How To Make DIY Sugar Scrubs at Home | 5 Easy Recipes (Step by Step)
Learning how to make DIY sugar scrubs at home is easy and is also important if you want to avoid the use of chemicals that are harmful to the skin.
Below are 5 awesome essential oil sugar scrubs recipes that smell great.
They are simple to make, and the ingredients are easily available at convenience stores.
I buy mine online at Amazon, and that’s why I recommend them.
One of the many benefits of using a sugar scrub is that it leaves the skin feeling smooth and with a glowing appearance.
The sugar scrubs you are going to find here are DIY eucalyptus scrub, DIY lavender lemon scrub, DIY rose and hibiscus scrub, honey lip scrub, and delicious vanilla sugar scrub.
I’ve also included a bonus section for you on the best essential oils for DIY beauty products.
Perfect gifts and fun to make!
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NOTE: Don’t use these scrubs if you have broken or very sensitive skin. Also, make sure that you are not allergic to any of the ingredients used in the recipes. Oils are slippery so be cautious if you use them in the shower. Use a bath mat and wash the bath or shower tray to get rid of the oil.
5 Easy Sugar Scrubs Recipes to Make at Home
Treat your whole body with these easy-to-make sugar scrub recipes.
Time to transform your bathroom into a great-smelling spa!
1. Homemade Eucalyptus Sugar Scrub – For Legs and Feet
I find that the smell of coconut oil is sometimes too overpowering, so I have included other oils in case you feel the same and want an alternative.
This homemade sugar scrub is ideal for tired legs and feet.
The reason for choosing eucalyptus essential oil is that it has this amazing soothing effect and leaves your skin feeling cool and fresh while also helping to relieve joint pain.
- 1/2 cup coconut oil or olive oil
- 1.5 cups brown sugar
- 15 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
- 10 drops of orange essential oil
How to Make It
- Mix one cup of brown sugar and coconut or olive oil in a bowl to make a paste.
- Add to the mixture 20 drops of eucalyptus essential oil and 10 drops of orange essential oil and mix well.
- For a firmer consistency, add the remaining cup of sugar bit by bit as you mix.
- Your sugar scrub is now ready to use.
- Transfer to a container with a lid and store it in a cool dry place.
2. DIY Lavender and Lemon Sugar Scrub – For Face, Neck & Hands
I love this sugar scrub because of the calming and hydrating properties it has.
It also helps that smells great. For the face and neck is better to use milled sugar as the particles are smaller and less aggressive to these sensitive areas.
- 1/2 cup coconut oil or almond oil
- 1.5 cups of white sugar (or brown sugar)
- 2 teaspoons of lavender essential oil
- 10 drops of lemon essential oil
- 1 or 2 teaspoons of dried lavender
1 – Prepare the ingredients. I have chosen almond oil for this scrub.
2 – Combine the sugar and almond oil in a mixing bowl.
3 – Add lavender essential oil.
4 – Add lemon essential oil.
5 – Next, add dried lavender.
6 – Stir and stir some more!
To preserve the rich fragrance, put the ready formula into an airtight glass jar.
If the homemade lavender lemon essential oil is dry, add more oil. On the contrary, if it is creamier than you would like, add more sugar.
How to Use Sugar Scrub on Face & Neck
Using a sugar scrub on your face is very simple. Just follow these 5 steps:
- Make sure your face and neck are clean.
- Mix a small amount of scrub with a few drops of water.
- Gently apply over the face and neck with small circular movements (up to 1 minute).
- Rinse your face and neck with warm water.
- Pat dry your skin and apply a facial mask or your usual moisturizer.
When used on the hands or other parts of the body you can be a little more aggressive.
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3. DIY Exotic Rose and Hibiscus Body Scrub
If you are looking for a luxurious body scrub, this is the one. Not only will leave the skin smoother but smelling divine too. Try it now!
- 1/3 cup jojoba oil or coconut oil
- 1/3 cup almond oil
- 2 small cups of white sugar
- 1 tablespoon dried rose petals
- 1 tablespoon of hibiscus flower petals
- 15 drops of lavender essential oil
- 10 drops of rose essential oil
How to Make This DIY Sugar Scrub
1 – Combine the almond and jojoba oils with sugar in a mixing bowl.
2 – Mix all the ingredients.
3 – Now add the essential oils.
4 – Add the rose and hibiscus flowers and continue stirring.
5 – Make sure the dried flowers are evenly distributed in the mixture.
6 – Store the ready product in airtight glass jars.
If you like the smell of roses, you are going to love this sugar scrub. It smells divine! If not, add another essential oil of your choice.
4. Easy DIY Sugar Lip Scrub with Honey
Get rid of dead skin on your lips and add a touch of hydration with this effective homemade sugar scrub for your lips.
Ingredients to make a small amount:
- olive oil (1 teaspoon)
- Brown sugar (1 teaspoon)
- honey (1 teaspoon)
- cinnamon Bark essential oil (3 drops)
How to Make It & Use It
- Mix all the ingredients until you get a thick paste.
- Spread it with gentle circular massages and let it act for 5 minutes.
- Rinse with warm water.
- Apply a hydrating lip balm.
- For better results, apply twice a week.
- Store in a small container in a cool dry place.
5. DIY Vanilla Sugar Scrub
The vanilla essential oil has amazing benefits for health and skin. Make this sugar scrub if you want antioxidant and antiaging power on your skin.
- 1 cup white sugar
- 2 teaspoons of honey
- 1/2 cup of jojoba oil or olive oil
- 8 drops of vanilla essential oil or half a spoon of vanilla extract
How to Make It & Use It
- Mix all the ingredients.
- The aim is to obtain a thick paste by adding + or – sugar or oil.
- Apply a generous amount and massage in circular motions.
- Leave for at least 5 minutes and rinse with warm water.
- Keep in an airtight glass container, Mason jars are ideal for this.
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Top 7 Sugar Scrub Benefits for The Skin
Homemade sugar scrubs have beautiful benefits for the skin:
- get rid of dead cells
- unclogging pores
- boost blood circulation
- better absorption of skincare products
- even, glowing and smoother skin
- skin regeneration
- makes your tanning look better and last longer
As you can see, these homemade beauty products are easy to make, and they are all very safe to use.
I encourage you to explore more options with essential oils, as they are the spice of the formula.
But which essential oils are best for making sugar scrubs?
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5 of The Best Essential Oils to Make DIY Sugar Scrubs
- Lavender – It is probably the most popular essential oil known to man. Lavender is loved because of its sweet aroma, and its ability to soothe the skin. It goes well with frankincense and almost all carrier oils.
- Citrus-based (Bergamot, Orange, Lemon, Tangerine) – Apart from the invigorating and refreshing nature of citrus-based oils, they have mild antibacterial, antiseptic, antifungal, and antimicrobial properties. These oils are of great help to damaged skin. Tangerine is effective in battling acne in both men and women.
- Frankincense – An extract of the Boswellia sacra, this ancient oil has been found to be effective against uneven skin tone caused by aging or sunburn.
- Tea tree – Tea tree essential oil has strong antiseptic properties. It’s an excellent choice for products made to treat common skin infections.
- Geranium – Thanks to its ability to balance sebum secretion, this essential oil is ideal for use on all skin types. Geranium also has anti-inflammatory properties that help to calm itchy skin.
✅ Check this great collection of essential oils for all your DIY beauty recipes.
If you have a question about how to make DIY sugar scrubs leave a comment below.
You said that these scrubs should be kept in a cool dry place. Is the refrigerator ok to store them? Also, how long can you keep them before they expire?
I don’t keep them in the fridge because it can get harder, especially when using coconut oil. Just keep them away from sunlight and heat and store them in an airtight container.
Also, don’t allow any water to get into the sugar scrub because it will go bad very fast.
I usually use mine within one or two months, but the shelf life depends on the ingredients used.
Can you let me know which homemade scrub recipe are you referring to?
When you refer to “spoons” do you mean teaspoon or tablespoon for your ingredients?
Hi. Sorry about that. I have updated the post with the correct measurements. Thanks!