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 Rinse, Hand 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
- C13-14 Isoparaffin
- Fragrance (who knows what’s really in that :-?)
- DMDM Hydantoin
- Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate
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.
Homemade Sugar Scrub
Makes About 1 1/2 cups
1 cup sugar or other granulated sweetener
1 cup oil of choice (grapeseed or avocado are good mild choices)
2-4 drops of quality essential oils (To read about the company that I recommend, read here.)
Lavender would be a great choice for this.
1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
2. Stir to combine.
3. Store in a glass container (essential oils will damage the plastic and metals change the properties of the oils).
1. Take a small amount of the scrub with a small spoon.
2. Rub all over your hands and fingertips (or feet, or wherever you’d like extra softness) for about 1 minute.
3. Let sit on your hands for 3-4 minutes (enjoy this time to rest in your day :-)!)
4. Rinse off and pat dry with a towel.
1. You can, of course, use other granulated sweeteners. I just chose white sugar since I am not eating it and it’s the least expensive.
2. Any oil will work, but olive has a stronger smell. I think choosing a good quality oil is important since some of it will remain on your skin.
3. For essentials oils, there are so many wonderful scents and healing properties to choose from! How about lavender, citrus (grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange), lemongrass, peppermint, ginger….. I would for sure choose a high quality oil, though it will cost more, since you are leaving this on your skin as well. Please check out my series on Which Essential Oils Company is Best?
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.
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!
Looking for other frugal and good-for-you Body Care Recipes? How about:
- Gentle and Soothing Jojoba Face Wash
- Rose Water Facial Spray
- Easiest Ever Homemade Deodorant
- Easy and Moisturizing Foaming Soap
There will be more where that came from, so stick around!
Have you ever used sugar scrubs?
What fragrance would you most enjoy?