Sugar Scrub Recipes

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

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. 

Sugar Scrub Recipes - Page 1


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.

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Additional Information

What's the Difference? Muscovado, Demerara & Turbinado