DIY Sugar Scrub Recipe + Variations

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Sugar scrubs are fantastic for exfoliating and moisturizing the skin. This simple sugar scrub recipe uses only three natural ingredients; sugar, coconut oil, and essential oils. This scrub makes for a great gift for birthdays, baby shower, or holiday gift. Just store the scrub in a pretty jar and add a label!


Basic Sugar Scrub:


Coconut & Vanilla Brown Sugar Scrub


Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub


Lavender Sugar Scrub



  1. Start by mixing the sugar with 1/4 cup of oil. Then, use a whisk or food processor to mix the sugar and oil together. If the scrub is dry, add more oil until the scrub holds together and isn’t too dry or too oily.
  2. Then, add in the essential oils. I like to start with 10-15 drops, stir well and smell the scrub. Then, if it needs more, I’ll add more, five drops at a time, until I reach the fragrance I’m trying to achieve. 
  3. If you’re adding in an antioxidant or preservative, now is the time to add it. If you are using a preservative, please use proper gloves and protective gear.
  4. For a creamier sugar scrub consistency, run the mixture through a food processor until it’s whipped and creamy.
  5. Stir in herbs if using.
  6. Scoop the sugar scrub out of the bowl and into storage jars. Label each jar with the fragrance title and date created. Store the scrubs in a cool dark place.

How To Use:

  1. Use 1-2 tablespoons of the sugar scrub to exfoliate your skin.
  2. Rub gently in a circular motion to massage and rub into your skin.
  3. Rinse off thoroughly with warm or hot water in the shower. You may want to use a drain catcher to collect herbs from going down the drain.


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