Spruce Up Your Skin this Winter with Homemade Sugar Scrub!



 Homemade Sugar Scrub Recipe

Does you skin need a boost this Winter?  Those fancy jars of sugar scrub can cost upwards of $30.  And if you are at all ingredient conscious, some are bound to make your skin crawl.

If you’re not so excited about the price and are feeling a little adventurous, you can make your own at home.  Pamper yourself (and friends too because you can make a lot) with just a handful of ingredients!  Your skin is going to feel amazing.


Here’s what you’ll need:

  • An Oil Base – (This was a special batch so I used Sweet Almond Oil but if you want a cheaper option, you can substitute Canola.  Some say you can use mineral oil but I haven’t tried it. )
  • Sugar
  • Essential oil
  • Some kind of inclusion if you wish (we’re going to use lavender flowers in this one)
  • Storage jar(s)

This is one of those creations you can do by sight.  Everyone has a preference to how much sent, oil, or otherwise is in it and the great thing is you can build and adjust as you go.  If you want to make it one jar at a time, you can start with a 2 part sugar to 1 part oil ratio with about 5-6 drops of essential oil and then adjust to your own preferences.

In this particular batch I made 12 jars worth.

Sugar Scrub 1

I started with about 10lbs of sugar in this big bowl and added lavender flowers until I got the look I wanted.  Note:  These are mostly just for asthetic purposes.  Bulk Lavender looks expensive but it weighs practically nothing so you can often get a lot for cheap!  Then I stirred in “roughly” 4 ounces of lavender essential oil – to start – and mixed thoroughly.  I learned that when you make a batch this big, you’ll want to have a window or two open because of the large qty of oil you will be using.

Sugar Scrub 2


Then I dumped in the oil.  Almost 1 gallon of sweet almond oil went into this batch – and it was super lovely. 🙂  Go slow and stir thoroughly until you achieve the desired consistency.  I personally like a little extra oil in the mix so I was heavy handed.

Sugar Scrub 3

Pour into clean, dry containers.  If at this point they don’t appear to have enough scent in them, go ahead and add a few drops to each and give them a quick stir.  Go slow because once you add this you can’t take it out!  It’s always helpful to ask someone else who’s nose isn’t already tainted to give a sniff.

And that’s essentially it!  You can leave them as is, tie some raffia around the lid, make a fancy label… whatever looks cute with the container you’ve chosen!

Don’t be afraid to experiment!  Here are some other ideas to try:

  • Ground Coffee (you can half this with the sugar).  Maybe add a little nutmeg or vanilla.
  • Peppermint Oil (or extract)
  • Ground Cinnamon and Vanilla
  • Lemon
  • Plumeria

Need a source for ingredients?  A gallon of Canola at Costco is under $10.  Sweet Almond Oil is cheaper per ounce when you purchase a larger bottle.  Amazon has some here for around $40 shipped – which is about as cheap as I have been able to find it.  You can also get a large bag of lavender for around $10  (Remember it weighs very little.)

You can often find these supplies in local craft or holistic shops.  Just make sure you price things out first because often they are super expensive.  If you’re in the Seattle area, you can also check out Zenith Supplies on Roosevelt.  They’ve got all sorts of cool oils, scents, bottles, soap and candle making supplies, massage tables etc.


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Amazon’s pricing can change without notice.  Prices listed are accurate at time of posting.