Homemade Sugar Scrub with Brown Sugar and Coconut Oil
If you’ve ever wanted to know how to make sugar scrub, you’re in for a treat. Literally. Homemade sugar scrub tastes a little like cookie dough, if you make it a certain way.
Ok, a lot like cookie dough. Every time I use this on my face I dip my finger in it and eat a glob. Needless to say there isn’t a lot of exfoliating going on when I’m doing a round of Whole30. Too tempting. Or I’d forget and eat some anyway.
It’s a terrible habit. However, I love that I can make DIY body scrub for a fraction of the price of store-bought and find everything I need at the grocery store.
(P.S. Hide it from your kids.)
Plus it tastes like cookie dough. Pfft. What brand can claim that?
I’ve been using this as a body exfoliator and face scrub for a few weeks, and I LOVE it. It totally exfoliates and moisturizes my dry skin and gets rid of all the dead skin. And it’s silky smooth when I’m done. I feel like have a spa day when I scrub my whole body with that stuff.
I’m already a huge fan of coconut oil and I love how it makes my skin feel. I’ve also been using straight coconut oil as a facial moisturizer for a couple of months, and I can tell a big difference in my complexion, which is more uniform than it’s been since I was a kid. I don’t even wear foundation any more — just a few spots of concealer. The scrub does a great job exfoliating and the oil leaves my skin feeling super-hydrated and soft.
By the way, if you haven’t read The Coconut Oil Miracle. You need to. It’s such an informative and eye-opening book! I’m now convinced that coconut oil will make me immortal. At the very least it will keep me from getting premature wrinkles. Hopefully.
OK, here we go! All you need are a few simple ingredients. And you probably already have them in your kitchen.
You don’t need a food processor for this, but it makes it super easy. Just throw in the coconut oil, brown sugar, and other add-ins. (Like essential oils or… um… vanilla extract. Maybe I shouldn’t make it so easy for me to eat.)
Homemade sugar scrub recipes are super versatile. Feel free to use white sugar in this, too. Or swap out the oil for olive oil or almond oil (which I hear is great for healthy skin). I really like brown sugar scrub, so I always do it this way.
This would also be a good time to add any scents. I just used vanilla extract because I love how it smells. Try adding other extracts, essential oils, citrus zest, or even food coloring to make it fun for a special occasion. (I like doing pink peppermint scrub for Christmas gifts!) Lemon sugar scrub is FABULOUS.
Then buzz it around for just a few seconds until it looks creamy. Like this…
Again, you don’t need a food processor for this. You can mix it up in a large bowl. Just make sure your brown sugar is fresh so you don’t have to smooth out a bunch of dry sugar lumps. That’s no fun.
TIP: If you let it go too long, the friction will warm the coconut oil which will cause the whole thing to separate.
Don’t panic, though. It’s not a big deal.
A lot of commercial body scrubs are separated like this. This will also happen if you keep homemade body scrub in your shower all the time. It’s still OK to use, though. Just mix it around with your finger before you use it.
And lick it off your finger.
Oh gosh. I should really start using olive oil instead. Or turn it into a salt scrub. (Which is totally doable. Just don’t use really coarse salt or it might be too rough on your skin. Fine sea salt or Kosher salt would be good.)
Anyway. I like the creamy look better.
I just store mine in a mason jar, but you can get creative with your jars if you’re giving them away as gifts.
I made this particular batch of sugar scrub to put in some gift baskets for my girls’ teachers for an end of the year teacher gift. They LOVED it! I found the jars at Ross. They were $5 for a 3-pack. Super cute, right?
You could also tie a piece of cute ribbon around them. Or put a cute sticker on the top and write a message. So many options here.
Then I tied a simple tag on there with some string. I just used bakers twine and some round cut-outs I made from scrapbook paper. You don’t need a Cricut or anything fancy for this. (Plus the tag usually gets tossed anyway. Eventually it’ll get oily and wet from the scrub.)
These are great little inexpensive gifts you can give to teachers, friends, new moms, or to use as stocking stuffers or simply thank you gifts!
By the way, teachers really love these. I’ve made them for my kids’ teachers and they always are super happy and grateful! I like giving teachers something personal, yet functional. A teacher can only have so many teacher-themed nicknacks, right?
Making DIY beauty products can be so much fun. And I feel better using things on my skin that you can easily find at the store (or that you already have in your pantry.)
In an attempt to make my hygiene products more natural, we’ve been using diluted castile soap for body wash and I’ve been using the Oil-Cleansing Method I learned about on The Art of Simple (formerly Simple Mom) for nearly three years now. I haven’t ventured into the “no-poo” movement, but I do try to find shampoos that are free of most of the usual suspects (parabens, sulfates, etc.) I’ve also switched to mostly mineral make-up.
Do you make your own bath and body products? Please share! And if you make this DIY sugar scrub recipe, let me know how you like it by dropping a comment below or tagging me on social media!
It's OK to lick your finger, too. :)
It's OK to lick your finger, too. :)