This could totally be on Pinterest: Homemade Sugar Scrub

February 20, 2012

Sugar scrubs.

We’ve all seen them, many of you probably already use them, but for some reason it took me until just a few months ago to finally hop on this wagon. I’d always seen them at salons and boutiques and actually secretly admired them with all their enticing scents and varieties, but I never felt the need to take one home.

That all changed last fall, though. An aesthetician recommended I pick one up to help keep my bikini area smooth and free of ingrowns after waxing, so I figured why not.

I fell instantly in love.

The first one I tried had a citrus scent, and it was heavenly. Not too scratchy or sticky like I always imagined sugar scrubs would be, but surprisingly gentle and quite easily applied. You just rub it on your skin with your finger tips so the sugar melts a little and works its exfoliating magic.

Wow. Here’s what I’d been missing all these years!

However… That little 4 oz. jar of sweet smoothness cost $10. It did last roughly 5 months, but to replace that jar a couple times a year at $10 a pop seemed kind of excessive for something made out of sugar. (this coming from the girl who will happily spend many times that amount every 3ish months to get her hair cut and colored, though. don’t judge, people – there are GRAYS in there and they need to disappear!)

I knew there had to be a way to refill my scrub at a lower cost, but you know how anti-DIY and un-crafty I am. The thought of actually making my own concoction made me a little nauseous.

Then I found what has to be the world’s simplest recipe, so I thought ok, even I can try this one. I saw the original recipe here, then tweaked it to my liking as follows:

1.  Since my jar was 4 oz., I poured only 1/4 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup white sugar in a bowl and stirred them together.


2.  Next, I drizzled in some regular old olive oil until the sugar mixture was pretty well soaked. This step is completely arbitrary – simply pour in as much oil as you’d like. If you want your scrub a little drier, don’t use as much oil; if you want it a little more saturated, use more oil.


3.  If you want a touch of scent, add a splash of vanilla extract or other essential oil of your choice. I put a little vanilla in mine, but it didn’t do a whole lot to change the scent. It still smelled like cookies. Next time I may try an essential oil for a new flavor.


4.  Stir everything together, and you have yourself your very own homemade sugar scrub. Easy peasy!


So, to recap:

  1. brown sugar
  2. white sugar
  3. olive oil
  4. {optional} vanilla extract or other essential oil for scent

Combine all ingredients to the saturation level of your liking, then scrub away!

All in, this scrub probably cost me $0.50 per 4 oz. instead of the $10 I originally paid at the salon. It took me less than 5 minutes to make and works just as well as its more expensive counterpart.

I must admit, even this non-DIYer was impressed by how well worth it and totally not scary this project was. I don’t think I’ll ever pay for a store-bought sugar scrub again.




{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

BlairKernodleScheepers February 20, 2012 at 9:04 am

Totally trying this when I get home tonight. Thanks for the post!!


_ScooterMarie February 20, 2012 at 9:33 am

@BlairKernodleScheepers You’re welcome!! I couldn’t believe how easy it was, and it really does work great!


mommaneedsabeer February 20, 2012 at 9:36 am

LOVE this!! Consider it pinned. 😉


_ScooterMarie February 20, 2012 at 4:44 pm

@mommaneedsabeer Sa-weetness! Thanks!!


juliewrites February 20, 2012 at 4:48 pm

This looks good enough to eat, not scrub on my scaly skin. But as I too love sugar scrubs, and don’t like the cost, I think I’ll try it. Maybe I can nibble on it in the shower!


_ScooterMarie February 20, 2012 at 9:48 pm

@juliewrites It’s funny, because I actually did give it a taste at the end! I thought hmm, all this is is sugar and oil, it’s not bad for you, I wonder what it tastes like. And it just tasted like sugar. 🙂 Give it a try – it works great!


_ScooterMarie February 22, 2012 at 8:37 am

@HeroPrnt Thank you for the share!


HappyHealthMama February 22, 2012 at 9:42 am

@_ScooterMarie I need to try it! I pay way too much for scrubs.


_ScooterMarie February 22, 2012 at 10:11 am

@HappyHealthMama You should! It works great, and is SO easy! Like I said, I am definitely not a DIYer yet I loved this one.


deannabe1 February 23, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Gonna have to make this! It’s so dry in Colorado and my skin is screaming out for help. This might be just the ticket! And you’ve got to love the price – pretty much free since I have all of the items on hand, even better.


_ScooterMarie February 23, 2012 at 3:13 pm

@deannabe1 Exactly! That’s what really drew me to it, too, since I’m not big on making stuff myself. Lazy much? Yes, yes I am. 🙂 But it really does work wonderfully, and you can make it smell like whatever you want with some essential oils.


natalie@FourJedis February 23, 2012 at 5:41 pm

That looks great. How crafty and economical. I love it!


_ScooterMarie February 24, 2012 at 9:01 am

 @natalie@FourJedis It is great! Super easy and cheap – just my style. 😉


BlairKernodleScheepers February 24, 2012 at 7:17 am

So I tried the scrub with vanilla and then used a Chocmania lotion sample I got from the Body Shop. I felt like a cupcake getting into to bed. Great DIY!


_ScooterMarie February 24, 2012 at 9:01 am

 @BlairKernodleScheepers Yum!! That combo sounds good enough to eat! Glad you liked it!


Marcela August 16, 2013 at 9:38 pm

I made it. Gorgeous!!


ScooterMarie August 22, 2013 at 11:18 am

Awesome!! So glad you liked it! 🙂


rosann September 7, 2014 at 11:11 am

Just curious…I am new to all this. Most sites say not to use any scents post waxing, but essential oils are okay?


ScooterMarie September 8, 2014 at 9:02 am

Hi there! I’m definitely not an expert, but when I got waxings I never experienced any irritation from essential oils.


brandi May 24, 2015 at 1:53 pm

How long is it good for


ScooterMarie May 24, 2015 at 8:29 pm

Honestly, I still have the container I made in this post, so that’s literally been years. It still works and smells just as good as when I made it, so I’m assuming it’s fine. 😉


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