Luxurious Sugar Scrub Recipe

how to make natural sugar scrubs FACT: Sugar is not good for your intestines!

FACT: Sugar can be very good for your skin…

Those expensive sugar scrubs you see in department stores and spas… they cost pennies to make! Sugar scrubs are a simple beauty recipe with countless variations, and they can be incredibly moisturizing and exfoliating to the skin.

If you are new to making your own beauty products (or even if you are a veteran natural beauty alchemist) I highly encourage you to try out these sugar scrub recipes.

They can be used on face, body, and (especially) feet, for silky skin. You can add endless ingredients for your desired outcome, and they take under ten minutes to make.

Convinced yet?

Here’s The Basic Recipe:

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Luxurious Sugar Scrub Recipe
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Homemade sugar scrub with natural sugars and oils is great for exfoliating skin naturally.
Recipe type: Beauty
  • ½ cup sugar (white sugar or brown sugar)
  • ¼ cup oil (olive or coconut are great)
  • Optional: essential oils
  1. Mix all ingredients and store in an air tight jar.
  2. Use 1 tablespoon as needed in the shower. Scrub skin with the mixture and rinse will. it will leave your skin feeling like silk.
Sound simple? It is!

Here are a few of my favorite variations:

These last on the counter for up to 2 months (or more) and smell good enough to eat… Actually, they are good enough to eat, but don’t… sugar is bad for your intestines!

All of the ingredients (except the sugar) are available in high quality organics here.

Ever made your own sugar scrub or facial products? What is your favorite combination? Let me know below!

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Reader Comments

  1. gina says

    I made sugar scrubs for my female friends for Christmas last year (2010). I found the cutest Christmas tree jars and made peppermint scrub…they came out so cute!

    • Jaime says

      I’m going to make one with natural raw sugar, chamomile extract from tea, coconut oil, ground oatmeal, honey, and vanilla.

      • Kim says

        I use used grounds. What’s important is the coarseness of coffee but not substitute coffee with sand or things like that. Coffee, like sugar is skin friendly. The aroma of the coffee is a bonus which gives the skin its fresh scent.

    • Susan Mendoza says

      hey ya!
      how do you keep the coffee grounds and rest of ingredients from going moldy?
      Is it possible to store the scrub? Or use it immediately?

      • Kim says

        In a covered container or Ziploc, then store in the fridge. This will keep for weeks. Saving your daily coffee grounds will be too much, tough, if you do this.

      • Carissa says

        You can add citric acid to any product to maintain shelf life. Your grocery store may even cover it. There are also certain essential oils that maintain freshness as well. :-)

  2. says

    I made my one with sugar, cinnamon, coffee grinds and olive oil. Just fantastic! My skin feels so soft and not dry at all. Normally my skin will get dry and itchy after a shower even if I do lather myself in lotion. Gives me ideas .. I bet this could be turned into awesome Birthday and Christmas gifts for my friends and family.

    • Katerinaheddell says

      Texture, sugar is usually softer on your face than salts, and any other grounds because it is much smaller (especially brown. White sugar is a little closer to a salt feeling)  If you are using the scrub everyday on your face  you’ll probably want a soft exfoliant because the harder ones take off more skin and can do camage over time. But for your body any of the above will work perfectlt. It all depends on what scents you favor.

  3. says

    I cannot use a topical vitamin E in any of my lotions or soaps, as they make my skin break out in hives, whereas I can ingest it…and yes, I experimented with various things and the common ingredient every time was the E :-p

    Anyway, is there another oil or something that can replace the E in these recipes? I know in the shampoo one (which I plan on making ASAP) someone mentioned using jojoba, but not sure if that would translate over into a scrub or lotion as well.

    • Laura says

      You can try any one of these:
      Grape seed oil, also EXCELLENT for anti-aging facial products
      Coconut Oil
      Olive Oil
      Avocado Oil
      Almond oil is good too, but my skin is sensitive and SUPER dry especially in the Winter. Almond oil is too heavy for me. I had the best luck with Grape Seed and Avocado.

      Good Luck!!

    • Terri says

      Jojoba oil contains Vitamin E so you might have issues with it too. you could try a little Germaben for the preservative properties.

    • Caro Chappel says

      Christine Hadley. I have VERY sensitive skin as well. Jojoba is actually a wax from the berries. So this stuff will not go rancid. Ever! Jojoba is also the closest to the body’s natural sebum (I think that is how you spell it lol) or natural oil production.

      I have mature, problemed sensitive skin and cannot use much. But! I have had great luck with the following oils; Grapeseed. (100% dilution, Jojoba 100% dilution, Hazelnut 100% dilution, And Olive Oil 100% dilution)

      Note: Olive oil is anti-infammatory. Great! For sensitive skins! And Hazelnut is Antiseptic. Great for a foot oil! Good luck all!

  4. kbl says

    Thanks for the variations! I use, and really like, a brown sugar, oatmeal, olive oil scrub. I’ll have to try one of your recipes though.

  5. kerry says

    I’ve made a scrub like these before but the olive oil totally coated my whole bath tub. It made is very slippery and hard to clean- anyone else have this issue? What did you do?

        • Bets says

          A few months ago when washing my hair with just baking soda – I used a little to ‘wash’ my face – AMAZING – left my face cleaned & soft.
          Now I make certain to ‘wash’ my face with baking soda.

          • sara says

            Baking soda, as opposed to Baking Powder is actually alkaline and wonderful for the skin. It dissolves grime on hands and other areas of skin very quickly and softens skin in the process. You can throw a few tablespoons in a bath to soften the water if you have itchy skin or skin rashes.

  6. Melissa says

    So I made a batch of scrub yesterday, and I used it on my hands shortly after I finished and I loved it! However, this morning, I was going to use it in the shower, but it was as hard as a rock, I guess due to the coconut oil hardening? Is there any way short of keeping it a warmer temperature to keep the coconut oil from hardening?

  7. says

    I made mine with brown sugar, coconut oil, peppermint essential oil, vitamin E oil, and a splash of vanilla extract. It gave it a very warm scent. Yes, the tub gets very slippery, but I spray it with scrubbing bubbles after my shower and let it sit for about 10 minutes and rinse. So far, no one has fallen :)

  8. says

    I made this with coconut oil and used some lemon and tangerine essential oils…it was glorious. Tip on easy clean up: Add 2 cups white vinegar, 1/4 cup baking powder and 30 drops leamon essential oil to a spray bottle, spritz the tub and shower after getting out and wait go dry off anf primp then come back and rinse away! That easy!

  9. Victoria H says

    A few days ago I made a great invigorating sugar scrub. I used 1/2 cup white sugar, 1/2 cup epson salt, 3-4 Tlbs almond oil, and 1 tsp lemon essential oil. I mix all of the ingredients together and placed them an air tight jar. I think it would be good to use on my entire body during a shower but, so far I have only used it to scrub my hands in the kitchen. It feels and smells so good, and leaves my hands smooth and fresh. I have to make myself rinse because I get caught up in the moment.

    • Hope Clark says

      Did you put essential oils in your scrub? I bet that’s what made you itch. I use essential oils all the time but if I put them into a product I’m applying to myself I get super itchy and it kinda burns. I put extracts in my scrub. The stuff in the baking isle. I have only used pure extract but I suppose imitation would work as well. I make a sugar, honey and almond extract scrub that’s smells amazing! Also, people with sensitive skin should stay away from the salt scrubs. The sugar is gentle and wont leave you looking and feeling like you were scrubbed with a Brillo pad.

        • Suzy says

          If you are allergic to essential oils, be very careful with the extracts too. My daughter is highly sensitive to both, so I’ve done a lot of reading about essential oils and sensitivity, and you may find that it is better to just leave your scrub unscented. A little disappointing but better than rash/sensitivity. Good luck!

          • Belen says

            Hello! It may have to do with the quality of the essential oil. I am a Massage Therapist and have been using essential oils on my clients (for 12 years now) with no allergy reactions at all. I only use Young Living, so pure you can even ingest them. Let me know if you want to try them!!! Just discovered this page…and loving it!

      • Cait says

        Exfoliating your face everyday is so bad for you. You can end up with broken capillaries etc. Try once a week or once a fortnight….

        • Patricia Underwood says

          It depends on what you’re exfoliating with. When ‘scrubs’ first came on the scene, they were made with crushed/broken almond shells & such. Those tear & injure your skin & the abrasions just LOVE bacteria. Things that dissolve – like sugar or salt – don’t cause that kind of damage because the ‘sharp’ edges soften almost immediately. If you have dry skin, though, salt is a bad choice.

  10. Natalie says

    I just made this, using a mix of olive, coconut & avocado oil. This is the first time I’ve made any home-made beauty products. I’m so sold! I scrubbed my feet & they feel amazing, as well as my hands! I love it!

  11. Maggie Trilik says

    How often would you recommend using this? I currently don’t have a skin care system since I’ve been having some trouble finding good skin care products to use. I want to go au naturale so I’m thinking about making a combination of the oil cleansing method and this sugar scrub. Do you think this would be a good way to go for daily cleansing?

  12. Amanda Dawn says

    I mix brown sugar with raw honey. It leaves me face clean and super soft, plus the honey kills the bacteria that causes acne. I use it once a week, sometimes 2-3 times a week if I am having major breakouts. Honey can clear acne and it is a lot less smelly and cheaper than store bought products!!

  13. Tara Motten says

    The one I made is white. I love it! Is there a chemical free/organic way to dye it pink? Preferably a method that would not require refrigeration. I want to make it as a party favor for a baby shower. Thanks!

    • Teri says

      You can also use rose kaolin clay powder to tint it pink naturally. I haven’t used it in a scrub yet, but it works great in cp soap making!

    • Jen says

      I would never add a tint to something likely to stick to the tub or sink, I think it would be a like a white elephant gift. (I wouldn’t want ANOTHER job of cleaning the ring of stain off after my pampering moment.) Also, I’m concerned about the solid coconut oil clogging the drain over time as it would coat as it cools going down and solidifies every time …and using a degreaser after an organic product seems…. silly. A degreaser is inhaled at higher toxic levels than things you put on your skin, too. I just don’t get why you wouldn’t buy all these wonderfully scented scrubs at Bath and body works if the environment isn’t a concern and save some money, coconut oil and essential oils are EXPENSIVE! Am I missing something?

      • Cheri says

        My guess would be that making these products with organic oils versus buying sugar scrubs from a chain is better (much!) due to ALL the chemicals that are in the store bought scrubs?? Good point on the coconut oil possibly plugging up the drains?? I would also like to add that using a “therapeutic grade” essential oil would help. I only use Young Living EOs for anything I make!

        • kelly says

          My solution for risking clogging your drains with the coconut oil is that using the scrub is always the first thing I do when I get in the shower. By the time I’ve washed my hair and the rest of me, I feel like the hot shower has run long enough to wash it away. I have not had a problem with it making the tub slippery or with it clogging the drains, but I don’t use a lot.

  14. Olivia D says

    I made this yesterday, using brown sugar, olive oil, sunflower oil, Carmel extract and Castile liquid soap. It smells so yummy. Hands and face are soft as a baby….

  15. Ana Happypants says

    Do you use this as cleanser and moisturizer, or do you still moisturize afterwards? So far, I only used it on my hands, but they feel nice and moist without adding anything else to it. Just curious what the recommendation would be. Thanks!

  16. Paola says

    silly question ;-)

    how much is 1 cup? ;-D
    is it 250ml or 200ml?
    I would like to do a bit less then it’s in most of recipes.

    Thank you!

  17. Mandy Noble says

    I love making sugar scrubs, especially considering how expensive they are to buy. I personally use a recipe of sugar, oil (vitamin e or olive) and 5 drops each of juniper berry and orange essential oils; it smells amazing! I’m glad I found your site, now I have more recipes to try :)

  18. Anya Table says

    I was just wondering for the facial scrub could I use brown sugar instead of white and could I use peppermint instead of lavender oil?

    • Waynette says

      Brown sugar works fine, I mix brown and white sugar, Try adding a tablespoon or so of cocoa powder also. Smells wonderful, made some for my daughter-in-law and son. They love it.

  19. says

    Has anyone tried adding castile soap to improve its cleansing properties? I’m definitely going to try it, but wanted to know what you guys thought about proportions? Love the pumpkin pie variation, perfect for fall :)

    • Staci 'Grainne' Corcoran says

      You might want to try it first, I am finding that my face actually gets surprisingly clean with oil-cleansing, I’d expect sugar-scrub to be very similar. Good luck! :)

    • Susan says

      I would think that if you are very careful to NOT use wet hands to scoop the scrub out and NEVER let even a drop of water get in it ,it should stay “good” and bacteria free for weeks…BUT what are the chances of that ?? Please always be careful with any water getting in the container and make small bathes.

  20. says

    Almond oil and coconut are great! As the author of many DIY skin care books, I enjoy using almond oil a lot in my own recipes. Rosehip seed oil is a great alternative and it has an added benefit of healing scarring faster. Thanks for sharing your recipes. :)

  21. Gretchen Butts-Shaw says

    When using coconut oil, does it come in a liquid form? The coconut oil I cook w/ is solid, in a jar. So, so you use this sold form for the scrubs???

    • Andi Surface says

      Coconut oil melts to a liquid around 74 degrees. I found out in accident when I went for my jar this summer and found it a little different than when I left it. Body heat melts it right away. Also I saw a comment that the heat from a warm shower will melt it perfect to use.

  22. Ginamarienj71 says

    Hi. I worked in a spa for years and a quick tip : keep a magic eraser in your shower and wipe the walls/ tub / floor down prior to getting out and obviously, after you use your scrub. Best for keeping your shower clean , soap scum and oil slick free. I highly recommend elizabethvanburen and mountainroseherbs for excellent, clean and healthy products. Best

  23. palet says

    Tis the season to grind up all of that peppermint candy that will never be eaten, I think we have about 5 pounds of it around here. I will grind it in the food processor and I am thinking about using pure glycerine for the oil. I am sixty years old and truly remember the glycerine/rose water moisturizer my grandmother used. She is still alive and lively so anything she ever did, I am doing and she still has beautiful skin. Any opinion about the glycerin? It is a very thick liquid. I do love all of these other recipes and will try the out.

  24. Haley says

    I found a recipe
    – Olive Oil
    -Sugar( brown or white)
    -lemon juice
    Mix in as much as you want and then wash and dry your hands :)
    I just made and my hands have never been so soft.

  25. Alecia Dawson says

    I was wanting to make some of these for my sisters baby shower to give away as favors. But I need to make a label for them and don’t know what to put on the directions on how to use. Can you help me out???

    • Jen says

      Get a simple label at target, there are some really cute old fashioned ones. Put a separate paper in the goody bag to show the recipe (for allergen alerts or making their own later) and how to use it. ( :

  26. Willow Hoaglund says

    Hello! I love making sugar scrubs for gifts! Here’s the one we make most often- 2 parts white sugar, one part coconut oil, 5 drops of peppermint essential oil, and crushed leftover candy canes! mixed in :) Yum!
    We make the brown sugar spice combo too… amazing.

  27. Elizabeth Chase says

    I am making a coconut sugar scrub, just a stupid question?…When I apply to my face and scrub…how do I remove it and/or clean my face after the removal?

  28. Lynda Schiere says

    Is it okay, or wise, to do an oil cleansing and a scrub on the same day? I have a 10 year old grandaughter that has terrible skin, and I’m trying to find ways to help her.

      • Lynda Schiere says

        Thanks, Katie.
        She loved it when I did the oil cleansing. I’ve actually been able to convince her to keep it up on her own. Dietary issues…that is probably very true.
        Appreciate your website very, very much!

      • Belen says

        Hello! It may have to do with the quality of the essential oil. I am a Massage Therapist and have been using essential oils on my clients (for 12 years now) with no allergy reactions at all. I only use Young Living, so pure you can even ingest them. Let me know if you want to try them!!! Just discovered this page…and loving it!

  29. Cindy says

    For these recipes using 1 cup sugar, 1 cup almond oil and your essential oil….what size jar does that need for your final product? I’m trying to make these are favors for my daughter’s 10th bday mani-pedi party and need to get the amounts right.

  30. Stephanie says

    Can you mess around with different oils? Like using jojoba and almond oil or olive and almond or olive and jojoba? I read that jojoba and almond are both carrier oils and am not sure as to that statement, but I figured they’d be okay with this mixture? I only ask cause I buy a lot of jojoba oil and olive oil, I use it for oil cleansing too! :)

  31. Carol Durham says

    I am making a scrub for the first time and my recipe calls for epsom salt. Can that be substituted for these recipes I see above? What is the main difference between using sugar or salt? Does the sugar and salt eventually melt in the oil? What is the shelf life of a scrub? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

  32. Jean says

    I have some honey that has gone sugary. I used it in a scrub and it worked well – 1 part sugar, 1 part sugared honey, 1 part oil (olive, almond, etc.). Add whatever other essential oils or spices you like for scent or other benefits.

  33. Glenda Borrello says

    Glad I found your site, very good information with easy recipes. This is my first time making a homemade scrub and like the others I’m hooked too.
    Here’s my tip. I wanted to use the scrub on my feet but because of the oil I wanted to be very careful and avoid slipping in the shower. So I put a washcloth under each foot when I showered. Worked just fine.

  34. Melanie R. says

    Hi. Nice blog! I’m learning a lot. Is it true that the Vitamin E oil will make the scrub last longer? Thanks.

  35. Deholars says

    Plenty stupid questions….

    will appreciate responses please, thank you.

    I live in Africa, where the temperature is mostly warm, can someone please tell me if scrubs have to be refrigerated to have long shelf life and whats the maximum time that they can be used.

    Does vitamin E darken the skin tone? also in using honey, do you mean raw honey with the combs or store bought honey in jars, well processed honey i mean. will either work or one works better than the other.

    lastly, can one add orange, lemon zest, grated into the sugar scrub??????? (i know, weird and silly, yes??)


    • says

      With just sugar and oil, it should last even if not refrigerated. I’ve never heard of Vitamin E darkening skin. Either honey should work and zest can be added, but then it will need to be refrigerated.

      • Therese B. says

        If I add honey to one of the recipes you have here ( 1c. brown sugar+ 1/2 c. coconut oil) How much do I use???????? Have a child with acne.

  36. Cindy says

    I made a sugar scrub with coconut oil, cane sugar, table salt and vanilla extract. I used it as an all over body scrub in place of soap. Since then I have washed with soap several times, but for the first time ever I cannot get rid of a strong underarm odor that no longer responds to soap. I have tried disinfecting the area with rubbing alcohol and, on a separate occasion, with hydrogen peroxide 3%. Nothing works. Could the coconut oil sugar scrub have clogged the pores or trapped the odor somehow? Is there a way to completely remove the residue of the scrub from the underarms? Thanks.

    • Erin says

      It is very possible that the natural bacteria under your arm are feeding on the residue of the scrub, as bacteria LOVE sugar. Very possible. Just a thought.

        • Cindy says

          I haven’t had luck with the DIY deodorant. It works for a few hours, then it’s off to the races! Plus, w/ the aluminum-base deo, you can go every other day w/ showers, but w/ the DIY natural deo, it’s hell’s bells the next day.

          • Nancy says

            I’ve had good luck with Primal Pit Paste. I did just change to their stronger version but in regular deodorant I used a stronger version too. My husband, who works outside a lot in 90 plus temps uses Primal Pits regular concoction and is satisfied with it.

          • Alyna says

            After I went vegan (had been vegetarian for many years) my body odor is much different. I used to feel very embarrassed, even with strong deodorants and antiperspirants but now I can just use natural deodorant and I smell fresh at the end of each day (this was not the case before)!

    • Jupiter says

      the bacteria from your underarm is feeding off the extra sugar, that is why you have a stronger body smell. peronally i do not think you can get rib of it now with any of these type cleaners as the are not addressing the bacteria.

      I started making my own deordorant because I never used commercial products and i had a very strong body ordor, i have figured out how to kill the underarm bactria using simple products, but i am currently talking about selling the reciepe so i can not post it.

  37. Ann Fure says

    I would like to make sugar or dead sea salt scrubs to sell –
    Is it not a good idea with the sugar because it only has a too short shelf life? How long is it?
    What kind of shelf life does a dead sea salt scrub have?

  38. Erika says

    I tried this yesterday and am so glad to have found your site!

    To keep the scrubs affordable, are you using processed white sugar (e.g., store brand white)? The only sugar I have at home is rapadura which worked very nicely as a scrub, but it’s not cheap and I feel a little angst watching it go down the drain :) Also, do you think it matters if you use coffee grounds after they’ve been made into coffee? I love the idea of using something I was going to compost anyway.

  39. terry pierce says

    I am pre-diabetic. Will a sugar scrub add itself somehow, into my inner organs/ Through my pores,mane?? Is it safe for someone with pre-diabetic issues?



  40. Lisa says

    Just made a scrub by adding ground cacao nibs to the Vanilla Brown Sugar Scrub. Used white sugar and increased the almond oil a little. Smells so yummy!!!!!

  41. Jena says

    I made my first sugar scrub with a few tablespoons of sugar, a little olive oil, and the juice from an orange that was too dried out to eat. It was really nice!

    The next I made was for my mom’s tea-themed gift for Mother’s Day. I call it Green Tea Lemonade. I used sugar, olive oil, the tea from 1 tea bag, lemon zest, and lemon juice! You can’t smell the green tea, but the tea made it a nice green color and of course is very good for skin! So that made up for it. I also made a lemon scrub or myself and my sister. Excited to start giving different variations as gifts!

  42. Jan says

    Just made some of this with olive oil, white sugar, and tea tree, peppermint, and orange essential oils to use as foot scrub. It smells and feels terrific! Some is going in a basket with homemade foot soak for my mom for mother’s day. Thanks for the recipe. I may even try to whip up some of your lotion and scent it to match.

  43. Hannah says

    I am going to try this. I was wondering about using grapeseed oil instead of the coconut oil. What do you think?

  44. Criss says

    Hello Katie, I discovered your blog yesterday through the article of 101 use of coconut oil and since then I spent hours reading it :D Your articles are so helpfull, your readers are so wonderfull and everybody is talking from experience and actually giving great advices! Thank you and and thank you, “mama readers”.
    I am about to make my first ever scrub (olive oil, coconut oil, white sugar, a bit of castor oil and grinded coffee) and I wanted to ask if this scrub should be used on a daily basis or only 2-3 times a week. Also, should it be used only on the body or on the face too?

    Hugs from Romania!

    • says

      A lot of that will be down to personal preferrence and skin sensitivity. Generally it’s better to limit abrasive scrubs on your face, so while you can use it there, I’d keep it to once or twice a week. Otherwise, use it as often as you want! If you are not certain what your skin will tolerate, start slow and work up.

      • Criss says

        I tried it yesterday and my skin feels so hydrated now, I will definately continue use it instead of my normal products and I will try some of your recipes after I will buy vitamin E, almond oil and some other ingredients. Thank you for all your help and keep up the good work!

  45. helena says

    I use a sugar scrub, and add tumeric, or papaya or pinapple juice. Made in small batches with each use. enzymes in papaya and pineapple really good for skin. cranberry juice is also good.

  46. Melissa says

    Do you recommend a specific container? I would like to use a 4oz. Do you have anything in mind? I would like to know if it matters if I use a container that is BPA free. Does it matter?


        • Kelly Williams says

          Essential oils will eat through plastic (ask me how I know!) and need to be stored in glass containers. I have no experience with them in scrubs. I found this thread by Googling “homemade essential oil facial scrubs” because I want to try making it. It’s possible that mixing the oils into olive oil and sugar would cause it to be thin enough throughout that it wouldn’t eat plastic, but I personally would not take the risk.

          • Therese says

            Since I asked my question last (Sept. 2014) I have made the scrub and kept it in a plastic container for 2 months. I have finished it now and never had any problem with it being in a plastic container. I can’t imagine having a glass container in the shower/bathtub.

  47. Alice De Luca says

    I use:
    Coconut oil
    Vanilla extract
    Lemon juice
    It works for my whole body I use maybe once or twice a month. I got it from my sister who is “naturalist” and I live by it :-)

  48. Brent says

    I’d be a little wary in using vanilla extract in a scrub, definitely not a facial scrub. Vanilla extract is a tincture, meaning its base is ethyl alcohol, which might be counter-intuitive. Of course, the oils in the scrub might counteract that, but I think a better option would be to use vanilla bean paste. I bought mine at Williams Sonoma (Nielsen-Massey is my all time favorite brand for anything vanilla, and lots of groceries carry it now.) It includes the pod seeds, which could also add to the exfoliating properties of the scrub. You’d use the same amount of paste as you would extract. Just thinking out loud.

  49. Margaret says

    My 11 year old daughter has had kp (Keratosis Pilaris) all of her life. It is not terrible but is more noticeable at times on her face. As of now, it does not bother her BUT she is 11 and I’d like to find something natural to help it before she gets to the age that she does care.

    Cutting back on grains and dairy has helped and I am slowly cutting those things out completely for other reasons as well.

    Thanks so much and I love your site. I made some of your lotions yesterday, added DMAE to one, and am going to make the bug repellent bars and sunscreen bars today. We live in South Florida and spend alot of time in the sun and in the Keys so both will come in handy!

  50. Margaret says

    I use Kerr 8 oz 1/2 pint) wide mouth canning jars, I bought mine at Ace Hardware but you can get them on Amazon- They were cheaper at Ace….

  51. Tierra says

    What brand of brown sugar to get? And what brand of olive oil to get? And do I get extra virgin olive oil? How long to keep it on my face? I’m new to this whole exfoliating thing.

    • says

      I’d aim for all organic if possible, and yes, use extra virgin olive oil from a reliable source to make sure it is pure. You don’t need to really leave it on long, just massage in gently and rinse clean.

  52. Criss says

    Hello there :*
    Do you think that I could use the scrubb based on sugar on a daily basis? Some people say that sugar is too exfoliating and that it should be used only once a week. Did anybody try use it daily? These days is so hot outside (around 35 Celcius) and if I try use oils for the skin, they just aren’t absorbed because of the fact that I am always sweating (I don’t have AC at home). I really want to keep my skin mosturised and using the scrubb makes it feel so hydrated :)
    So as a final conclusion:
    Is it safe to use sugar based scrubbs on a daily basis or should I use coffee instead of the sugar?

  53. Donna says

    I made the pumpkin pie sugar scrub last night. I was really excited to make this but when I used it on my hands, afterwards they were extremely greasy. I also do not smell the pumpkin pie spice at all, even after dumping more in. I might try this again cutting way back on the coconut oil or just use a different oil all together. Are my hands suppose to feel very greasy and repel water after using this product?

  54. Christina says

    I want to make the brown sugar vanilla scrub for my daughters birthday party. The kids (8yrs old) will be making them. How much does your recipe yield? And also do you have and other kid friendly scrubs you recommend? Or anyone?
    Thank you!!!

  55. Becky says

    Have made up several batches of the sugar scrub now, and love it. However, I’m concerned about the coconut oil going down the drain. Any way to keep the oil from building up?

  56. Cindy says

    Hi Katie,
    I’ve been making and using a sugar scrub recipe a friend gave me awhile ago- organic sugar, coconut oil, lavender essential oil, and lavender flowers. Fell in love with it from the first time I tried it. I use it on my face and body. Problem is I get a red “rash” under my breasts that itches. (It almost looks like a rash on a baby’s bottom.) If I put neosporin on it it takes the rash away. I really want to keep using sugar scrubs but don’t want the rash. (I’ve had to switch back to using commercial soap until I figure out the problem, really didn’t want to do that as I’ve been trying to slowly switch to natural products. Love your deodorant recipe btw.) I’m pretty sure it’s the sugar. It’s really hot where I live so I’m thinking the sugar combined with hot, sweaty, enclosed area is the culprit. Does that sound plausible to you? My other question is, is it good for your skin to use salt instead? Can I use just plain ol table salt or use sea salt? Thank you so much!!!

  57. Susan says

    I loooove sugar scubs. They are like 2 in 1; they’re exfoliating and moisturizing on the same time! It leaves your skin so nice and smooth :)

  58. BEDA says

    What do you all think about adding Activated Charcoal to a sugar scrub? … I’m thinking maybe it would be great for pulling toxic gunk (that’s a technical term ;) ) out of the pores …

  59. Bell says

    Just made the Vanilla Lavender scrub and I just LOVE it! I only tried it on my hands, but it made them nice and soft. I added a half tablespoon of raw organic manuka honey to the recipe too. Thank you so much for your recipe. I can’t wait to make a big batch of this and give them out as presents for Christmas! <3

    • Allison says

      Did you use vanilla extract, or vanilla bean pods, or something else in your scrub? I’m planning to do a vanilla lavender scrub, and I’m trying to decide!

  60. Kat says

    i wonder what some of ya”ll use to clean your shower/tub drains. I’m thinking about oatmeal and coffee grounds going down the drain. Even sugar or salt with coconut oil would eventually clog the drIn when the oil cools and solidifies.

  61. Wendy Catalano says

    I recently made a facial scrub using coconut oil, super-fine sugar, and ground coffee! It smells amazing, and is great first thing in the morning :)

  62. Erica says

    If I wanted to use a facial scrub along with the oil cleansing method, how would I do that. Please respond back. Thank you

    • Jen says

      I’ve read quite a bit about our skin trying to achieve a balance …..and stripping the oils away and then adding oils BACK just leads to trouble. I haven’t followed thru with a regimen to see if that is true for me, but it makes sense. I have seen oil exfoliating scrubs that use a little Tea Tree oil as it has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties in it. Lemon is suppose to purify and dissolve oil clogging pores (and add a nice scent because tea tree is pretty gross ) and olive oil was the carrier/base oil. They suggest oil cleanser that is an oz of olive oil, 5 drops tea tree, 15 drops lemon. Glide some on with your finger tips thinly and cover with a wet hot wash cloth. Let it sit for a minute and then wipe it all off, repeat if necessary. Lasts forever because it is antibacterial AND if it has NO fluid water (only OILS) it should last for months and months until the oil starts to breaks down from extreme temperatures. Thats why butter left out, which is and oil/fat doesn’t spoil overnight, intact it can last a long long time, usually until the cat gets to out! if you want to make it an exfoliant, just add plain white sugar to make it a paste, don’t stir a lot and just use gentle circular motions before wiping it off with a moist warm cloth.

  63. Kimberly says

    I love your pumpkin pie scrub and am wanting to make it this weekend!! I have a question though, would pumpkin spice extract work instead of the powdered spice?? Thank you!

  64. John says


    Does anyone know if any chemicals need to be added in order to increase the shelf life of these scrubs? And if so, what the chemicals are, and do they alter the final effect of the scrub?

    Thanks so much!

  65. Cathy says

    Where can I find the small mason jars? I would like to make these for Christmas gifts. Some of the girls at work complain about dry itchy skin. I think they will really appreciate these. But I don’t want to spend a lot of money. Would like a more specific recipe though. Thanks!!

  66. Sara says

    My favorite is a more original scrub, made of honey, lemon juice, sugar in the raw, olive oil, and parsley. Great stuff.

  67. Catherine says

    I have made scrubs for gifts for the last 3 years…Kerr makes really cute little 4 ounce jars that have the look of cut glass…they are the perfect size for gift giving…I use coconut, sunflower or olive oil in mine…everyone loves them

  68. Kimberley says

    Hello everyone,

    Just want to know how to make the scrubs/lotions last longer? Does vit e oil work and if so how long does it actually make the product last?


  69. Ann Pliskat says

    I just made 3 sugar scrubs (2 lavender and 1 Raspberry) last weekend with coconut oil (same recipe as above), but I noticed that it all hardened due to the coconut oil doing this naturally is there something else I can add so it doesn’t do that or thoughts of how to use it once it hardens? I like the coconut oil because of all the benefits it has.

  70. Madelyn says

    Love it! I added some honey and green food coloring so it came out a pretty mint green! Thanks for this lovely recipe!

  71. Lauren says

    I made a homemade sugar scrub and the coconut oil hardened and in turn the scrub is really hard. Is there anything I can do?

    • sara says

      Yep you can. I make a few scrubs and use strawberry extract, raspberry extract and so on, along with food colourings. I also tend to use perfume oils that are pure and mixed from essential oils to get a combination. I find a tiny drop of lavender and raspberry or lavender and vanilla pure essential oils absolutely gorgeous smelling and add it to the sugar and sunflower oil (which I find does not leave too much residue in the shower). I also tend to add drops of the chanel body oil which is a copy made from essential oils and it really lasts and the shower smells heavenly and of course no perfume needed as even a drop of those oils in a small jar is very aromatic. I also tend to use cinnamon powder in my scrubs. I always use sugar never salt as I find it very drying. I hope this helps, as I have very sensitive skin but find the pure essential drops in minute quantities wonderful and the aroma is really something else.

  72. Terri says

    Am excited to try this but developed a rash when I tried your deodorant recipe. Would adding tea tree oil act as an antibacterial agent to hopefully prevent this?

  73. Helene says

    What a wonderful site thank you.
    On Dr. Oz I saw a recipe for deodorant, 5 Tea spn coconut oil,4 Tbl spn. bakin powder 3 Tbls spn
    corn starch. I used it for 2 months it was very good Now I have a terrible rash, burning etc…
    Would you suggest someting else?

  74. Hope says

    My sugar scrub seems to consolidate in the shower. Is it possible that my bathroom is too cold? I live on the basement level of a house. Once it consolidates and melts again, there is no more sugar just oil. Any tips?

  75. Lisa says

    I’d like to make up a batch, but hesitate because of a similar recipe I made for a lip scrub . I used sugar, sweet almond oil and a few drops of peppermint EO. They turned out wonderfully … at first. Now, after sitting for a few of weeks they’ve become hard as rocks. Does anyone know why this might have happened? Any and all advice is appreciated. (All the small pots/containers were sterilized before filling and have been tightly-capped and stored in a dark cupboard at room temperature, by the way) Thank you in advance for any advice or suggestions :)

  76. Neeser says

    I make a facial sugar scrub using plain yogurt and white sugar. I use about 2 tablespoons of sugar and a table spoon of plain yogurt. Mix them and apply. I let it dry before rinsing it off. I don’t store the remainder. I make it fresh each time it’s to be used. Some, I’ve shared this recipe with, find it too much of a hassle to make fresh each time, but it works for me. :D

  77. Audrey says

    Made the original recipe for the sugar scrub and added lavender essential oils. Works like a champ. Great recipe!

  78. Debbie says

    I made this for Christmas gifts & every one loves it! Since my house is so chilly, it gets rock hard. I put my little jar in a hot water bath for 30 minutes or so. It gets to relax, to help me relax! LOL

    My question is, can I use the fragrance oils they sell for the candle warmer things? There are some wonderful scents & way cheaper then the EO. I used lemon & orange EO for my batch & the smell seems to have faded. :-(

    • sara says

      Please never use the fragrance oils that are used as room scenters or for candle making. These are different to the perfume oils for the body, or essential oils for the body. The room scenters are not as pure as they should be.

      • Debbie says

        Thank you so much for answering! I will def scratch the fragrance oils! Darn. I had a wonderful one picked out, but will have to go another route.

      • Shen says

        I totally agree. Not only are they not pure enough, a lot of times they have chemicals added to them. The oils you want to use are the pure essential oils that are used for body massages. If you combine vanilla with raspberry or vanilla with lavender or jasmine with vanilla or lavender you will get some heavenly scents that last and last. What I do is lather up first, then use the scrubs and when they rinse out they leave my skin smooth as a baby’s bot and I get told how soft and lovely my skin in. Takes away the need for extra body lotion and the scent lasts all day, no need to touch up.

        I also use a cupful of bleach in the shower drain every other day or every day even before I go to sleep to drain away any oils that gunk up the drains. It works a treat and have never had a blockage at all. Hope this helps.

  79. Claudia says

    This scrub looks amazing!!! I wonder if its even necessary to use body wash if using this scrub in all of your body?

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