Luxurious Sugar Scrub Recipe

Simple Sugar Scrub Recipe

FACT: Sugar is not good for your intestines!

FACT: Sugar can be very good for your skin…

how to make natural sugar scrubs 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?

Sugar Scrub Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar (white or brown sugar- preferably organic)
  • 1/2 cup oil (olive oil and coconut oil work great)
  • Optional: essential oils of your preference

Sugar Scrub Instructions

  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!

Sugar Scrub 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!

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

This easy sugar scrub recipe is natural and chemical free. It naturally removes dead skin and leaves skin glowing and healthy.

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  1. I make these with sea salt and they dont leave your tub sticky if you miss the rinsing =)

    • looking for s place to comment, hope this is correct.

      I made the basic sugar scrub 1/2 white sugar 1/4 olive oil and I put about 30-40 drops of Rose absolute essential oil in it and I can barely even smell it. It’s made by “now” I got it at my local health/ nutrition store for $12.00. Is it the brand and that’s why I can’t smell it much. Also is it safe to add that much assential oil. What would be the max drops to use? Thank you in advance 🙂

      • There is no true rose Essential oil. Rose absolute is made from roses. It is very very expensive. What you bought was probably a jojoba oil with a super tiny amount of rose absolute in it. So little in fact you could add the whole bottle and essentially only be adding a half a drop of rose absolute to your mix. Use something like lavender essential oil. It’s very strong and is sold not diluted.

        • There is a true Rose Essential Oil. It can be purchased through All of their oils are pure, therapeutice-grade oils.

          • Is it supposed to have a lot of oil because mine is super oily? And when i use it on my feet or hands the sugar comes off fast and all i can feel is the oil.

          • And cost way too much! Young Living is a MLM company – typically more expensive. I have found other therapeutic grade essential oils – just as good and MUCH cheaper than Young Living.

          • Young living and doterra carry it. It’s very expensive but worth the cost.

          • I have this Rose oil and allI need is a few drops for my scrub.

        • Actually there is a rise essebtial oil. A couple variations in species and they are very expensive but are different from absolutes in they are not solvent extracted. I have Hopewell Essebtial Oils Rose Otto (Rosa damascene) and is steam distilled from the flowers. I have the 5ml bottle which cost me approximately $65.00

      • ok thx it was awesome im going to try it

      • Now is a terrible brand. YOUNG LIVING is super expensive. Try plant therapy. Also perfectly pure, great oils, without the multi level marketing price.

        • WHY IS NOW A TERRIBLE BRAND? I like Rocky Mountain EOs I have gotten good EOs from wholesalers. I have some Planet Therapy EOs it is ok but not the best either. I have bought good EOs from a soap shop here to.

        • Frankly I do not like to put EO in my face scrubs. I have been making therapeutic body butters for some time now and use very little in that either. Most people are very happy I put only a few drops of Lemon EO in it because many people have issues with different EOs on their skin.

          • What exactly are you using for the fragrances in the body butters. My skin doesn’t do well with all EO’s but I still would like to make my own and have some type of scent to it without sacrificing my skin. 🙁

          • I put no fragrance at all there is no need to.

        • I am also wondering why NOW is a terrible EO brand? I bought peppermint, frankincense and lavender from a local health food store for lotion bars and they turned out amazing, especially for my first time making them.

          After doing a bit of research, NOW was probably one of the better brands for its price point. I think that doTerra and YL are terribly overpriced when you can get the same quality for much less from other vendors.

          • was wondering the same thing about NOW. I have purchased a few different brands and it seems good to me.

          • The reason those brand of EOs are “over priced” is because they are indeed a higher quality of EOs. Those brands of EOs are used to not only scent homemade and natural products but also for all natural health care and are produced and tested at higher standards than any of the other EOs out there. Quality assurance is essential when you are using EOs for therapeutic and health care benefits so you will pay more to ensure quality and purity of those products. Other brands of EOs can use the same sourcing methods. A lot of EO companies only produce EOs for scent or aromatherapy purposes and can include fillers or synthetics which are not required to be disclosed on the labels.

          • One thing you have to remember YL and the other expensive EOs you buy through a rep that sells them is you are paying for the middle man (the rep that sells to you). They need to make money to. So if you buy these products at wholesale they are not as expensive. Frankly I like Rocky Mountain Oils. It was started by the brother of Gary Young. They both started YL and split.

          • I’ve done some research and turns out YL and doTerra actually and in reality are not much better than EOs that can be purchased from other vendors at a much lower price point. Thank you for your input though.

          • I use New Directions eo. They come in bulk with a minimum order of 100.00. I make soap to sell and use so I don’t mind the bulk order policy. Plus its easy to spend that much on eo! We have used this brand for years therapeutically, topically, universally.. I haven’t had a bad experience with this brand, and they have so many varieties its incredible. If you really want to explore scents in eo then this is the best I have found. I made my daughter “hay ” scented lotion! As far as price goes its about a 1/3 or even less than more expensive brands.

          • I buy many of the NOW products and have also found that they are a good quality for the price one pays. Their essential oils are fine for cosmetic purposes. BUT if you want a Pure, therapeutic, organic, & extremely high quality essential oil … in my opinion…. there is non better than Young Living. I have used them for almost 20 years and have not found a better quality product. Not because I have not tried!! But I continue to use Young Living when I need a therapeutic quality oil.

          • NOW is not 100% pure nor does it have to be to have that put on their label.

          • Unless it is organic, I would not use Now brand. Also distillation processes differ and affect the quality of the oil.
            After researching, I found Rocky Mountain to be a good choice of eos.

        • I happen to like NOW glycerine oil. It was a bit pricey but worth it. I tried olive oil, baby oil, mineral oil and even canola oil. My the glycerin. Tho I’m new at this and maybe used to much olive oil because it weighed down my brown sugar scrub and it was hard and felt very oily.. I do like baby oil with vit. E. It smells great so because of the high price of “Now” glycerine, I’ll probably use the baby oil. I’m new to this but had much fun making the brown sugar, honey, orange zest, white sugar with peppermint oil and a drop of food coloring and glycerine was a hit at Christmas gifts. I played with all the colors.Brown sugar and coffee with honey, vanilla extract and glycerine tho would be my favorite because I could use it all over and got compliments on my skin, especially my face. Thanks for the receipes. I’m a big fan of homemade body scrubs and have gotten my family using them too! Ive just got to find more essential oils. Thanks for all the advice and tips everyone. 🙂

          • Baby oil is mineral oil and is really not that great for human skin. It is used to clean hardwood floors after sanding and you would be much better off using Almond, apricot, or Avocado oil. Frankly I would not put lemon juice in anything I am not keeping in the fridge, and if it is in the fridge I would not keep it for more than 5 days. I use Lemon EO. I put just enough oil to cover sugar after stirring it in. I prefer organic sugar over brown sugar. Brown sugar is white sugar had molasses in it . IfI make it with brown sugar for my lips I just put enough oil in to wet the sugar.

          • Baby oil, sadly, is a petroleum product and NOT good for your skin. The same goes for mineral oil, Vaseline and a host of other skin softener so. Check the labels of the skin products you use and toss them out if they contain mineral oil. Your skin is the largest organ in your body and is so susceptible to toxins. You wouldn’t dream of slathering it with motor oil! Use natural products instead. ??

          • Glycerin is not an oil. it is a water soluble product used as a humectant in cosmetics. Baby oil is not a good choice for a sugar scrub. Avocado is a good choice, not to heavy. Use caution using some citrus essential oils on the skin add they can cause sun sensitivity. NOW essential oils are perfectly fine. And there is no such thing as therapeutic grade. You need only be concerned if you are using them for aroma therapy in which case you would want organic oils. Do Terra nor Young Living are organic.

        • Plant Therapy is a great source for high quality oils. Fast shipping, too.

          • So is Rocky Mountain Oils; I highly recommend it. The cost is very reasonable (As reasonable as it can be for 100% pure Essential Oils), and they work super well!

      • I just made some of this today and used it. Just plain Jane olive oil + sugar + lemon juice + lavander. It’s super fantastic. Made my legs super smooth and soft. Patted dry and let the oil absorb into my legs when I was done. Best thing is, it’s super cheap to make ! Thank you Wellnes Mama !

      • Young livings rose oil is 160$ a bottle (not diluted, 100%) if that gives you an idea of the concentration/dilution of the brand you bought.

        • Rose Absolute is NOT EO!!! As for YL they are good EOs but others have just as good. There is NO standard for EOs. So if they say it is theraputic grade there is no testing for that. An FYI, read the ingredients before buying. Blends often times have carrier oil in them. That is true for YL and every other company that makes EOs.

      • “NOW is not 100% pure nor does it have to be to have that put on their label.”

        1. Yes, it is pure.
        2. No, YL and DT oils are not better than others just because they’re more expensive. I know their salespeople are not comfortable hearing that, but it’s true. The mere fact that they ask their representatives to market them as “ingestible” makes me not trust a thing either company puts out there. There is no “safe” amount of ingestible essential oil, nor is there any science to prove that ingesting it can improve any health condition. They have taken a product that has existed for years – essential oil – and made it into a MLM scam.
        3. There is no such thing as a measurement for “therapeutic grade” EOs. It’s a marketing term. There is no governing body that oversees this.

        • You go girl! You are spot on! These are my thoughts exactly!

        • Honestly everyone has there different links on companies. For me, I am not going to buy YL or DT on essential oil. I can find better quality or good quality cheaper then YL and DT. I don’t have the luxuries of spending 45 dollars on EO when I can get it elsewhere. Now is good and they are 100%. I also buy BioFinest which these two two companies make good essential oil and the price is good so I agree with Michelle.

    • Are these scrubs safe to put on your face?

      • Yep, totally. I use a sugar scrub on my face almost every day, and never have to bother with moisturizing lotion anymore. My skin is no longer dry and chapped, just soft and smooth (above my beard at least) and my girlfriend loves it.

      • No no no please do NOT use a sugar scrub on your face! The skin on your face is VERY delicate and sugar granules can cause microtears in the skin–which can aggravate acne, cause breakouts and premature aging.

        • I agree Sam. I wonder what can be used instead? I know that the Simple (brand name) face scrub uses a special rice combination that is great for even sensitive skin.

          • klairdelys on YouTube has a nice rice facial scrub tutorial. I haven’t tried it myself, though. Don’t have the thing she uses to grind up the rice or access to pre-ground rice.

          • To Sam and Dawn I use a scrub that is gentle for the face and still good enough for the body. Its made with Ground oats. You just grind the dry oatmeal to make it fine so it doesn’t glog the drain. Recipe is this…
            1 1/2 cups regular oatmeal ground with blender or food processor.
            1/2 cup coconut oil
            1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
            2 Tablespoons Honey
            After grinding the oats, pour into bowl. Add rest of ingredients. If you want more honey add more!
            Safe to use on face and body.a gentle but effective exfoliant

          • look for lemon and honey scrubs/remedies.

          • I use a borax, baking soda and essential oil mixture about 2 or 3 times a week. My skin is healthier, softer and smoorher than it has ever been in my life. It honestly looks 15 years younger and people who haven’t seen me in a while are amazed.

        • i use a face scrub of honey and cinnamon, i read it somewhere it takes away black dots on the face.
          in the beginning it aches but then a i just eat the honey instead,
          that drips down my face.

        • I’m confused because I just wrote down the Vanilla Lavender Facial Scrub which white sugar is part of the ingredients………..

        • I’ve been using a sugar scrub on my face for about a year now. This is the best my face has looked and has been the healthiest its been. I’ve been getting lots of compliments about it as well. I guess it all depends on your skin. I imagine if you have sensitive skin, it could cause issues.

          • I too have been using a sugar scrub on my face. Been doing it for about 6 months and the skin on my face has never felt better. I used to lie out in the sun – was a worshipper of the sun when I was in my teens and 20s. I have many sun spots and I swear they are fading in color and the bumps I have are leveling off. I have skin tags on my neck and those are wearing off as well. I want to start making my own sugar scrub and will use your recipe. I have the organic virgin coconut oil and hope to make it this coming week. My friend makes it and sells it. That’s where I first heard about sugar scrub. I love the way it feels on my face.

          • I would suggest using Baker’s Sugar, or blend your sugar to grind the particles. It’s much gentler on the face. And I usually mix the sugar with honey, because honey is a natural antibacterial agent. Rinsing well is essential.

    • Can I use any oil for the brown vanilla sugar scrub? I can’t find almond oil anywhere near me and I want to make some for mothers day.

      • Walmart have it where the vitamin are at.

      • Almond oil can be bought on Amazon. You can use coconut, olive, apricot, or avocado, but be careful what essential oils you use with it as some of the alternatives to almond oil have their own smell. You can always use coconut oil with organic cocoa powder for a Mounds bar scrub or add almond extract for an Almond Joy type scrub. Hope that helps!!

        • The coconut oil.. you using a liquid or solid coconut oil?

          • Coconut oil is solid In temp below around 60 and liquid when above. So in winter it’s solid in summer it’s liquid.

          • If you want to use coconut and live in colder climate, use fractionated coconut oil which always stays in liquid form. I live in California so I dont have the issue of it becoming solid.

    • I have had itchy skin at the summer time for all my life, my Mum called it prickly heat, Docs have not helped at all. The summer is a nightmare, its almost like my skin is allergic to my own sweat, and i break out in hives, scratching and clawing all night…..this year is unbearable, prob due to my age now….i tried a homemade sugar scrub last night, and OMG………it feels GREAT….got the best nights sleep in a long time, so i did a bit of research and have just made my own, using ideas from here and a few additions. Half sugar, half coffee grounds, olive oil, tbsp of honey and …………..stinging nettles!!!!!…..yup. stinging nettles……saw a woman years ago on tv, who said she only washed her face in yoghurt mixed with honey and blanched stinging nettles, so most of the sting is gone…!!!…what remains is a slight tingle, which fools the body into thinking more collagen is needed, so it produces more…….she was at least 65….and looked 30+…… dying to try it. ive tried the yoghurt combo many times, but this is a new one…..x

      • I suffered with itchy skin for years until I quit using soaps or shampoos that contain any kind of sulfates. Just check the ingredients on the product. Most soaps and shampoos use sulfates because it increase the foaming action. However, there are many sulfate free shampoos and body washes!!

      • Do you have eczema or psoriasis, I have eczema and when I sweat I also have issues.

    • Here’s my favorite recipe:

      2 parts cane sugar
      2 parts milk powder
      1 part almond oil

      The milk powder is nourishing and softening to the skin. And it smells really good without essential oils!

    • I have a question I made my body scrub with coconut oil an coco butter an lemon an the zest but I put it in the fridge and it got really hard is that what it was to do? Then I was able to make it more like sugar crystals so I added a Lil more lemon an i added olive oil an now it came out fluffy I’ve never used coconut oil just olive oil an if I put it in the fridge will it harden again

      • Oils typically turn solid when refrigerated. Coconut oil turns solid at about 74 degrees F.

    • When I used the receipe that asks for the same amount of sugar and oil, my scrub was much to oily. So I tried half the oil as sugar and it was much better. I love the scrub receipes and give as gifts in pretty jars. Thank for sharing!

  2. 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!

    • Can I have your recipe for the peppermint??(:

      • A cup of sugar, 1/2 cup of oil (coconut,grapeseed,sweet almond etc), about 10 drops of peppermint essential oil. =-)

        • Dous it remove pimples

          • Does anyone know a good thing to get rid of pimples I am really struggling in that area. And I need some help. It’s not that bad, but it would be good to know what helps get rid of pimples.

        • I am just starting make sugar scrubs for dry skin where do you get the different oils to put in them. Like the Vietnam e oils and the differnce fragrance. Is there any certain ones good for different things. Any advice would be awesome.

          • I have bought Vitamin E on Amazon but they also sell it at Trader Joe’s

          • You only should use T-50 vitamin E oil. It is a all natural plant based product. The kind you find in most health food stores is the same kind that is in capsules. The kind found in health food stores is not natural and is an irritant to the skin.

  3. Which one would your recommend for dry skin?

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

      • You are going to put water in your scrub??? That is asking for bacteria and mold to grow. If you want camomile then use the EO which has no water in it. I only make enough scrub to use once to keep water out of it from sink or shower.

  4. I use coffee grounds to make my scrubs… wakes me up in the morning too 🙂

    • At least something can wake you up (coffee grounds)

    • Used or fresh grounds?

      • 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.

    • 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?

      • 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.

        • So do you just use the coffee ground in the place of the sugar in the amount stated in the recipe above?

      • 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. 🙂

      • This is what I’m wondering; I made some sugar scrub a few weeks ago, and it smells gross now! I used coconut oil that was food-grade; maybe that was my mistake? I want to know before I go making a bunch for Christmas gifts!

        • Have you figured anything out Barb? How to make it last longer? I was planning on making some this weekend as Christmas gifts, but haven’t ever done it before. I would hate to give a gift that goes bad quickly. Thanks!

          • Use Almond oil from GNC or Olive Oil, organic sugar and essential oils. Put sugar on jar then enough oil to saturate sugar and have a little extra in jar. Then add EOs I like Spearmint and Lemon EO myself but you can use any smell you like You can get EO at about any health food store. You can use 4 oz canning jars. I would not use any butters or hard oils on scrubs because they can clog drains. Never put anything that can spoil in any of my products. Never put water in scrubs or it is going to end up with mold in it or worse.

    • I bet the coffee scrub is refreshing in the mornings. Would you mind sharing your recipe?

  5. What an easy way to get scrubbed, and cheap too. Very good idea. Thanks.

  6. What brand of Vit E and Almond Oil do you use? Hard to trust brands on amazon.

    • NOW foods brand makes great quality products, you can get it on Amazon.

      • I am a doTERRA wellness advocate but buy mostly for personal use. If i need oil and cant buy it quick enough I use NOW brand from our health food store and I love it!

  7. 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.

    • How many parts of each are you using in this recipe? I am hoping to make it ASAP-it sounds great!!! Thanks…

  8. Just made this with lavender oil, my face feels amazing, lovely and soft.

  9. Great ideas – thank you! 🙂

  10. What is a benefit from using sugar vs. coffe or salt?

    • 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.

  11. 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.

      •  Awesome. Have I mentioned yet that I am pleased as punch for discovering your site? And thanks for being so forthcoming with the answers to my questions.

        • Jojoba oil

    • You can add coffee grounds. They have natural oils

    • You could use Calendula oil too

    • Jojoba would work or rosehip oil.

    • 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!!

      • Please I need scrub for my lips, my lips is dark nd I don’t like it that way please help me.

        • Try coconut oil it’s really good for your lips

        • Clement, there are tons of lip scrubs but the one i use and make myself is just white sugar, coconut or olive oil, and i usually add vanilla extract or ground cinnamon. I recommend vanilla for a good smell but its uo to you. Just mix the sugar and the oil, add the vanilla or cinnamon (or whatever you choose), mix again, then put it into a container. For the dark you could add a few drops of lemon juice.

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

      • Is Germaben a natural product?

    • Avocado oil

    • 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!

      • what does 100% dilution mean?

  12. I’m definitely trying this! Nothing like a good ‘scrub’ to really feel clean!

    • Thx so much it helped my dry skin so much.

  13. I use brown sugar, grapeseed oil, honey, vitamin e oil and a little lemon juice. I make it fresh per use and it’s wonderful!

    • Can you please tell me what the exact recipe is? Sounds wonderful and I’d like to try it!

  14. 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.

  15. 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?

    • Try baking soda to clean up.

      • Try baking soda in the scrub, it is very good for your skin.

        • 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.

        • I would double check this information…pretty sure baking soda wreaks havoc on skin pH

          • 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.

          • Hi there! Baking soda is good for oily skin or skin with acne issues. It is not good for dry skin. Be careful to consider specific ingredients based on your skin type.

    • If you clean the tub with a scrubby then rinse it should come right off 🙂

    • Dawn dish soap works awesome for that!

      • Yes a great solution to clean the tub is,a,spray made with equal parts,Dawn (simple not ultra Dawn and white vinegar. First put white vinegar in spray bottle then add equal part of Dawn dish detergent. Shake well and use to spray to clean. Do not use too much cause you’ll have too many bubbles to rinse off. A light spray works!

  16. Does anyone know whether or not Canola Oil can safely be used in place of the Olive Oil?

    • It could, but I don’t even recommend using it on the skin…

    • Canola oil is highly processed. It is genetically modified version of oil used for varnish!

  17. 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?

    • It’s tough in the winter, but usually the shower heats it up after a few minutes…

    • I keep a small spoon next to the tub to get the scrub out of the container. A few seconds in my hand and it is ready to use.

    • I bet you could use a combination of oils, coconut and almond or olive, just to keep it softer.

    • You could use fractionated coconut oil. All the benefits but always a liquid at room temperature.

    • Try whipping the coconut oil then mixing other products. Just use a hand mixer and whip ’til it get fluffy, then mix other stuff.

    • One option is to make separate little balls or cubes out of the scrub when you first mix it. Let them harden, then use them individually. If it’s the coconut oil that is hardening, it will soften at skin temperature.

    • You can buy the liquid coconut oil for cooking at walmart. Or just nuke it for a few seconds.

  18. 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 🙂

    • how much of each ingredient did you use, i love peppermint, and want to try your recipe

  19. 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!

  20. 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.

  21. this olive oil/sugar scrub made me itch like never before!!! i used to itch after a shower but when i used the scrub it made it a billion times worse. why? 🙁

    • 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.

      • I am allergic to perfumes and essential oils
        I’m hopeful the extracts will work

        • 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!

          • 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!

      • Whats the recipe for yours

    • I always used to itch after taking a shower. I found out about 12 years ago that I suffer from low sodium (hyponatremia) after I ended up in Intensive care because my sodium dropped to 115; normal is around 130. Now when I itch after a shower, I eat a little bit of table salt. Check with your doctor first, to see if low sodium might be the problem.

  22. How often do you use this? every day? Once a week? and when? after the shower? before?

    • I use a mixture of just coconut oil and brown sugar for my face on a daily basis.

      • You use it daily? No damage to your facial from the brown sugar? Please advise. Thank you.

      • 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….

        • 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.

  23. 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!

  24. 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?

    • I”d probably do the oil cleansing daily and use this a couple times a week in place of the oil cleansing..

    • Here’s a daily skin toner I’ve been using (& gifting) for at least 25 years; it’s very easy & inexpensive to make, & sooo good for skin, & can be modified if necessary, according to one’s own skin needs:
      A 16-oz bottle of witch hazel (Dickinson’s is very good, but expensive in some stores; generic works well too)
      2 tsp (10 mls) almond Castile soap (Dr. Bronner’s is best)
      12-16 drops pure Spearmint essential oil
      Mix all together in the witch hazel bottle & let sit for a couple days, so the spearmint oil can fully emulsify. Use with cotton facial pads morning & night. This is a very gentle way to exfoliate on a daily basis. Remember to cleanse your décolletage as well; it’s really an extension of your face & neck! This is also very handy for quick clean-ups for underarm odor. I use it nightly on my husband’s scalp & forehead (I’d use it on his entire face but he has a full beard) — a little TLC & attention never hurts in a marriage!
      The toner gets cloudy in cool temps; just shake it up first. It clears up in warm temps & doesn’t need shaking. I’ve used lavender oil also but didn’t like it as well, & it was ever so slightly irritating, even though I use it nightly on my soles to help me sleep better. Spearmint is fabulous for stimulating skin. This is my skin-care foundation; the best formula I’ve ever used for clear skin.

  25. 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!!

    • What proportions do you use? Would love to have the recipe for my son and myself!

  26. 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!

    • You can use hibiscus powder. It’s not exactly baby shower pink, but it’s chemical free!

    • I read you can use the juice from a bag of frozen raspberries.

    • 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!

    • 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?

      • 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!

        • 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.

      • I clean my tub/shower with white vinegar, baking soda, and washing powder (Ten Mule) after my pamper sessions. I have used coconut oil in all my body pampering regiments for five decades and never had any issues with drain plugging except when a tree root got in there.

  27. Can you use pure lemon extract?

    • I am allergic to perfumes and essential oils
      I’m hopeful the extracts will work

  28. 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….

  29. I make a scrub with coconut oil, white sugar, and lime zest. It’s definitely a favourite!

    • Interesting! How much lime zest would you use for a cup of sugar and 1/2 cup oil? Thx

  30. 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!

  31. I love sugar scrubs! Sugar may not be good for you on the inside, but on the outside…makes your skin glow!

  32. 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!

    • 1 cup equals 8 ounces, which equals 236.588 ml.

      • Thank you 😉

  33. 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 🙂

  34. I just mixed up a double batch with lavender and vanilla. I LOVE it so much. Thanks for sharing this!

  35. 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?

    • 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.

  36. 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 🙂

    • 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! 🙂

  37. I made this. Love it! Can’t wait to jump into the shower every day. Thank you! 🙂

  38. Hi, how long can you store the scrubs before they go bad?

    • Hi,
      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.

      • Just curious, but why is it bad to let water get into the sugar scrub? I usually scoop mine out with wet fingers in the shower. Didn’t realize that was bad to do?

    • I do not put my sugar scrub in a tub. I put it in a bullet shaped bottle with a screw top. I shake it up really well, uncap and pour some in my hand. Everything is always mixed well (not all oil not just sugar) and no water ever gets dropped into the container! No spoons necessary and it does not get oily or sticky on the outside of the bottle.

  39. I am anxious to try some of these….they will hopefully make good gifts!

  40. 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. 🙂

  41. 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???

    • 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.

  42. 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

    • Just don’t use the magic eraser on fiberglass tubs. It will scratch the finish. Porcelain can handle it, but anything else probably won’t.

  43. How do you or what do you use so that the coconut oil doesn’t harden back up and make it hard to get out of jar?

    • Use fractionated coconut oil. Always in a liquid state.

      • What does “fractionated” mean? Does that mean it has been more processed? Does it lose any of it moisturizing qualities? is it more or less expensive?

        • Yes, it is more processed which means it has lost some of its quality.

  44. Does it last longer in the fridge??

  45. 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.

    • Thats a really cool idea!!! (no pun intended!)

  46. 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.

    • I’m only 13.

  47. 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???

    • 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. ( :

  48. Also about how much does each recipe make? Enough to fill a baby food jar or more?

  49. 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.

  50. 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?

  51. 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.

    • Yep, though the oil cleansing alone should be enough. At that age, dietary factors may be an issue too though…

      • 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!

      • 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!

  52. 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.

  53. 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! 🙂

    • Yes, yes, and yes. 🙂

  54. 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!

    • They last many months since none of the ingredients are perishable. You can use epsom salt but it will be slightly more abrasive than sugar or regular salt

  55. 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.

    • Crystallized honey is a great idea for a scrub. Honey is so good for our skin. Thx for the tip.

  56. 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.

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

  58. 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??)


    • 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.

      • 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.

    • My daughter and I made these actions over the weekend, we used a 4oz jar, 3/4 cup of white sugar, 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil and 5-10 drops of pure vanilla extract , another we used 5-10 drops of lemon eucalyptus oil, it was the most invigorating shower I have ever had.

  59. 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.

    • I wouldn’t think so, but I’d try scrubbing with baking soda (gently) to be sure.

    • 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.

      • Precisely. The only thing that consistently controls the odor is aluminum-based antiperspirant.

        • 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.

          • 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.

          • Is anybody having drainage problems in your bathtub after using the sugar scrubs?

          • 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)!

    • 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.

      • I happened to be home and saw a lady on Dr Oz use lemons for underarms.

  60. I’ll give it a try – thanks Katie!

  61. 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?

    • Both should have a pretty long shelf life as long as they don’t come in contact with liquid

      • body scrub has oil in it, so does that mean that the shelf life is short? Do you know how long? Is it the same for both sugar & dead sea salt scrubs?

  62. 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.

  63. 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?



  64. can you use baby oil in place of the other oils mentioned. would that be ok in a scrub with sugar etc

      • Baby oil IS scented mineral oil.

  65. 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!!!!!

  66. 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!

    • Could you please share your recipe with me. I would love to make these for Christmas gifts.
      Thank you.

  67. 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.

  68. Love you site…. I am making some sugar scrubs for a craft fair……

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

  70. The ingredients for the Vanilla Brown Sugar scrub, how much does that make?

  71. Hello Katie, I discovered your blog yesterday through the article of 101 use of coconut oil and since then I spent hours reading it 😀 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!

    • 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.

      • Hello,
        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!

  72. 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.

  73. 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?


    • Yes, it does. BPA is terrible for you. I’d look for a glass container.

      • Can a plastic container be used for the scrub, since it will be in the bathtub???

        • 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.

          • 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.

  74. Are these safe as feminine washes too?

  75. 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 🙂

  76. 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.

  77. 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!

  78. 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….

  79. 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.

    • 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.

  80. 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?

  81. Is there a shelf life to the homemade sugar scrubs? And does the oil ever clog your pipes?

  82. 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?

  83. Hello,
    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!!!

  84. 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?

  85. I want to make a sugar scrub for my future mother in law. Her favorite scent is almond. Any suggestions??

  86. 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!!!

    • That definitely sounds possible. I’d try salt. I’ve made salt scrubs and they are also great. You would not even need to use one everyday and a honey body wash can be a better everyday alternative.

      • Thank you! A honey body wash sounds wonderful. Do you have a recipe? And does any old kind of salt work for scrubs?

    • The red rash u get is a yeast infection, candida. And yes it thrives on the sugar.

    • Candida can be an issue for those who have larger beasts and who live in a warm climate (or anyone during warm months). The sugar in the scrubs can make it worse.

  87. 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 🙂

  88. 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 …

    • You could try it… but this stuff gets everywhere! Stain warning…

  89. 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

    • 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!

  90. 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.

  91. Can I mix honey with sugar for my facial scrub? and can I also use it for my dry feet and hand?

    • I use honey and sugar for my face, but you might want to mix it in single use quantities. I’ve found that my sugar settles to the bottom of the container and it’s a beast to mix up again!

  92. 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 🙂

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

    • 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.

  94. 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!

  95. Hi,

    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!

  96. Anybody has experience using sugar scrub with eczema? Thank You?

  97. Non virgin olive oil is best for cosmetics as it does not have the smell but does
    have the smoothing oil feel.

  98. 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!!

    • I found them at my local grocery store, actually.

  99. Is there an exact amount of each ingredient? Kind of like a recipe?

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

  101. 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

  102. When you use coconut oil, do you liquefy before mixing as it is solid at room temp?

      • You might consider whipping the solid coconut oil and then adding the sugar and other ingredients. Whipping makes it fluffy and easier to use, and then the sugar won’t settle to the bottom of the jar.

  103. 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?


  104. 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.

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

  106. 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?

    • You can gently warm the scrub to melt the coconut oil. Try maybe immersing the scrub container in a bath of warm water.

    • If you whip it with a mixer or a wisk, it will fluff it and make it soft, without melting the sugar. It generally will stay soft, or at least softer than if it’s not whipped.

  107. Can you use food grade and perfume grade essential oils?

    • 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.

  108. 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?

    • Yes, but the reaction was probably due to the baking soda. If you make it again, just avoid the baking soda.

  109. What a wonderful site! Can’t wait to try my first scrub!

  110. 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?

  111. 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?

  112. 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 🙂

  113. 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. 😀

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

  115. 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. 🙁

    • 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.

      • 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.

      • 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.

        • Have you ever come across anything that works as well as bleach for the shower after using this, but isn’t so chemical-y? It’s just not something we keep in our home and I thought someone on here might have a good alternative!

          • Hi Lindsay,

            I also use soda crystals, which are really good for dissolving the plain grease that forms a scum like substances in and around the drains. Pour a cupful and then just pour one kettle-full of boiling water. Always works as well as the bleach, but I am lazy so just pour the bleach and leave it, but this is better and perhaps having pointed this out I will make a more concerted effort to use the crystals. We also have a brand of dishwashing liquid in the UK called Fairy Liquid and I find a small squirt (when I run out of bleach) followed by some boiling water works wonders and everything clears up.

            I did try two tablespoons of Bicarbonate of Soda aka baking soda (not to be confused with baking power which is altogether different and sets things rather than disperses), and found that works very well with kitchen sink drains as well as shower drains.

            I hope the above helps.


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

  117. This was my first time using a sugar scrub. It was amazing! I’m definitely doing This again

  118. Hi! I’ve recently read that it’s a really good idea to use a preservative when using any homemade product that might get mixed with water, like something to be used in the shower, or you get bacteria growth, even if you don’t see it. I was just wondering what you’d recommend– I’ve looked into lots and don’t really know where to start!
    Thanks 🙂

    • Hey guys 🙂 Still wondering if anyone has any experience with preservatives. Katie, I’d love your guidance on this, as I don’t know where to begin! Thanks 🙂

      • I came across this

        Borax acts as an emulsifier, natural preservative and buffering agent for moisturizers, scrubs, and bath salts. Borax is a natural mineral which is widely used in the cosmetic industry.

        I have also added a small amount of sea salt as salt is used to preserve foods.

  119. I have been using Cold Pressed, Organic, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (it’s not as expensive as it sounds, but it’s SO worth it!), Raw, local honey (It’s hard to not eat the product at this point!), and typically brown sugar for the scrubbing power! Amazing for the face…and the taste buds!
    Every couple of days, I substitute the brown sugar with baking soda for what feels like a mini microdermabrasion! My skin has never been so soft (and NOT oily)! My husband even started using it, and loves it! I just use the coconut oil by its self every day for my whole body, and I use it for shaving (though it does gunk up the blade, so you have to rinse it every swipe…that’s why I’m getting a lower body waxing tomorrow!)

  120. I want to make the pumpkin pie scrub and was wondering if it would work without the vitamin E oil.

    • It should, just don’t make too much. The E acts as a preservative, and it won’t stay fresh as long without it.

      • It should be noted, and this is with all due respect, that Vitamin E is most definitely NOT a preservative and products will still go bad even with it. It’s an antioxidant and can simply help it go longer, but shouldn’t be confused with preservatives. Just tryin to keep it clear! Hope that’s ok 🙂

        • You are correct Lindsay. Vitamin E is not a perservative, it keeps the oils and butters from going rancid as fast. I only us T-50 all natural E. Why, because the E you take internally can cause many people to break out, get a rash,etc. the T-50 does not do that because it has no man made chemicals in it. It is derived from plants.

  121. Hello

    Thanks for your website and all the info you provide.

    I just made a scrub from the recipe above except I used regular white sugar.

    My question is – do I store it (small plastic container I used) somewhere dry and dark or can I leave it in the bathroom? Also, how long is it going to last before going bad? Thank you for your time and help! 🙂


    since i read most of the comments here, let me summarize. maybe that will help some of you!

    *If you feel the oils will clog your drain, someone suggested in a squirt bottle:
    ~ 2 cups white vinegar, 1/4 cup baking powder (not soda), 30 drops lemon ess. oil.

    *good brand for ess. oil if you have sensitive skin: Young Living

    *Oil alternatives: extra virgin olive oil, fractionated coconut oil (liquid, so whip it before mixing with other ingredients/ warm up, for best outcome), grape seed oil, avocado oil, rose-hip seed oil, etc…

    ****some recipes given by others:

    PUMPKIN PIE: 1 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup oil, 1/2 tsp vitamin E, 1/2 tsp pumpkin spice (or cinnamon)

    VANILLA & BROWN SUGAR: 1 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup almond oil, 1/2 tsp vitamin E, 1 tsp real vanilla extract

    LEMON: 1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup oil, 1/2 tsp vitamin E, 15-20 drops (give or take) of lemon or orange ess. oil

    PEPPERMINT: 1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup oil, 10 (give or take) drops peppermint ess. oil, and (optional) crushed holiday candy.

    NAMELESS: sugar, ground coffee, cinnamon, oil, ess. oils

    NAMELESS: sugar, raw honey (good for acne but will solidify quicker than other ingredients- extra mixing might be needed), almond extract, vitamin E

    NAMELESS: brown sugar, oil, sunflower oil, caramel extract, castile liquid soap

    NAMELESS: sugar, oil, tea (green tea was mentioned, but black tea or whichever), lemon zest (which will require you to refrigerate for shelf life), lemon juice (also will need to refrigerate for) but may as well use lemon ess. oil as alternative to juice.

    *FOOT SCRUB ~ NAMELESS: sugar, oil, tea tree, peppermint, orange ess. oil

    NAMELESS: sugar, oil, mint, vanilla bean paste (NOT extract due to sensitivity and dryness), lemon ess. oil

    *OIL CLEANER FOR YOUR FACE: 1 oz olive oil, 5 drops tea tree, 15 drops lemon. (THIS LASTS ALMOST FOREVER DUE TO INGREDIANTS)

    NAMELSS: sugar, oil, honey, lemon ess. oil, parsley

    ***from what i have read on here generally if you do not get water inside of your airtight contianer then your scrub should last about 2 months

    ***salt and coffee can be a sub, but salt is hard on your skin after too much use

    ***oats can be a sub as well.

    ***cocoa powder is an ingredient that will help soften the mixture too

    ***most people here do not see it as a problem to store in plastic container, although glass seems to be preferred, but consensus is that it needs to be air-tight.


    • i use glass for containers by my sink. I use PET plastic jars which are safe for essential oils for the shower. However if you have an open jar in the shower you are going to get moisture from water in the jar. That is where you are going to get mold and bacteria into your scrub. I don’t use in the shower at all. I have jars next to my kitchen sink and sink in my laundry room. If I were using it in the show I would scoop out what I need and put it in a small open container such as a salt cellar or old clean lid on the side of the tub before I turn on the shower.

    • THANK YOU SIERRA H for summarizing all of the many recipes, tips and tricks. That was a lot of work, and I appreciate it.
      With so many comments over the past year, this blog is getting increasingly difficult to read. Too many people aren’t reading previous posts, so they keep asking the same questions over and over.
      It would be so helpful if people would add the ingredient measurements when they talk about a wonderful scrub they make so we can all try it!

    • are we talking normal sugar bought at the supermarket and cooking olive oils?

      • I use organic sugar and yes it is from he grocery store. I use Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Costco. For scrubs I like Almond, Avocado, or Apricot oils which you can get at any health food store. I buy avocado oil at Costco.

        As for measuring oils and sugars I put in oil and stir and add more until the oil barely covers the sugar. I really like Rosemary and Spearmint EO and I put in a tiny amount of T-50 Vitamin E oil. NOT the stuff in the capsules you get of E, that is not natural E and can irritate the skin. I order t-50 online.

        Brown sugar I get at the grocery store to.

  123. made a awesome mothers day gift!!!

  124. Hi Katie, first of all I would like to thank you for giving us so many home made recipes. I have tried them works out amazingly. I have very bad black heads on my nose and now white heads(enlarged pores) around my nose has started. my skin is dry but slightly oily on the nose. could you please suggest some remedy to get rid of it, thank you

  125. I have a septic tank. Will coconut oil that people have said clog up the drains be even worse with a septic tank? I would love to make home made scrubs but am afraid of drain problems.

  126. I’m going to try to make a scrub with raw cane sugar, coconut oil, vitamin e, and rose geranium. Do you think the coconut oil smell will overpower the rose geranium?

  127. My favorite batch of scrub came together by chance! I wanted to make a coffee sugar scrub but used Kahlua flavored coffee that had been in my cubbord for a long time. With an added vanilla fragrance oil, the scent in intoxicating! By far my favorite! I didn’t really measure but equal parts sugar and coffee and then I used coconut oil and vanilla fragrance.

  128. Question, when you make your own scrubs, should there be an oil layer on the top? If so how much would be normal?

    • It can settle, but how much oil is on top depends on how long it has been sitting. The longer it sits, the more oil will settle out. I usually just stir it back together periodically.

  129. I am just starting to make my own sugar scrubs, I am confused about the coconut oil, I bought a solid, should I have purchased a liquid coconut oil? Thanks for your help.


  130. hi Katie, have already started using this, and had amazing results….. Thanks for the recipe….very stupid question, but can I use it as a daily scrub? If not how frequently can I use? Do you recommend for my 18 months old son ?

    • If you feel like you need daily exfoliation, sure! If you notice you are having an adverse reaction, such as breaking out, or skin irritation, of course you can dial it down to a less frequent application. For your little guy, I don’t think that anything in the scrub would harm him, but it might irritate his skin to rub it (even gently) with something this rough.

  131. I read to shave, exfoliate, then shave again. Do I rinse the scrub before shaving the second time?

  132. Hi katie, could you please tell me some home made remedy for painless folliculitis on the upper arms caused by pitiryosporum. Too many asymptomatic papules but looks awful.

  133. Hi, I’m somewhat new to DIY organic beauty products. For the past three months My daily care routine consisted of washing my face twice a day with raw honey (which worked wonders on my acne/pores but also dried up my face a bit). I showered with a honey coconut milk lavender body wash, I also used the sugar scrub which pretty much consisted of your recipe above, I also used coconut milk shampoo and conditioner. Suddenly I noticed little worms among other insects in my shower stall and fruit flies all around my house, also mold accumulated. I’m starting to believe it’s because of all the edible products I used daily. since it never happened before in my house. Has this ever happened to anyone? I’d like to keep making my organic beauty products, but I must say I’ve stopped for three weeks and the situation has improved. Please advice.

  134. Do you know if the oil will harm the jets in the tub? I have air jets in my tub and wonder if the oil will effect the jets over time. Any ideas?

  135. Is it okay to use this scrub every night or should I space out every use (e.g. every two or three days)?

    • You can use it everyday if you want, but your skin may not like it. If you notice you are having a negative reaction (excessive oil, irritation, etc.) definitely back off.

  136. For cleaning showers, shower doors, tubs, and hot tubs, I have found that a tablespoon or two of dishwasher detergent in warm water with a cloth or soft brush cleans easily and well. For the hot tub, just fill the tub with warm water, add the detergent and let it swirl; then refill tub with plain water and swirl to rinse. Keeps vents clean and fresh. Don’t forget also to rinse tub and shower thoroughly to remove any irritants to the skin.

  137. welll.. i kinda have a question.. can we use sea salt bath scrub daily?? and is it okay to use sugar scrubs on face weekly?? thank you..

  138. I like this recipe but it feels oily and makes the shower floor feel gritty… any tips??

    • Use a little less oil if you feel like it is not working, or use a lighter oil, perhaps. As for the gritty… The sugar in the scrub should dissolve thoroughly in the shower water, so I am not sure why you are experiencing that.

  139. Can i put fresh lemon juice to my sugar and coconut oil scrub?

  140. Which oil should i put in my sugar scrub to even tone skin and lighten dark knees and elbows? Does coconut oil makes skin even tone?

  141. What kind of brown sugar do you use? Soft light brown? Soft dark? Or something coarser like Demerara?

    • I guess that is really up to personal preference. I use whatever is on sale when I want to make it, honestly. If I know, for example, that I am making a batch for a friend who uses it on her face I might choose a more finely ground sugar.

  142. For all those who use this scrub on the face: How often do you use it and how much of it?
    I am overall happy with the way my face looks now, but would like to improve of course!
    Thanks in advance!

  143. Hi guyz… am just wondering. I recently made a green tea scrub with a little bit of lemon in it. Is it safe to use it every day on my face and body?

  144. I want to do this for some Christmas gifts this year…however, the little voice in my overactive, health nut mind of mine is “what you put on your body, you put in your body”. Does anyone have info, or prior knowledge of using sugar scrubs and the influence of our immune systems, liver, etc??? Is the sugar going to influence topically as it would internally?

  145. I think it may be best to leave out the coconut oil in this scrub, as I have heard that it can plug up the plumbing, which makes sense, as it gets cold down there, and then the oil hardens up…..Also, I use 1 cup
    of organic sugar, and about 3 or 4 T. of olive oil, and some fresh thyme leaves, about 1 T…..they are so nice
    in this…..and some lemon, lavender, and rosemary essential oils.

  146. Just wandering if I made the lavender and vanilla facial scrub could I use it for face as well as body or is it better to make a seperate batch of the first sugar scrub recipe for body?

    • You can use it on your body as well. Unless it’s a hand scrub, I usually use almond oil instead of coconut oil because I am breakout prone, and I’ve found the coconut oil clogs my pores. Good luck!

  147. Thanks for your site love all the information,need your help on how to get rid of sunspots on face try lemon coconut oil ,diden work for me…

    • I make a body butter that helps with that. I put a small amount of Lemon EO in it. It has Shea, Mango Argan, T-50 E, Almond, Avocado, and a botanical powder mix in it. It has faded the liver spots on my hands.

  148. Did you use lemon juice or lemon EO? I put lemon EO in my body butters and it works well on age spots on my hands.


  149. So glad I came across your site. Fabulous recipes!!! I am just beginning to making my own face and body creams (1 part raw shea butter-1 part organic refined expeller pressed coconut oil (expreller pressed eliminates the coconut smell and taste, 8-10 drops of pure grade Frankincense, Lavendar, or Sandalwood EO and sugar scrubs (brown or white sugar/olive oil/8-10 drops of essential oil or oils). I use four ounce glass mason jars to store my homemade creams and scrubs (purchased via Amazon). I also made a gentle facial exfoliater using baking soda and coconut oil. Have not tried using raw honey on my face, but I will!

    I get my organic coconut oil from Tropical Traditions and use Young Living Essential Oils. Rose Hill is also a great place to purchase quality essential oils and other ingredients! I get my raw shea butter and cocoa butter from Amazon and beeswax from a local beekeeper. Keep the recipes and suggestions coming. I am bookmarking and sharing this site!!

  150. How long do these scrubs last? I’m gifting it to my mom and it’s only a few days until Christmas. I don’t want it to be moldy or stale by the time she opens it!

  151. I used a few drops of peppermint essential oil in the basic sugar scrub recipe, and it worked really well! I made it a little strong, though, so I tried adding more sugar/oil to make the scent a little less strong. Sugar scrub is one of the things I love using in the winter, because it helps with my dry skin so much.

  152. I just made one following the facial scrub recipe, but substituted orange for the lavender. I kept the vanilla. I have actually never been tempted to eat something for my face until this moment, but it smells HEAVENLY! I’ve made the lavender vanilla before, but much prefer the scent of this one. I think I’ll add in a bit of raw honey exit time, as well. I did add a bit of extra sugar to get the consistency where it.

  153. Whoever commented about not using sugar scrub on your face is wrong. Sugar scrub on your face is wonderful! Perhaps you scrubbed to hard if you tried this, but it truly is perfect to use on your face. Makes your skin soft and gives it a nice glow!

  154. I’d like to make the vanilla brown sugar scrub listed above. I was wondering, if I use your recipe exactly, how much this will make?

  155. I made mine with white sugar and vegetable oil, because I’ve never done any kind of home-made beauty supplies before (and I’ve also never used a sugar scrub before) and it’s what we had on hand in the house. I also added about a teaspoon of vanilla.
    The oily feeling while rinsing off is strange, but after a thorough rinsing and drying I really like the smoothness. I just wish I could reach my back better.
    Should the oil tend to want to pool on top of the mixture? Seems like I’m going to have to stir it every time I go to use it.
    Also, is it gentle enough for the face/other sensitive regions?
    (for reference, I’m an 18 yrs old male)

    • The weird oil feeling is from the cooking oil. It is not good for your skin it clogs pores.

  156. Where the recipe calls for Vitamin E, can you go without?

    • Yes. It’s a mild natural preservative and is good for the skin which is why I use it.

      • Sorry but I have to disagree on this. Vitamin E is NOT a preservative in any form. It IS however a great antioxidant that helps to slow down oxidation in recipes that contain oils and butters but only helps with anhydrous products, NOT recipes that contain water ingredients (aloe Vera, hydrosols, distilled water). To have a safe product that will not grow mold, fungus or bacteria you need a full spectrum preservative ( example- Optiphen Plus my favorite) especially if a product is kept near humidity like a shower or bathroom in general. Just thought the readers should know. I do Love your blog!

        • You are correct! However if you are making products without water then it does extend shelf life it does not kill anything. Good call and misuse of words.

    • No you do to need it. Most people use it as a shelf life extender. HOWEVER you do not use the Vitamin E in the capsules. It is not natural it is chemically made. You only use T-50 Vitamin E oil. you can order it online.


    A study conducted in 1991 found evidence that synthetic vitamins may have some blame for the eruption of contact dermatitis we have seen over the past several years, as it can induce this condition with increased skin sensitivity and irritation. It also enhances the effects of sun damage, and some animal studies show links to the development of tumors. Rated as a moderate hazard by EWG, some evidence even suggests that it may generate carcinogenic activity and toxicity.

    It has potential as a human skin toxicant, and some experiments on mammal tissue cells show results with definite and known cell mutation after coming into contact with the substance. As a skin sensitizer, some symptoms to look out for include itching, scaling, burning, hives, and blistering. When considering organ tissues, watch out for the liver, blood, and brain. Synthetic vitamin E is also linked to mutated liver tissue cells, blood clotting, and hemorrhagic stroke.

  158. Do you use the sugar scrub alone, or do you use a body wash first and then the sugar scrub?

  159. i am making an sugar body scrubs my first time making them and i was wondering on when i should make them and how long it last for?

  160. I made and sold your recipe and the scrubs came out great, but one customer told me they found mold in one after a years time. I guess it is because water fell in them? Also, I used the brown sugar which is combined with molasse. Do you think it was because of that? thank you!

    • My recipes are designed and created for personal use only, not for others to profit off of my hard work, so I can’t help you.

    • My recipes are designed and created for personal use only, not for commercial sale, as there are standards how these type of products can be sold and preserved which are different than for personal consumption. Since they’re not designed for commercial use or authorized for by me, I can’t help you.

    • they still had the scrub after a year!!!! I would say they were lucky no mold was in it sooner if they were using it around water and the oil would have about a year self life.

  161. I tried the sugar and olive oil method my skin feels so soft and healthy thanks a bunch?

  162. What, if anything, can I add to this to make it also a cleaner or cleanser? I thought of adding castile soap, but I wasn’t sure if that would be OK or ruin it. Or how much.

    Also, can someone tell me the benefits of vitamin e oil?

  163. You only want to use t-50 Vitamin E oil. IT IS ALL NATURAL UNLIKE what you find in the gels caps at the store. You still need to wash where you use the scrub or rinse off the sugar or salt which ever you use. You can either wash after you rinse off scrub or you can just wipe off excess oils.

  164. I would like to get a receipe for making sugar scrubs to b able to use on feet that are dry and cracking.

  165. Oh boy, that must hurt. I am going to suggest almond oil, sea salt fine grind. Make some body butter with shea, mango and almond oil. Put it on after you bath or shower and put socks on. Start working on the dead skin on your feet with a foot pumis too.

  166. Hi there. I have Organic Coconut Palm Sugar, would you recommend me using this sugar? Also, I was thinking of mixing the sugar with organic virgin coconut oil, and add a few drops of lavender EO. Will it be a good combination? Should I try and use it on my face as well?

    • It sounds like it would be! Let me know how you like it 🙂

  167. I made a sugar and olive oil scrub for my mom for mothers day (homemade) im thinking of selling these. it consists of olive-oil, sugar, and honey. But im thinking of making this one for the kids teachers because honey is expensive where i live and one recipe calls for half the bottle sooooo…….

  168. I would put T-50 Vitamin E oil, only a 1/4 teaspoon in each 4 ounce jar and skip the honey. I would use extra virgin olive oil which is 1st pressing because the squalene has not been removed and it very good for the skin.


    This is information OVERLOAD here. Wow.

    Sooo think I’ll just use the old faithful mild C- soap and plain water, wash gently, rinse and pat lightly with a soft paper towel shortly thereafter my face will be hitting the pillow.

    I’ll bookmark for future reference though. Thank you all. Everyone of you. Good night


  171. LOVE! I recently started using this, and the very first day, my husband walked in from work and said, “did you exfoliate your face?!”

    great and quick results of silky smoothness. And it makes me feel good to know I’m just using organic CO and organic sugar to make it happen. Thanks for sharing! It’s a staple in my bathroom/shower now.

  172. Is it better to use Raw sugar because the granules are larger?

  173. can I add aloe Vera gel and milk to my sugar and coconut facial scrub?

  174. Does the cocoanut oil clog pipes?

  175. I made your sugar, almond oil scrub and when I used it, it took me forever to get it rinsed off. I was very careful with my measurements too. I wonder if I used too much on my face? I still loved it though. And your website…I’ve tried so many of your recipes now and can’t wait to try more.

  176. I wash dishes quite a bit, and I made a lemon-vanilla scrub with olive oil and it works GREAT and smells so AMAZING! i have only used it twice but I LOVED it!