Homemade Sugar Scrub

OK, folks. Get ready for almost unbelievably soft skin (even for those of us with older skin).

The other day I was speaking with Larry Pleasant, CEO of The Vermont Soapworks, and he mentioned that he and his staff had spent the morning testing homemade sugar scrubs, and that everyone was commenting on how incredibly soft their skin felt. Aware that sugar cane produces glycolic acid, one of the natural alpha hydroxy acids that exfoliates the skin, I was immediately curious about his recipes.

    Ingredients

  • 50 percent white cane sugar (note that organic sucanat, while the best choice for food, doesn’t work as well for this recipe)
  • 50 percent vegetable glycerin to moisten the sugar (I used avocado oil since I was out of vegetable glycerin and it proved to be a successful substitute)
  • Small amounts of aloe vera gel, vitamin C crystals, or anything healing that dissolves in water
  • 1 or 2 drops of essential oil if desired (Larry recommends combining orange and lavender)
  • Enough ground hibiscus powder for pink color (if desired)

Combine the ingredients in a bowl. Scoop some of the scrub onto your hand and massage gently onto your skin for a minute (the scrub will actually tighten onto your skin like a masque). Leave on for 3 to 4 minutes before rinsing.

Let me warn you in advance that you’ll want to use this sugar scrub on your entire body. I started on my face, returned to my desk, and my skin felt so baby soft that the skin on my neck felt like sandpaper, so I needed to use the sugar scrub there, and on and on.

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By Annie B. Bond

122 comments

Jackie V.
Jackie V.about a year ago

Really liked this post. I'm so over products packed full of all sorts that we cant even pronounce never mind have a clue what it is!! I've started only using my own homemade products. This is my recipe http://beautybundleblog.co.uk/2015/02/natural-body-scrub-cofffe-sugar/

Jackie V.
Jackie V.about a year ago

Really liked this post. I'm so over products packed full of all sorts that we cant even pronounce never mind have a clue what it is!! I've started only using my own homemade products. This is my recipe http://beautybundleblog.co.uk/2015/02/natural-body-scrub-cofffe-sugar/

Sarah Baker
Sarah Bakerabout a year ago

This is awesome! And, if you're a person who shaves, use this when you do - shave once, rinse, use the scrub but do NOT rinse, shave again and then do a final rinse. Baby soft indeed!

Duane B.
.2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen2 years ago

Thank you :)

Wisteria K.
Past Member 2 years ago

Yes, and it is inexpensive as well :)

Shanti S.
S S.2 years ago

Thank you.

Jennifer S.
Jennifer S.2 years ago

Wow you've got an ingredient in there for everything-exfoliating, brightening, hydrating, calming. No wonder your skin felt like a babies bum :) Thought you'd find this link useful http://howtomakesugarscrub.com/sugarscrubecourse/

Sonia Minwer-Barakat Requ

Sounds great,must try it.thanks for sharing

Natasha Salgado
Natasha salgado3 years ago

Sounds great except i would take out glycerin+add olive oil! Thanks