Simple Sugar Scrub


Simple Sugar Scrub... here's an all-natural, relatively inexpensive, homemade, 3-ingredient body scrub you can easily make with things you probably already have in your kitchen pantry or cupboard! Plain white sugar, olive oil, and essential oil are all that's in this effective scrub!

It's early days in winter here in The Far North still, but my skin feels like it's been a looong cold season already. I have a difficult time during winter with my skin--all over, but face, hands and feet especially. Moisturizing and occasional exfoliation help me through the season. This sugar scrub I make is just the thing!

The sugar in the scrub offers gentle exfoliation, while the oil moisturizes the skin. A good all-over exfoliant offering moisture, and is especially effective on the feet, elbows, knees and other spots on the body that tend to get dry and rough.The essential oil adds fragrance, but depending on the oil you choose, it will lend healing and therapeutic properties too. The essential oil is not necessary for the effectiveness of the scrub. So adding essential oil is really optional , depending on your budget and what you might already have at home. Personally, I like the addition of a beautifully scented and healing oil! 


Simple Sugar Scrub 

Supplies:

1 cup white granulated/caster sugar
1/2 cup liquid oil (see tips below)
10-12 drops essential oil, or oil blend
1 jar (that will hold at least 8 oz/220 g)

How To:

Mix the sugar and the oil in a bowl, stirring until well combined. Add the drops of essential oil. Spoon the scrub into clean jar, top with lid, and add a label. 



Before, we move to the tips on oils... a *disclaimer*... I'm not an expert on essential oils, and not educated in the field of their usage. I only know by years of self-care use/self-education, personal research, trying of oils, etc. Please use caution with essential oils. If in doubt, consult your doctor, or a holistic therapist, to find out about oils that will benefit you. Essential oils offer a wide range of healing for the body and mind!

Tips for the liquid oils... Most any vegetable-based liquid oil will work well. I use extra virgin olive oil. (I use extra virgin olive oil for all my own homemade body-care products, and as an all-around moisturizer.) Regular olive oil also works fine. Sweet almond oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil, are among many others also worth considering. Even an unrefined sunflower oil is an option, and is budget-friendly compared to other oils. Knowing your skin will help you make the best choice. The oil amount in the recipe is just a recommendation. Feel free to add more oil if you like, or need to. If you find the scrub becoming a little dry in the jar between uses, add a little more oil. 

For the essential oil... Use your favorite scented essential oil, or one with a healing property that you find supportive. I used lavender in my current mix, as lavender essential oil is a great all-around oil, and it just smells wonderful--reminds me of summer! Peppermint oil is great for tired feet, if you want to focus the scrub on foot use, and is a very uplifting scent. For feet too, tea tree oil is anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial. A floral single note oil, like rose or jasmine, adds a touch of luxury. Or an oil blend is another idea--using a few drops of two oils blended together. 

I can recommend oils from Aura Cacia and Young Living. Links to both sites contain good information about different types of essential oils, their uses, oil safety, as well as ordering of oils.  

Well... this probably seems like a very long post for a simple body scrub. I just want the best for you, you know!? ;) 



Comments

  1. This looks good and fun. And I have TONS of peppermint oil (I use it for my sinuses). Thanks, Tracy! This would make a fun craft-day project or a nice gift, too!

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    1. It's such fun to make these kind of simples for body and home use. And done up pretty in jars, etc., they do make fine gifts. Peppermint is such a great oil for so many thing--gla you find relief for your sinuses with it, Jeanie!

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  2. My daughter has made scrubs like this and given them to me for gifts. I have some almond oil right now that would work very well.

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    1. Almond oil is such a great oil for the skin--do kind and gentle it is. I've not had that oil around for a little while, as it's not always easy to get locally--have to order online. Fun that your daughter makes her own bath & beauty products too--and shares them! :)

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  3. I made sugar hand scrub for some ladies a few years ago. Mine was 2 ingredients - granulated sugar and Dawn dishsoap that had Olay something or other in it. I like it because it soap nicely and then is easy to wash off. Then you just use your favorite hand lotion. I have used ones without the dish soap and find them to be rather oily. I guess to each his own. :) Thanks for the post and reminding me of it. The sugar does make for a good scrub.

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    1. VERY interesting scrub with dish soap in it, Judy! I'm not sure I could use that myself, even with the Olay in--soap can strip so much of good off the skin. I skin that's sensitive to soap, so that's me... LOL! But every interesting alternative. It sounds like a good idea for the hand after gardening, maybe??!!

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  4. This is great, Tracy! Thanks for sharing this. I'm going to make some next week.

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    1. Hope you'll find the scrub good for you, Willow! With such a basic recipe, you can easily do some customization to make it more for you. :)

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  5. Thank you for the recipe for the simple sugar scrub. I think I will make some. I do have all the ingredients. Right now my skin could use some tender treatment. I love Lavendar and peppermint essential oils.
    Thanks for the links to more information and purchasing essential oils. I have a daughter who is into this and she is always encouraging me to try some different things.
    I loved this one and appreciate you posting it.
    Blessings and hugs for you sweet girl!

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    1. Let me know if you give the scrub a try, LeAnn... your daughter might like it too! :)

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  6. I have often thought of making my own sugar scrups Tracy! That's one good use for sugar that won't hurt you! I have such sensitive skin however . . . with rampant exema so I am a bit leery of trying things on it, plain sugar would work well, but I would be afraid to add the oils. Love you! xoxo

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    1. A gentle sugar-oil scrub can be good for even skin with eczema, especially if you have the dry type of eczema. Olive oil itself can be very beneficial to eczema skin. You might want to drop the essential oil or scent, to be on the safe side. If you try the scrub, be sure to mix the oil and sugar well before using--making a nice, smooth, even mix. Try a "test" patch of skin, to see how you do with the scrub...and only once per week.

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    2. Sound advice Tracy! Thanks! xoxo

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  7. I’ve been thinking of making a scrub myself. Winter is so hard on the skin. Have you tried body brushing? It makes a huge difference. Marie x

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    1. Yes, I do body brushing--it sure helps with beginning the exfoliation process, and it's gently stimulating at the same time as part of morning routine. :)

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