DIY Skin Detox Body Scrub

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Sugar Body Scrubs seem to be all the rage on Pinterest. I saw this awesome looking sugar and coconut oil scrub once. I immediately whipped up a batch of coconut oil sugar scrub only to discover my body really didn’t like having thousands of tiny razor-sharp sugar granules rubbed all over it.

Later, a friend (who has the most gorgeous skin!) recommended using a baking soda and vodka mixture.  This friend is an Aussie, a beach bum, and spends her life in the sun. And yet, her skin is beautiful. I decided a fusion of the two scrubs would be amazing!

This skin detox body scrub is great for several reasons. The vodka is a great cleanser. –Honestly, I’ve never drank the stuff, and I don’t know how people can. It smells just like rubbing alcohol!– The skin detox body scrub pulls impurities, toxins from the environment, and built-up excess oils from your skin. The baking soda gives you a deep clean (almost like a nice microdermabrasion). The result is incredibly clean, smooth skin and smaller pores.

I want to note that this is a Skin Detox Body Scrub. Just like you wouldn’t do any internal detox body remedy all the time, I wouldn’t recommend using this boxy scrub daily. I’ve heard it recommended by others to use this scrub twice a week for about 2 weeks and then about once every week or every other after that as maintenance.

Making the Skin Detox Body Scrub is so easy!

Here is what you’ll need:

DIY Body Detox Scrub ingredients

  1. Vodka — Should be at least triple distilled. You’re not going to need much so buy the smallest bottle you can find.
  2. Coconut Oil — Can be refined or unrefined.
  3. Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate)
  4. Small Jar


Making Skin Detox Body Scrub

Fill the jar all the way full with baking soda. It will settle quite a bit when you add the vodka so don’t be shy about filling it all the way up (with baking soda).


Pour vodka in small amounts into the jar. Stir in between each pour. Add enough vodka so that the texture of the vodka/baking soda mixture becomes putty-like.

Skin Detox Scrub



Add 1-2 teaspoons of coconut oil and stir.

And, that, my friends is it! Feel free to add a few drops of your favorite essential oil or just a tiny bit of vanilla!

DIY Skin Detox Body Scrub

I found after a couple uses during the winter that the mixture of just baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) and vodka left my skin a little too dry. So I decided to add a little coconut oil. I didn’t want to loose any of the cleansing effect so I added just enough to help my body retain a little of it’s moisture without making it retain any of its dirt and toxins.

How to make your own DIY Skin Detox Body Scrub

*One thing to note: Because this has alcohol in it, if you have cracked skin or an open wound, it will sting. You may just decide it is better to wait to use until your skin is healed. 🙂

I absolutely love how soft my skin is (especially my face!!!) is after I use this skin detox body scrub! It feels so clean! The baking soda is so much gentler on my skin than the sugar, and the coconut oil gives just the right amount of moisture!

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  1. Coconut oil is so soothing to your skin. I love using it!
  2. What a fun idea! I bet it does feel awesome. I made a bath salt that called for Vodka and it was so invigorating!
  3. Wow, I have never heard of using vodka in a recipe like this before! Very intriguing! I definitely want to try this.
  4. How interesting that it uses Vodka! I haven't seen a scrub recipe like this before. I want to try it.
  5. David Fultner says
    This a very cool. But I do not want to give up vodka.
  6. I've never thought of using vodka as a skin detox. I have a bottle of vodka that was gifted to me and never been opened, so I can make a batch of this!
  7. Omg it's amazing!!! I have always have trouble spots on my belly and legs and arms.
  8. I love making my own body products. I can't wait to try this I am going to add some lavender to it just for some aromatherapy.
  9. Never heard of vodka being used or listerine (just found out). These are all great ideas. I would love to start using.
  10. Wow This looks great. I love making my own body scrubs
  11. Nicole Dziedzic says
    This is perfect for summer, a must have essential in the bathroom i say, great way to really deep clean and cleanse the skin. Awesome DIY!
  12. Nicole Dziedzic says
    This is a awesome scrub to scrub away the dead skin and smooth over ruffness. Perfect for summer weather, great way to pamper yourself.