Sugar Scrub Recipe

How To Make Your Own Sugar Scrub

sugar scrub recipe
••• If you make your own sugar scrub, you might use it more often. Marilee Forastieri/Getty Images

You can buy sugar scrubs for $30, or you can make your own sugar scrubs at home for a fraction of the cost. Sugar scrubs are one of the easiest home spa products to make -- and a great gift if you put it in a pretty jar.  With this easy recipe, you can make your own to exfoliate your skin at home instead of paying a lot of money for a sugar scrub at the spa.  You might also use it more frequently if you don't think it's so precious.

 To keep your skin silky smooth, it's really a good idea to give yourself a scrub at least once a week.  

Sugar is not as abrasive as salt, so it's a good choice for people with sensitive skin.  It's also fun to experiment with different kinds of sugar with different textures so you see what you like best. I prefer to use organic products, like organic cane sugar, or organic brown sugar.

This is a basic recipe and can be tweaked in any number of ways. For instance, you can experiment with blending a number of different of essential oils to see what kind of blends you like best in terms of the aroma and therapeutic effect.  Because your ingredients aren't expensive, you don't have to worry too much if a recipe doesn't work out.  You can also experiment with other ingredients, including lemon juice, honey, ginger, vanilla, coconut oil, cinnamon, even pineapple, which has enzymes that will actually aid in the exfoliation process.

If you want to experiment to find the perfect recipe, keep track of what you do so you know when you reach a combination that really works. If you experiment without keeping records, you may not know how to recreate your masterpiece.

Prep Time: 5 minutes


  • 1/2 cup oil. Use sweet almond, grapeseed or another light-textured massage oil.  Do not use simple cooking oil from your pantry.  It is heavy and sticky and you won't like the feel.  This is another area where you can experiment with your ingredients and find the oil that you like best.
  • 1 cup sugar. You can try everything from simple table sugar to chunky brown sugars. Powdered sugars will just melt away. I recommend organic because it's going on your skin, and your skin  absorbs.  You might have to add more or less depending on your own preference.
  • Ten to fifteen drops of high quality essential oils. The essential oil you choose for your sugar scrub depends on how you want to feel afterwards. Lavender is relaxing, ylang-ylang incites passion, lemongrass is refreshing and rosemary is stimulating. You can experiment and do your own blend.



Put the sugar in a small bowl.

Add the oil, mixing well with a spoon or wooden stick. The texture should be moist enough to hold together, but not overly oily. You can the amount of oil to achieve that texture.

Gently tap in the drops of essential oil and combine well. If you get more interested in aromatherapy you can customize your recipe using different essential oils.

This recipe should get you through three sugar scrubs. You can also make just enough for one scrub by starting with a third of a cup of sugar and adding in enough oil to reach the texture you want. So now you're ready to use your home-made sugar scrub -- once a week is plenty.

Here's how to give yourself a sugar scrub at home.

One advantage of a sugar scrub is that it is literally good enough to eat. This means it's the perfect scrub for couples. If you have a private back yard, warm weather, and o mosquitos, I could see laying a blanket out on the grass and inviting your lover to join you for a slow, sensual scrub.

When someone else joins you in a scrub you can reach each other's backs -- always the difficult part when you're trying to do a body scrub at home -- and replicate the feeling of being cared for that you get at a spa. Bring a bucket of warm water and a few washclothes and towels to get the sugar scrub off.

DO NOT use these homemade scrubs on your face. Even sugar scrubs can be too rough for facial skin, which is thinner, more delicate and more exposed to the elements.