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Homemade Brown Sugar Body Scrub

When I discovered that body scrub is so ridiculously easy and cheap to make, I was tempted to walk into to Sephora and smack the nearest salesgirl.

($22 for some body scrub?! I don’t think so).

Here’s what I used:
  • raw brown sugar ( NOT the “Brownulated” kind)
  • white sugar (you’re trying to be healthy right? So you shouldn’t be eating this stuff anyway)
  • 1/2 cup sweet almond oil
  • 1/2 cup  grape seed oil
  • spoon (or something to stir with)
  • vanilla oil (or vanilla extract)
  • peppermint oil
  • anise oil
  • spoon, tongue depressor or pop-sickle stick
  • empty plastic jar (any size will do, I recycled an old body scrub container)

First, I filled the  jar halfway with the brown sugar, and then filled it almost to the top with the white sugar.

I made a well in the center of the sugar and poured the oils in. As you pour you should stir in the oil until all of it is wet but not saturated. If you need a little more sugar go ahead and add it. It should look like this.Then I added 20 drops of peppermint oil, 10 of anise, and 1 capful of vanilla extract and I stirred until well blended.

All Done!
To use: After you’ve washed up in the shower or tub,  right before you step out, stick two fingers in the jar of scrub and rub onto your skin in a circular motion. It sloughs off dead skin cells nicely. Once you’ve scrubbed all over, rinse off any excess sugar (not the oil) and step out of the shower. Step out of the shower and towel off. Because your pores are open and you’re using penetrating oils, you’re left with soft, smooth, moisturized skin! I never have to use lotion on the days I use my body scrub, even in winter!
Tips: Feel free to substitute any essential oils that you would like to use. Sweet orange and peppermint smell great, so does lemon balm. You can also use jojoba oil or avocado oil as a base if you’d like. Also, I don’t promote plastic often, but ever drop a glass jar in a wet shower without your glasses on? (I have, it’s not fun, I’m telling you.) So use a plastic container just to be safe. I also think that tongue depressors and popsickle sticks (even a chopstick) are easier to stir this mixture with and make less of a mess. (Next time you’re at the doc’s office, just ask for some!) The sugar will separate a bit from the oil, but that’s normal, don’t add more, just stir it up a little every time you use it.
  • Do you make your own scrubs? What oils do you use?
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63 thoughts on “Homemade Brown Sugar Body Scrub

  1. Melissa

    Savvy I was wondering with the vanilla extract, is that like the pure vanilla extract you would buy in the spices section of the grocery store? I am having problems finding the vanilla oil locally and a lot of places online seem kind of pricey for the vanilla oil.

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  3. Betty R. Bradfield

    When making the brown sugar scrub for men, how many drops do you reccomend of the oils?

  4. Joie

    Savvy, being a very sensitive fair skinned girl (the kind that is allergic to lots of products) I have always had so many problems with skin products. I have been looking for a body scrub that won’t irritate my skin & will help with the slight hydration I need. My uncle (who has gorgous chocolate skin that gets ashy) told me that with him & his family found that handmade body oils could be made without the irritating factors & with all the benifits of hydration better than lotion. So I found you on Pintrest while doing a search.

    I have to say I am a convert now to body oils, especially your wonderful sugar scrub that has allowed me to finally have a way to scrub without completely destroying my skin! I used your receipe of brown sugar & white sugar, used jojoba oil & & one capsule of vitamin E oil then scented it with vanilla essential oil. I feel like a new woman! Thanks for your help & great advice! My skin is like silk & looks better everyday!

  5. Savvy Post author

    @Jole Thank you so much for letting me know that this worked for you! That’s wonderful, and your uncle is right, all the additives and preservatives in a lot of the products we use are very irritating to our skin. Thank you so much for commenting!

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