Homemade Sugar Scrub Recipe with Essential Oils

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If you’re anything like me, you struggle to keep your hands moisturized in the winter, especially if you wash dishes frequently. I’ve found that the more I exfoliate, the more moisturized my hands are. Sugar scrubs with essential oils are my favorite way to remove the dead, dry skin (yuck!) to make room for new, moisturized skin.

Sugar scrubs are super easy to make. I like to keep one in my shower and one by my sink in the kitchen. I also gave these essential oil sugar scrubs and my homemade bath salts to my family for Christmas this year.

You can use the homemade sugar scrubs on your whole body, but avoid your face. Stick to a jojoba bead exfoliator that’s more gentle for that delicate skin.

7 Benefits of Exfoliating with Sugar Scrub

  • Reveals younger skin
  • Reduces lines and skin damage
  • Helps prevent breakouts
  • Improves penetration of lotions and other products
  • Improves skin tone
  • Improves texture
  • Get a closer shave


Homemade Essential Oil Sugar Scrub Recipe

3/4 cup organic sugar
1/4 cup fractionated (liquid) coconut oil
20-30 drops essential oils*
8oz Wide Mouth Mason Jar

Essential Oil Combinations I Used
Lemon and Grapefruit
Lime and Bergamot
Invigorating Blend and Peppermint
Joyful Blend and Orange

*Essential oil quality is crucial, even when you aren’t using internally because you absorb the oil and any contaminants through your skin. Email me at oils@halfwayholistic.com to learn more about quality and the brand I trust.

Where to buy: I got my sugar at Costco in bulk. The jars were cheapest at Target as was the liquid coconut oil. You can find a lot of things on Amazon too.

Instructions: Mix essential oils into fractionated coconut oil first. Add in sugar and blend well. Massage as much scrub as needed onto problem areas. Rinse with warm water. Follow with a good, non-toxic moisturizer.

Decorations: I like putting them in the wide mouth jars because I think they look better, and it makes it easier to scoop out the scrub. You can use scrapbook paper to make a decorative top. Just trace the lid. I also bought tags and stamps on Amazon along with twine. If you really want to make it a great gift. Use the DIY Aromatherapy Salt Dough Ornaments as a tag.

When you’re making these for friends, don’t forget to make one for yourself!

Shana Bresnahan
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