Homemade Sugar Scrub

I see sugar scrubs on the shelf anywhere from $10-$50 for a small jar. Frankly, I’m annoyed by this. Partly because, I’ve always been the sucker that has bought them for that much! Sugar scrubs are incredibly cheap and easy to make, so please don’t pay more than you have to ever again!

If you’ve never used a sugar scrub before, you’re in for a real treat.

  • It exfoliates your skin, leaving it feeling smooth and hydrated.
  • The sugar is easier on your hands than salt, which can dry out your skin.
  • It safe, with no harmful chemicals or side affects.
  • It’s easy. I can make a scrub in 30 seconds.
  • It’s customizable, allowing you to use your creativity and preferences.

The best thing about sugar scrubs is that you can’t really mess this up. You can customize the scrub to your liking, with hundreds of possibilities. You can try small batches as trials, and spend just pennies on experimenting.

Your Sugar Scrub Equation




White sugar
Brown sugar
Cane sugar
Turbinado sugar
Almonds, hazelnuts, or other nuts
Crushed candy canes
Olive oil
Aloe vera
Vitamin E oil or baby oil
Coconut or jojoba oil
Banana or Tomato
Plain Greek yogurt
Tea tree, avocado or almond oil
Essential oils
Vitamin C crystals
Spices (cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, etc)
Cardamom (ground or oil)
Citrus zest
Hibiscus powder


If you’re not sure how much of each to add, just experiment in small batches. I like the scrub pretty dry, while some like the oil–sugar ratio to be much higher. Just add your exfoliant to a bowl, and slowly start adding whatever moisturizer you choose.

I prefer to get about a teaspoon or so in my hands, spend at least 30 seconds scrubbing, then rinse it off with very warm water. You’ll be amazed at how good it feels. Feel free to use this on your hands, feet, face, or anywhere on your body, at the sink or in the shower.

For Christmas, I  made labels, bought these awesome wide mouth Mason jars and tied rafia around it. Minus the cost of the jars, I made 9 jars for maybe $5.

My Scrub

  • Brown sugar
  • Organic white sugar
  • Olive oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Cardamom
  • Cinnamon
  • Clove
  • Vanilla
  • Vitamin E oil

So go for it! Experiment!

About Ande Truman

Ande has made mistakes in the kitchen since she could reach the countertop. From a restaurant head cook, to cooking meals for friends, to her own solo plate, experimenting & learning drives her. She's also a freelance graphic & web designer, photo/videographer, guitar player and wanderlust-er. In her spare time, she works a full-time 8 to 5 cubicle job. She's the creator of Broke & Healthy.

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  17. I’ve been making mine for years with white or brown sugar, lotion and peppermint oil. I find this isn’t as greasy as the oils, easy and cheap to make and it works wonderfully. If I make it as a lip scrub I use coconut oil instead of the lotion. I don’t measure anything, just mix it until it feels right.If it sits too long, add a little water to it. Also don’t use too much of it while bathing or the water will get sticky!

  18. Thanks for the directions, I love the idea of making these for gifts. How long do you think the made up scrub would last in a sealed jar?

    • If you sealed the jars properly, they would last a very long time unopened. I’m not positive on how long…but long! If you just close the jars like I did without sealing them, they’ll probably last a few months? I could tell when I didn’t use it for about 2 weeks, the top layer got a tiny bit crusty, so I would imagine that it’d get even more funky if it just sat for months.

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