Before we get started with today’s post, I have to warn you that you may notice something wonky with the pictures. Sadly, my Mac crashed over the weekend and I haven’t had access to my usual photo editing tools. Although I haven’t lost everything (yay for automatic back-ups!) I’m at the mercy of Apple who are currently working to transfer the data from my old Mac to my spiffy new MacBook Pro. Things should be back to normal by Wednesday’s post but please bear with the funny looking images just for today! 🙂

I have a confession to make.

Those of you who read Eat Spin Run Repeat probably perceive me as a pretty clean-living kinda gal.  I have a passion for vegetables, don’t do a whole lot of boozing, go to bed before many seniors and 10 year olds, and am what you’d call “one of the regulars” at my gym. If I had an online dating profile (and perhaps I should considering dating is one of my 2014 goals), it might read something along the lines of:

“Enjoys running while watching the sun rise, hiking, long walks through the aisles of Whole Foods, and dining at establishments that serve salads in obscenely large bowls. Can pound green smoothies and wheatgrass shots like a champ.”

Anti-Inflammatory Coconut Lime Post-Workout Recovery Smoothie

But there’s one thing that I haven’t been so clean about, and that’s greening up my skincare routine. As a kid, I had some pretty horrific acne. I was on pretty much everything, from Clearasil and Proactiv to more heavy artillery like tetracycline, the Pill, and – shudders at the thought – Accutane. While I take great care to eliminate nasties like preservatives, chemicals and fillers in my food, my skin has been exposed to a whole lotta crap in its 25 years.

It seems coconut oil has become one of the sweethearts in the health & wellness world over the past year, and for good reason too – the stuff is great in many ways! Recently I was running low so I hopped over to NationalNutrition.ca to buy some more. Conveniently, they had a 1.6L tub on sale, so I pounced on the deal. If you’re going to buy it anyway, why not pay a few extra bucks for a supply that will probably last a year, right? (Can you tell I shop at Costco?) Since I’m now very well-stocked, I’ve been using it for many food-related applications – granola making, as a stir-fry oil, an add-in for homemade snack bars, and as a smoothie booster. But as I’m sure you’re already aware, the uses of coconut oil go far beyond the kitchen. I like to slather it on my feet (other runners – if you’re not doing this, get on it!), rub it into my dry elbows and hands, use it as a makeup remover, shaving lotion, lip balm, and hair moisturizer. Not only does it smell amazing and work like a charm, but it doesn’t contain any of the rubbish that off-the-shelf ‘beauty’ products do.

almond and coconut oil

This weekend I was bitten by the crafty bug, something that happens quite often after browsing Pinterest for extended periods of time. Rather than just looking at and pinning pretty pictures (which often makes me feel productive), I actually MADE something.

ingredients for homemade natural body scrubs

As fabulous as coconut oil is on its own, I wanted to venture out and try making my own body scrub with it and a few other easy-to-find, natural ingredients. Most recipes I found called for a combination of the following:

essential oils

  • A coarse exfoliating ingredient – sea salt, cane sugar, brown sugar, ground almonds, etc.
  • An oily or viscous ingredient – coconut oil, almond oil, walnut oil, olive oil, raw honey, shea butter, cocoa butter, vitamin E oil (a natural preservative), etc.
  • A scent – herbs, essential oils, fruit zest, vanilla bean pods, etc.

vanilla citrus and ginger grapefruit natural body scrubs - Eat Spin Run Repeat

I’ve had some grapefruit and tangerine essential oils sitting in my bathroom cupboard for a few months now (mainly because I intended to do this project ages ago) so I began dreaming up ingredient combinations that would allow me to use them. I came up with two that I absolutely love, and here they are:

ginger and grapefruit scrub - eat spin run repeat

Ginger & Grapefruit Body Scrub

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup each almond oil and coconut oil
  •  tablespoon ginger, peeled and minced
  • 3/4 cup sea salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 tsp grated grapefruit zest
  • 20 drops grapefruit essential oil

Instructions:

  • Put the coconut oil and ginger in a small pot. Switch stove heat to low and allow the coconut oil to melt, stirring occasionally for about 4 minutes.
  • Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the almond oil. Let the mixture cool for another 5 minutes, then stir in the salt, sugar, grapefruit zest, and a few drops of grapefruit essential oil until an even mixture forms.
  • Pour the scrub into a mason jar or small jar with a lid.
  • Stir to re-mix before each use as ingredients may separate.

ginger and grapefruit scrub - eat spin run repeat

Not a big fan of grapefruit and ginger? Don’t worry – try this one instead….

vanilla citrus natural body scrub - eat spin run repeat

Vanilla Citrus Body Scrub

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup each almond oil and coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup sea salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 tsp grated orange zest
  • 20 drops tangerine essential oil

Instructions:

  • Put the coconut oil in a small pot. Switch stove heat to low and allow the oil to melt, stirring occasionally for about 4 minutes.
  • Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the almond oil. Let the mixture cool for a couple of minutes (it doesn’t need to be very hot for the coconut oil to melt), then stir in the salt, sugar, vanilla, tangerine zest, and a few drops of tangerine essential oil until an even mixture forms.
  • Pour the scrub into a mason jar or small jar with a lid.
  • Stir to re-mix before each use as ingredients may separate.

Since Saturday, I’ve used each scrub once and love how energizing the scents are first thing in the morning. Not only are these scrubs free of chemicals, but on a per-use basis, they’re not expensive at all! If you live in Canada, you can find every ingredient in (except for the tangerine and grapefruit) at Bulk Barn. Gotta love one-stop shopping! Now I’m dreaming up new scent combinations and adding more DIY skincare products to my to-make list. After all, I’ve got a mountain of coconut oil to get through. Up next: body lotion and lip balm!

vanilla citrus and ginger grapefruit natural body scrubs - Eat Spin Run Repeat

So tell me…

  • Do you pay attention to the chemicals and ingredients in your skin/body care products? Do you make an effort to buy all-natural or organic ones?
  • Have you experimented with making your own beauty products? Any recipes to share?