5 Homemade Sugar Scrubs

I’m been to known to lean hedonistic, so it’s probably no surprise that I like rubbing (fair trade!) sugar slurped together with some lovely oil all over myself before a long bath. No surprise at all. Sometimes during the winter I am so constantly enrobed that I forgo this pleasure, but during the skin-baring summer, I do it often. So often, in fact, that I am growing a little tired of my regular formula. What’s a girl to do? Check out the trusty Care2 archives, of course. Following are five sweet sugar scrub formulas that I urge you to try. They’re cheap and easy, free of unnecessary chemicals and preservatives, and clearly pleasure-inducing.

Simple Sugar Scrub Formula
This is the basic formula I use (except I add a hint of ylang ylang pure essential oil). It is as easy as it gets.

Homemade Sugar Scrub
This formula comes courtesy of Larry Pleasant, CEO of The Vermont Soapworks. It has has a few more ingredients than the Simple Sugar Scrub Formula, but is still super simple and incredibly effective.

Banana Body Sugar Scrub
This is a formula I came up, with so I can’t really go on and on about how great it is. But, it’s really great. Mushed up ripe bananas, sugar, vanilla–yum.

Brown Sugar Body Polish
This sugar scrub uses spices designed with autumn in mind, but I find something very comforting about the scent of warming spices in the summer. See if it works for you.

Gentle Scrub for Fresher Skin
This might be the perfect summer sugar scrub; it’s cooling, gentle, and includes tomatoes and their alpha hydroxy fruit acid.

By Melissa Breyer, Senior Editor, Care2 Healthy and Green Living


Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgen2 months ago

Thank you

Veronica Danie
Veronica Danie4 months ago


Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgen5 months ago

Thank you

Melissa DogLover
Melissa DogLover10 months ago

thanks for the suggestions :) :)

delilah st louis
delilah st louisabout a year ago

Thank you

Ellie K.
Ellie K.2 years ago

These r always my favorite articles so thank you! :D

Kayleigh Harter
Kayleigh Harter2 years ago


Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.2 years ago

thank you

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen2 years ago

Thank you :)

Denise Morley
Denise Morley2 years ago

Thanks for sharing, the spicy one looks intriguing. I use the simple one already and love it, usually I add a few drops of essential oil to it though. I recently tried it with coconut oil and it was luscious!