One Sugar Scrub, 5 Ways

Who needs store-bought body scrubs when you can get radiant skin naturally with a homemade sugar scrub? Here’s a basic sugar scrub recipe, plus five fun variations.

The trouble with store-bought exfoliants is that they’re often packed with questionable ingredients. These toxic chemicals can range from allergens and irritants to suspected or known carcinogens. Even worse? Many body scrubs use plastic microbeads to get that scrubby power, and all of that plastic washes down the drain, polluting rivers and oceans.

Boo! Hiss!

That’s the bad news. The good news is that you don’t have to buy body scrubs to have smooth skin. It’s almost laughably easy to make a simple sugar scrub yourself. Below is the easiest sugar scrub recipe in town along with a few fun ways to spice things up. You don’t need essential oils to make an effective sugar scrub, but adding these therapeutic oils can give your basic scrub an aromatherapy boost and even help target certain issues.

How to Use Your Sugar Scrubs

You can use these just like the kind you’d buy in a plastic bottle. Just massage the scrub into your skin in the shower, then rinse away with warm water. Your skin may feel a little bit oily at first, but as your skin absorbs the oil that feeling will go away. You’ll be left with glowing, nourished skin!

One caveat before we get started: I’m not going to lie, here. Essential oils aren’t cheap. If this is your first time buying essential oils, you may experience a little sticker shock. Here is the thing: you measure essential oils out by the drop. That means a one ounce bottle is going to last you ages and ages.

1. Basic Sugar Scrub

This is the base that I use for basically all of the sugar scrubs I make. If you want to give your sugar scrub as a gift, you can double this recipe and download my printable mason jar label!

Combine 1/3 cups of coarse sugar in 2/3 cup oil of your choice. Stir well to combine. Try olive oil, coconut oil, sweet almond oil, or jojoba oil as the base for your basic scrub.

Ready to mix it up? Let’s play with essential oils!

One Sugar Scrub, 5 Ways

2. Energizing Sugar Scrub

Start with the Basic Sugar Scrub recipe, then stir in:

  • 2 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 2 drops lemon essential oil
  • 7 drops cedarwood essential oil

You can also mix things up! Check out this list of energizing essential oils, and mix and match!

3. Soothing Sugar Scrub

Start with the Basic Sugar Scrub recipe, but use brown sugar in place of coarse sugar. Then stir in:

  • 10 drops jasmine essential oil
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops cedarwood essential oil

4. Acne-Busting Sugar Scrub

If you get breakouts on your back, neck, arms, or legs, this scrub can help exfoliate and soothe. Start with the Basic Sugar Scrub recipe, then stir in:

  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 7 drops tea tree essential oil

5. Mood-Boosting Sugar Scrub

Start with the Basic Sugar Scrub recipe, then stir in:

  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 3 drops lemon essential oil

Have you guys made your own scented sugar scrubs? I’d love to hear your favorite essential oil combos in the comments!


Melania Padilla
Melania Padillaabout a year ago

Lovely post! Sharing

Julia Oleynik
Julia Oleynikabout a year ago

Thank you for sharing =)

Natasha Salgado
natasha salgado2 years ago

These sound so good! Thanks

Graziella Veri
Graziella Veri2 years ago

Noted and shared.Thank you

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen2 years ago

Thank you :)

Veera Olsbo
Veera Olsbo2 years ago


Myriam G.
Myriam G.2 years ago

thanks, I love sugar scrubs!

SJ A.2 years ago

Same here Mac C. - Olive oil and brown sugar really work well.

Essential oils are pretty expensive here.

Ziv Adaki
Ziv Adaki2 years ago


Winn Adams
Winn Adams2 years ago