• Simple Homemade Sugar Scrub
  • Simple Homemade Sugar Scrub
  • Simple Homemade Sugar Scrub
  • Simple Homemade Sugar Scrub

Simple Homemade Sugar Scrub

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It’s so simple to make your own scented sugar scrubs that you’ll wonder why you never tried to DIY this before!

For the softest skin even during dry months

Sugar scrub is the best for the colder, dry months. Gentle sugar crystals exfoliate dead skin while oil comes restores dry skin totally rejuvenate the look and feel of your hands.

Massage Sugar Scrub in Your Hands

The feel of the scrub is so relaxing! I like to start with wet hands and then add a dollop of the sugar scrub to my palm and then rub it all over just like soap, up to my wrists.

You can massage this into your skin, lightly or with as much pressure as you feel comfortable with. If you have sensitive skin, I’d go light. If you’re lucky enough to have a willing partner, you can have someone else massage the scrub into your hands, then rinse with warm warm. It’s so relaxing!

If you work with your hands, are a pianist, or have arthritis, I imagine you’d especially love this treatment.

What kind of oil is best for sugar scrubs?

You can use any food-grade oil. Choosing a food grade oil will be safe against allergies. Of course, if you are allergic to a type of oil, don’t use it.

There are different benefits to various types of oil and this can even vary by brand. Some oils may contain more vitamins than others. Just check the back of the labels at the store and choose one that fits your price range that has the vitamins you want. I don’t think there is a right or wrong choice when it comes to oil, just a personal preference.

What’s the best sugar to use?

You can choose your sugar based on personal preference of the way the sugar was processes, or by the size of the grain. Raw sugar is going to be less process but the grain is bigger so it’s going to be more rough on your skin. You could use brown sugar if you like the scent and texture. I prefer to simply use table sugar. You do you. 🙂 

Choose a natural way to scent your sugar scrub.

There are a ton of natural ways to add a lovely fragrance to your homemade sugar scrubs. The anything food-safe rule applied here again. A great place to look for scents is in the baking aisle. Any of the extracts are a great choice. I prefer food-safe add-ins bacause then the whole scrub remains non-toxic.

You can also add essential oils. You just have to be sure they are hypoallergenic and that they are skin-safe so you don’t get a rash. If you’re not sure, I’d stick with food-safe extracts to start.

Here are some popular natural sugar scrub scents:

  • Vanilla
  • Honey
  • Peppermint
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Orange
  • Almond
  • Coffee
  • Rum
  • Lavender
  • Basil

Those a just a few ideas! Then you can get into combining scents that go well together like honey and vanilla, basil and lime, or lavender and lemon to name a few.

Experiment with a variety of different scents

Want to have some fun? You can build a custom order of natural flavors and extracts on Amazon.

Each set comes with 5 bottles and there are 60 different scents you can choose from.

Extract Flavors

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Add some color as a finishing touch

The final step of this really pretty simple sugar scrub recipe is color. You can easily add color using food coloring. Again, making this sugar scrub completely food-safe and nontoxic.

Simply a few drops to individual batches to match the flavor of the scrub. You can also try layering two different color scrubs. I’ve seen white and red layered with a peppermint scent. I’ve seen glittered added with a swirl of blue and green scrub for a “mermaid” look. Get creative with how you package your scrub!

Speaking of packaging…

If you are planning to give these sugar scrubs as a gift, then how you package them is important! There are a few sizes of mason jars you can use and some even come in festive colors, especially around the holidays. I found ones with gold lids that added a really nice touch. 

I made these around the holidays, so I purchased a package of 10 mini ornaments. I tied an ornament on with some twine, made a bow and viola! They looked great. And as a bonus, the gift recipient get a little ornament to hang up.

You could also top with a square of fabric and any kind of ribbon, you could paint the lid, paint the jar, wrap the jar in fabric, and glue on buttons, gems, whatever your heart desires!

If you’re not sure how to style your packaging, try drawing some inspiration from the scents you chose or just use whatever extra materials you have laying around.

Here are a few helpful links for packaging your sugar scrub:


Easy Sugar Scrub Recipe


  • 1. Measure sugar and pour into a large mixing bowl.
  • 2. Pour in oil then add food coloring and extract. Fold and stir using a rubber spatula until everything is well blended.
  • 3. Spoon into Mason jars. Seal by hand and add twine and decorative touches as desired.