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Simple Homemade Sugar Scrub

It’s so simple to make your own scented sugar scrubs that you’ll wonder why you never tried to DIY this before! Read on to learn how to make this 3-ingredient recipe.

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.

Just Two Ingredients Plus Color and a Scent

This DIY sugar scrub recipe is so easy and the main ingredients are just sugar and oil. Add color and a scent to making using it a fun and relaxing experience!

This scrub stores well in mini jars, small mason jars work great or any glass bottle that seals would also be ideal.

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Homemade Sugar Scrub Ingredients

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.

Watch how to make this homemade body scrub!

Check out this video that shows how to make this easy sugar scrub recipe in several different color and scents. Perfect for gifting!

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 because 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, food-grade sugar scrub scents:

• Vanilla
• Honey
• Peppermint
• Lemon
• Lime
• Orange
• Almond
• Coffee
• Rum
• Lavender
• Basil
• Cotton Candy
• Raspberry
• Strawberry
• Rose
• Root Beer
• Coconut

Those a just a few ideas!

Then you can get into combining scents that go well together like honey and vanilla, strawberry lemonade, 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.

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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.

You can also blend colors. For cotton candy, as an example, you could use both blue and pink food coloring and swirl it just enough so it creates a marbleized look.

I’ve even seen glitter added with a swirl of blue and green scrub for a “mermaid” look. Get creative with how you package your scrub! You can completely customize this scrub to fit with upcoming holidays, the theme of a wedding or baby shower, or to personalize this scrub as gift for birthdays.

Add a final touch with your 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:

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This easy recipe for non-toxic DIY sugar scrubs was featured on Sew Can Do!

Homemade Sugar Scrubs (Food Grade)

Homemade Sugar Scrubs (Food Grade)

Simple Homemade Sugar Scrub

It's so simple to make homemade scented sugar scrubs that you'll wonder why you never tried to DIY this before! Store them in a mini mason jar and this makes a great gift. Save one for yourself... your hands will be so soft!
Author: Angela G.
4.2 from 9 reviews
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Course: DIY Gifts
Cuisine: American
Skill Level: Easy
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1 Servings
Yield: 1 sugar scrub


  • 2 parts sugar
  • 1 part oil
  • 2-3 drops food coloring
  • ¼ tsp extract for flavoring add more or less as desired


  • Measure sugar and pour into a large mixing bowl. Add food coloring to sugar and stir using a rubber spatula to spread out color.
  • Next add oil and extract. Stir until everything is well blended.
  • Spoon sugar scrub mixture into Mason jars. Seal by hand and add twine and decorative touches as desired.



Liquid food coloring drops work better than gel food coloring. If all you can find is the gel, that's OK. You may just need to spend more time mixing to make sure the color spreads out.
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Friday 9th of September 2022

Can you put these in a pressure cooker and can them to keep them longer?

Angela G.

Friday 9th of September 2022

Hi Theresa, I haven't tried this before so I'm not sure. I believe these will last, even if you don't pressurize them, for as long as the expiration date on the oil that you use. I would worry that if you heat these up, the sugar would melt and you would not benefit from the grainy texture that is meant to exfoliate your skin.


Monday 22nd of November 2021

Can I use essential oils and like regular food coloring or special stuff that doesn't dye your skin.

Angela G.

Tuesday 23rd of November 2021

Essential oils are fine to use if they are the kind meant to apply directly to your skin. You only need a drop or two of food color so it should not dye your skin.


Thursday 21st of October 2021

What kind of oil should I use? I saw where you said to look at the comment up above, but there is nothing there.

Angela G.

Thursday 21st of October 2021

You can use any food-grade oil. Olive oil is a common favorite but you can use coconut oil, grape seed oil, or even vegetable oil.


Thursday 7th of October 2021

how well/ long does this keep?

Angela G.

Thursday 7th of October 2021

The scrub store as well in a dry, cool place. The length of time depends on what type of oil you use. Just do a search for the shelflife of whatever type of oil you are using for more info.


Thursday 7th of October 2021

What type of oil do you recommend?


Thursday 7th of October 2021

@Angela G., Okay great, thank you!

Angela G.

Thursday 7th of October 2021

Check out the post above. I talk about the different types of oil you can use.