Easy Homemade Sugar Scrub

This DIY easy homemade sugar scrub exfoliates and moisturizes all at once.  Your skin will feel brand new and incredibly soft and luxurious. It is simple to make yourself with just two main ingredients that you likely have on hand already.  It takes about two minutes to make and is much less expensive than store-bought sugar scrubs.​  This sugar scrub makes a great holiday gift when given in cute little reusable glass jars. 

easy homemade sugar scrub in jar

Easy Homemade Sugar Scrub​

This winter, treat your skin to this luxurious homemade sugar scrub.  It moisturizes and exfoliates all at once. I use 1/2 tablespoon on both my hands rubbing them gently together for 20 seconds.  Then I rinse with water, pat them dry and my hands feel like silk.

It could not be easier to make yourself with just two main ingredients that you likely have on hand already: coconut oil and sugar.  This sugar scrub doubles as the perfect DIY holiday gift.  I’ll be giving these out for sure this holiday season.

On the east coast when winter hits, my skin immediately dries up.  This is especially true for my hands which I’m constantly washing to avoid getting sick this time of year.  Not to mention all the dishes I’m doing and baths I’m constantly giving to my children.  My poor hands need some TLC every now and then to avoid cracking and bleeding from all the harsh water and soap they are exposed to constantly.  Whipping up a batch of this sugar scrub is a quick and easy way to soften and hydrate those babies right up!  And since it is homemade you know exactly what is in it.  Nothing toxic.  Only the good stuff.

It takes about two minutes to make and is much less expensive than store-bought sugar scrubs.

easy homemade sugar scrub holiday gift

Gifting this Easy Homemade Sugar Scrub

Everyone goes crazy over thoughtful DIY gifts.  And this one is really the gift that keeps on giving.  It lasts a long time and promotes self-care.  Plus, the tiny glass jar is so cute and can be cleaned and reused for storing food.  This set of six tiny glass jars are adorable and would be great for gifting the sugar scrub in.  The glass jars pictured in this post that I own can be found here and also are perfect for gifting.  I love them and use them to store sauces, chia jam, smoothie jar ingredients and chia seed pudding.

easy homemade sugar scrub in jar

How to Flavor Your Easy Homemade Sugar Scrub

In the recipe below I provide an option to add citrus zest or essential oils to the sugar scrub for scent but it is still wonderful on its own.  Citrus is said to boost your mood and energy.  This is a great basic starter set of essential oils that I love.  Each of those scents would make a wonderful addition to the scrub and add extra benefits.  During cold and flu season I like to add OnGuard essential oil.  If I want more of a spa vibe I use this eucalyptus​ and lavendar essential oil.  If you don’t want any fragrance or benefits other than the scrub you can simply leave the essential oils out.

I also provide the option of adding vitamin E oil for an extra moisture boost.  Again, this is not required and the sugar scrub is wonderful with just the coconut oil and sugar only.

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I hope you decide to give yourself or someone you know the gift of silky skin this holiday season.  If you give this homemade sugar scrub a try, please snap a pic and tag #eatingbyelaine and @eatingbyelaine on InstagramTwitter or Facebook so I can see you enjoying your sugar scrub creations.

Be sure to also check out my Peppermint Body Scrub.

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Homemade Sugar Scrub in Jar

Easy Homemade Sugar Scrub


  • Author: Elaine Gordon
  • Prep Time: 2 mins
  • Total Time: 2 mins
  • Yield: 1 jar 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This simple DIY sugar scrub exfoliates and moisturizes all at once. Massage a small amount into your skin in circular motions for 20 seconds. Rinse with water and gently pat dry. Your skin will feel brand new and incredibly soft and luxurious. This sugar scrub makes a great gift for others when given in cute little glass jars that can be reused. Or, keep for yourself. You can use it on your hands, feet, legs or even your face. However, if you add the optional ingredients (zest or essential oils) you will want to avoid the face. Adding the citrus zest adds a bit of color to your scrub and it will smell wonderful and refreshing. Or, you can add your favorite essential oil.


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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup sugar (I use organic cane sugar)
  • Optional: 2 tablespoons citrus zest (such as orange, lemon or grapefruit) OR 10 drops of your favorite essential oil such as lavender, eucalyptus etc.
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil 

Instructions

  1. In a small glass bowl stir to combine room temperature coconut oil with sugar using a spoon or fork. Add the optional zest, essential oils or vitamin E oil if using.
  2. Transfer to an airtight container, seal tightly and store at room temperature for up to two months. If you use the citrus zest it will have a shorter shelf life.

Notes

To keep the sugar scrub fresh do not introduce moisture or anything to the jar.  Use a spoon to portion it out in your hand and do not double dip it.  Always seal it tightly.  

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  • Category: self-care
  • Method: Stir

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26 Comments

  1. Sue

    Hi there thanks for this great recipe which I’m going to make. Just wondering with the coconut oil does it need to be the unrefined oil that has coconut aroma? I believe the unrefined one is more pure.

    Reply
    • Elaine Gordon

      Either should work. Whichever is less expensive I would say.

      Reply
  2. Cathy

    I make mine with dark brown sugar and coconut oil…that’s it! Gentle, could be used daily, and no need for body lotion following my shower…(and I have dry skin)

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    • Elaine Gordon

      Love that! Sounds perfect!

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    • Elaine

      Do you need a preservative since it’s used by the shower or bath and waster may get in there?

      Reply
      • Elaine Gordon

        I’m not sure – I keep moisture away from it and use a dry spoon to portion it out in advance. If you are concerned then go for it.

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    • Susan Clapsaddle

      Can you use shea butter with is recipe

      Reply
      • Elaine Gordon

        I don’t believe so. I believe at room temperature shea butter is solid so it would need to be softened somehow prior to use. The coconut oil works well at room temperature because it isn’t solid but it also isn’t liquid… it is nice and soft and perfect for exfoliating and rubbing into the skin. Does that make sense?

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        • Cynthia Taylor

          I made this and the coconut oil I used was solid so I had to melt it. One the mixture set the coconut went back to its solid state and left the scrub with a marble affect throughout the scrub. How can I correct this?

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          • Elaine Gordon

            I’m so sorry to hear about this. I would not recommend completely melting it if it is hard. I would say you would soften it a bit by warming it up in the microwave for about 10 seconds. You want to be able to stir it but not have it in a liquid state. You could probably salvage what you have by warming it up slightly and remixing and maybe adding more sugar to it. If you want to email me pictures of it I might be able to help more. My email is elaine@eatingbyelaine.com and I’m more than happy to troubleshoot with you. What is your current climate and room temperature in your home? It should work fine if your thermostat is set to 72 degrees or so.

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  3. Kenna

    How much does this recipe exactly make?

    Reply
    • Elaine Gordon

      About 3/4 cup. Enjoy!

      Reply
  4. Mercy

    Hi Elaine, can I add honey and lemon to it and use for my entire body including my face? Again how long will it last when stored under room temperature if these ingredients are added, or can I refrigerate?

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    • Elaine Gordon

      Hi Mercy, I have honestly never tried that but it sounds invigorating and hydrating! I wouldn’t want to say for sure though since I haven’t tested it myself. I would also think that it would be slightly more perishable due to the lemon. Maybe one week and you could make a smaller batch?

      Reply
  5. Nyakel Youdidn

    I made one with olive (1tbp) and sugar(1tpb) lips soft.

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    • Elaine Gordon

      Sounds heavenly!

      Reply
  6. Jacque

    Will your recipe become a solid once in a jar or hold the loose sugar as in your photo? Thank you

    Reply
    • Elaine Gordon

      Great question – it totally depends on the temperature of where it is stored. It should stay looking like the photos at room temperature. In the summer in very hot weather it might get more liquid-y. In the winter it will be more solid. But, as you rub it between your hands and on your body it will warm up and work just fine. Does that help?

      Reply
  7. Terri

    I know some scrubs will get Mildewmold in them after a while is there anything to add to keep this from happening?

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    • Elaine Gordon

      Yes! Very good question! To prevent this you want to avoid adding any moisture to the scrub as you use it. For best results use a clean and dry spoon to scoop the scrub onto your hands/skin. Do not return the spoon to the jar after you have used it. Immediately place the airtight top back on the container. You could also choose to store in your refrigerator if you are not planning to use it frequently and then take out a couple hours before using to allow it to return to room temperature. I also do not recommend storing it in your shower. Make sure you are using an airtight container for storage. I hope this helps! Please let me know if you have any additional questions.

      Reply
  8. Judy

    I can’t tolerate the smell of coconut. Is there anything else I can use?

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    • Elaine Gordon

      Hi, Judy – Great question! I’m also very sensitive to smells so I understand your concern. Refined coconut oil has less of a coconut smell. Try that and see if that helps. If you are still having trouble with the scent then you can add essential oils to mask it. I hope that helps! Please let me know if you get a chance 🙂

      Reply
  9. Amber

    How long would this scrub last before it goes bad?

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    • Elaine Gordon

      Great question! If you secure it well in the airtight lid and don’t introduce anything to the jar then it should last at least two months. Mine never lasts that long though because I use it so often! Just be sure not to introduce moisture or anything to it… I like to use a clean wooden spoon to put a dollop in my hands and then I never put the same spoon back in the jar twice to make sure it stays 100% clean. Even if you don’t do this it will still last awhile – these tips just help extend the life of it and keep it super fresh! I hope this helps – please let me know if you have any additional questions – happy to help!

      Reply
  10. Lorna

    Hi Elaine,

    All the comments are great.

    I have a question.

    Which type of sugar would you recommend to use.

    Some say brown, some say white.
    However, is it fine sugar or Course sugar.

    Thank you

    Reply
    • Elaine Gordon

      Hi, Lorna! Great questions! Any will “work” but I personally like to use course sugar over fine. My favorite is organic cane sugar. Another option is to use Pink Himalayan Sea Salt (or any sea salt… I get my Himalayan Sea Salt at Costco in bulk so it is affordable. Be sure to also check out my more recent body scrub recipe: https://www.eatingbyelaine.com/homemade-peppermint-body-scrub-candy-cane-themed-for-holiday-gifting/

      I hope that helps. Please let me know if you have any more questions.

      Reply

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