Get Compliments 27 X 7: Homemade Sugar Scrub Recipes

(Last Updated On: August 3, 2018)

Store bought sugar scrubs are fairly expensive, and the ingredients used, leave a lot to be desired.

If you’re looking for natural and inexpensive, scrumptious sugar scrub recipes that will leave your skin silky smooth, we’ve got you covered.

These homemade scrubs are all super simple to make and they cost very little compared to the scrubs in stores.

Sugar scrubs make lovely gifts too. All you need to do is pop the scrub into a clean lidded jar (save up your empty glass jars – no need to buy new ones), download a pretty label and glue it onto the jar.

If you like, you can adorn the jar with any other embellishments that you fancy. You can put a scrap of fabric (trimmed with pinking shears) over the lid, tie the jar with a ribbon or use cute stickers.

Happy scrubbing!

Gingerbread Sugar Scrub

YOU WILL NEED

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup coconut oil (or other carrier oil of your choice)
  • ¼ cup almond oil
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg

HOW TO MAKE

  1. In a medium sized bowl combine all of the ingredients except the oils
  2. Gradually add coconut & almond oil until scrub reaches desired texture and consistency.
  3. Transfer to clean storage jar.

Coffee Sugar Scrub with Coconut Oil

YOU WILL NEED

  • 1 cup ground organic coffee
  • 1 cup organic sugar or salt
  • ½  cup organic coconut oil
  • ½  tablespoon cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract (optional)

HOW TO MAKE

  1. Melt coconut oil and allow it to cool but not harden up again.
  2. Mix all of the ingredients together.
  3. Transfer to a clean storage jar.

Chocolate Coconut Sugar Scrub

Chocolate Coconut Sugar Scrub

YOU WILL NEED

  • 1 cup loosely packed brown sugar
  • ½  cup coconut oil (in solid form)
  • ⅓  cup almond oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • a few drops of coconut extract or essential oil

HOW TO MAKE

  1. Add all of the ingredients together in a large bowl and mix until combined and creamy.
  2. Transfer to a clean storage jar.
  3. Store at room temperature.

Sugar Scrub Cubes

Use regular ice cube trays for simple molds or use some fun shaped silicone molds to make animal shapes, fruit shapes, stars, etc.

YOU WILL NEED (basic)

  • ¼  cup coconut oil (or other carrier oil of choice)
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar (white or brown)
  • ½  cup of fragrance free soap, shredded

HOW TO MAKE

  1. Mix the oil and shredded soap together in a microwave safe bowl.
  2. Microwave on high for 10 second interval, checking and stirring in between each. Continue until the soap has fully melted.
  3. Add in optional scents or other ingredients and stir.
  4. Pour mixture to ice cube trays and leave to set. You can speed this up by placing the molds in the freezer.
  5. Once the cubes are firm, pop them out of the molds and store in a covered container.

Maple And Brown Sugar Scrub Cubes : Replace the white sugar with 1 cup of brown sugar and add 1 tablespoon of maple syrup.

Vanilla Coffee Sugar Scrub Cubes : Mix in ¼  cup of fresh coffee grounds and 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract.

Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub Cubes: Add 1 tablespoon of honey and a heaped teaspoon of pumpkin spice.

How to use:  Crush cubes with a little water and then scrub away.

Mint Sugar Scrub

YOU WILL NEED

  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 1½ – 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon peppermint extract
  • 1 drop green food coloring

HOW TO MAKE

  1. Place coconut oil in a bowl and microwave on HIGH 15-25 seconds until softened.
  2. Add 1½ cups sugar to the coconut oil, along with the peppermint extract and food coloring. Mix well until all ingredients are combined.
  3. If mixture is too sloppy, add another ½ cup sugar to get a firmer consistency.
  4. Transfer to a clean storage jar.

Peach Sugar Scrub

YOU WILL NEED

  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • ½- ¾ cup coconut oil
  • 4-5 peach tea bags
  • essential oils (optional)
  • Orange food color (optional)

HOW TO MAKE

  1. Open peach tea bags, empty out tea leaves and set aside.
  2. In a bowl, place sugar, loose leaf tea leaves and mix all ingredients together until combined. Add coconut oil and stir until all well mixed.
  3. Transfer to a clean storage jar.

Sweet Vanilla Sugar Scrub

YOU WILL NEED:

  • ½  cup brown sugar
  • ⅓  cup olive oil (you can substitute avocado, almond, or coconut oil)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon vitamin E oil

HOW TO MAKE:

  1. Mix all ingredients in a small bowl until well combined.
  2. Transfer to a clean storage jar.

Cranberry Sugar Scrub

Cranberry Sugar Scrub

  • 1 cup whole frozen or fresh cranberries
  • 2 cups white granulated sugar
  • ½  cup coconut oil
  • 12 drops of orange essential oil.

HOW TO MAKE

  1. Puree cranberries in a blender
  2. Add coconut oil and sugar and mix together.
  3. Add 12 drops of orange essential oil and stir in.
  4. Transfer to a clean storage jar.

Green Tea Sugar Scrub

  • 1 cup of granulated white sugar
  • ⅛  cup of grapeseed oil
  • ⅛  cup of brewed green tea (cooled)
  • 1 bag of green tea (not brewed)

HOW TO MAKE:

  1. Add the sugar, grapeseed oil and dry tea leaves to a bowl and mix well.
  2. Add a little of the cooled green tea at a time until you get a mixture resembling the consistency of applesauce.

Since this scrub is made with water, it is not going to keep as long as a scrub that is made without oils.

Apple Cinnamon Sugar Scrub

YOU WILL NEED

  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1½ cup sugar
  • 1 medium sized apple (or chamomile essential oil)
  • cinnamon extract (located in the baking aisle near the spices)
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder

HOW TO MAKE

  1. Using a small paring knife cut the apple into small chunks and then puree in a blender or food processor until it is smooth. Set to one side.
  2. In a medium size bowl, combine the coconut oil, sugar, apple puree and 1-2 drops of cinnamon extract.
  3. Add the cinnamon powder and mix well.
  4. Transfer to a clean storage jar.

Store scrub in the fridge where it will keep for up to 2 weeks.

Peppermint Sugar Scrub Bars

YOU WILL NEED

  • ¼  cup coconut oil
  • ½  cup melt and pour soap or regular fragrance free bar soap – shredded.
  • 3-4 drops of peppermint essential oil
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • Red Mica colorant (optional)
  • Silicone molds

HOW TO MAKE

  1. In a double boiler, melt the soap. Or you can microwave the soap for 15 seconds at a time stirring in between.
  2. Mix in coconut oil until combined and add peppermint essential oil.
  3. Add mica if using and mix until the color is uniform.
  4. Add sugar and until well combined.
  5. Pour into molds and allow to set for 1-2 hours.
  6. If the mixture gets too thick to pour, microwave on 10 second bursts until it thins out again.
  7. Press the scrub bars out of the molds and transfer to an airtight storage container,.

Whipped Grapefruit Mint Sugar Scrub

YOU WILL NEED

  • ½ cup coconut oil (solid)
  • ½ cup granulated white sugar
  • zest of 1 grapefruit
  • 1 teaspoon grapefruit juice
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 25 drops grapefruit essential oil
  • ¼ teaspoon beet juice – this is for color, you could use a drop of pink food coloring instead.

HOW TO MAKE

  1. Place the coconut oil and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment.
  2. Mix on low speed, until a thick paste is formed.
  3. Add the zest, juice, peppermint, grapefruit essential oil and color
  4. to the mixture.
  5. Mix on low until incorporated, then increase the speed to medium for about 20 seconds and blend until fluffy.
  6. Transfer to clean storage jar and store in the fridge.

Vanilla Chai Sugar Scrub

YOU WILL NEED

  • contents of 5 chai tea bags
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup white granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons coconut oil (room temp)
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract OR 12-15 drops vanilla essential oil (learn to make your own vanilla extract, or get vanilla essential oil here)

HOW TO MAKE

  1. Cut open tea bags and empty into a medium sized bowl.
  2. Add sugars and cinnamon and mix well.
  3. Add vanilla, honey, and coconut oil. Mash coconut oil in with a fork and stir until all ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
  4. Transfer to a clean storage jar.

Raspberry Lemon Sugar Scrub

YOU WILL NEED

  • ½  cup granulated sugar
  • ¼  cup coconut oil, melted
  • ⅛  to ¼  teaspoon raspberry extract
  • ⅛  to ¼  teaspoon lemon extract
  • red food coloring (optional)

HOW TO MAKE:

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. To begin with use an 1/8 teaspoon measure of both the raspberry and lemon extract, and then add more if you need to.

Add 1 drop of red food coloring, which should be sufficient, but you can add more if you want a very deep red color.

Mix well, then transfer to clean storage jar.

Place in the freezer for half an hour to help it set..

Cinnamon Vanilla Sugar Scrub

YOU WILL NEED

  • ½  cup white granulated sugar
  • ½  cup raw cane sugar (baking aisle)
  • up to ¼  cup oil (olive oil, almond oil, or coconut oil)
  • ½  teaspoon vanilla extract or essential oil
  • 2-3 drops of cinnamon essential oil
  • dash of cinnamon powder (optional)

HOW TO MAKE

  1. In a small bowl mix the sugars, the vanilla extract and the essential oils.
  2. Gradually add the oil, mixing while pouring.  
  3. Add the oil until you get a thickness and texture that you like.
  4. Transfer to a clean storage jar.

Eucalyptus Sugar Scrub

YOU WILL NEED

  • ¼ to 1 cup coconut oil
  • 2 cups granulated white sugar
  • 10-15 drops essential oil (optional)
  • Green food coloring (optional)

HOW TO MAKE

  1. Combine the coconut oil and one cup of the sugar in a bowl and mix until creamy.
  2. Add the essential oil while continuing to stir. Add food coloring if using.
  3. Add the remaining sugar until the mixture reaches the desired consistency.
  4. Transfer to a clean storage jar.

Vanilla Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub

YOU WILL NEED

  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup of coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons of pumpkin spice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

HOW TO MAKE

  1. Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. Transfer to storage jar.

Cucumber Mint Sugar Scrub

YOU WILL NEED

  • 1 large cucumber
  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves
  • 2 ½  cups granulated white sugar
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

HOW TO MAKE

  1. Place cucumber and mint into blender. Pulse until pureed.
  2. Into a medium bowl add: sugar, puree and olive oil. Stir until combined. For a firmer mixture just add more sugar.
  3. Transfer to a clean storage jar.

Lemon Mint Sugar Scrub

YOU WILL NEED

  • 1 ¼  cups granulated sugar
  • ½  cup coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • zest from ½  lemon
  • 5 drops of peppermint essential oil and 5 drops of lemon essential oil.  

HOW TO MAKE

  1. In a bowl, mix all of the ingredients together.
  2. Transfer to clean storage jar

Lemon Honey Sugar Scrub

YOU WILL NEED

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¼  cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • 2 teaspoons dried rosemary
  • 15 drops lemon essential oil
  • 15 drops lavender essential oil

HOW TO MAKE

  1. Mix sugar, dried rosemary, olive oil, and honey together.
  2. Add essential oils and stir to combine.
  3. Transfer to clean jar.

Almond Sugar Scrub

YOU WILL NEED

  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 cup raw cane sugar
  • 1 ½  cups almond oil
  • 1 tablespoon liquid lecithin
  • 1 tablespoon vitamin E oil
  • 1-2 drops eucalyptus and lavender essential oils

HOW TO MAKE

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Transfer to clean storage jar.

To use: Massage gently onto your skin. This scrub will tighten on your skin like a masque. Leave on for 3 to 4 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.

Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub

Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub

YOU WILL NEED

  • ¼  cup coconut oil (melted)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon shredded coconut
  • 6-8 drops of Lime Essential Oil

HOW TO MAKE

  1. Melt Coconut oil in microwave.
  2. Mix in with the sugar, until fully incorporated.
  3. Add the coconut and the lime essential oil.
  4. Mix together.
  5. Transfer to a clean storage jar.

Ginger Sugar Scrub For Face And Body

YOU WILL NEED

  • ¼  cup coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, coarsely chopped
  • ¼  cup cold-pressed oil like sunflower, coconut, olive, etc.
  • ¾  cup granulated white sugar
  • ¼  cup kosher salt
  • 1-4 drops essential oil (use a fresh oil like citrus if you want an invigorating scrub, or warm oil like frankincense for a rich night time scrub)

HOW TO MAKE

  1. In a small saucepan over low heat combine the coconut oil and ginger pieces. Continue to heat for 5 -10 minutes until ginger scent has infused the oil.
  2. Remove ginger pieces by passing through a fine sieve  or coffee filter.
  3. While the oil is still warm, mix together with cold-pressed oil.
  4. Stir to combine and allow to come to room temperature.
  5. Stir in sugar and salt. Scent with essential oils as desired.
  6. Transfer to a clean storage jar.

Coconut Orange Sugar Scrub

YOU WILL NEED

  • Two organic mandarin oranges
  • 1 cup of organic coconut oil
  • ½  cup of sugar or cane sugar

HOW TO MAKE

  1. Peel mandarins and finely chop the peel in a food processor or blender. Set aside
  2. Combine all ingredients together in bowl until thoroughly mixed
  3. Transfer to clean storage jar.

Calming Sugar Scrub Recipe

YOU WILL NEED

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 10 drops rosemary
  • 3 bags chamomile tea

HOW TO MAKE

  1. Open chamomile tea bags, empty out the leaves and set aside.
  2. In a bowl place sugar, loose tea leaves and essential oil drops; mix everything together.
  3. Add coconut oil and stir to mix well.
  4. Transfer to clean storage jar.

Orange and Pomegranate Sugar Scrub

YOU WILL NEED

  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼  cup pomegranate seeds
  • zest from 1 orange

HOW TO MAKE

  1. Into a small bowl, combine ½  cup of the sugar and the pomegranate arils.
  2. Mix them together, pressing on the seeds with the back of a spoon to gently crush them.  
  3. Add the rest of the sugar and the orange zest and mix until fully combined.
  4. Transfer to clean storage jar.

Sugar Cookie Body Scrub

YOU WILL NEED

  • ¾  cup brown sugar
  • ¼  cup sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons olive or jojoba oil
  • 1 tablespoon unscented castile soap
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract (optional)

HOW TO MAKE:

  1. Add sugar and salt to a bowl and mix thoroughly.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix the castile soap, vanilla, and almond extract.
  3. Add the castile soap mixture and olive oil to the sugar and combine thoroughly.
  4. Transfer to a clean storage jar.

Hibiscus and Rose Sugar Body Scrub

YOU WILL NEED

  • ½ cup of coconut oil
  • ¼ cup of safflower oil
  • 1 cup + ½ cup of granulated white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dried hibiscus flower grounded roughly
  • 1 tablespoon of dried rose petals.
  • 1 tablespoon of rosehip powdered extract
  • 10 drops of rose geranium essential oils.
  • 10 drops of palmarosa essential oil.
  • 10 drops of frankincense essential oil.

HOW TO MAKE

  1. Whip the coconut oil until it is creamy. Coconut oil need to be solid for whipping, if your oil is liquid or slush, then put in the fridge for an hour to firm up.
  2. Add the safflower oil and continue whipping.
  3. Add the sugar, dried hibiscus and rose petals and mix well.
  4. Finally add the essential oils.
  5. Transfer to a clean storage jar.
Written by Irina Radosevic MD
Irina graduated from the University of Belgrade, School of Medicine as a Doctor of Medicine (MD) and spent over 3 years working in the Clinical Hospital Center Zvezdara, in the Department of Emergency Medicine. She also undertook a postgraduate in Cardiology from the same University and had previously worked for over a year as a Physician and Nutritionist Dietitian for the Fitness club Green Zone. She eventually left her chaotic but fulfilling job in the ER to pursue her passion of writing, travelling and mountain climbing which has included writing a first aid course for the alpine club of Belgrade. Irina currently works as a VA for PintMedia focusing on medical and travel writing. Feel free to connect with Irina on LinkedIn and FaceBook. Her CV can be seen here.