This is the BEST diy sugar scrub I've EVER used! It combines two types of sugar for great exfoliation as well as a blend of super moisturizing oils. Leaves skin super soft, smooth, and radiant! Plus there's even a free printable of the recipe and 15 essential oil blends so you can customize your own scent!!

DIY Sugar Scrub with essential oils {for Softest Smoothest Skin EVER}

Have you ever tried Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish?

I indulged and bought some of this incredible stuff earlier this year.  I say “indulged” because the smallest size jar of it costs $39.  I’m not usually one to spend so much on bath & body products, especially ones I can make so easily myself, but …

this stuff smelled AMAZING!!!!!

citrusy with a hint of spice

was that grapefruit?  bergamot?  lemon?

and what gave it that zing?  that little hint at a warm spice?

I had to have it!!

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This is not just run-of-the-mill-regular DIY sugar scrub

Little did I know that it wasn’t just the scent that would get me hooked on this stuff.

My skin has never been so soft.

My normally dull, dry, itchy skin is soft, smooth, and healthier looking.

 

What makes this better than other sugar scrubs?

There are lots of recipes for sugar scrubs.

Most use plain white sugar and either fractionated coconut oil, solid coconut oil, or olive oil.  Those are perfectly fine ingredients, and if you use them, you’ll get a perfectly fine sugar scrub.

But they’re not going to give you the softest, smoothest skin you’ve ever had.  For that, we need to call in the big guns of the exfoliating and moisturizing world!

First, to exfoliate this ultimate sugar scrub uses a combination of both brown sugar and turbinado sugar.  A popular name for turbinado sugar is “Sugar in the Raw”.  It’s a coarse, large crystal sugar.  So with this ultimate sugar scrub you get two levels of exfoliation:  powerful (yet gentle) exfoliation from the turbinado sugar as well as fine polishing from the brown sugar.  It sloughs away dead skin cells and then polishes your skin to a soft, smooth, very touchable finish.

Next, comes the ultimate moisturizing part of the ultimate sugar scrub.  For ultimate moisturizing, this ultimate sugar scrub uses a blend of sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, apricot kernel oil, evening primrose oil, vitamin e, and sunflower oil.  Here’s why these make the ultimate sugar scrub…

sweet almond oil

  • one of the gentlest oils
  • extremely nourishing
  • rich in Vitamin D
  • excellent emollient known for its ability to soften and recondition the skin

jojoba oil

  • it’s actually not an oil, but a liquid wax, closely resembles the sebum in human skin
  • extremely rich in Vitamin E
  • promotes healthy glowing skin

apricot kernel oil

  • very gentle and nourishing
  • full of vitamins A, C, and E, antioxidants that protect the skin from signs of aging and sun damage
  • quickly absorbs into skin

evening primrose oil

  • high levels of essential fatty acids
  • this is a powerhouse of an oil– small amounts are often added to other carrier oils to enhance their beneficial effects

vitamin e

  • antioxidant properties that help keep skin looking young
  • helps prolong the shelf life of the sugar scrub by helping to prevent oils and essential oils from going rancid

sunflower oil

  • light and fast absorbing oil
  • high in vitamins, fatty acids and antioxidants that help regenerate skin

 

This is the BEST diy sugar scrub I've EVER used! It combines two types of sugar for great exfoliation as well as a blend of super moisturizing oils. Leaves skin super soft, smooth, and radiant! Plus there's even a free printable of the recipe and 15 essential oil blends so you can customize your own scent!!

 

How to make it {recipe and step-by-step instructions}

click here to get a FREE PRINTABLE of the recipe and 15 essential oil blends you can use to customize your sugar scrub

 1. measure 3 Tbsp of sweet almond oil into a large glass bowl

This is the BEST diy sugar scrub I've EVER used! It combines two types of sugar for great exfoliation as well as a blend of super moisturizing oils. Leaves skin super soft, smooth, and radiant! Plus there's even a free printable of the recipe and 15 essential oil blends so you can customize your own scent!!

 

2. add 2 Tbsp of jojoba oil

This is the BEST diy sugar scrub I've EVER used! It combines two types of sugar for great exfoliation as well as a blend of super moisturizing oils. Leaves skin super soft, smooth, and radiant! Plus there's even a free printable of the recipe and 15 essential oil blends so you can customize your own scent!!

 

3. add 2 Tbsp of apricot kernel oil

This is the BEST diy sugar scrub I've EVER used! It combines two types of sugar for great exfoliation as well as a blend of super moisturizing oils. Leaves skin super soft, smooth, and radiant! Plus there's even a free printable of the recipe and 15 essential oil blends so you can customize your own scent!!

 

4.  add 1 Tbsp of evening primrose oil

This is the BEST diy sugar scrub I've EVER used! It combines two types of sugar for great exfoliation as well as a blend of super moisturizing oils. Leaves skin super soft, smooth, and radiant! Plus there's even a free printable of the recipe and 15 essential oil blends so you can customize your own scent!!

 

5. add a couple of drops of vitamin E

This is the BEST diy sugar scrub I've EVER used! It combines two types of sugar for great exfoliation as well as a blend of super moisturizing oils. Leaves skin super soft, smooth, and radiant! Plus there's even a free printable of the recipe and 15 essential oil blends so you can customize your own scent!!

 

6. add 1 teaspoon of sunflower oil

This is the BEST diy sugar scrub I've EVER used! It combines two types of sugar for great exfoliation as well as a blend of super moisturizing oils. Leaves skin super soft, smooth, and radiant! Plus there's even a free printable of the recipe and 15 essential oil blends so you can customize your own scent!!

 

7.  add 10-15 drops of essential oil

to recreate the scent of Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish that I fell in love with, I use…

4 drops lemon essential oil

3 drops grapefruit essential oil

2 drops wild (sweet) orange essential oil

2 drops bergamot essential oil

1 drop ginger essential oil

It smells AMAZING!!

click here to get a free printable with this recipe as well as 14 other essential oil blends you can use to customize this sugar scrub. Find perfect scents for everyone on your gift list.

This is the BEST diy sugar scrub I've EVER used! It combines two types of sugar for great exfoliation as well as a blend of super moisturizing oils. Leaves skin super soft, smooth, and radiant! Plus there's even a free printable of the recipe and 15 essential oil blends so you can customize your own scent!!

 

8. add 1/4 cup brown sugar

This is the BEST diy sugar scrub I've EVER used! It combines two types of sugar for great exfoliation as well as a blend of super moisturizing oils. Leaves skin super soft, smooth, and radiant! Plus there's even a free printable of the recipe and 15 essential oil blends so you can customize your own scent!!

 

9. add 3/4 cup of turbinado sugar

This is the BEST diy sugar scrub I've EVER used! It combines two types of sugar for great exfoliation as well as a blend of super moisturizing oils. Leaves skin super soft, smooth, and radiant! Plus there's even a free printable of the recipe and 15 essential oil blends so you can customize your own scent!!

 

10. stir well

This is the BEST diy sugar scrub I've EVER used! It combines two types of sugar for great exfoliation as well as a blend of super moisturizing oils. Leaves skin super soft, smooth, and radiant! Plus there's even a free printable of the recipe and 15 essential oil blends so you can customize your own scent!!

 

11.  scoop into airtight 8 oz container

choose a jar made of glass or a type of plastic that’s safe to use with diluted essential oils (#1 PET or #2 HDPE)

This is the BEST diy sugar scrub I've EVER used! It combines two types of sugar for great exfoliation as well as a blend of super moisturizing oils. Leaves skin super soft, smooth, and radiant! Plus there's even a free printable of the recipe and 15 essential oil blends so you can customize your own scent!!

 

How to use

  • wash your skin with soap or body wash and rinse well
  • scoop out sugar scrub with a clean spoon (be careful  to not get water into the sugar scrub container)
  • apply a generous amount of sugar scrub to wet skin
  • work on one area of body at a time, then when finished with that area apply sugar scrub to another area and work on that area
  • massage sugar scrub into skin using a circular motion to help exfoliate and remove dead skin cells
  • rinse well
  • pat skin dry
  • apply whipped body butter for an extra layer of moisture (and it keeps your skin feeling amazing!!)  click here for  my absolute favorite recipe for DIY whipped body butter

 

Where to get supplies

click here for sweet almond oil

click here for jojoba oil

click here for apricot kernel oil

click here for evening primrose oil

click here for vitamin e

click here for sunflower oil

brown sugar– grocery store or Costco

turbinado sugar– grocery store

click here for glass jars (love the size and shape of these- makes it really easy to scoop out sugar scrub)  You can also sometimes find these jars at Walmart and hardware stores.

click here or here or here for PET plastic jars — these are safe to use with diluted essential oils like this sugar scrub.  And plastic is a great option for using in shower or around bathtub so you don’t have to worry about a glass jar breaking.

click here for adorable disposable wooden spoons–  these are great for scooping out sugar scrub from the jar.  Always be sure to use a clean spoon- you don’t want to risk getting water or bacteria into your bath and body products.

 

click here to get a FREE PRINTABLE of the recipe and 15 essential oil blends you can use to customize your sugar scrub

This is the BEST diy sugar scrub I've EVER used! It combines two types of sugar for great exfoliation as well as a blend of super moisturizing oils. Leaves skin super soft, smooth, and radiant! Plus there's even a free printable of the recipe and 15 essential oil blends so you can customize your own scent!!

 

click here for my recipe for soft & silky whipped body butter

It’s the best body butter I’ve ever used and it’s the perfect thing it slather on after using this ultimate sugar scrub.

Whipped Body Butter

 

You might also like these other posts on essential oils:

DIY Peppermint Foot Cream {to refresh tired feet}

How to Make an Essential Oil Diffuser Necklace for Less Than $1

20 Favorite Roller Bottle Recipes with Free Printable Labels

Ultimate DIY Sugar Scrub for Softest Smoothest Skin EVER {15 essential oil recipes}

kid-safe and effective DIY bug spray recipes using essential oils

31 Genius Essential Oil Tips & Hacks

 

 

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14 Comments

  1. Lianne June 25, 2016 at 6:38 pm - Reply

    Sarah, I love this site! I’ve been dabbling with oils for a couple years but getting more interested. I’ve learned more here then anywhere else! Thank you!

    • Sarah Lewis June 26, 2016 at 7:21 pm - Reply

      Thanks for your very kind note, Lianne!
      I’m so glad you’re finding it useful. That is really wonderful to hear. 🙂
      We’re just getting started. Look for lots more to come.
      Sarah

  2. Emily August 25, 2016 at 9:29 am - Reply

    Do you prefer dark or light brown sugar? Does it make any difference? Also, about how many of the small bar jars would this recipe yield? I’m thinking of using this recipe for Christmas gifts.

    • Sarah Lewis September 1, 2016 at 11:35 am - Reply

      Hi, Emily. I used light brown sugar, just because that’s what I have on hand. Either will work just fine. Dark brown sugar just has more molasses. In fact, you could even substitute regular white sugar if you don’t have brown sugar on hand; the scrub would just be a little more scratchy if you use white sugar instead of the brown. The molasses in the brown sugar softens the sugar so that it’s less abrasive (great for sensitive skin like mine). – Sarah

  3. Katie September 25, 2016 at 10:28 am - Reply

    Is there a post about cleaning supplies? I want to use glass eye droppers instead of the disposable plastic pipets but I want to make sure I am completely cleaning them so I don’t contaminate anything. Also, myrrh seems to be really difficult to clean out of things. Any tips?

    • Sarah Lewis October 7, 2016 at 9:53 am - Reply

      Hi, Katie.
      No, sorry I don’t have a post yet about cleaning your EO supplies and tools. But here are a few thoughts: for glass droppers, take them apart and use a qtip or another skinny stick to get out any debris and as much essential oil as you can, then submerge in a bowl/sink of hot soapy water and agitate the water to help the detergent break up the oil. You may need to repeat this hot water and detergent step. Then rinse, rinse and rinse- this can take awhile, but you want to be sure to get all the soap residue and any remaining traces of EO off the dropper. If you have a sterilize cycle on your dishwasher, I use that too at this point.
      For myrrh and other thick, sappy essential oils, I find that it helps if you warm up the bottle or tool in your hands before trying to clean it.
      Sarah

  4. MistyBlu October 5, 2016 at 11:41 pm - Reply

    I have and LOVE the fresh brown sugar scrub and I agree, the scent is the best! How would I convert your recipe for use as a linen spray?

    • Sarah Lewis October 7, 2016 at 8:44 am - Reply

      That’s a great idea! I would try 2 cups of vodka, 16 drops lemon, 12 drops grapefruit, 8 drops orange, 8 drops bergamot, and 4 drops ginger. I’m not at home, so I haven’t tried this yet, but I think it should come pretty close. I can’t wait to try it myself!
      And here’s a link to lots more linen sprays with essential oils- just in case you want to try some other recipes, too. http://oneessentialcommunity.com/homemade-linen-spray-21-sensational-scents/
      Sarah

  5. Julie Cadotte November 17, 2016 at 12:45 pm - Reply

    I’m getting ready to make the sugar scrub for Christmas Gifts…..can you tell me what its shelf life is?

    Thank You 😊

    • Sarah Lewis November 21, 2016 at 8:32 pm - Reply

      Hi Julie.
      I haven’t officially tested mine, but my sugar scrubs seem to usually last for at least 2-3 months without a preservative. That said, many things will affect the actual shelf life: (1) most important is that the jar of sugar scrub should NOT be taken into the shower or bath, and you should only use a clean spoon or scoop to get it out of the jar, (2) the shelf life of the oils you’re using and how old those oils are before you use them in the sugar scrub. Most carrier oils have a shelf life of at least a year. This recipe uses evening primrose oil, which is amazing, but it has one of the shortest shelf lives at only 6 months. The key thing to do is check the packaging of your oils for expiration dates. Your sugar scrub won’t last any later than the date of your first expiring oil. (3) Prolong the life of your sugar scrub by keeping it out of the heat and light. If you can, keep them in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use/give them to help them last as long as possible.
      Sarah

  6. Joan June 10, 2017 at 3:03 pm - Reply

    Hi! I am wondering if you can put together a recipe for a gentle facial scrub (mature! skin) using jojoba beads. The ones I have tried have not turned out good at all. I love your site. Thank you very much for all of the wonderful recipes and information.

    • Sarah Lewis June 10, 2017 at 3:12 pm - Reply

      Thanks for the idea, Joan! I would love that, too! I will start researching and experimenting and see what I can come up with. – Sarah

  7. Heidi September 18, 2017 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    Approximately how much does it cost to make a batch of this scrub.

    • Sarah Lewis September 22, 2017 at 8:29 am - Reply

      Very roughly, I would estimate $3-5, but it will depend on how much you pay for the ingredients. I don’t sell it, so I haven’t costed it out precisely. I just know it is a lot less than the $39 I used to pay for a similar sized jar of Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish at Sephora.

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