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Enjoy articles written from the young women who are part of our team! Contributions from our UNC interns, PYO employees, and our founder, Elisabeth.

DIY Foot Scrub & Body Oil

Elisabeth Chadbourne

A few weeks ago I partnered with Tracie Little, the wellness coordinator at the Durham Co-Op Market, for a free DIY workshop. We had so much fun and plan to do more DIY nights in the future! For now, I want to share the recipes with y'all! DIY is wonderful because it is empowering, cheap, and trustworthy, as in you know exactly what you are putting in the product and putting on your body! These two recipes are really easy and perfect for spring/ summer time! All the ingredients are available at the Durham Co-Op Market. If this is your first time making your own body care products here are a few tips:


1. Be Flexible- ratios can change a little and be adapted. Substituting is great, trust your instinct! You can really use any container, recycling is perfect, just imagine using the product from the container and make sure it is clean.

2. Essential Oils do extra research if in doubt. Essential oils are very potent and except for lavender and tea tree, shouldn't be applied directly to the skin. Always dilute the essential oils in other ingredients. Mountain Rose Herbs has great tips and safety and usage. New Directions Aromatics has great blending tips. Feel free to email me anytime with questions!

3.  Aware of the natural! I am really into 100% natural body care (obviously) so the recipes I share will always be all natural as well. There is a lot of talk about shelf life with natural products. The truth is, natural products are not going to just spoil overnight, most natural products have 6 months to a 2 year shelf life. When water mixes with oils, bacteria grows. Therefore products like scrubs may spoil faster. However the body oils below should last a long time, at least a year. To lengthen the shelf life, do not put the products in direct sunlight and you can store them in the refrigerator! If you do want to give scrubs as a gift or extend the shelf life, don't be afraid of preservatives.  There are some really safe natural preservatives that can extend shelf life- like citric acid. Okay let's get started!




Refreshing Pink Salt Foot scrub

I don't know about y'all, but this is the time of year when I need to exfoliate my feet! While I use sugar in the body scrubs I sell (it is gentle enough for facial use, moisturizing, and doesn't sting after shaving), I love salt for my feet! This recipe combines two salts for texture and color (yeah the pink salt is real pretty!) However you can make the scrub with only one salt or try another salt blend, like epsom salts! The grapeseed oil is also flexible, you can use any carrier oil like almond oil, apricot oil, or olive oil! Olive oil often has a strong aroma so be aware of this when adding essential oils. You can use coconut oil too, however it will harden in cold months. The recipe below yields one jar, however if you would like to make more just double or triple the recipe and mix it in a bowl instead. Then fill jars after mixing.


Materials: sea salt, pink salt, grapeseed oil, essential oils, 4 oz. jar, measuring cups and spoons.

1.       Measure and pour ¼ cup pink sea salt with ¼ cup plain salt into your 4 oz jar.

2.       Measure 3 tablespoons of grapeseed oil and add to the 4 oz. jar with salts.

3.       Add essential oils of your choice! The maximum would be 48 drops, these strong scents only need 30- 35 drops. Mix well!



10 drops peppermint+ 20 drops rosemary

20 drops rosemary + 20 drops peppermint

20 drops lemon + 10 drops peppermint

20 drops lemon +  20 drops lavender

The ratio depends on your preference! 

Hydrating Body Oil 

If you haven't used body oil as a moisturizer it is time to start! The body oils I make and sell have a complex blend of essential oils and carrier oils. However you can make your own so easily! Body oil is wonderful all year, but I swear by it in the summer. t's light weight, absorbs fast, and you can apply it anytime! Body oil can also be used as a hair serum, bath oil, or shaving oil! Once again, you don't have to use grape seed oil. All the information above regarding containers, substituting, and doubling recipes apply to this recipe as well. 

Materials: grapeseed oil, essential oils, bottle/ jar for packaging, measuring cup.

1.       Pour ½ cup of grapeseed oil into your bottle or jar.

2.      Add essential oils of your choice! For 4 oz. of oil, I recommend around 40 drops of essential oils.


·         Relaxing and soothing body oil

30 drops lavender + 10 drops rosemary

·         Uplifting and energizing body oil

20 drops lemon + 20 drops grapefruit

                                Clean and fresh body oil

20 drops grapefruit + 15 drops lavender + 10 drops peppermint


3.       After adding the essential oils to your bottle with grapeseed oil, close the cap and tighten. Shake well! 

That's all for today! More recipes to come! Please contact me with any questions or comments! 

disclaimer: the information listed below are not based on scientifically proven facts, however they are based on professional experience and research. The photographs used are not originals for the blog.