Homemade Sugar Scrub Recipe

Homemade Sugar Scrub Recipe
Homemade Brown Sugar Scrub Recipe with Essential Oils

I am in absolute love with this Homemade Sugar Scrub recipe!  I call it…Sensational Sugar Scrub!!  It is simple to make (no oven required), and the aroma is incredible.  The recipe only calls for a few ingredients, most of which you may already have in your kitchen.

It is just what I need along with a hot bath after a long day at work! Basically anything with brown sugar and I’m in! It’s one of my favorite smells. With the light, grainy texture of the sugar, it moisturizes and gently exfoliates your skin. And the scent of vanilla and citrus lift your spirits. Try some of this and you’re headed straight for some relax time!


No More Conventional Body Wash!

I prefer my homemade sugar scrub over a store bought exfoliating body wash for several reasons.  The main reason is that none of the ingredients irritate my skin.  If you’ve read any of my other blogs, like our DIY Shaving Cream Recipe, you know this can be an issue. My skin can be sensitive to store bought body wash, even the kinds that are ‘fragrance free’ or for ‘sensitive skin’. Ya…no. Never again! They are all irritating for me.

Skin Benefits of Homemade Sugar Scrub

In my homemade recipe, the olive oil and jojoba contain beneficial components such as Vitamin E, Vitamin K and Vitamin B, which are skin-nourishing.  Vitamin E may prevent UV damage to skin and is good for the immune system. Vitamin K specifically aids the body in blood circulation. This in turn can reduce inflammation and redness. Which, let’s be honest ladies, is a reality for many of us during harsh winters or summers.  Vitamin B helps the skin cells stay moisturized and repair cell damage.

Besides the carrier oils, the Vanilla and Grapefruit have benefits for the skin as well. Vanilla oleoresin, which is made from the vanilla bean, soothes irritated skin. It has even been used to reduce skin infections and promote healing. While the Grapefruit essential oil has been used to reduce the appearance of scars and acne. It is also used in toners to tighten the skin and reduce the appearance of cellulite. And best of all, I have never had any kind of hypersensitive rash using these natural, homemade products. Who knew they had so many benefits?

Where Do You Get Your Aroma?

In addition, the wonderful aroma is from organic Vanilla oleoresin, 100% Grapefruit essential oil, and organic brown sugar, so I know the scent is not from any synthetic chemicals.

By the way, you do know that the scent from your bath products is from synthetic chemicals right? Before I found this out, my husband and I use to stock up on lotions, body wash and air fresheners once a year at a certain beauty products store. The scents seem amazing, I totally get it. But the chemicals…ugh! Now since I’ve been using essential oil products, smelling those give me a headache. Anyway, went off on a tangent but you see where I’m coming from!

Benefits of Brown Sugar

Thus far we’ve discussed the benefits of all the ingredients except the main one, brown sugar. I chose brown sugar as opposed to the white sugar because it has smaller particles. It is gentler on sensitive areas of skin but can still remove the dead skin cells. Brown sugar can gently exfoliate to give you that healthy glow you crave!

Homemade Sugar Scrub Recipe

I experimented with several recipes but this one was my favorite.  You’ll need the following items to make it.

Ingredients:3 Tablespoons All Natural Brown Sugar

½ Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 Teaspoon Vanilla Infused Jojoba

15 drops Vanilla Oleoresin

10 drops 100% Grapefruit Essential Oil


  1. First mix the brown sugar, olive oil and jojoba in a small container. If you use the container you’re store it in, it saves you another dish to wash. If you don’t know me yet, I’m pretty practical and all about saving time.
  2. Once those are mixed, add in the vanilla and grapefruit oils. As you pour them in drop by drop, try to disperse them throughout the mixture. Sometimes they can clump together and not be even throughout the sugar scrub.
  3. Store with the lid on in a cool dry place. No water based products in this one so it should be good for a few months. But I doubt you’ll let it last that long! You’ll be making more before you know it.

Such a great recipe! The quantities above makes about 2 ounces. This is a great recipe to make in bulk and convert it to holiday or birthday gifts. You can personalize it by using different scents. And you can creative with the labeling, add stickers, ribbon or your own decorative art. Tell us about what you create and share it with our other readers in a comment below.



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