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.HealthyNatured Guide
Top Oils For Your Homemade Sugar Scrub Recipes?
Our recommended oil ingredient, and the one that is most often used, is an organic unrefined coconut oil. This is because coconut oil maintains a thick solid consistency and this helps prevents the course granulated sugar from dissolving. Not much of a scrub if that sugar disappears!
If you do not like coconut oil, or prefer to use another type of oil, our recommendations to use are grape seed oil, olive oil, safflower oil, almond oil or sunflower oil. Just remember that all oils have a distinct scent and their own texture so this will be reflected in the scrub. It pays to experiment a bit first which allows you to get the final product you desire.
For example, people who sufferer from allergies or who have very dry skin can replace coconut oil with olive oil in their homemade sugar scrub recipes. The Olive oil makes the scrub a great deal greasier (in a good way), and means the oil takes a much longer time to absorb into the skin,
Similarly for those who have more oily skin types it is best to avoid a very greasy oil. We recommend you substitute it with a lightweight oil such as safflower or grape seed oil. These are the oils that will be absorbed into your skin easily. This keeps your skin well hydrated but prevents it from becoming clogged and greasy.
This is why for beginners we recommend you initially use a good coconut oil. The texture of the oil is best for maintaining the scrub consistency of the sugar and it is neither a lightweight, or heavyweight when it comes to oil saturation. It is suitable for both dry skins and oily skin. However with trialling and ongoing use you will soon determine which oils are best for your skin.
Top Ingredient Tips For Your Homemade Sugar Scrub Recipes.
- To achieve the gritty texture that is required of effective sugar scrubs it is recommended that you use, a ratio of approximately a half cup of sugar for every quarter cup of oil. Or to make it simple, double the amount of sugar compared to the oil.
- Avoid all products or ingredients that may have a water content. Water makes the scrub spoil. Nothing is worse than scrubs that have gone bad! So while the fresh flower petals may look pretty, if you add them to the mix remember your scrub will need to be used within a few days!
- To really make your homemade sugar scrub extra special and look great, feel free to add your favorite dried medicinal herbs, dried flowers, different textured clays, even dried seeds and fruits.
- 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. However remember the water tip below!
- Any homemade sugar scrub recipes that include fresh fruit, fresh herbs, aloe vera or any ingredient with water need to be added at the end and then refrigerated as soon as you can, to avoid the sugars dissolving.
- Scrubs that include fresh fruit, fresh herbs, aloe vera or any ingredients with water should be used within a week, and kept in the fridge as the water content will make them spoil.
- Use dried fruits or herbs if you want the scrub to last longer and without the need to add other preservatives.
- To make scrubs last for the longest time possible, simply replace all the fruit or herbs with their equivalent essential oils.
- If you are intending to give your home made sugar scrubs as gifts you can make them look more attractive by using shades of sugar. Use brown sugar for dark-colored scrubs (chocolate or cacao) and white granulated sugars for light shades (rose or grapefruit). The light shades in particular will shimmer and look radiant.
- The amount of 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. Remember double amount of sugar compared to oil.
- When mixed you are aiming to achieve a texture that looks and feels like wet sand. This is the ideal consistency for your body scrub.
- Regardless of ingredients always store your homemade sugar scrub in an airtight container to prevent any 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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