Nourishing Homemade Sugar Scrub

Got rough dry hands and feet?  This Homemade Sugar Scrub is the perfect addition to your natural beauty routine. No chemical additives and it saves tons money over store scrubs.  Use essential oils for a lovely smell naturally - without any toxins.

In order to keep as many toxins out of our home and off of our bodies, I try to make as many homemade personal care items as possible.   My repertoire includes Homemade Eye Makeup Remover, Alcohol-free Hairspray, Nourishing Lip Scrub, Nourishing Hair RinseHand and Body Cream, and Tooth Powder.

Today I’ve got a great new DIY beauty care recipe to share with you–a Homemade Sugar Scrub.

If you’re anything like me, dry hands and feet (and dry skin in general) is a problem for you.

I never tried anything like a scrub until one evening at an antique car show where a woman was selling beauty products and offering free hand scrub demonstrations.

Hesitatingly, I tried the scrub, feeling skeptical (I’m pretty skeptical about a lot of things….see my post on Are Essential Oils a Scam? ~ A Skeptic Looks at Thieves Oil for an example of my skepticism).

Well, I just loved how my hands felt and looked after rubbing that scrub all over my hands and rinsing it off.  Smooth and revitalized and younger-looking.

However, I didn’t like the price or the ingredients.

Today I looked online to verify what the “incriminating ingredients” were, and though the exact product I tried isn’t there any longer, get a look at the list on one of their comparable products:

  • butylene glycol
  • sodium methyl cocoyl taurate
  • polyacrylamide
  • C13-14 Isoparaffin
  • Laureth-7
  • Fragrance (who knows what’s really in that :-?)
  • DMDM Hydantoin
  • Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate
Sheesh.  And the price was $16.00 (marked down from $18.00) for only 6 oz.
Fast forward several years.   For some reason, I just never really thought about making my own sugar scrub and continued my quest for a good hand lotion.
Then, one day, a sweet friend from church blessed me with a handmade sugar scrub.

I loved it!  And her beautiful presentation in that squat mason jar with a beautiful ribbon made makes it extra special!

Well, looking around online, I found that there are tons of recipes.

I finally found one that I like, though I’ll probably tweak this a bit in the future.

Got rough dry hands and feet?  This Homemade Sugar Scrub is the perfect addition to your natural beauty routine. No chemical additives and it saves tons money over store scrubs.  Use essential oils for a lovely smell naturally - without any toxins.

How much will you save making your own Homemade Sugar Scrub?

Here’s a sampling of what you might expect to pay:

Granulated sugar is $2.68 for 5 lb at Aldi (that’s $.54/lb)

Grapeseed oil is $6.75/ltr at the buying club I run out of my home.

My Cost:

Sugar: $.27

Grapeseed Oil: $1.59

Essential Oil (using DoTerra’s distributor price): $.28

(I didn’t include the mason jar because you can reuse it unless it’s for a gift!)

So, compared to retail price of the “packaged version” at $18 for 6 oz., you can make homemade sugar scrub for only $2.14, saving 97%!

And you don’t get questionable ingredients or wasteful packaging!

Looking for other frugal and good-for-you Body Care Recipes?  How about:

I think this would make a fabulous gift!  Like for Mother’s Day. I’ve included it in my Easy Mother’s Day Gifts Round Up.  I think you’ll love what I’ve pulled together from all over the internet.

There will be more where that came from, so stick around!

Have you ever used sugar scrubs?
What fragrance would you most enjoy?


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  1. What size jar?

  2. Tori milner says:

    I am making some for my mother, and it has turned really runny and I tried some on my hands and I know have red spots all on my hands!! Is there something wrong with using vegetable oil?? Can I still give it to my mum?

    • Mine wasn’t runny. Not sure why that should happen. I don’t like using vegetable oil because it isn’t a good quality typically but that is my opinion. Maybe you have the red spots for some other reason? Of course if you are concerned you need to use your own judgement. Maybe try making a smaller amount w a higher quality oil? or I would try putting some veg oil on your hands for a bit and see if you get the red spots. That way, if you do it w/ each ingredient, you will figure out what is causing the spots.

      • Tori milner says:

        Thank you for your reply, The red spots was nothing to do with it in the end. but mine has separated is that normal? should I take out some of the excess oil?

        • I just mix mine up and use it. If you store it in the fridge it won’t separate. Plus it lasts a lot longer that way :). It’s no fun using rancid scrub on your skin :(.

  3. Thanks for this info about making a scrub. I am trying to recreate a lemon-ginseng scrub that I get from a retailer. I am trying to find out what form of ginseng to use. The only essential oils that I can find are made in China- I don’t know how safe they are.

    Do you know if ginseng extract would work well? I question if it would mix with the oil, or separate like water. I am also considering a powdered form.

    Thanks for any tips!

    • How interesting. I wonder why ginseng oil isn’t available. Maybe there’s a good reason? Was there EO in the product you’re trying to replicate?

      • In the store-bought scrub they use ginseng extract, but there are about 30 other ingredients too, so I wasn’t sure how a simple combo of oil, extract, and sugar would work. I just thought it couldn’t hurt to ask :-)

  4. When i made sugar scrub, i made a mint one, and i got an organic mint tea and crushed it and stirred it into the sugar scrub, we tried it with earl grey tea, crushed vanilla and coffee beans, etc. It makes a nice twist on it :)

  5. This is an amazing recipe, and definitely one that I’m sure my mother-in-law will love this mother’s day. Thanks SO much for sharing!

  6. Maisey Peterson says:

    I made this with coconut oil and essential orange oil. I like to look at this website even though I’m 11 and the name is whole new mom.

  7. Love this gift idea! So I linked it up in my Homemade Gifts-in-a-Jar guest post over at Keeper of the Home! Hope it brings some new friends your way! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you! :) Kelly

  8. I was curious how long the sugar scrub lasts? Do you need to store in a special way? I am making a batch of 50 for my sisters baby shower favors and I want to let the guests know how long the sugar scrub stays good for.

    Any help would be awesome.
    Thank You,
    Kellie

    • I’m sorry but I can’t make shelf life claims b/c of the difference in cleanliness and storing. I would think use the oil that you use as a base for how long it will keep. I keep mine in the fridge – thanks!

  9. BlogZilla says:

    The ingredients in many skin and hair care products are absolutely disgusting and come from petrochemicals, which are the cheapest of the cheap ingredients you can find. That is why they use them. They can make products for pennies on the dollar and charge a king’s ransom to the ignorant (of which there are many)

    One day I was in a Bath And Body Works store because I was curious about their products since they are so popular. When I looked on the underside label of one of their facial scrub containers, or whatever it was, I noticed the ingredient was hidden and covered with another label that had some nonsense quote or something else written on it. Needless to say, the ingredient of this overpriced $12 facial scrub were similar to the ingredients listed for the product in this article — Yucky petrochemical, endocrine disrupting nonsense. They’re a big time scam.

    Based on their packaging alone, they obviously don’t want people to be educated and know what they are putting on their face or skin

    Much of this stuff can be made from wholesome, healthy simple ingredients you can whip up at home. And even if you are using expensive essential oils, often times it’s still cheaper than what you will find in many stores because the ingredients are natural and healthier and don’t require as much for efficacy.