This Nourishing Homemade Sugar Scrub is the perfect addition to your natural beauty routine. So easy to make, extra nourishing for your skin, you’ll love it and you’ll love the savings over store bought scrubs.
Today I’m sharing one of my favorite DIY personal care products of all time–a Homemade Sugar Scrub. Unlike most store bought scrubs, it has no chemical additives and it of course will save you lots money over store-bought scrubs.
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.
Today I’ve got a great new DIY beauty care recipe to share with you–a Homemade Sugar Scrub.
My First 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 a scrub until I was 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 wondered how this could be so amazing.
Well, I tried it and really 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 healthy.
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
- C13-14 Isoparaffin
- Fragrance (who knows what’s really in that, but it almost always means artificial fragrance :-?)
- 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.
Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax
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.
One day, a sweet friend from church blessed me with a handmade sugar scrub.
I loved it!
First of all, I loved someone would go out of her way to make me a gift was special in and of itself.
But 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, I started on my hunt to avoid the toxins and the exorbitant price of the store-bought scrubs.
And I did it.
How much will you save?
Here’s a sampling of what you might expect to pay (based on prices at the time of publication of this post):
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!
No questionable ingredients. No wasteful packaging.
AND much much much less than paying to have someone in a spa scrub your feet and hands.
Homemade Sugar Scrub
Makes About 1 1/2 cups
1 cup sugar or other granulated sweetener
1 cup oil of choice (organic grapeseed or avocado oil 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 some oils have a stronger smell. 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! Lavender, citrus (grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange), lemongrass, peppermint, ginger….. I would for sure choose a high quality essential 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?
More Frugal DIY Body Care Recipes
If you’re interested in more DIY personal care options, these might be of interest.
- Gentle and Soothing Jojoba Face Wash
- Rose Water Facial Spray
- Easiest Ever Homemade Deodorant
- Easy and Moisturizing Foaming Soap
- Homemade Eye Makeup Remover
- Alcohol-Free Hairspray
- Nourishing Lip Scrub
- Nourishing Hair Rinse
- Hand and Body Cream, and
- Tooth Powder
This homemade sugar scrub makes a fabulous gift!
I’ve included it in my Easy Mother’s Day Gifts roundup. I think you’ll love what I’ve pulled together from all over the internet.
Don’t Feel Like DIYing?
I’m all for saving money, but I’m also fine splurging sometimes. And well, I think I just might have found the perfect store bought scrub for you (and me) to indulge in for those times when you don’t feel like DIYing it.
One of my fellow BC consultants says it’s the best one out there (and she’s a self described scrub junkie)–she thinks due to the perfect ratio of scrub to oil. And I would agree.
The scent is also amazing. I sincerely can’t stop smelling it and truly would like to reverse engineer it if I can.
Try it. You’ll love it.
Have you ever used sugar scrubs?