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Skin Care: 18 Sugar Scrubs Recipes

Updated on February 5, 2011

Sugar scrubs are gentle way to exfoliate, moisturize and smooth dry damaged skin. Sugar scrubs are safe. They can be used two or three times a week on the face or the whole body for an invigorating glow, without damaging your skin.

The main ingredients in an exfoliating sugar scrub are sugar, oil and fragrance.

  • Sugar naturally inhibits the growth of bacteria. It's rough texture helps to slough off dead skin cells, giving you a healthy glow.
  • Oil moisturizes you skin while stimulating your immune system. It clings to the dirt and impurities on your skin, drawing them away from you.
  • Fragrance lifts your spirits and stays with you long after your treatment.

With a few candles and a sugar body scrub you can turn your bath time into a relaxing spa experience.

  1. In the shower or tub, gently massage your body and face, with the scrub of your choice. Pay special attention to dry, rough areas, like your knees and elbows. Rinse.*
  2. While skin is damp, smooth with a body oil, coconut oil or moisturizer.
  3. Pat dry and wrap up in a warm towel. Give yourself permission to relax for 15 minutes.

*The tub or shower may become slippery, as sugar scrubs do contain oil. Watch your step!

Sugar scrubs are available commercially, or you can make your own at home, with a few simple ingredients from your kitchen and your favorite essential oils.

Below you will find more than a dozen recipes for homemade sugar scrubs.

Making your own sugar body scrub is exceedingly simple. Choose a recipe from below or combine a few for your own customized blend. 

Some recipes call for your choice of oil.  In these recipes I recommend choosing one of the following:

  • Jojoba Oil
  • Grapeseed Oil
  • Sweet Almond Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Coconut Oil

Do not use mineral oil or baby oil.  They do not penetrate your skin and can clog your pores.


You will need the ingredients, a glass bowl, a wooden spoon and a container for storage purposed. I prefer glass jars, but plastic containers work just as well.

Basic Instructions:

  • Measure dry ingredients bowl and mix well.
  • If honey is involved in your recipe, drizzle it over the dry ingredients and mix again.
  • Add 1/2 to 3/4 of the oil called for in the recipe and mix. Continue adding oil until all ingredients are saturated. Your scrub is thoroughly mixed when the dry ingredients sink to the bottom of the bowl, with a layer of oil on top.
  • Stir in essential oil or fragrance oil.
  • Transfer to storage container.

1. Lemon Brown Sugar Scrub

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 tablespoon of virgin coconut oil

Do to the salt in this recipe, I would not use it on my face.

2. Oatmeal Brown Sugar Scrub

  • 3/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup ground regular oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3/4-1 cup oil of choice - Jojoba, Grapeseed or Sweet Almond
  • (optional) 1/4 tsp Essential or Fragrance oil of choice. Vanilla works nicely, though this smells great on it's own.

Exfoliates and and moisturizes without leaving a greasy feeling.

3. Lavender Rosewood Brown Sugar Scrub

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup almond oil
  • 1/2 tsp vitamin E
  • 6 drops rosewood essential oil
  • 4 drops lavender essential oil

4. Vitamin E Brown Sugar Scrub

  • 2/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 - 1/2 cup almond oil
  • 1/2 tsp of vitamin E
  • 15-30 drops of fragrance or essential oil

5. Coffee Brown Sugar Scrub

  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 3 TBS fresh coffee grounds
  • 5 tsp almond oil
  • 5 tsp jojoba oil
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp vitamin E
  • 1 tsp vanilla

6. Vanilla Brown Sugar Scrub

  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 6 drops of vanilla

7. Foaming Brown Sugar Scrub

  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup of almond oil
  • 1/4 cup of liquid Ivory hand soap
  • 1/4 tsp of vanilla

8. Brown Sugar Scrub Soap

  • 4 oz. melted melt and pour soap
  • 8 oz. grapeseed oil or Avocado Oil
  • 3-4 oz. brown sugar
  • 1/2 oz. honey
  • Fragrance oils or essential oils (20 drops)


  1. Mix oil, honey and melted melt and pour soap together.
  2. Add brown sugar and fragrance or essential oils. Mix thoroughly.
  3. Divvy up into wide-mouthed jars.
  4. Wait 24 to 48 hours for the mixture to harden into a semi-solid mixture.

9. Heavy Duty Brown Sugar Scrub

  • 3 Tablespoons Raw Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons White Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons Epsom Salt
  • 1 Tablespoons Kosher (sea) Salt
  • 1/3 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1/3 Cup Scented Body Lotion

This scrub is heavy duty for those with really dry, flaky skin. Don’t use it more than once a week and avoid use on the face.

10. Sugar, Salt and Nut Scrub

  • 1/2 cup ground almonds
  • 1/2 cup ground oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1/4 cup almond oil
  • 45-60 drops fragrance or essential oil

Variation: Add 2 tablespoons of honey for an extra-moisturizing scrub.

11. Sugar and Salt Scrub

  • 3/4 cup Honey
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup sea salt
  • 3ml Jojoba oil
  • 3ml fragrance oil (orange & ylang ylang are beautiful combined with the honey)

12. Lemon Sugar Scrub

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 TBS lemon zest (grated)

13. Tea Sugar Scrub

  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup honey
  • 2 TBS green tea
  • 5 drops vanilla (optional)

14. Mocha Spice Sugar Scrub

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground coffee
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Generous pinch nutmeg
  • Generous pinch ginger
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup almond oil (or other light oil, such as grapeseed or jojoba)

15. Peppermint Candy Cane Sugar Scrub

  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 6 candy canes/peppermint candy (approx ¼ cup), finely crushed into a powder
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 6 drops peppermint essential oil

16. Honey Soy Sugar Scrub

  • 1 1/3 Cups Soy Oil
  • 1 1/3 Cups Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey
  • ½ Tablespoon of Lemon Juice

Store any leftovers in the refrigerator.

17. Lemon Milk Scrub

  • Juice from one lemon
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Cream or Milk
  • 4 Drops of Lemon Essential Oil

Use immediately.

18. Yogurt Sugar Face Mask

Gently massage it onto your skin and let it sit for five minuets. Rinse thoroughly.

  • 3 Teaspoons of Plain Yogurt
  • 2 Teaspoons of Sugar

Use right away.

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      Heartandsoul 6 years ago

      well you just know how to do about everything there dontcha queen of hearts ;>) I've tried a basic sugar scrub before and it does work well