Skin Detox DIY

This Cucumber Body Scrub is the skincare version of light Spring lunch… because, I know my body has been asking for fresh greens, both inside and out! 🙂

This is a fresh scrub, made with fresh ingredients

Basil: Around this time of year – we start feeling a little more active, spend a little more time outdoors and often that comes with a bit of soreness. And that where basil is so helpful – it’s a soothing herb that relieves pain and irritations, it helps reduce inflammation from bug bites and rashes. It’s also incredibly antibacterial and cleansing, which helps to prevent breakouts. 

Grapefruit Peel: Just the scent alone does it for me, it’s like sunshine! You could use lime or lemon peel, but I do like grapefruit for a scrub, because the essential oil stimulates and boosts your circulation. Used regularly, this helps with cellulite.

Cucumber: We have that old image of cucumber slices and spa treatments – it’s a little cliche – but cucumber really are the ultimate skincare. It’s very hydrating and helps with inflammation, to reduce puffiness or irritations. But, also the dark-green skin of the cucumber is where the vitamins are, like most fruits and veggies. So we’re throwing that into our scrub too! Cucumbers gives you a boost anti-aging vitamin C and skin-plumping vitamin A.

Sea Salt: This is the exfoliant of our scrub, which helps to stimulate your skin, clear away build up and bring out a beautiful glow. You can use sugar, but sea salt is especially helpful for detoxing. It cleans out your pores and clears out bacteria that can otherwise cause inflammation or breakouts.


1 handful fresh basil

1/4 cup rice bran oil (or oil of choice)

3 inch slice of cucumber

1/2 cup fine sea salt

peel of 1 grapefruit

8 drops grapefruit essential oil (optional)


Start by peeling and dicing the cucumber – and then set aside the skin. 

In a blender, blitz the salt and the peeled, diced cucumber together until it’s all well combined. Just a few seconds.

Pour it out into a big bowl. I think it’s worth taking the extra step here to press it through a sieve so that there’s no accidental bits of cucumber left in – that way you get a very smooth scrub! 

Now it’s time to make the oil blend. In the same blender, combine the oil, fresh basil, cucumber skin and grapefruit peel.

Blend for a few seconds until it’s all well combined

Strain out the grassy green oil – and discard the pulp. Use a very fine sieve or a nut milk bag. You can also use a cheese cloth. We just want the pure oil press it through a sieve so that there’s no accidental bits of cucumber left in – that way you get a very smooth scrub! 

If you have essential oils, add in a few drops. I’d go with grapefruit or lavender. They’re both inexpensive and will kick things up a good notch! 🙂

Storage: keep it in the fridge in an airtight container. Will last 1 week 


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