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Simple Homemade Sugar Scrub Recipe

Simple, all-natural, and inexpensive sugar scrub recipe with two ingredients.

It's time to pamper yourself with this homemade sugar scrub recipe. Sugar scrubs are great for exfoliating and moisturizing the skin. The sugar ( the exfoliant) buffs away dry dull skin while the oil moisturizes. I like to keep a small jar of sugar scrub on my bathroom sink and use it on my hands. My skin feels so soft after using this sugar scrub.

Homemade sugar scrubs are easy to make at home and versatile. Sugar scrubs can be made with brown sugar, white sugar, or a mixture of both. The same goes for the oils used to make the scrubs. Olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, and grape seed oil are all good choices, although most people prefer light oil when they are making a sugar scrub. Coconut oil is lightweight and nourishing for the skin. Since coconut oil is in a solid state it has to be melted before mixing it with sugar this will add an extra step but it's a simple one. If you are going to use coconut oil it can be melted in the microwave. Place ½ cup of solid coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl for one minute stirring halfway through. My oil of choice for making homemade sugar scrub is grapeseed oil.

Tip: Coconut oil will slightly harden again once it cools. The sugar scrub won't be as creamy as it will be using other oils.

Why I prefer grapeseed oil for homemade sugar scrub Price is a big reason, when I am making skin care products that call for a carrier oil I want quality oil but not an expensive oil. Grapeseed oil costs between $5 and $12 for 24-50 ounces making it cost-effective. This sugar scrub recipe calls for ½ cup of oil which is 4 ounces. A 24-ounce bottle of grapeseed oil at $5 will give me 6 batches of sugar scrub. Including the sugar, you can make a batch of this sugar scrub for $1. Grapeseed oil is also very thin, making it an excellent carrier oil. Grapeseed oil slides across the skin nicely and washes off easily.

Benefits of grapeseed oil for skin-

Lightens scars

Helps to heal and manage acne

Lighten acne scars

Moisturizes the skin

Absorbs quickly onto the skin

Evens skin tone

Can minimize fine lines and wrinkles

Benefits of Olive Oil for skin- Olive oil is rich in vitamin K, vitamin E, and antioxidants. It increases collagen, is moisturizing, promotes wound healing, and has anti-inflammatory properties. Olive Oil can also have anti-aging properties. Did you know Olive Oil is great for treating diaper rash?

Benefits of Coconut Oil for skin- Coconut oil is moisturizing, wound healing, antibacterial, and antifungal. It can help to improve skin tone and lighten dark spots.

Body Scrub can be made with coarse salt following the same recipe! For a refreshing pick me up add 10 drops of orange essential oil.

What You Will Need

1 cup of brown sugar or white sugar

½ cup of olive oil, avocado oil, or grape seed oil

2 drops of vanilla or almond extract ( optional)

10 drops of your favorite essential oil (optional)


1. In a bowl, combine the sugar and oil. Mix well with a wooden spoon until the mixture forms a paste-like consistency.

2. Transfer the sugar scrub mixture into an air-tight container. Store the sugar scrub in the refrigerator for 6 months.

To Use massage the sugar scrub over wet skin. This is an excellent exfoliate and will leave your skin soft and moisturized. Use once or twice a week.

Soothe sore muscles and moisturize your skin with my DIY nourishing muscle rub. This muscle rub is packed with nutrients and has beeswax that will protect your skin. Made with shea butter and coconut oil to nourish skin while it moisturizes and heals dry, cracked, or chaffed skin. This muscle rub recipe can be made without essential oil. I have used many over-the-counter lotions and hand creams and nothing works like this all-natural muscle rub that doubles as a moisturizer.

Sometimes we are hesitant to use homemade products for skin care or cleaning. I use the homemade skincare and cleaning products I post on my blog, they work and are made with non-toxic ingredients. Some products advertise cocoa butter or shea butter but the amount that is in the product is minimal and mixed with toxic ingredients.

Benefits of Shea Butter for skin- Shea butter is rich in antioxidants, highly moisturizing, and has anti-inflammatory properties. Shea butter may help eczema and is rich in vitamins A and E. Shea butter’s moisturizing and antioxidants work together to help your skin generate healthy new cells and can help with fine lines and wrinkles.

Benefits of Cocoa Butter for skin- Cocoa butter contains fatty acids, these fatty acids help to hydrate skin, and creates a protective barrier that holds in moisture. Soothing for dry cracked skin and eczema.

Once you purchase a few essential ingredients you can whip up just about anything at a fraction of the cost as store-bought and feel good about what you are putting on your body. Muscle rub, body butter, and diaper ointment are just a few of the self-care products made with cocoa and shea butter. I will link the recipes for homemade muscle rub, whipped body butter, and diaper ointment below.

If you are new to making your own skincare products I suggest starting with these three ingredients. If you find making self-care products is right for you, you can add other carrier oils, cocoa butter, and essential oils a little at a time.

Coconut oil

Shea butter


Zinc Oxide ( diaper ointment and sunscreen)

Homemade Muscle Rub Recipe- Click Here

Homemade Body Butter Recipe- Click Here

Homemade Diaper Ointment -Click Here

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