Sugar scrubs are an exfoliating and relaxing way to start your spring season.

Shopping for bath products such as shower gels, oils, salts and scrubs can be overwhelming with so many options.

The process can be even more frustrating when figuring out which products do and don’t irritate your skin.

An easy and cost-effective way to find a product best for your relaxation time is by creating your own body scrubs at home.

To start, you’ll need an oil base or butter for your scrub, such as shea butter or coconut or almond oil, depending on what works best with your skin type.

“I know some people have a problem with coconut oil. It breaks their skin out. So I would have options,” says Brandy Reinke, a DIY enthusiast who leads craft workshops and makes her own sugar scrubs at home.

The next step is to pick a fragrance for your scrub, which can be any essential oil of your choice.

Reinke prefers relaxing scents such as lavender, but she says it all depends on a person’s preference.

“I do a lot of lavender because it’s soothing and relaxing, but orange and lemon, those are going to be a little more energizing because they’re energizing scents,” she says.

Once you’ve picked out your oil/butter base and scent, the next step is to add sugar to your mix.

“You’ll need two cups of sugar and then about a half of cup of your other ingredients if you’re doing a small jar,” Reinke says.

Once you’ve mixed all the ingredients, the last step for the scrub is to melt it down.

“So to soften my scrubs, I put them in a bowl of hot water or you can use two different pots,” Reinke says. “The heat source is the important thing to soften the scrub.”

Whether you want to save money or just try something new, creating your own body scrub can open up a world of options.

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