Sugar Scrub Recipes

body scrubs in general, whether sugar or salt, are great for exfoliating.

You are going to love the variety of sugar scrub recipes available today. Whether you are here to find a recipe to help greasy, ashy or scaly lizard skin, a little sugar scrub lovin' will work wonders. Used in a shower, they slough away dead skin cells and nourish the new skin beneath.  The process leaves you soft and glowing all over.

Knowing that everything you put on your skin will be absorbed, it is important to use the highest quality materials for your homemade sugar scrub recipes.  Seek out the best ingredients you can afford.  If you have a friend who enjoys scrubs as well, share the cost and buy in bulk. The bottom of the page will give you some different options for sugar, carrier oils, salt and fragrance.

Sugar Scrub Recipes

simply basic scrub

  • 1/2 cup white sugar (or any other sugar option)
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (or any other carrier liquid)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (or any other essential oil)

Mix together all ingredients. Dampen skin in bath or shower. Rub (scrub) all over in firm circular motions. Rinse clean.

mediterranean olive oil scrub

  • 1/2 cup muscovado
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup sea salt
  • 2 drops orange essential oil

Mix together all ingredients. Dampen skin in bath or shower. Rub (scrub) all over in firm circular motions. Rinse clean.

rose petal scrub

  • 1 1/2 cups turbinado sugar
  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon almond or jojoba oil
  • Petals from one pink or red rose
  • 1 clean mason jar with lid

This scrub has to be made a few days before you plan on using it.  Giving it as a gift is another great use for this scrub. Put the coconut oil in the mason jar and top with the rose petals. Add the sugar and pour the almond or jojoba oil on top.  Let sit for a couple days.  When you are ready to use it, mash all the ingredients together with a wooden spoon. Dampen skin in bath or shower. Rub (scrub) all over in firm circular motions. Rinse clean.

tomato sugar scrub

  • 1 slice tomato
  • 1 Tbsp. of fine granulated sugar

Cut the top off the tomato, leaving the stem intact as a gripper. Next, spread the sugar out on a plate into a small circle. Dip the exposed inside of the tomato top into the sugar, coating it thoroughly with the sugar. Holding the stem, rub the sugar coated tomato in small circular motions on your cheeks, nose and forehead. Wait 10 minutes before rinsing. Towel dry.

banana sugar body scrub

1 ripe banana

3 Tbsp. white sugar

1/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract or your favorite essential oil

Smash ingredients together with a fork into a chunky goop. Don't over mash or it will become too thin. If you want a banana scrub for your face, reserve some of the banana and mash it seperately without sugar. In the shower, pat the sugar mixture and gently massage over yoour body. For your face, gently massage plain banana, avoiding the eye area. Rinse off with warm water.

simple citrus sugar scrub

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 tsp. citrus zest (lemon, lime, grapefruit or mix)

Mix ingredients. Rub on skin while in the shower. Rinse clean.

morning sunshine mega citrus scrub

  • 1/2 cup raw sugar
  • 1 cup course sea salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut ole
  • 10 drops grapefruit essential oil
  • 10 drops orange essential oil
  • 5 drops lemon essential oil

Mix ingredients. Rub on skin while in shower. Rinse clean.

irish cream sugar scrub

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp dry milk
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 2 drops peppermint essential oil

Mix ingredients. Rub on skin while in shower. Rinse clean.

coconut lavender sugar scrub

  • 1 cup organic sugar
  • 1/3 cup Celtic sea salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp. almond oil
  • 1 Tbsp. vitamin E oil
  • 2 drops lavender essential oil

Mix ingredients. Rub on skin while in shower. Rinse clean.

sweet olive oil rub

  • 3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Mix ingredients. Rub on skin while in shower. Rinse clean.

ginger almond sugar scrub

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup almond oil
  • 1 Tbsp ground ginger
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 1 drop ginger essential oil (optional)

Heat the ginger and coconut oil in a small saucepan over low heat for 5 minutes, or until it transforms into a liquid. Remove from heat and press through a cheesecloth or coffee filter. Mix the warm coconut oil with the room temperature almond oil. Stir in sugar and salt. Rub on skin while in the shower. Rinse clean.

Additional Information

What's the Difference? Muscovado, Demerara & Turbinado

Sugar Options

When using these sugar scrub recipes, it is recommended that you use either refined white or light brown sugar.  They are mostly interchangeable.  If you want a vegan scrub, stick to the brown sugar. Keep in mind that if you are using muscovado sugar, its softer than turbinado or demerara. This makes it gentler on your skin, but then doesn't exfoliate as well.

Refined White Sugar: The regular white sugar we are used to seeing and using.  It can be purchased from any grocery store.

Light/Dark Brown Sugar: This sugar is 95 percent refined white sugar with a thin layer of added molasses.

Muscovado: This is an unrefined cane sugar in which the molasses is not removed. You can find this at most health or natural food markets.  If your regular grocer carries it, most likely it will be in the natural foods section.

Demerara: This is a type of sugar with a fairly large grain and a pale amber color.

Turbinado: This a raw sugar. It is less processed than brown sugar and is made from the first pressing of sugar cane.  It retains some of the natural molasses.

Baking Soda:  Though not a sugar, if you want the lightest exfoliation, substitute the sugar for baking soda.

All sugar scrubs should be refrigerated once made.  They should last up to 2 weeks if property stored.  It is best to make small batches and use it fresh so mold or bacteria doesn't get a chance to grow.

Carrier Liquid and Healthy Oil Options

Carrier liquids are as interchangeable as the sugar and salt options.  Choose your carrier liquid or oil based on your own needs and skin type.

  • Almond Oil - Best for moisturizing, wrinkles, sun protection and discoloration
  • Argan Oil - Best for fine lines, dry skin, anti-aging and dry hair
  • Avocado Oil - Best for Dry, sensitive, itchy, aging or irritated skin
  • Black Currant Oil - Best for traumatized skin such as sunburn or wind-burned
  • Coconut Oil- Best for sensitive skin, moisturizer, eczema, age spots, stretch mark reduction, muscular tension or pain, shaving cream, deodorant and dry hair
  • Flaxseed Oil - Best for irritated, sensitive skin
  • Glycerin - Best for moisturizing and psoriasis
  • Grapeseed Oil - Best for oily skin
  • Honey - Best for wrinkles, aging skin, eczema, hydration and acne
  • Jojoba Oil - Best for general dry skin
  • Olive Oil - Best for very dry skin
  • Rose Hip Seed Oil - Best for uneven pigment, scars, fine lines, discoloration and acne
  • Safflower Oil - Best for dry, irritated skin

AVOID Baby Oil/Mineral Oil:  Baby oil contains mineral oil.  Mineral oil does not absorb into the skin and when evaporates, it will leave your skin feeling dryer than before. Also, mineral oil clogs your pores, making your skin look drab. 

Salt Options

While sugar scrubs are made of small granules and are better suited for exfoliating sensitive areas like the face, salt scrubs are more abrasive with larger granules suitable for harsher scrubbing of callused skin like the feet and hands.

There are many salt varieties on the market today.  It is only a matter of choosing your favorite.  I like the most convenient salts that I can buy locally and pick up in bulk. Epsom salt is actually my favorite due to it's many beneficial properties and smaller price tag.

When I do choose to go with a bit more pricey salt, it usually has larger granules than I like for my homemade body scrub recipes.  So I pop a couple handfuls in my Vita-Mix and grind them down as fine as I want.

Unlike sugar scrubs with a shorter shelf life, salt scrubs can last up to 6 months. Be aware that the salt and carrier liquid will most likely separate between uses.  This is fine.  Just stir it up again before each use.

Salt Works has a great page explaining the different types of salt available. Check out their Bath Salt Selection Guide.

Fragrance Options

The fragrance options are wide spread. My first choice is always a potent essential oil.  But don't forget you can use common ingredients as well. Here is a list for you to peruse and see what you might already have in your own home.

  • Essential oils - Make sure you buy the best quality oil since it will be absorbed into the skin
  • Vanilla extract or any other extract you use for cooking
  • Lemon, lime, grapefruit or orange peel - zested
  • Ground herbs and spices
  • Flower petals

Now that you have several sugar scrub recipes to choose from...plan your shopping list to include the ingredients of your favorite sugar scrub recipes... and take a shower!