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Get your skin sun ready with this DIY body scrub from our 2019 Muddy Award winning Day Spa - The Little Retreat.

Now the inital shock of lockdown has worn off, I’m starting to enjoy the ‘Good Life’ pace of life. Whilst making your own lotions and potions might not feel as indulgent as an Elemis Frangipani Monoi Salt Glow – this DIY body scrub is super easy, natural and a nice ‘pick me up’ if you’re feeling a little low.


  • Essential Oil – Neils Yard has a great selection but if you’re raiding the kitchen cupboards like me – try Green tea, camomile, Olbas oil or even vanilla extract.
  • 1/2 cup sea salt or sugar
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil or coconut oil (melted)


When making your own body scrub, it’s really important to get the consistency right – not too runny and not too crumbly.

Mix the olive oil/coconut oil with the sugar/salt and add in 4-5 drops of your essential oils.

To get the consistency right, keep adding more sugar/salt until you form a paste which will sit on your skin without running off. Once you are happy with the consistency and smell you’re ready to start scrubbing. 

Rub the body scrub using circular movements focusing on fatty areas such as upper arms, thighs, bottom, hips and tummy. Or if you’re in the mood – get someone else to do it for you. Wink wink!

Homemade scrubs should not be used on the face as your skin is much more sensitive there.

You can use your body scrub 2-3 times per week and avoid exfoliating skin that is sunburnt, swollen, red or open.  


Alongside killing a bit of time, the benefits to exfoliating your body include

  • It will clean away all dead skin cells and impurities 
  • Help to reduce the appearance of cellulite 
  • Allow the easy absorption of moisturiser 
  • Is great before self tanning as your tan will go on smoothly and streak free with all of the dead skin cells removed

We’d love to see your efforts, so take a picture and share it with us on instagram @muddynorfolk

When life returns to normal, we can highly recommend a visit to The Little Retreat just outside Downham Market for a pro scrub.

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