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Why Scrub with Sugar You May Wonder?

Making your own sugar scrubs is easy, affordable, and good for your skin!

Sugar is a natural source of glycolic acid which increase 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! You can use most of the sugar scrub recipes on your face or body. It’s always a good idea to do a test on your skin in a small area before applying to your whole face or body. Wait 24hours for any reaction before applying to a larger area on your body or face.

If you have very sensitive skin, I’d suggest switching to oatmeal for gently exfoliating instead of sugar. Salt scrubs are great but can be too rough on sensitive skin. I prefer to use salt only in feet scrubs! Take care to never scrub irritated skins or wounds.

Homemade sugar scrubs are also very cost effective, easy to make and great to be given as gifts!


The basic ingredients you will need are organic unrefined coconut oilgrapeseed or safflower oil and of course sugar! You can substitute grapeseed oil or safflower oil with carrier oil like almond oil or sunflower oil. Just keep in mind that oils have different scent and texture.

For example, if you use olive oil in your homemade sugar scrub, you will end up with a greasy scrub. It’s best to use lightweight texture oil like safflower or grapeseed oil. Those oils will absorb to your skin easily, making your skin well hydrated but not greasy.

Also, choose a certified organic carrier oil so you don’t end up with pesticides on your skin.


  • To achieve a sandy texture for your sugar scrubs, use a ¾ cup of oil and 1 cup + ½ cup of sugar.
  • Adding dried herbs, flowers, clays, seeds and fruits in a scrub takes it to the next level!
  • Using fruits in sugar scrubs help getting rid of dead skin, exfoliate and contains natural vitamins.
  • Replacing fresh fruits by essential oils makes the scrub last longer.
  • Use brown sugar from dark colored scrubs but lighter sugar for scrubs with pink or yellow shades (like the rose or grapefruit scrubs).
  • Depending on the carrier oil you use, you may have to slightly adjust the ratio sugar vs oil.
  • The texture of wet sand is nice for a body scrub but sometime it makes it hard to apply, consider making sugar scrub cubes, see recipe below.
  • Keep the sugar scrub air tight and free of water or humidity so it last longer.
  • If you use fresh fruit juices, fresh herbs, water or aloe vera (any kind of liquids) the scrub will not last long – probably a few days or a week the most. You also may end up with mold or bacteria so it’s best to use within a few days and keep in the fridge.
  • Using fruit powdered extracts or dry herbs will allow your scrub to last longer without the use of preservatives.


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