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Homemade Sugar Scrub

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.


  • 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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Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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6:48AM PST on Jan 9, 2014

Thank you for sharing.

12:22AM PST on Jan 2, 2014

Thank you :)

8:28AM PST on Dec 24, 2013

Yes, and it is inexpensive as well :)

10:47AM PST on Dec 15, 2013

Thank you.

4:40AM PDT on Oct 21, 2013

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

1:44PM PDT on Aug 22, 2013

Sounds great,must try it.thanks for sharing

11:06PM PDT on May 7, 2013

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

7:43AM PDT on Mar 28, 2013


1:39PM PST on Jan 11, 2013

I am curious why you recommend using vegetable glycerin over some sort of oil, like olive or coconut. Also, I love the idea of adding aloe! You might be curious to check out my recipe for Vanilla & Brown Sugar Body Scrub here:

5:37AM PST on Dec 21, 2012

I'm glad I found this!!! wanting to make!! tyvm

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