Rainforest Restoration: Botanical Body Scrub Recipes from the Blue Osa Spa

While your hands probably can’t match the magic of our in-house masseuses, with a little DIY spirit, you can at least have a bowl of one of their rejuvenating botanical body scrubs at your side. These delicious recipes bring the rich scents of Costa Rican ingredients and the therapy of the Tropics straight to your own home.

Our in-house healers are committed to using native and indigenous healing elements to rejuvenate and restore the body. They’ve developed these recipes using fresh local ingredients that exfoliate, hydrate, and even improve circulation, and they avoid all those toxic ingredients that you find in store-bought beauty products.

While you don’t have to harvest these lush ingredients straight from your backyard like we do at Blue Osa, you do want to make a fresh batch each time you do a body scrub.

So put your work aside, turn off the television, whip up a cocktail for yourself and mix up one of our simple spa recipes for a delicious body scrub. Get ready to wash away your dry skin and give yourself that tropical glow.

Gentle and Sensitive: Coconut Body Scrub Recipe


With coconut oil, the possibilities are endless.

Our Coconut Body Polish is ideal for anyone with sensitive skin, as it offers a light exfoliation that’s less abrasive than other scrubs. The coconut oil makes it extra moisturizing while the sugar cane and carrot gently cleanses and rids you of dead skin cells. The coconut shavings and lemongrass will leave you feeling and smelling like paradise.

-Grated coconut (fresh when possible)
-Virgin coconut oil
-Raw sugar cane

Blend the carrots and lemongrass until smooth. Combine small quantities of each ingredient until you have a scrub that is wet but still solid. Don’t drown it in coconut oil or it will be difficult to handle.

Brush your body with the scrub in a circular motion for a few minutes and then rinse. You can repeat this several times.

Energizing and Lifting: Coffee Lover Body Scrub Recipe

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This one is our most popular scrub! The caffeine in coffee grounds is great for energizing and lifting your skin. Coffee releases toxins that reduce fat build up as well. I love to do this scrub before a night on the town! It’s also a good morning scrub to wake you up – make yourself a cup of joe and then re-use the grounds in your scrub after they’ve dried a bit.

-Freshly ground coffee beans
-Raw sugar cane
-Sweet orange essential oil (if you have it)
-Olive oil

Blend the ginger and mint until smooth. Combine ground coffee and olive oil until you have a scrub that is wet but still solid enough to handle. Add in small quantities of the other ingredients.

Gently brush your body with the scrub in a circular motion for a few minutes and then rinse. You can repeat this several times.

Detoxing and Relaxing: Sea Salt and Herbs Body Scrub Recipe

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This scrub will deeply cleanse and detoxify your skin. The ingredients balance, hydrate, and purify, and the chamomile and lavender work to relax your muscles. The scent is divine and really helps to quiet the mind as well.

-Sea salt
-Green tea
-Lavender (buds or essential oil)
-Oil of your choice

Combine the sea salt and oil until you have a mixture that is wet but still easy to handle. Open the tea bags for your chamomile and green tea if it is not already loose leaf, and add the leaves to your mixture. Blend the lemongrass and mint until smooth, and add them in along with a drop or two of lavender essential oil. If you’re using lavender buds, blend them with the mint and lemongrass.

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We want you to enjoy some of Blue Osa’s treats at home, but we’re not giving away all of our spa secrets! If you come to Blue Osa, our body scrub treatments include a full 60-minutes of exfoliating massage, and we also offer everything from body wraps and facials to Reiki and Thai Massage.

Need some deep healing? Book yourself a Blue Osa Spa Package today, and enjoy spa treatments of your choice every single day.

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About The Author

elizabethElizabeth Aldrich is a lifelong traveler and freelance writer specializing in arts and entertainment, travel and lifestyle, and finance and business writing. She’s written for outlets as varied as Rawckus Music & Arts Magazine, Credit Karma, Sweden Tips, and Engadget. Elizabeth has a knack (read: obsession) for finding the best deals, travel hacks, and hidden gems everywhere she goes, which she blogs about at Temporary Provisions. You can find her playing the urban romantic in NYC, downing Stumptown coffee in her hometown of Portland, OR, or retreating from the madness in the rain forests of Costa Rica. To see more of her work, visit her at www.elizabethaldrich.com.

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