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If you’re looking for easy, customizable, and all-natural recipes for homemade sugar scrub for glowing skin, you’re in the right place.
Learn how to make the best sugar scrub recipes for glowing skin. Included are 4 easy and natural recipes for lemon, ginger, mint, and rose sugar scrub.
The skincare tutorial comes with tips for using and storing your homemade body scrub, plus free printable sugar scrub labels for gift giving.
(The printable body label can be downloaded at the end of the post. I recommend printing it on vinyl sticker paper, which is easier to apply and lasts longer than regular paper.)
Why It’s Time to Make Your Own Sugar Scrub?
The easiest way to have glowing skin is by using body scrubs. Because exfoliating will help you to achieve soft, smooth and silky skin.
Exfoliating is good for you.
Did you know that you can make your own natural body scrubs for glowing skin?
Yes, that’s right!
Homemade body scrubs are inexpensive and extremely easy to prepare.
Making your own sugar scrubs you will save a lot of money (and your body) from chemicals.
You Will Love These 4 Sugar Scrub Recipes, because:
- they exfoliate and moisturize all at once
- your skin will feel brand new
- your skin will become incredibly soft and luxurious
- they are super simple to make
- it takes about 5 minutes to make them
- they are much less expensive than store-bought sugar scrubs
- they are a great holiday gift
Can I Use Sugar to Exfoliate my Body?
Yes, yeas and YES!
Sugar may not be the perfect ingredient for you health and diet, but a sugar scrub can be very good for your skin.
And I’m not talking about those expensive scrubs in department stores and luxury cosmetic shops. They really cost pennies to make.
I’m talking about simple beauty recipes with all natural ingredients.
I use sugar scrubs on my face, body and especially feet. Because using sugar is the best way to moisturize and exfoliate your skin.
It’s so easy to make your own sugar scrub at home.
Glycolic acid occurs naturally in sugar, and is helpful for cleansing the skin and dissolving dead skin cells. It’s also a humectant and will not strip your skin of its precious natural oils.
Which Sugar is Best for Body Scrub?
Choosing the best sugar for your DIY sugar scrub is simple. There are three main types of sugar you can add to your homemade scrub:
- If you have dry or flaky skin, then you will want to use coarse sugar. You can choose between brown sugar and raw sugar.
The large grains of coarse sugar exfoliate your dry skin while simultaneously infusing it with moisture from the air around you.
Brown sugar is the least abrasive making it a good choice for those with sensitive skin, and a good choice when making a face scrub. Since it is the gentlest, it can be used up to 4 times a week.
2. Fine Sugar for Radiant Skin
Fine sugar is ideal when you want to restore your skin’s healthy glow.
- helps to turn over the cells in your skin
- doesn’t break away dry skin
- infuses natural moisture
3, One of the best fine sugars for your DIY scrub is pure white sugar—similar to what you use for baking.
Turbinado sugar (raw) is naturally the coarsest due to its large granules and makes for a great body scrub. It is the least processed of the three and holds the most essential minerals. Body scrubs made with raw sugar can be used up to 2 times a week.
What types of oil are best for your DIY sugar scrub?
When I first started making my own exfoliating body scrubs, I used extra virgin olive oil but have since changed to jojoba and coconut oil. I recommend trying different oils, or mix and match, to see what works best for you.
Olive oil – one of my favorite oils when it comes to natural skincare. Actually, olive oil has so many skin benefits. It protects and hydrates even to the most sensitive skin. Olive oil helps to repair damaged skin tissues and revitalizes and strengthens skin tonicity.
Jojoba oil – has anti-inflammatory properties which help to tame chaffing and chapping, reduce redness caused by drying, ease the effects of eczema and rosacea, and keep skin calm and comfortable. It’s odorless, non-greasy, and penetrates quickly. This is a good moisturizing conditioner and nourishes all skin types. It’s odorless, non-greasy, and penetrates quickly. This is a good moisturizing conditioner and nourishes all skin types.
Sweet Almond oil – can be used to calm your skin in times of need. Almond oil is both a moisturizer (provides hydration) and emollient (smooths the skin). Non-irritating and light, it is safe for sensitive skin. Almond oil is rich in vitamins E and K, which helps skin regenerate and maintain elasticity.
Apricot oil – is emollient and high in vitamin E; it absorbs easily into the skin and is appropriate for all skin types, including sensitive skin. Apricot oil absorbs well, is non-greasy, and works as an enriching emollient perfect for soothing skin and preventing dryness.
Avocado oil – like most oils, avocado is known for its moisturizing and nourishing properties. It is an excellent source of enrichment for dry, damaged, or chapped skin. Avocado oil is heavy in texture, yet soothing and leaves no greasy residue.
Coconut oil – is good for your skin because of its natural antibacterial properties, but it may increase breakouts in acne-prone skin. The lauric acid found in coconut oil gives it antimicrobial properties to kill bacteria on the skin and reduce inflammation. Look for unrefined coconut oil. Or try Fractioned Coconut Oil as it is non-greasy.
Hemp Seed Oil – is high in omega acids 3, 6, and 9, all of which help repair the skin barrier and form a seal over the skin to keep moisture trapped inside. It reduces skin aging and is anti-inflammatory. Hemp seed oil penetrates the skin quickly, some describe it as a dry oil. An opened container should be used within 2 to 4 weeks.
Hazelnut oil – with a high level of vitamin E, Hazelnut oil works to prevent damage from harmful sun rays while also working as an antioxidant. This oil is beneficial for oily skin because of its astringent qualities.
Walnuts oil – has good moisturizing, anti-aging, regenerative, emollient and toning properties.
Other materials and supplies for the sugar scrub recipes
essential oils – Essential oils not only lend a natural fragrance to the body scrub recipes but also provide different skincare and aromatherapeutic benefits.
vitamin E oil – Vitamin E is one of the best ingredients to nourish, hydrate, and rejuvenate the skin. Another benefit is that the antioxidant properties of vitamin E also protect the carrier oil from oxidation (= going rancid) and help to prolong the shelf life of the DIY sugar scrub.
botanicals and other exfoliants – Some of the sugar scrub recipes use botanicals, such as rose petals, citrus zest, grated ginger.
colorants (optional) – Some ingredients, such as citrus zest, mint leaves, and rose petals will naturally color your sugar scrub recipe.
DO I NEED TO ADD A PRESERVATIVE?
No, since these body scrubs don’t contain any water you don’t need to add any kind of preservatives.
How do you make sugar scrub glow?
How to make a body scrub at home? Let’s do it together!
It’s just 4 easy steps and 5 minutes prep. Here is how to make your own exfoliating scrub:
1. The oil phase – chose your carrier oil, mix with essential oils, and vitamin E into a jar or a small mixing bowl. Stir to combine.
2. Prep the sugar base. In case you will use only botanicals like me, place the sugar and botanicals into a food processor and blend until combine and the botanicals are well dispersed.
Mix the sugar scrub. Pour the oils over the sugar and combine.
Store the sugar scrub. Transfer the sugar scrub into airtight glass jars or storage containers and store sealed until ready to use.
This simple process is the same for all of the following six DIY sugar scrub recipes.
4 Easy Body Scrub Recipes
Now that we know how to make skin scrub at home and its benefits, let’s explore 4 sugar scrub recipes!
The exact measurements are in the DIY box at the end of the post!
Lemon Sugar Scrub for Summer Brightening
This lemon sugar scrub leaves skin soft and silky. This exfoliating body scrub with lemon essential oil is ideal for normal to oily skin types. It’s also a great hand scrub for after washing dishes!
Lemon sugar scrub benefits
Used in a scrub, lemon nourishes, cleanses, and exfoliates the skin and clears up skin issues such as oiliness and acne, and cellulite. Lemon body scrub lightens and evens out the skin tone.
How to make homemade lemon sugar scrub
Grate the zest of one organic lemon and mix with the sugar. Blend in the food processor. Then combine with the oil phase and you’re done!
Cellulite Busting Ginger Sugar Scrub
This Ginger Cellulite Scrub is incredibly easy to make and takes only a few household ingredients. Plus, if you like the smell of ginger you will LOVE LOVE LOVE the way it smells! This recipe makes enough for 10 uses but can easily be doubled or tripled and stored in the refrigerator.
Ginger Sugar Scrub Benefits
Ginger increases circulation, makes skin elastic and helps prevent and reduce cellulite. Also has great anti-inflammatory properties.
How to make homemade ginger sugar scrub
Grate the ginger root and mix with the sugar. Blend in the food processor. Then combine with the oil phase and lemon juice and you’re done!
Refreshing Mint Sugar Scrub
If you need a fresh start of your mornings then this mint sugar scrub is for your. Not only this homemade body scrub will leave you skin supremely soft and refined, but it’s also perfect to slough away dead skin cells. This DIY sugar scrub should be part of your morning routine, the minty scent is revitalizing and will help you wake up!
Mint Sugar Scrub Benefits
A DIY mint scrub is tough enough to remove oil, dirt, and dead skin cells. It’s perfect for acne-prone skin because of its antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties. Peppermint oil is also known to control excess oils and to prevent clogged pores.
How to make homemade mint sugar scrub
I use fresh mint leaves and lime zest, but you can add both – fresh and dried. Fresh mint leaves give the scrub a soft green hue and wonderfully fresh scent.
You can fragrance the body scrub with peppermint and lime essential oils.
Rose Sugar Scrub
This DIY rose sugar scrub has a delicate rose fragrance and is a great addition to your natural skin care routine.
DIY rose scrub benefits
Roses have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, which is great for reducing redness on the skin and treating any blemishes. Rose petals have antibacterial properties and work as natural skin toners. They can help tighten your pores and hydrate your skin!
How to make homemade rose sugar scrub
Pulse the petals and sugar in a food processor until they become teeny tiny flakes. Mix with the oil blend. Mix well and then spoon into a storage container.
How to use the sugar scrub recipes
The main purpose of a sugar scrub is to exfoliate and remove dead skin cells, revealing new skin. My homemade body scrub recipes are easy to spread on and will leave your skin cleansed, exfoliated, soft and moisturised.
There are several ways to use the easy sugar scrub recipes. Here are some tips for how to use sugar scrub to exfoliate your skin:
Hands and feet: You can use sugar scrub recipes to exfoliate any certain parts of your body like your hands or bottom of your feet. Apply in the area you want to treat, massaging in circular motions.
Shower: Exfoliating in the shower is the best way to exfoliate your entire body. Wet your skin with warm water. Then massage small amounts of scrub on your skin. Rinse off with plenty of water.
Lip sugar scrub: These sugar scrub recipes are also excellent lip scrubs. Just pick a small amount with your fingers and massage it all over your lips. You can leave on for two-three minutes, then wash away.
How often should you use sugar scrub?
Use DIY sugar scrub recipes for 2-3 times per week. If you use more you can irritate your skin.
How to store the sugar scrub recipes?
At room temperature, a homemade sugar scrub will last at least one to two months in an airtight container, like a mason jar with a lid. If you don’t use it just store it in the fridge. Refrigerated, DIY sugar scrubs can last up to six months.
More homemade body recipes
Lemon Sugar Scrub
- 1 cup (200 g) sugar
- 1/3 cup (70 g) coconut oil
- lemon zest
- juice from 1/2 a fresh lemon
- 1/2 tsp vitamin E essential oil
Mint Sugar Scrub
- 200 g sugar
- 1/2 cup (70 g) coconut oil
- zest of 1 lime
- peppermint leaves
- 25 drops peppermint essential oil
- 10 drops lime essential oil
- 1/2 tsp vitamin E oil
Ginger Sugar Scrub
- 1/2 cup (70 g) coconut oil
- 200 g sugar
- 1/2 tsp vitamin E oil
- small piece grated ginger root
- juice of 1/2 lemon
Rose Sugar Scrub
- small jars
- sugar scrub labels (download below)
- Add the carrier oil, essential oils, and vitamin E into a jar or small mixing bowl and stir to combine.
- Put the sugar and dry ingredients (e.g. rose petals) into a food processor and blend until combine and the botanicals are well dispersed.
- Pour the oils over the sugar and combine.
- Transfer the sugar scrub into airtight glass jars or storage containers and store sealed until ready to use.
Printable sugar scrub labels – Easy sugar scrub gifts
Looking for a fun way to personalize your homemade sugar scrub containers? Download my printable sugar scrub labels to add the perfect finishing touch to your homemade gift.
I created printable sugar scrub labels that you can download at the end of the post. The labels are available in different colours and also include a black and white version.