Exfoliate & Nourish Your Skin With This DIY Body Buff

Editor's note: With temperatures warming up, hemlines and sleeves are bound to get shorter. To prep the skin that's been hibernating under layers of clothes and jackets all winter, exfoliating is a must.

Not only will it gently slough away dead skin cells to reveal a fresh, glowing layer of epidermis, this recipe will also moisturize with three essential oils. Best of all? You can make it yourself whenever you feel the need for a sensory trip to a tropical island.

Tropical Body Buff

To exfoliate and nourish the skin. Be sure not to use on damaged skin or on acne.


  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1 1/4 cups brown or raw sugar
  • 6 drops orange essential oil
  • 4 drops lemongrass essential oil
  • 3 drops ylang-ylang essential

Makes & Keeps: Makes up to 2 1/2 cups. Keeps 6 months.Preparation

Warm the coconut oil in a water bath until it is just melted. Blend with the sugar well. Add the essential oils, making sure to mix well.

To use, massage a little into damp skin and wash off with warm water.

Recipe courtesy of Teri Evans. From The Herbal Handbook for Home and Health by Pip Waller, published by North Atlantic Books, copyright © 2015 by Pip Waller. Reprinted by permission of publisher.

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