E and natural fats.
Peppermint essential oil
The last ingredient you’ll use is Peppermint essential oil. It has that gorgeous herbal scent that really makes your senses snap to attention. One of its natural components is Menthol and the reason this essential oil is so important to the recipe is that Menthol stimulates your skin. You’ll literally feel warm and tingly after using peppermint essential oil on your skin.
Clean Green Spirulina Body Scrub Recipe
You will only need four ingredients to make this spirulina body scrub recipe:
- The first step is to mix the sea salt and the spirulina together in a bowl
- Pour in the coconut oil and stir it into the dry ingredients
- Add the essential oil and stir again to incorporate
- Pot the scrub up into containers and store at room temperature
Using the Skin Scrub
Scoop a teaspoon of the scrub up in your hand and massage it into your skin. This scrub is for use on your arms, legs, and body but may not be gentle enough for your face. Gently massage in and then rinse it off with warm water. Your skin will feel lovely and soft and that tingle from the essential oil feels so good.
The shelf life of this product is dependent on the shelf life of the ingredients you’re using. Look on the back of each product and the best by or expiration date that’s closest in time is the use-by date of your product. Also, try to keep water from getting in the container since it will dilute the scrub and can also affect shelf-life.
More Healthy Skincare Recipes to Try
If you enjoyed this recipe, you’ll definitely enjoy checking out these other natural skin care recipes from Lovely Greens. Everything from making soap from scratch to nourishing creams for your skin:
- Natural Seaweed Soap Recipe
- Rose Hand Cream Recipe
- Soap-less Face Cleanser Recipe
- Six ways to make Herb Infused Oil for Salves
- Handmade Honey Body Butter Recipe
Where to Get Ingredients
All of the ingredients I used to make this spirulina body scrub came from iHerb, an online shop that stocks over 35,000 health and wellness products. Some of them are dietary, some are supplements, and quite a few are quality oils and ingredients that you can use to make handmade skincare.