Review – DIY Body Sugar Scrub from Eco-Me

I’m the kind of person who bookmarks all kinds of articles about using what’s in my kitchen cabinets or refrigerator to wash or condition my hair naturally.

In theory, it’s a good idea. DIY mixtures are almost always cheaper than organic, paraben-free body products on the shelf, and they certainly save the waste of buying plastic bottles over and over again, even if they end up in my recycling bin. Plus, if I mixed up my own face wash or shampoo, I’d know exactly what I’m putting on my hair and skin.

In actual practice, I am too lazy.

I never go back and reread the articles. And while I do forgo commercial cleaning products for things like baking soda and vinegar and have even been known to make my own Halloween face paint, I’ve never created facial scrubs from oatmeal and milk or deep-conditioned my hair with olive oil. I’ve never–not once–tried any of the natural bodycare *recipes* that permeate the Internet, partly because ingredients like essential oils can be hard to find and partly because the process seems finicky.

Behold, the solution for the semi-motivated:

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Recently, I was sent a sample for Eco-Me’s Make-Your-Own Body Sugar Scrub for review. The basic premise is this: Eco-Me conducted the research and the shopping for people who want to make their own body products and then created kits to make the process easier. This one, for example, contains an essential oil blend with lavender, bergamot, and lime; a reusable, recycled (PET) jar with measuring lines marked on it; and a loofah scrub. I had to add the sugar and olive oil.

It was always going to take a kit like this to get me on the road to DIY body care, especially since I didn’t have to make a trip to the store for special ingredients, which I am unlikely to do. Sugar and olive oil are staples in this house, and they’re pretty affordable, too.

As for this particular mixture, the essential oil blend smelled really strong–almost too strong–when I first opened the box. Eco-Me describes it as *invigorating,* and I’d say that’s a fair word to use. Once all mixed up, though, the scrub smells bright and fresh but not overpowering.

I haven’t noticed any difference in performance between this DIY sugar scrub and the premixed versions in the store, either. Since I live in Florida and I telecommute, usually barefoot, that’s saying a lot. The moisturizing/exfoliating combo might just save the skin on my neglected heels.

My one complaint? Measuring and mixing the ingredients directly into the jar for the scrub itself made for messy work, although I suspect that’s a user (read: this user) problem. And if it’s a question of spilled olive oil and sugar over the excess packaging of a larger container from Eco-Me, this Asthma Mom doesn’t mind a little clean-up.

8 responses to “Review – DIY Body Sugar Scrub from Eco-Me”

  1. wendy says:

    Sounds good! I might just try it.

    Oh, and you can make your own “essential oil” by putting some olive oil in a potpourri crock pot (the kind you just plug into the wall), and adding any kind of dried herb you want: lavender, calendula, rose petals, dried orange peel. Steep it for a couple of hours and the whole house will smell good.
    Strain the herbs off and presto! You have your “essential oil” for massaging into skin or using as a base for skin cream.

  2. Amy says:

    Ah, now that’s a great tip. Thank you! I do the oil/herb steeping for air freshener thing, but I had no idea you could use it on skin, too.

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