Easy DIY Sugar Scrub

DSC_0709Well, it’s that time of year again when my skin starts cracking and drying.  For someone who is a compulsive hand washer, this is even more the case.  For Christmas last year, my sister gave me a homemade jar of sugar scrub and I just only recently used it all.  I wanted more, but didn’t want to buy it, so I looked online for ideas on how to make it.  I found a few recipes and varied upon them according to the ingredients that I have.

For this recipe, you’ll need the following ingredients:

1 cup of sugar (regular while sugar will do fine, or brown sugar if you prefer a finer granulate)

1/2 cup of some kind of oil (I chose coconut oil because it’s the best oil I have.  I also recommend grapeseed oil or extra virgin olive oil.  All three of these oils are good for the skin. You can try vegetable oil, but I’m not promising anything)

Essential oil of your choice (This is optional. I used peppermint oil because I find it to be really calming).

If you are using coconut oil, heat it until it is mostly liquid, like so:DSC_0716

You will obviously not need to do this for other types of oil.

Now for the easy part!  Just pour the sugar into a bowl and then pour the oil on top of that.  Mix it until the sugar is moistened (yes I hate this word).  Finally, add the essential oil if applicable (I used about 5 drops).DSC_0717

Mix well and pour it into a jar 🙂

Finished Product
Finished Product

It’s really that easy to make!  To use it, go to a sink or you can use it in the tub, scoop it out with a spoon, apply it with your hands where you wish, and scrub away.  Wash off well with lukewarm water.

This was so easy to make and I just used it and my hands and arms are silky smooth.

DIY spa for just pennies 🙂

Have fun and thanks for reading!



58 thoughts on “Easy DIY Sugar Scrub

    1. I think you could probably use it everywhere, but be sure to rub it off well because it might leave you feeling oily 😉 I tried it last night and had that experience. try it and let me know how you like it!

      1. Thank you! I made some and I loved it! I am used to the oily sensation because I use coconut oil on a daily basis, but just by itself. This is so awesome, thanks again for this recipe!

  1. The human got all excited over this!! She said she’s going to try it fur herself, and make some fur the mother of the Creature!

    But if she puts that stuff on me, I’ll claw her to ribbons.


  2. I just got done using the first jar up too, funny. Now, I’m secretly using the one for the girl child here, but she’s not big into that type of stuff anyway, so it’s all good. 😉

    1. 😉 Well, it’s good that someone will be using it. I think I will get the coconut oil from Swanson’s next time. It’s got so many uses that it’s just nice to have around the house.

  3. I make my own sugar scrub too. I use extra virgin olive oil, white sugar, and half a large lemon. I don’t measure, I just eyeball it but I always make enough. What I have found, is that with the olive if I use it on my legs my feet can get slippery and I have to be careful. Thankfully, a bath mat helps. I’m making sugar scrub as Christmas gifts this year.

  4. Heeere she comes to save the day! With awesome DIY beauty recipes! I’m SO doing this for Christmas presents for all the ladies in the immediate family. 😀 (And make a few for myself of course)
    Brilliant and thank you sooo much. 😀

    1. 😀 Here I am! It makes an awesome Christmas gift. If you want to make it a little prettier, you could alternate layers of scrub with a small amount of raspberry juice, which will make it look like peppermint candy 🙂 It helps to use peppermint oil with it too to give it that effect 🙂

      1. Oh man that actually sounds awesome! I will definitely do that! And attach with a big red bow of course 😀

  5. Hi Megan If you don;t mind me asking, the Coconut oil you’re using, does it “smell” of coconut ? And if i may ask, why the sugar, what exactly does it do ? I’m curious, ‘cuz i can;t figure it out, outside of it being used as a scrub ? Have you ever tried soaking your hands in luke warm “epson salt” water ? ( warm water in which you put epson salt ). Then, instead of drying the hands, rub them with Jojoba oil ( Desert essence ) which will keep the moisture in your skin, serving as a sort of seal to assure the moisture is absorbed by the skin. 😉

    1. No problem 🙂 The coconut oil I used actually does not smell like coconut because I could only find “refined” coconut oil and it doesn’t have a coconut smell. Unrefined coconut oil will still smell of coconut and it tastes way better in case you want to use it in cooking. The sugar is a good exfoliant for the skin because the grains are so small and gentle. You can use salt too, but if you do have cracks in your hands, it would burn. I don’t use much epsom salt, but I’ve heard that it makes for a good body detox and/or foot soak.

      1. I realize that particular Coconut oil doesn’t smell, that’s why i asked, ‘cuz i didn’t known if you knew. I have no skin conditions, my suggestion regarding epson salt and jojoba oil was for you, because sugar being very aggressive and attracts fungi to use on skin (?), i dunno, but if you’re happy with it. 😉

  6. I use a dry hot salt scrub that works wonders, but it’s not oil based. One of the best salt scrubs I found was in Marblehead, and it’s called Fisherman’s Hands. It’s got a ton of citrus oils in it because they sell it at a place right on the water where all the fisherman come in each morning to deliver what they’ve caught and sell it on site (it smells amazing, and it’ll get dry skin so smooth in less than a minute.). I was in love with it, but they were completely sold out. I’ll get some the next time I’m up there. One of the bonuses of being an Atlantic Coast girl. =)
    I use Argan Oil to minimize the “winter skin” you mentioned (actually, I use Argan Oil period.). It’s too expensive to use daily this year on my body, so I’m going to use olive oil and sea salt, which my Great-Aunt swears by. I’ll be breaking out all the sugar scrub cubes I have in assorted fragrances. Sugar is softer on the skin, but salt really gets everything off.

    1. I’m going to have to look into Argon oil. I’ve heard so many good things about it, but have yet to actually see what’s out there for myself. Also, the Fisherman’s hands sounds amazing! Lucky you to be living near the ocean 🙂

      1. There are a lot of Argan Oil based products, but the best one I’ve used for the last three and a half years is Josie Maran’s. http://www.sephora.com/100-percent-pure-argan-oil-P218700 I’ve found others have alcohol in them, hers does not, it’s purer than pure. I use it in my hair, on my cuticles (I seriously have the best looking cuticles, you cannot see them at all because they’re so heavily moisturized.), and on dry spots wherever I find them, especially during the colder months when chill deeply effects my skin. It sinks right into your skin, is very light, you don’t habe to use a ton of it, and the 1.7 ounce bottle lasts a LONG time. Plus, it’s odorless. The long-term benefits of using it are phenomenal. It’s one of my favorite multi-use, many benefit products.

        I’m only five minutes from the ocean when I’m at my family home in Massachusetts. Here, I don’t even bother because I am not a fan of the Jersey Shore, nor will I ever be.

      2. Thanks for the link. I used to shop Sephora more when I had one nearby, but since I’ve moved here we don’t. I order things online all the tmie though, so perhaps I should try this.

        I’ve never been to the Jersey shore and have no desire to 🙂 I’ve been to Boston and fell in love with the city.

  7. I make my own scrub most of the time, too. You can use coconut oil. almond oil, grapeseed oil, avocado oil, olive oil, or any combination thereof. I usually combine coconut, almond and grapeseed. You can also use salt instead of sugar. I like to use patchouli essential oil and vanilla, with a couple drops of tea tree oil. Smells AMAZING.

  8. That sounds like a great way to keep your skin from drying out and a perfect homemade gift! Think I will be trying this out 🙂

  9. Love iiiiiit. I am still loving your deodorant and actually mine is kind of grainy anyway (don’t think I melted the bi-carb soda into the oil properly) and I scrub my hands with it everyday after applying deodorant lol.
    I will make this sugar scrub thought 🙂

    1. Mine is a bit grainy too and to be honest, my hands feel better after I use it 😉 The coconut oil is really good for that I suppose. 😀 Definitely try the sugar scrub 🙂 it works well for me, I think 🙂

  10. *gasp* Heaven!! This is fantastic! My hands feel so good! It’s been a half hour since I used it, and still feel good. This cold weather is turning back the clock on my hands to the time I was deep in the throes of my anxiety/OCD. Dry, cracked, bleeding, and in pain. I followed your recipe except I used grapeseed oil (little guy’s allergic to nuts, so I didn’t want to chance coconut oil). Thanks for sharing!!

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