4 Easy Homemade Sugar Scrub Recipes – Great DIY Gift Idea
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Homemade sugar scrubs moisturize and exfoliate the body and are SO simple to make. My sugar body scrub recipe leaves skin feeling soft, nourished and is made with completely natural ingredients.
SUGAR SCRUB BENEFITS
Sugar Scrubs work hard to exfoliate and moisturize dry skin. Exfoliation is so important because it helps to remove dead skin from the surface, can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and pores, detoxifies and improves the overall tone of skin.
Oil in the homemade sugar scrub is more easily absorbed once skin is exfoliated, leaving your skin healthy, soft and radiant.
HOW DO YOU MAKE AN EXFOLIATING SCRUB?
It could not be any easier to make a homemade exfoliating sugar scrub. It’s a simple combination of sugar and oil – it’s all you need for glowing skin!
Exfoliating scrubs are great for the entire body, especially dry areas like feet and hands. I have a special recipe just for hands if you’re looking for an exfoliating hand scrub.
NOTE: I do not use this scrub on my face. If you’re looking for an easy facial scrub, check out this simple face scrub from Mama Instincts that also uses sugar.
WHAT IS THE BEST OIL TO USE IN A SUGAR SCRUB?
My favorite carrier oil for homemade sugar scrub is grapeseed oil. Grapeseed oil feels less greasy but is still extremely nourishing, which makes it my top pick for a DIY sugar scrub.
You should be able to pick up grapeseed oil at a natural grocery store (I got mine at Sprouts in the personal care section). Or it is, of course, available online right here.
I always like to include jojoba oil in my body product recipes since it is so nourishing and skin LOVES it, so you’ll also find jojoba in this homemade sugar scrub.
I love to add Vitamin E to my body product recipes as well for a little extra nourishment. A little goes a long way, and you can add it to all kinds of things!
DIY SUGAR SCRUB INGREDIENTS
You can find all of the ingredients to make your own sugar scrubs on this Amazon page.
- 1 ½ cups sugar (preferably organic)
- ½ cup grapeseed oil (or other oil of your choice. Olive, almond and avocado also work well)
- 1 TBS jojoba oil
- 6 drops vitamin E
- 15-20 drops essential oil of choice (I’ve listed my favorite combinations below)
HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE SUGAR SCRUB
- Measure sugar in a mixing bowl
- Add in grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, vitamin E and essential oils
- I like to add the essential oils last and put right on top of the oil – I find it incorporates into the salt mixture better this way.
- Mix until all of the sugar is coated with oil. The sugar will not be swimming in oil, just coated.
- Store in a glass or metal container of your choice.
- This recipe fills a single pint sized mason jar or 2 half pint jars.
DREAMSICLE SUGAR SCRUB RECIPE
(My personal favorite!)
15 drops orange essential oil (I’ve used both blood orange and sweet orange with great results)
5 drops vanilla essential oil
LAVENDER SUGAR SCRUB RECIPE
20 drops lavender essential oil
Sprinkle with dried lavender buds if desired
GRAPEFRUIT SUGAR SCRUB RECIPE
(This one is so refreshing and invigorating)
20 drops grapefruit essential oil
PEPPERMINT AND EUCALYPTUS SUGAR SCRUB RECIPE
(This scrub is a little tingly and SO wonderful when you are congested)
8 drops peppermint essential oil
8 drops eucalyptus essential oil
HOMEMADE SUGAR SCRUB SHELF LIFE
If you’re wondering How long does sugar scrub last, I have good news for you! Since this sugar scrub recipe does not contain any water, it can last up to 6 months. I’d be surprised if it lasts that long though!
Make sure to keep it sealed in a jar with a lid to ensure it stays fresh and free of contaminants. If you keep it in your shower, store your sugar scrub away from the water stream to avoid water getting into the jar.
As long as you keep it dry, your homemade sugar scrub will stay fresh for months.
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Drop me a comment below and let me know what your favorite scrub scent is!