15 DIY Sugar Scrub Recipes for Smooth Skin | DIY Experience

15 DIY Sugar Scrub Recipes for Smooth Skin

A staple beauty goodie, the sugar scrub can help you get rid of flaky skin on your lips, soften rough, dry skin on the body, and do away with dead skin cells on the face. A DIY sugar scrub you can make at home can also include your favorite nourishing and/or detoxifying natural ingredients. Here are 15 DIY sugar scrubs you can make in 5 minutes or less with lavender, coconut oil, lemon, and a wide selection of other natural ingredients.

1. Easy DIY Sugar Scrub

Lavender essential oil is acclaimed for its soothing and calming properties. When you mix that into a mildly fragranced sugar scrub, you get the ideal skincare product for your body. Here’s what you’ll need to get this easy sugar scrub recipe right:

Using just these three ingredients, you can rapidly whip up this DIY sugar scrub for the body. Check out the tutorial posted by LemonLimeAdventures to find out how to make this beauty bag goodie in less than 10 minutes.

2. Nourishing DIY Vanilla Sugar Scrub

This DIY sugar scrub recipe comes from Wellness Mama. Before judging it as a mere variation of the basic recipe for sugar scrub DIY, just keep in mind that it’s a yummy one – not to mention all the skincare benefits of vanilla extract and vitamin E oil. You can even use this brown sugar scrub on your face and lips thanks to its last nourishing and protective ingredient.

You might want to check out the ingredients before heading to the how-to tutorial.

3. DIY Coffee Sugar Scrub

The ground coffee and coconut oil in this DIY sugar body scrub are very rich in antioxidants. This coffee sugar scrub not only smells divine, but can also make your skin firmer while cleaning it and removing dead skin cells. The step-by-step tutorial is detailed on this Coconut Mama page.

Check out the delicious ingredients that you’ll whip into one of the best DIY sugar scrubs for the body out there:

  • Ground Coffee – 1 cup.
  • Coconut Oil – ½ cup.
  • Brown Sugar – 1 cup.
  • Cinnamon – ½ tablespoon.
  • Vanilla Extract – 1 tablespoon.

4. DIY Lemon Sugar Scrub with Honey

Easy-to-make and with a fresh scent, this sugar scrub can be used both on the body and face. Nevertheless, the lemon essential oil may be too rough for the lips, so we would avoid using it on this tender spot.

As Lindsey from HomemadeMommy explains, using cane sugar isn’t a must; you can use whichever type of sugar you have in the house or you’re most comfortable with. For this DIY sugar scrub recipe, she’s using organic cane sugar as the base. Here are the other ingredients:

5. DIY Gingerbread Sugar Scrub

MommyMusings came up with this gingerbread scrub recipe that uses sugar, essential oils, and spices to exfoliate, detoxify, and soothe your skin. And even though it will be packed with gingerbread aroma, this recipe only takes 5 minutes to prepare and does not require actual gingerbread. Here’s the list of ingredients:

  • Brown sugar.
  • Coconut & almond oil.
  • Vanilla extract.
  • Allspice.
  • Ground ginger.
  • Nutmeg.
  • Cinnamon.

The website also provides a template for sticker labels, which might come in handy if you’re preparing a larger batch to give away as gifts.

6. DIY Peach & Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub

Peach tea-infused DIY lip sugar scrub, anyone? This delicious recipe from SavyNaturalista uses organic peach passion tea to get that delicate summery fragrance. You can also add peach essential oil for more intensive skin care and nourishing properties, as well as for an even more delicate peach perfume.

The ingredients:

  • Brown Sugar – ½ cup.
  • Coconut Oil – ½ cup.
  • Peach Passion Tea Bags – 4 (four).
  • Peach Essential Oil – 10 (ten) drops.

7. DIY Peach & Passion Fruit Sugar Scrub

If you like the fresh & fruity smell of peach and passion fruit teas, you will love this sugar scrub recipe by SavyNaturalista. You will need the following ingredients:

  • Brown sugar.
  • Coconut, canola, or another odorless oil.
  • Peach & passion fruit tea bags.
  • Peach & passion fruit essential oils.

You should empty the tea bags and mix the tea leaves and fruit chunks, if any, with the other ingredients taking into account that the coconut oil should go in last. If your tea of choice has larger fruit chunks, it would be a good idea to grind it beforehand to avoid scratching your skin.

8. DIY Honey & Oatmeal Sugar Scrub

StoryofFive has a great tutorial for a honey-oatmeal DIY sugar scrub. Oats are great for exfoliating and nourishing the skin, which will only help brown sugar work its magic. Due to the nourishing and moisturizing properties this sugar scrub packs, it can be used on the body, the lips and on the face. Even though the essential oils are optional, if you want to add some natural fragrances which are also beneficial for the skin, go for rosemary essential oil or lavender essential oil.

  • Brown Sugar – ½ cup.
  • Oats – ½ cup.
  • Coconut Oil – ¼ cup.
  • Honey – ¼ cup.
  • Essential Oils – 10 drops.

9. DIY Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub

HappinessHomeMade gave us this mouth-watering DIY sugar scrub recipe you can pamper yourself with no matter the season. First, gather the following ingredients:

  • Brown sugar.
  • Coconut oil.
  • Pumpkin pie spice.
  • Vanilla extract.
  • Shea butter (optional).

Then, mix them all together adding the greasy ingredients last. Thanks to the ingredients found in the pumpkin pie spice – specifically, the cinnamon – this DIY sugar scrub also has anti-inflammatory properties.

10. DIY Eucalyptus Sugar Scrub

Shanon from Saltlicklessons.com has a simple tutorial for sugar scrub with eucalyptus essential oil. If you’re after a refreshing, cooling scrub for smooth skin, this is the recipe you want. Eucalyptus essential oil also packs beneficial properties for the skin. In addition to being refreshing, it is also cleansing, antiseptic, and antibacterial. Here are the simple ingredients for this recipe:

11. DIY Apple & Cinnamon Sugar Scrub

SimplyShellie came up with this amazing recipe for a DIY sugar scrub that requires the following ingredients:

  • Brown sugar.
  • Coconut oil.
  • One apple.
  • Cinnamon extract.
  • Powdered cinnamon.

This sugar scrub will take great care of your skin and pamper you with the rich, yet fresh smell of apple and cinnamon. You will, however, need to invest a little more time and effort into this one. Start by peeling the apple, cutting it in quarters or eights, and make a puree out of it. Then, add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Given that fresh apple is used, this sugar scrub needs to be stored in the fridge and will last about 2-3 weeks.

12. DIY Cranberry Sugar Scrub

Although it could well pass as a cheesecake coating, this delicious DIY sugar scrub is a great detoxifying skin care product. Whether you want to keep the recipe your own little secret or prepare it as a thoughtful gift, the tutorial featured on Imperial Sugar guides your steps. Let’s take a look at the ingredients you’ll need to pick up before getting started:

13. DIY Green Tea Sugar Scrub

This fresh-smelling and extremely beneficial sugar scrub is extremely easy to make. Here are the ingredients you will need:

  • Brown sugar.
  • Grapeseed, olive, or coconut oil.
  • 2 bags of green tea.

First, use one of the tea bags to brew some tea – you will only need about 1/8 of a cup, so you can make it as concentrated as you’d like. Then, wait for it to cool down and mix all the other ingredients together – including the green tea leaves from the second tea bag. The latter will make this DIY sugar scrub more aesthetically pleasing while also adding its natural aroma to the mix.

14. DIY Peppermint Sugar Scrub

The Christmas holiday is around the corner. As such, we thought it would be a great idea to bring you this recipe for a coconut oil, candy cane, and peppermint sugar scrub. The video tutorial is super fun to watch and shows you how to make this Christmas gift in under 10 minutes. Before the step-by-step guide, here is the list of ingredients:

15. DIY Chocolate Sugar Scrub

If you want a sugar scrub that smells delicious, you have to try the recipe from HowSweetEats. This brown sugar body, face, and lip scrub will be gentle with your skin. Here are the ingredients you will need for this awesome scrub:

  • Brown sugar.
  • Solid coconut oil.
  • Almond oil.
  • Cocoa powder (unsweetened).
  • Coconut essential oil.

This particular sugar scrub can be stored up to a few months in a sealed mason jar at room temperature, depending on how warm it is. However, you can also store it in the fridge to make it last longer.


This concludes our DIY sugar scrub ideas list. The best thing about homemade sugar scrubs is that the recipes are highly customizable. While similar products can be quite pricey in specialty stores, these do-it-yourself sugar scrubs cost just pennies to make. You can store the sugar scrubs you make at home in the fridge, in tightly sealed jars, for two or even 3 weeks. However, for the recipes using actual fruit (like in the cranberry recipe above), you should strive to use the scrub in a week’s time.

And if you haven’t found what you were looking for, we suggest glancing over our 6 recipes for DIY body scrub & 10 DIY lip scrub tutorials. Good luck mixing and have fun using (or gifting) them!

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