Nourishing Homemade Sugar Scrub

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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?

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  1. I made sugar scrub (coconut oil and sugar) How can I make it a little more creamier? Can I add more coconut oil?

  2. I am new to your blog Adrienne. I am intrigued by all the vast information you have compiled on essential oils. I am very new to the oil world, you could say just barley have my feet wet. I am with Young Living, however I signed up with no investigation of my own. I did not even think about many of the points you brought up in your series. So I kindly thank you for helping me jump start my thought process on things I need to be asking myself before I continue to buy old from Young Living or decide to make a switch to a new supplier.
    I do have a few questions for you if you could help, with your personal thoughts. Or experiences if you have has any… I was wondering if you have ever used a oil nebulizer the waterless and no heat machines. My other question is about oils and ingestion. I know young living has a select line of oils that are marked for consumption. But I was wondering if other pure, organic, and therapeutic oils can be ingested too. Either way how does a person tell which is safe to ingest or not. Does a oil company that meets the 10 criteria you talked about in your post about what to look for in an oil company help reassure the safety to ingest their oils? Then the last thing I have question / concern about is that I was told and read somewhere that it can be dangerous to mix some oils together? Is this true. What references would you recommend for a beginner like me. I am interested in oils for my family’s health, diffusing, cleaning, skincare, diy
    Oh and not to forget:
    I made a Sugar Scrub it turned out so super wonderful..
    When I first started making sugar scrubs they all seemed super oily to me, especially after it sat for a few days. It seemed like all the oils came to the top. So I began to play with it a little. That is when I came up with a very thick and creamy whipped like version of sugar scrub. It is oh so very scrumptious.
    Kara’s Scrumptious Sugar Scrub
    1/2 cup raw sugar (any sugar works)
    1/2 cup baking soda
    1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
    1/4 cup sunflower oil (or olive oil, grapeseed oil, etc…your choice really)
    1/4 cup coconut oil SOLID FORM
    15+/- Essential Oils of your choice (optional )
    Mix all together. You will get a whipped like consistency. You may add more or less of ingredients as you see fit. It seemed to make two 8oz. wide mouth jelly jars for me that were very full, with a little leftover.
    *My two favorite oils to use are Sunflower oil and Grapeseed oil as they both have very low oder unike olive oil. Plus I learned sunflower oil also has a comedogenic rating of 2, and grape seed is also rated as a 2. So that is another plus to use these two oils. I did however notice that coconut oil has a rating of 4, which is not too hot if you are going to use this as a body scrub.. So i would suggest looking at changing coconut oil to maybe Shea Butter which has a rating of 0 scale for comedogenic ratings is as follows: 0- won’t clog your pores, 1- Low, 2- Moderately Low, 3- Moderate, 4- Fairly High, and 5- High…
    Just thought I would share what I have made so far and love.

    • Hi there!

      Sorry for the delay in responding. Things have been busy and I’ve been under the weather. So here are my responses:

      1. Do you men a diffuser that doesn’t use water?

      2. The issue w/ ingesting is safety and purity. I personally don’t recommend it unless someone is under the care of a practitioner or aromatherapist. I will be writing more about that soon.

      If the oils are pure that is what you should be concerned about otherwise.

      3. As for mixing oils, there are no concerns about that that I am aware of. Some don’t go well together as far as scent, however. Can you tell me where you heard that?

      Love the recipe – I woud just make sure to get the scrub off completely as that much baking soda can be problematic for skin. I hope to write on that soon as well.

      Thanks for sharing!

  3. 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?

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

  5. May I ask where you got the jars?

    Thank you!

  6. Maggie Foster says:

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

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

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

  11. desirae weston says:

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