Sugar scrubs are moisturizing and exfoliating for skin and are easy to make. There are some ingredients, however, that should be changed, added, or removed for sugar scrub recipes to be perfectly suiting to the differing skin on the various parts of your body.
Basic Sugar Scrub Recipe
Oil + Sugar + Essential Oils
Sugar: Regular granulated sugar is just fine for sugar scrubs, although you might want to substitute superfine sugar for sensitive skin. Brown sugar smells delicious in sugar scrubs, but only replace half of the sugar with brown sugar.
Oil: Olive oil, sweet almond oil, and coconut oil are good choices for sugar scrubs. I like to infuse oil with calendula and chamomile to give it additional healing properties. To do this you heat up oil packed with dried calendula and chamomile flowers on a low heat for 4 to 8 hours. Strain out the flowers and store the infused oil in a tightly-sealed jar. For more detailed instructions, see this post on making herbal oils.
Essential Oils: There are many essential oils that can be added to sugar scrubs for scent and additional healing properties. The essential oils listed in the following recipes are chosen to best treat the skin on that part of the body.
Assemble your sugar scrub by filling a bowl with 1 cup of sugar. Add 3/4 cup – 1 cup of oil to the sugar. You can certainly add less oil for a drier scrub, it really depends on the consistency you want your scrub to have. Start with 3/4 of a cup of oil and stir it into the sugar. If you like the consistency, mix in the essential oils, and it’s ready to use. If you would like it to be more liquid then add some more oil. Keep in mind that coconut oil is a solid at room temperature so when using coconut oil, use at least as much sugar or more in your sugar scrub.
Recipes from Head to Toe
Now that you have the basics down, you can easily make all kinds of different sugar scrubs. Here are a few of my favorites:
Almond Oil Body Scrub
Add almond oil to a basic sugar scrub for a moisturizing all-over body scrub. Use whatever scents you like, but I like invigorating essential oils like peppermint and eucalyptus for my morning shower and relaxing fragrances like lavender for before bed.
Sugar Scrub Facial Recipe
Use gentle essential oils like geranium, chamomile, carrot seed oil, and lavender. Pick a very fine sugar so that the grains don’t damage delicate facial skin.
Honey Lip Scrub
Olive oil and Manuka honey have healing properties that will relieve chapped lips, while the sugar grains will slough off the dead skin.
Coconut Oil Hand Scrub
For a hand scrub, I like to use moisturizing coconut oil and a blend of ylang-ylang, carrot seed oil, lavender, geranium, and rose essential oils.
Healing Foot Scrub
Make your basic sugar scrub with coconut oil and peppermint essential oil to soothe, moisturize, and cool feet.