Nourishing Homemade Sugar Scrub

This Nourishing Sugar Scrub is great for making your skin silky smooth. It's super simple, and frugal, and you can add your own fragrant essential oils as you like. Makes a great easy-to-make gift!

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.

My Introduction to Scrubs

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).

I don’t know why I was skeptical about a scrub.  I mean, it’s pretty basic information, right?  You scrub something that exfoliates and it removes dead skin and your skin looks and feels better.

I think it was basically that the scrub was SO expensive…and was being touted as being some kind of miracle.  Like it was a previous concoction that would transform your life.

Or at least it would transform the life of your hands and feet….

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.

Totally not health.

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:

Ingredients in Store Bought Sugar Scrub

  • butylene glycol
  • sodium methyl cocoyl taurate
  • polyacrylamide
  • C13-14 Isoparaffin
  • Laureth-7
  • Fragrance (who knows what’s really in that :-?)
  • DMDM Hydantoin
  • Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate


And the price was $16.00 (marked down from $18.00) for only 6 oz.

Other Less Toxic Options

To be fair, there are other less toxic scrubs on the market, but I couldn’t find ingredients for many of them online.

Here are the ingredients for one that doesn’t have quite the scary list:

Fragrance – I’ve written about “fragrance” in personal care products here – too many concerns to use on my body.
Polysorbate 20
Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax
Sea Salt
Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil
Yellow 6 (CI 15985)
Yellow 5 (CI 19140) – these are both artificial colors that have been linked to different concerns

The above scrub costs $12 for 8 oz.

There had to be a cheaper and less toxic way to get the job done!

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!

First of all, the fact that someone would go out of her way to make me a gift was special in and of itself.

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

So, true to my “I know I can make this myself” style that I exhibited in making Homemade Coconut Milk, Cream of Rice Cereal, Homemade Vegetable Broth Mix, Homemade Chocolate Chips, and more, I started on my hunt to avoid the toxins and the exorbitant price of the store-bought scrubs.

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.

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 Oils: approximately $.14, depending on the oil chosen

(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 $2.00!

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

AND it’s much much much less than paying to have someone in a spa scrub your feet and hands.

I don’t frequent spas, but I just saw a price of $20 for a foot scrub and massage online.

This Nourishing Sugar Scrub is great for making your skin silky smooth. It's super simple, and frugal, and you can add your own fragrant essential oils as you like. Makes a great easy-to-make gift!

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?

These comments do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Whole New Mom, LLC.


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  1. You know, I’ve tried sugar scrubs, using extra fine granulated sugar and for some reason I just don’t like the texture against my skin. Is it possible to use confectioners sugar with just a touch of granulated sugar added and make it more like a frosting texture – whipped with hard oils and beeswax, soy wax, shea, and the like?

    • I don’t think that confectioners will scrub at all but the small amount of granulated will still scrub your skin. Is it the sugar or the texture? Have you tried other scrubs that you like?

  2. Is it ok to use palm oil in sugar scubs

  3. May I ask where you got the jars?

    Thank you!

  4. Maggie Foster says:

    My grape seed oil is seperating from the sugar in my jar….is this normal? Help!

  5. You can also add citrus juice in, instead of essential oils

  6. Mr. Wonderful says:

    Your missing the big point, your comparison to a $2.00 cost to make can’t be compared to someone who sales it for $18.00. For one thing, you are not making it for resell so there for you can compare the price. In the other hand, the person selling it for $18.00 is running a business with overhead cost not to mentioned their time, it is why they can justify their cost of $18.00.

    • Hello “Mr. Wonderful”. No, I don’t think I am missing the big point. The point was that it is cheaper to make something yourself, typically. Of course you don’t get the convenience of buying from someone else. It’s a trade off of money for time. I hope that clarifies.

  7. Bree Colbern says:

    Sounds like a really good recipe. Do you think I could use coconut oil, almond oil, or olive oil in place of the jojoba oil? Thanks!

  8. Great recipe! Looing forward to reading more from your blog.

  9. desirae weston says:

    I actually have made it for mothers day, just at girl scouts, and with glue.