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Easy Sugar Scrub Recipe

Updated on July 19, 2013
Easy Sugar Scrub Recipe.
Easy Sugar Scrub Recipe. | Source

What's in My Kitchen?

I nicknamed this my “What’s in my kitchen “ face and body scrub. Why?

Well, it was exactly what I was thinking as I wandered into the kitchen. It could equally be called “Quick as a flash sugar scrub” due to it taking less than a minute to make.

Well, there I was after coming in from a walk with Mick and Coco in the middle of our heatwave, feeling like I fancied a quick and easy face scrub to make and use there and then.

Something that literally challenged me to make using ingredients on hand, be they in the fridge, the cupboard or in a container growing!

The purpose of doing this was not just for me but to show how anyone can do this easily.

Exfoliate With Sugar

one of the best for exfoliating the skin gently when  combined with the right ingredients.
one of the best for exfoliating the skin gently when combined with the right ingredients. | Source

Secret Ingredients

honey and lemon are a perfect combination in a homemade skin care recipe.
honey and lemon are a perfect combination in a homemade skin care recipe. | Source

The Familiar Facts ~

It is not always easy to gather ingredients for recipes you fancy making without a trip to the store or to buy online.

Everyone has budgets so recipes are put on hold for later when you have the ingredients necessary.

Sometimes we are itching to make “something” but don’t know what.

We head to the fridge to see what is there and remember we are not due to do the weekly shop until tomorrow.

We turn to the cupboards to check the stock piles, find them depleted and don’t really see anything inspiring. Sound familiar?

Whether it is cooking up a meal based on utilizing what’s in the kitchen or a skin care product, I guarantee you will have SOME beneficial ingredients and equipment is a simple cup.

Good Enough to Eat

regular granulated white sugar is the perfect base ingredient and is cheap to buy.
regular granulated white sugar is the perfect base ingredient and is cheap to buy. | Source

Dissecting a Face Scrub ~

A face scrub is one of the most important elements to a skin care routine and is designed to primarily remove the dead skin cells that we shed continually.

As we age, the skin sheds at a slower rate but still need removing. Different ingredients are effective for exfoliating the skin at home.

My choice was Sugar as it is one of the best and I knew I had it. While it may not be the best for our health it is extremely skin friendly. Most of us will have granulated white sugar or brown sugar.

To moisten up your scrub you now need ingredients to combine with the sugar which have moisturizing, nourishing and softening properties.

Looking at what I had, I picked two liquids, Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Milk.

Nutritional Goodness in Olive Oil

buy extra virgin olive oil as it is the purest form and worth spending a little bit extra on.
buy extra virgin olive oil as it is the purest form and worth spending a little bit extra on. | Source

EVOO ~

Olive oil is such a power house for the skin.

This nourishing, moisturizing oil is rich in vitamins, antioxidants, minerals and nutrients.

Olive oil may be used alone as a moisturizer, for the hair, the nail cuticles and even in place of shaving cream.

As i use this oil predominantly for cooking with, I now turn to it regularly as an addition to varieties of skin care and personal hygiene product.

A heavier oil than other oils such as jojoba oil, it is wonderful for dry or dehydrated skins and used sparingly it has healing properties for acne prone skin.

Food For The Skin

A natural skin softener it may be combined with many different scrub ingredients including  citrus fruits.
A natural skin softener it may be combined with many different scrub ingredients including citrus fruits. | Source

Milk ~

Since childhood we have known about milk building strong bones and teeth and having all the nutritional goodies for a healthy body.

It is an ingredient we always have in the fridge and its beneficial uses on the skin go way back to ancient times.

If it is good enough for Cleopatra, it is good enough for me! Suitable for all skin types it is moisturizing, soothing and softening with great healing properties.

A few other suggestions for milk are to use it in the bath, as a skin toner or use in different face mask recipes.

Beauty at Your Fingertips

your kitchen will hold more than you realize with the array of beauty products waiting to be made.
your kitchen will hold more than you realize with the array of beauty products waiting to be made. | Source

Which ingredients do you always have?

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Suzie’s Recipe ~

I wanted a scrub that was versatile and gentle enough for both face and body and these three ingredients fitted the bill perfectly.

No dash to the store or need to postpone your face scrub. Measuring is in small quantities and to be honest I did not measure things exactly but rather used a teaspoon as a guide.

Great additions to any recipe are essential oils so feel free to add 1-2 drops of your chosen scent. Lavender, rosemary, rose, sandalwood, frankincense, peppermint and carrot seed oil are all excellent choices with skin and therapeutic benefits.

2-3 tsp Granulated Sugar

½ tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

½ tsp Milk

Cup

Method:

  • Add the sugar to a wide mouthed cup or small bowl.
  • Add in your olive oil and milk and mix to your own consistency.
  • If you feel you need more sugar add in at a teaspoon at a time.
  • If you need more liquid, add a drop of one or other or both milk and olive oil.

To Apply:

  • Apply to slightly dampened skin in small circular movements, massaging in well for a few minutes.
  • Remove by rinsing the face in tepid water, finishing with a splash of cold water.
  • This scrub may be applied to face and body. I used it on my feet and on my face which both felt instantly smooth, soft and moisturized.
  • As I had some left over, I kept it tightly covered in the fridge for a couple of days and it was fine to reuse in the shower as a body scrub and another face application 2 days later. With milk in this recipe I would not keep it any longer than 2-3 days.

Alternative Ideas

instead of sugar
instead of olive oil
instead of milk
brown sugar
jojoba oil
cream
castor sugar
sweet almond oil
coconut milk
oatmeal
coconut oil
cucumber pulp
coffee
vitamin E oil
lemon juice
almond meal
rosewater
orange juice
honey
distilled water
lime juice
salt (body scrub)
apricot kernel oil
tomato pulp
L ascorbic acid
lavender oil
pineapple
yogurt
castor oil
grapefruit

"Creating health awareness through homemade beauty products"

Author Info ~

Information on the author, her bio and full body of works available @ Suzie HQ

Credit to sharkye11 ~

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      Gail Meyers 3 years ago from United States

      This is great, Suzie! I'm going to try your recipe of sugar, olive oil and milk. Voted up, awesome and pinned.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi Suzanne!

      Excellent and well done! I always believe in the power and purity of homemade scrubs and you have suggested some very nice combinations.

      Thanks for sharing another interesting and useful hub. Voted up!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Gail,

      Great to receive your comment and so quickly! Really delighted this simple idea appeals and you are going to give it a go! I loved it and more importantly my skin loved it feeling really smooth and soft so didn't even apply moisturizer after as the milk and olive oil were sufficient. Enjoy and thanks for the votes and pin!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Chitrangada,

      Delighted you stopped by and really appreciate your comments. Do give it a go with your own spin on ingredients, Cheers for the votes my friend!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      So, Suzie, let me get this straight: you want me to take one of my favorite food groups and spread it over my skin? Is that about it???? What are you guys smoking during those walks???? Is Mick picking up some herb while you guys are out strolling in the heat, or are you suffering from heat stroke?

      Rub sugar on my skin? Okay, Suzie, anything for you, but with three dogs and a cat, I'm going to spend the rest of the day being licked. LOL

      Have a great weekend my friend and of course, well done.

      bill

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      Janet Giessl 3 years ago from Georgia country

      Thank you for sharing this. I have already done sugar scrubs from time to time but I just use sugar and olive oil, no milk. It's a really good exfoliation method. I like it as it is easy and I can use ingredients I have at home already.

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      vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

      What a great idea! I've done sugar scrubs with olive oil, but would have never thought to use milk. I know that both milk and yogurt leave my skin super soft, so I can only imagine the softening effect this scrub will have on my skin. As always, I love the way you've laid this out and the photos you've chosen. Enjoy your weekend and plenty more inspiring walks. : )

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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      Hahaha! I like the comment of Bill. It´s so funny to be licked by the animals, lol...

      This is another good beauty treatment. I have made sugar scrub before but just sugar and olive oil. Now I try it with milk or lemon juice. I´ll try all the variations. Thank you Suzie. Have a lovely weekend!

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I love scrubs! I want to try this tomorrow, because I have the ingredients for it. I like how you added the alternative ingredients that can be used, pretty much guaranteeing that anyone will be able to whip some of this up- even when they're due for a grocery trip, and are out of many things!

      Did you try it on MJ? Lol.

      Thanks again, Suzie! I hope you are having an enjoyable weekend so far.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      Great recipe for a homemade scrub. Sugar is great for exfoliating without damaging the skin.

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Suzie. Who knew? Instead of heading to the store just open the frig and look in the pantry. I'll probably never use a face scrub but I do find it very interesting that many of the common foods and items found in ones kitchen have other very useful uses. Sounds like a great way to save some money also.

      Another great addition Suzie. We have been in a heat wave here also for the last week. Stay cool.

      Voted up, shared, pinned ,etc.... Have a great day.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Ah Bill,

      Apologies as laptop has died so MJ is trying to sort it as I would not know where to start! Yep, get that sugar out and exfoliate that skin of yours! Smoking weeds, now Bill that is a no no here I do wonder though what drugs MJ is on from time to time!! LOL

      Appreciate your humor as always my friend you are always a pleasure to read especially when I see those opening words " Now Suzie let me get this straight . . . " LOL

      Enjoy your weekend, Bill and many thanks again!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Another terrific hub, both my husband and my self had the flu at the tail end of Winter. I did the groceries online and was so fuzzy in the head, I bought too many lemons, among other things; we occasionally get free honey from a small supplier we support, so had a lot. I decided to use the honey and lemons as a scrub and loved it. Great hubs, great tips.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Janet,

      Glad you found this one interesting and the fact that on hand ingredients really work and cost you nothing when already there. Thanks for your interest, comment and experience!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Vespa,

      Great to see and hear from you! You have always been a supporter of these recipes and appreciate how many you try to give feedback on! Milk I just added in as it was so warm here and I felt like I needed the cooling and moisturizing benefit of the milk! It was only a small quantity, about a teaspoon but a little does go a long way. Thanks so much again and hope you are having a relaxing weekend!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Thelma,

      What would we do without Bill's humor! He is priceless!

      Thanks very much for your comments as always. lemon juice is good just remember to rinse well and wear your sunscreen / moisturizer afterwards and be careful going into sunlight. Cheers again for stopping by, have a great weekend too!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Kathrn,

      Lovely to see you, Glad you found the thought process useful and doable. It really is something that makes sense for us all. If you fancy putting a drop of lavender or another skin friendly essential oil you may have in then do it at the end, make its smell nice too! No MJ didn't try this one but has been the "guinea pig" on occasions! LOL

      He loves lip balm and all things lippy! Not good for the mechanic petrol head image to see him with his lip gloss shimmering away but hey . . . who am I to argue with MJ??????

      Cheers for your continued interest Kathryn, have fun trying this out! Enjoy your weekend :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Vellur,

      Many thanks for stopping by and glad to see you are a fan of sugar scrubs! Cheers for comment!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Pity I cannot convince you my Italian friend but you never know . . . when you get to our pace in Italy with fresh homemade olive oil I may persuade you! LOL

      We have had over 16 days of continue temps at 80 C plus with no rain and very unusual for here. Everyone is commenting on it in the news! Today is the first day of cloud but it is still warm but not complaining! Cheers for your votes, shares and pin always fantastic to receive my friend !

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi tobusiness,

      Thanks for commenting. Nice to see how you used up your lemons after the flu and combining them with honey is wonderful for the skin. Even adding in some sugar, salt or oatmeal gives a wonderful scrub for face or body (salt) easily. Appreciate your interest, thanks again!

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I love simple recipes that only use ingredients that I already have on hand. That includes beauty recipes! This is such a great concept for an article, and it's so easy to customize the recipe.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rose,

      Glad this one appealed and you enjoyed the concept of using what is in the kitchen at the time! I am very conscious of the importance of utilizing on hand ingredients so this idea was definitely inspired from my own opinion. Thanks for your comments and hope this inspires you to give it a go!

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Interesting and useful Suzie; voted up and shared.

      Eddy.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      What a simple scrub and I have all the ingredients. I'll give this a shot.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Eddy,

      Delighted you enjoyed it and found it interesting. Cheers for your votes and for sharing on, have a great week!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Sha,

      Glad you love the simplicity of this and are going to give it a try! I love it and it is so easy using ingredients on hand. Thanks for having a read!

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Suzie, I tried this last night, and have enough leftover for a couple of other nights of scrubs. My face felt so soft and moisturized :)

      Thanks again, and I hope you had a great weekend!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Susan Bailey 3 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

      Fab! Voted up, pinned and shared. Will try this when my shop bought scrub runs out.

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      Karen Silverman 3 years ago

      Good morning sweet Suzi! Always a pleasure to visit your labors of love! Sugar today, eh? Listen, i used to use Burt's bees products until i got stung wearing it - TWICE.

      Once in vegas and once in mexico i jumped up from my lounger jumping and screaming like a complete idiot (i also have a fear of beers...well..not so much any more...lol)..

      sooo...i stay away from sugar - AND wasps..

      Hey - quick question? What do you think of instant coffee grounds (dry) used as a full body exfoliator

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Kathryn,

      Ah that is GREAT Kathryn! I had enough leftover too, a little goes along way with this. Leave a day or two before trying it on the face again or use it on the feet, legs wherever tickles your fancy!! LOL

      Thanks so much for the feedback, wishing you a busy and productive week with plenty of chill out time!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Sue,

      Lovely to see you enjoyed this and will be doing it soon! it is so easy and quick and leaves your skin lovely and smooth. Even my other half made a comment on my skin after! Thanks for votes, sharing and pin, have fun with this and remember you may use different ingredients if you don't have these exactly.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Leslie,

      Thank god I avoided any bee stings in Vegas when i went for my 40th birthday! Bit ironic you were a Burt's Bees fan! Ooch! I feel your pain! Sugar and Spice Suzie, that's me!

      Coffee is great as an exfoliator and may be combined with sugar and an oil. Worth giving it a try if you are considering it. Apply a tiny amount as a skin patch test if it is new to you to minimize any skin reaction before using in larger quantities. Cheers Leslie for your comments, always love receiving them!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      As always, your articles are fascinating and share some helpful natural remedies. I would never have thought of sugar as a scrub. Interesting.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi teaches,

      Lovely to see you, delighted you commented and enjoyed this easy quick recipe. Hopefully you will try it out, it really works wonders!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Any sugar scrub is a good sugar scrub to me. They are so invigorating and refreshing. I especially love them with eucalyptus in them. Another awesome hub. Shared around.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi GTF,

      I love this one so I am glad you did too! So simple but skin is super smooth and soft afterwards! Scrubs are a real treatment I love and believe in so much. Appreciate your input and for sharing on!

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      kikalina 3 years ago from Europe

      This is a very interesting hub. I will be trying out the scrub recipe soon.

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