How to Make Sugar Scrubs + 6 Sugar Scrub Recipes

How to make sugar scrubs plus 6 homemade sugar scrub recipes

I live in the high desert where the dry climate leads to very dry skin. I like using sugar scrubs to help exfoliate my skin. I combine the sugar with an oil that will moisturize my skin.  I create sugar scrubs for my face, body, and hands and feet.

I alter the type of sugar I use based on what type of scrub I am creating. I use white sugar for facial scrubs, brown sugar which is a little coarser for body scrubs, and raw sugar which is the coarsest sugar for hand and foot scrubs.

types of sugar to use in sugar scrubs

You can use a variety of oils in your sugar scrubs. My favorite oils to use are coconut oil, olive oil, almond oil, and grapeseed oil. I have also used safflower oil and sunflower oil when I was out of the other oils.

The scrubs will keep for 2 – 3 months in a sealed container at room temperature. I use glass jars, porcelain containers, and old china sugar bowls. You can find inexpensive sealed containers at World Market, Target, Walmart, and thrift stores.

Basic Sugar Scrub Recipe:

Ingredients:

3 parts sugar – white, brown, or raw

1 part oil – coconut oil, olive oil, almond oil, or grapeseed oil

Optional add ins: Vitamin E oil, honey, essential oils, vanilla, and/or spices

Directions:

Combine the ingredients in a bowl. Stir until thoroughly combined. Store in a sealed container for up to 2 months. To use, apply sugar scrub to wet skin. Massage the scrub into skin and then rinse with water.

Six Sugar Scrub Recipes

Homemade Sugar Scrub Recipes for face, body, and hands and feet

 

Lavender Sugar Face Scrub:

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
  • 10 drops lavender oil

Directions:

Combine the ingredients in a bowl. Stir until thoroughly combined. Store in a sealed container for up to 2 months. To use, apply sugar scrub to wet skin. Gently massage the scrub into skin, being careful not to get it in your eyes. Rinse with water, pat dry, and continue with your beauty routine.

 

Vanilla Honey Sugar Face Scrub:

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vitamin E oil
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon real vanilla extract

Directions:

Combine the ingredients in a bowl. Stir until thoroughly combined. Store in a sealed container for up to 2 months. To use, apply sugar scrub to wet skin. Gently massage the scrub into skin, being careful not to get it in your eyes. Rinse with water, pat dry, and continue your beauty routine.

 

Brown Sugar Body Scrub:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup almond oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vitamin E oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

Combine the ingredients in a bowl. Stir until thoroughly combined. Store in a sealed container for up to 2 months. To use, apply sugar scrub to wet skin. Massage the scrub into skin and then rinse with water.

 

Cinnamon Brown Sugar Body Scrub:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vitamin E oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions:

Combine the ingredients in a bowl. Stir until thoroughly combined. Store in a sealed container for up to 2 months. To use, apply sugar scrub to wet skin. Massage the scrub into skin and then rinse with water.

Lemon Sugar Hand and Foot Scrub:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw sugar
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 15 drop lemon oil

Directions:

Combine the ingredients in a bowl. Stir until thoroughly combined. Store in a sealed container for up to 2 months. To use, apply sugar scrub to wet skin. Massage the scrub into skin and then rinse with water. After drying, apply lotion and put on socks and/or gloves to help moisturize your hands and feet.

Peppermint Sugar Foot Scrub:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw sugar
  • 1/3 cup grapeseed oil
  • 15 drop peppermint oil

Directions:

Combine the ingredients in a bowl. Stir until thoroughly combined. Store in a sealed container for up to 2 months. To use, apply sugar scrub to wet skin. Massage the scrub into skin and then rinse with water. After drying, apply lotion and put on socks and/or gloves to help moisturize your hands and feet.

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About Alea Milham

Alea Milham is the owner and editor of Premeditated Leftovers. She shares her tips for saving money and time while reducing waste in her home. Her favorite hobby, gardening, is a frugal source of organic produce for her recipes. She believes it is possible to live fully and eat well while spending less.

Comments

  1. I’ve tried to make my own with white sugar and wasn’t thrilled. I’ll dry the coarser sugar which is probably more like what I buy in the stores.. thanks for all the great tips.

  2. I’m thinking of doing the cinnamon brown sugar body scrub for Christmas gifts. Does the olive oil effect the smell? And is it plain olive oil or extra virgin oil?

    • I use extra virgin olive oil. I think the cinnamon masks the scent of the olive oil, but you can use a milder oil if you wish. You can also make a very small batch, keeping the ratios the same, to see what you think.

  3. Hey Alea,
    thanks for this lovely recipe.
    Just made some and will try it out later tonight :)

  4. Thanks for the recipes! I tries sugar scrub with coconut oil this week. Remember never use on your feet in the shower because the coconut oil is slippery and you risk falling.
    Cheers.

  5. I love the natural ingredients for the scrubs, but is there a way to retain a longer shelf life for the scrubs?

  6. Great tips and I agree with all your recipes except for the facial scrub. You should not use coconut oil on your face because its comedogenic (pore clogging). Coconut oil works wonders as a body moisturizer though; I’ve used it in place of lotion for years. Thanks for the recipes!

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