This week, for me, was about celebrating the last of summer before the hustle and bustle of back to school takes over. I'm not ready to see it go! So we made coconut cooling lotion, a pina colada smoothie and this paradise mango scrub to squeeze in one last trip to the beach (even if you're at home) before fall arrives.
And one of my favorite escapes on crazy days? The shower! Whip up this easy, yummy scrub and make a tropical oasis in your bathroom (locking the door is recommended otherwise if you frequently have shower visitors like I do).
Paradise mango body scrub
This tasty scrub combines exfoliation of raw sugar with the moisturizing benefits of coconut oil. If you're making this scrub in the middle of summer your coconut oil is probably mushy or even liquid so it will be easy to stir.
Chop up a ¼ cup of raw mango and add 3-4 drops of orange essential oil. Mangoes are a rich source of Vitamin A, which helps slough off dead skin, and helps new, fresh cells beneath the skin appear.
Then mash everything together. Add more sugar or oil until you get a thick, goopy consistency that's not too runny. Hop in the shower and use your hands to apply. Scrubbing in a circular motion, start at your feet and work your way up.
How are you celebrating the end of summer?
Paradise Mango DIY Body Scrub
- Microwave safe bowl
- Combine sugar with coconut oil (heat in the microwave if it's solid). Add a ¼ cup chopped raw mango and a 3-4 drops of orange essential oil.
- Then mash everything together.
- Add more sugar or oil until you get a thick, goopy consistency that's not too runny.
Photos by Stephanie Pollard
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the benefits of using a homemade body scrub?
Homemade body scrubs are great for exfoliating the skin, removing dead skin cells, and promoting smoother, softer skin. They can also help to unclog pores, improve circulation, and provide relaxation and stress relief.
Can I use coconut oil in my DIY mango body scrub?
Yes, you can use coconut oil as a base in your DIY mango body scrub. Coconut oil is known for its moisturizing properties and can help to hydrate and nourish the skin.
Are essential oils safe to use in body scrubs?
Essential oils can be safe to use in body scrubs, but it's important to use them in moderation and follow proper dilution guidelines. Essential oils can add fragrance and provide additional benefits to the body scrub, such as anti-inflammatory or antioxidant properties.
Can I use a body scrub if I have sensitive skin?
It's important to be cautious if you have sensitive skin and to choose gentle ingredients for your DIY mango body scrub. You can consider using jojoba oil, almond oil, or other carrier oils that are known to be gentle on the skin. It's also recommended to do a patch test before using the body scrub all over your body.
Can I use sugar or salt in my mango body scrub?
Yes, you can use sugar or salt as exfoliants in your mango body scrub. Brown sugar, cane sugar, and coconut sugar are popular choices for body scrubs as they can help to remove dead skin cells and leave the skin feeling smooth. Sea salt, pink Himalayan sea salt, and Epsom salt are also commonly used in body scrubs for their exfoliating properties.
Can I store the mango body scrub for future use?
Yes, you can store the mango body scrub in an airtight container for future use. It's recommended to keep it in a cool, dry place and use it within a few weeks to ensure freshness and effectiveness.
Can I use a mango body scrub on my face?
It's generally not recommended to use a body scrub on the face as the skin on the face is more delicate compared to the body. Instead, you can use a facial scrub that is specifically formulated for the face, which usually has finer exfoliants and is gentler on the skin.
Can I use a mango body scrub on dry skin?
Yes, you can use a mango body scrub on dry skin, but it's important to be gentle and avoid using harsh exfoliants. Consider using brown sugar, jojoba oil, or other gentle ingredients in your DIY mango body scrub to avoid further drying out the skin.81