Why do so many homemade sugar scrub recipes recommend you scrub with sugar? Because it is a natural source of glycolic acid which increases new skin cell production and breaks down the protein that keeps the dead cells hanging onto your skin. The result is glowing, polished, baby smooth skin!
Note: If you have very sensitive skin you can switch the sugars for oatmeal giving a gentle exfoliation.
It is always a good idea to do an allergy test if you have not used these essential oils or ingredients before. Rub a little into a small area and wait for 24h.HolisticJB
Top Oils For Your Homemade Sugar Scrub Recipes?
The most often used oil ingredient is an organic unrefined coconut oil. Because coconut oil maintains a thick solid consistency it prevents our course granulated sugar from dissolving.
If you do not like coconut oil, or prefer, you can use grapeseed oil, olive oil, safflower oil, almond oil or sunflower oil. Just remember that all oils have a different scent and texture and this will be reflected in the scrub.
As an example people with very dry skin can replace coconut oil with olive oil in their homemade sugar scrub because it makes a much greasier scrub. This means the oil takes a much longer time to absorb into the skin,
For those with oily skin types it is best to use a lightweight texture oil like safflower or grapeseed oil. These oils absorb into our skin more easily, which keeps our skin well hydrated without becoming greasy.
My recommendation is to initially use coconut oil, as the texture is best for maintaining the consistency of the sugar. However with trialling and ongoing use you will determine which oils are best for your skin.
Top Ingredient Tips For Your Homemade Sugar Scrub Recipes.
To achieve the gritty texture we want for our sugar scrubs it is recommended that we use, on average, a 3/4 cup of oil to 1.5 cups of sugar.
We want to avoid anything with a water content, as water makes the scrub spoil early.
To really make your scrubs extra special and look great, feel free to add your favorite dried medicinal herbs, flowers, clays, seeds and fruits in your scrubs.
You can use fresh fruits in sugar scrubs. This really helps to get rid of any dead skin, helps exfoliate and they contain skin loving natural vitamins.
Just remember any scrubs made with fresh fruit, fresh herbs, aloe vera or any ingredient with water needs to be added at the end and then refrigerated to avoid the sugars dissolving.
Scrubs that include fresh fruit, fresh herbs, aloe vera or any ingredients with water should be used immediately, or at least within a week, and kept in the fridge as the water content will make them spoil.
Use dried fruits or herbs and the scrub will last longer without the use of preservatives.
To make scrubs last for a longer time simply replace the fruit or herbs with similar essential oils.
If you are going to give your home made sugar scrubs as a gift you can make them look more attractive simply by using brown sugar for dark-colored scrubs (chocolate or cacao)and white sugars for light shades (rose or grapefruit).
The carrier oil you use will determine the amount of sugar you need to use. Simply adjust the ratio of sugar to oil to achieve the texture you want.
We want to achieve a texture of wet sand for our body scrub.
Regardless of ingredients always keep the sugar scrub in an airtight container that prevents contact with water or humidity. This makes it last much longer.
Homemade Lavender and Tea Tree Sugar Scrub with Coconut Oil
- On your face – Use at the sink or in the shower. Massage in circular motions for 30 seconds. (Avoid hairline so it doesn’t get greasy.) Rinse and pat dry. The oil will absorb immediately.
- On your hands – Massage into your hands and fingernails for 30 seconds. Rinse and pat dry.
- On your legs and feet – Massage into your legs and feet while in the bath or sitting on the side of the bathtub. Rinse and pat dry. (Never use on your feet in the shower because the coconut oil is slippery and you risk falling.)
Cypress, Grapefruit & Frankincense Oil Homemade Sugar Scrub
Number 2 of our homemade scrub recipes is not only wonderful for skin health and a youthful glow, but also for promoting a sense of peace and bliss by using this specific blend of essential oils.
Treat yourself to physical and emotional pampering with this wonderful scrub!
Whipped Grapefruit And Peppermint Body Scrub – Homemade Sugar Scrub Recipes
The third of our homemade sugar scrub recipes includes peppermint with grapefruit. This is an amazing scrub and the essential oil blend will bring positivity and is highly energizing
Whipped Grapefruit And Peppermint Body Scrub
4 Applications, 30 Minute Preparation.
1/2 cup Coconut Oil
1 cup granulated sugar
1 Tablespoon Dried Grapefruit Zest
25 drops Grapefruit Essential Oil
10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
- Whip the coconut oil for a minute or two until it is creamy. The coconut oil needs to be solid before you can whip it. If it is melted (usually around 25C) put it in the fridge for 1 hour.
- Add the white sugar and mix together on low speed, until a thick paste is formed.
- Add the grapefruit zest, and peppermint and grapefruit essential oils.
- Mix just until incorporated.
- Finally blend, to get as much air as possible to make it fluffy and light, but for no longer than 20 seconds.
- Store in an air-tight glass jar in the refrigerator.
I hope you have enjoyed this post and will try some of our homemade sugar scrub recipes. If you do please do leave a comment in the section below.
Check out our other skincare recipes – Aloe Vera
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