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A natural sugar scrub recipe with over 10 recipe ideas to keep your skin smooth, soft, and smelling great. Find out how to use sugar scrub and how to make it yourself at home.

sugar scrub recipe

This sugar scrub recipe is super easy to make, feels absolutely amazing on your skin, and is extremely budget friendly. Sugar scrub is fantastic for use as a natural alternative to harsher, more expensive exfoliators for your body, and you can literally whip up this recipe in minutes.

I have quite a strict skin care routine for my face, but it’s just as important to take care of the skin on your body, too (especially if you’re like me and regularly break your body with exercise, haha!). I love using a natural sugar scrub to leave my skin feeling silky soft and smooth, and this homemade sugar scrub recipe means you know exactly what you’re putting on your skin.

Benefits Of Sugar Scrub:

  • A natural, more eco-friendly exfoliator than store-bought products
  • It will leave your skin feeling so soft and smooth
  • You’ll save so much money making this scrub yourself

Easy Sugar Scrub Recipe:

Here’s my super easy sugar scrub recipe to DIY from home:

  • 300g granulated sugar (any kind is fine)
  • 100ml coconut oil (melted)
  • A few drops of essential oils of your choice (peppermint, lemon, or lavender are great for sugar scrubs) [optional]
  • A few drops of food colouring to match your essential oil [optional]
  • 1 mason jar to store

To make:

Simply mix the above ingredients in your jar, mixing well until your scrub is a little sticky. Add more essential oils and food colouring as you need to.

You should only need to use about a tablespoon of your scrub each time, and it should last in an airtight container for at least 2 weeks. Any longer than that, whip up a fresh batch.

Using A Sugar Scrub Recipe In Your Skin Care Routine

You might be wondering how you should actually be including this sugar scrub into your current skincare routine. 

I recommend using the sugar scrub in the shower, to exfoliate and moisturise your skin. Then, apply a natural body lotion after your shower to lock in the moisture and leave your skin feeling super soft.

I only use the sugar scrub on my body – read about my full face skincare routine to see what I do differently.

Some people highly recommend dry brushing before exfoliating, and I have heard a lot of great things about it, although I haven’t tried it myself yet!

Sugar Scrub Recipe Ideas:

Refreshing Lemon Sugar Scrub – 300g granulated sugar, 100ml melted coconut oil, 5 – 10 drops of lemon essential oil, a few drops of yellow food colouring. 

Soothing Lavender Sugar Scrub – 300g granulated sugar, 100ml melted coconut oil, 5  – 10 drops of lavender essential oil, a few drops of purple food colouring for a lavender colour.

Invigorating Peppermint Sugar Scrub –  300g granulated sugar, 100g melted coconut oil, 5 – 10 drops of peppermint essential oil, a few drops of green food colouring.

Simple Vanilla Sugar Scrub – 300g granulated sugar, 100g melted coconut oil, 1tsp vanilla extract

Relaxing Sandalwood & Ylang Ylang Sugar Scrub – 300g granulated sugar, 100g melted coconut oil, 6 drops of sandalwood essential oil, 6 drops of Ylang Ylang essential oil, a few drops of brown or red food colouring

Coffee Sugar Scrub – 200g granulated sugar, 100g finely ground coffee, 100g melted coconut oil


Good luck trying this sugar scrub recipe for yourself – I’m looking forward to hearing how you find it!