Advertising
Advertising

30+ Best and Easy Homemade Sugar Scrub Recipes You Can Try

30+ Best and Easy Homemade Sugar Scrub Recipes You Can Try

Taking good care of our skin is an important part of a solid beauty regime – especially scrubs that are an excellent way to exfoliate and clear up common skin problems. But how often do we just opt for the store-bought scrubs? To be fair, probably most of the time – after all, who has time to make them themselves?

Well, surprisingly, making our own scrubs can be easy, and with sugar being a wonderful component to get rid of dead skin cells, it can be cost-effective too (nearly a third of the price!) Not only that, but by making them yourself, you can make a huge variety of different scrubs to tailor to your skin type without all the chemicals that can be found in the scrubs at your local beauty store.

How The Sweet Stuff Benefits Your Skin

While eating sugar is not so healthy for our insides, slathering it onto our skin can do wonders, and here’s why.

1. It naturally draws surrounding moisture into the skin. In other words, it’s a natural humectant. So when you add sugar into a mixture and apply it to skin it actually hydrates and keeps it hydrated.

2. It promotes younger-looking skin. Even though ingesting sugar is known to create more wrinkles, applying it to the surface of the skin actually helps skin cells regenerate quicker. This is down to the glycolic acid that can easily penetrate the skin and encourage the cell renewal.

3. It’s an amazing exfoliant. The small particles of sugar obviously make it a good way of getting rid of the dead skin cells and freshen the skin. Brown sugar is less abrasive than white if you’re prone to sensitive skin but both do a good job of softening the skin on your body.

4. It keeps the skin’s natural oil balance. The glycolic acid together with alpha-hydroxy acid contained in sugar helps maintain the perfect oil balance in the skin, meaning it won’t dry your skin out.

5. Keeps toxins out. Sugar prevents toxins from attacking your skin cells, which again promotes anti-aging and slows down the aging process.

Why You Should Make Your Own Sugar Scrubs

As mentioned earlier, homemade scrubs are not only easy, simple, and fun to make, but also won’t put a dent in your bank balance.

Many of the shop-bought scrubs can contain harsh chemicals and don’t always contain natural ingredients. On top of that, we all have different skin types, so it can be hard to find a scrub that caters specifically for you.

By making your own, you can tailor-make a scrub and experiment with what works for you. Once you find the perfect combination you have a wonderfully cheap addition to your beauty regime!

How To Make A Basic Simple Sugar Scrub

A simple sugar scrub recipe is the best place to start, after which you can add different ingredients to suit your needs.

    Basic brown sugar scrub

    Ingredients

    • 1/2 cup of sugar (white or brown)
    • 1/2 cup of oil (olive or coconut oil work well)

    What to do:

    • Simply mix the sugar and oil together, putting it into an air-tight jar.
    • When in the shower or during your beauty regime, just take as much as you need, rubbing it in a circular motion on your body or face. Wash off with warm water.

    Yes it’s that simple!

    The sugar scrub will last for up to 2 months but using it twice a week will get you using it up in no time.

    Advertising

    30 Great Sugar Scrub Recipes For You To Try

    Want to mix it up a bit? Here are 30 sugar scrub recipes that can help you get some inspiration.

    1. Raspberry And Lemon Scrub

      Get that fruity smell by adding fruit essential oils to your scrub. So good you’ll want to eat it!

      2. Chocolate Coconut Sugar Scrub

        If you’re a chocolate lover then this will be your ultimate scrub. It can also make a lovely gift when put into small jars.

        3. Green Tea Sugar Scrub

          Pack in some extra antioxidants with green tea – your skin will thank you for it!

          4. Eucalyptus Sugar Scrub

            Not only does this smell good, but it makes for a great body scrub as it’s cooling and energizing, antibiotic, and deodorizing.

            5. Cucumber And Mint Sugar Scrub

              Try this scrub for a refreshing smell and cooling feel – perfect for soothing tired skin.

              6. Cranberry Sugar Scrub

                Another great source of antioxidants, this cranberry scrub will smell good and keep your skin looking young, fresh and healthy.

                7. Lavender and Lemon Sugar Scrub

                  Create a refreshing lemon or a relaxing lavender scrub – or why not combine the two?

                  8. Pina Colada Sugar Scrub

                  Advertising

                    If you like to be reminded of that fabulous beach holiday you had last year then this is the scrub for you. Go with exotic smells to recreate this fantastic cocktail-inspired scrub.

                    9. Unicorn Poop Sugar Scrub

                      This is a bit more time-consuming, but makes a great, unique gift for friends and family with a sense of humor!

                      10. Sage And Blackberry Sugar Scrub

                        This combination gives a great earthy aroma and will leave your skin feeling super soft.

                        11. Peppermint Sugar Scrub Cubes

                          Adding peppermint will make sure you wake up properly in your morning shower. Making these convenient cubes can help control how many you use and also makes a great gift for someone special.

                          12. Vanilla Coconut Sugar Scrub

                            Try this winning scented combination for the ultimate shower experience in the morning.

                            13. Coffee Sugar Scrub

                              The stimulating properties of coffee makes this scrub great for cellulite and a bonus if you love the smell of coffee in the morning.

                              14. Orange And Pomegranate Sugar Scrub

                                Bursting with zesty smells, this is incredibly easy to make and will help heighten your senses.

                                15. Coconut Rose Body Scrub

                                  This recipe uses salt but substitute it for sugar and you’ve got heavenly scented softer skin.

                                  16. Whipped Gingerbread Sugar Scrub

                                  Advertising

                                    This scrub makes a great Christmas gift – or just keep it all to yourself!

                                    17. Shea And Vanilla Sugar Scrub

                                      This scrub will leave your skin feeling extra soft with the addition of shea butter and coconut oil.

                                      18. Floral Sugar Scrub

                                        This pretty scrub gives an assortment of smells, and with the addition of flower petals, can look great in any bathroom.

                                        19. Spring Easter Sugar Scrub

                                          A great novelty gift idea in time for Easter. Create these carrot-style scrubs and make someone smile!

                                          20. Lemongrass And Camomile Foot Sugar Scrub

                                            Have a mini spa experience at home and make this great foot scrub that’ll leave your feet sandal-ready this summer.

                                            21. Black Tea Sugar Scrub

                                              If you prefer black tea to green tea then try this wonderful scrub.

                                              22. Strawberry Sugar Scrub

                                                You can’t go wrong with the smell of strawberries, and using cheap freeze-dried strawberries in this recipe will make the best-smelling scrub so far!

                                                23. Margarita Sugar Scrub

                                                  Having a girls pamper day? Why not try these margarita scrubs – be careful not to accidentally drink them!

                                                  24. Root Beer Float Sugar Scrub

                                                  Advertising

                                                    Continuing the drink theme, these root beer scrubs not only smell great but feel great too.

                                                    25. Red Wine Sugar Scrub

                                                      Prefer red wine over cocktails? Then this is the perfect scrub for you.

                                                      26. Coconut Oatmeal Sugar Scrub

                                                        The combination of sugar and oatmeal makes this the best exfoliator for dry skin together with the moisturizing qualities of coconut oil.

                                                        27. Pumpkin Pie Sugar Scrub

                                                          Love the smell of pumpkin spice? Then make this your go-to scrub this autumn.

                                                          28. Cookie Dough Sugar Scrub

                                                            If it’s good enough to eat out of the jar then it’s good enough to spread on your skin.

                                                            29. Butter Beer Sugar Scrub

                                                              One for the Potter fans, this is butter beer in scrub form.

                                                              30. Apple And Cinnamon Sugar Scrub

                                                                And finally, a classic smell combination for any time of the year. Just be careful not to eat it!

                                                                Featured photo credit: chezbeate via pixabay.com

                                                                More by this author

                                                                Jenny Marchal

                                                                A passionate writer who loves sharing about positive psychology.

                                                                How to Be More Knowledgeable Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’ Success In Reaching Goals Is Determined By Mindset How to Save a Bunch of Money Easily With This Simple Challenge 11 Killer Ways To Get Rid Of Roaches Without Harming You

                                                                Trending in Beauty

                                                                1 Haircare 101: Hairstyling Tricks for Both Men and Women 2 18 Things You Need To Know Before You Get Your First Tattoo 3 3 Home Exercises To Fix Your Rounded Shoulders In One Month 4 What Your Poop Says About Your Health 5 10 Best Online Shopping Sites I Wish I Knew Earlier

                                                                Read Next

                                                                Advertising
                                                                Advertising
                                                                Advertising

                                                                Last Updated on January 3, 2020

                                                                The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

                                                                The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

                                                                Are you waiting for life events to turn out the way you want so that you can feel more positive about your life? Do you find yourself having pre-conditions to your sense of well-being, thinking that certain things must happen for you to be happier? Do you think there is no way that your life stresses can make you anything other than “stressed out” and that other people just don’t understand?  If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you might find yourself lingering in the land of negativity for too long!

                                                                The following are some tips to keep positive no matter what comes your way. This post will help you stop looking for what psychologists call “positivity” in all the wrong places!  Here are the ten essential habits of positive people.

                                                                1. Positive people don’t confuse quitting with letting go.

                                                                Instead of hanging on to ideas, beliefs, and even people that are no longer healthy for them, they trust their judgement to let go of negative forces in their lives.  Especially in terms of relationships, they subscribe to The Relationship Prayer which goes:

                                                                 I will grant myself the ability to trust the healthy people in my life … 

                                                                To set limits with, or let go of, the negative ones … 

                                                                And to have the wisdom to know the DIFFERENCE!

                                                                 2.  Positive people don’t just have a good day – they make a good day.

                                                                Waiting, hoping and wishing seldom have a place in the vocabulary of positive individuals. Rather, they use strong words that are pro-active and not reactive. Passivity leads to a lack of involvement, while positive people get very involved in constructing their lives. They work to make changes to feel better in tough times rather than wish their feelings away.

                                                                3. For the positive person, the past stays in the past.

                                                                Good and bad memories alike stay where they belong – in the past where they happened. They don’t spend much time pining for the good ol’ days because they are too busy making new memories now. The negative pulls from the past are used not for self-flagellation or unproductive regret, but rather productive regret where they use lessons learned as stepping stones towards a better future.

                                                                Advertising

                                                                4. Show me a positive person and I can show you a grateful person.

                                                                The most positive people are the most grateful people.  They do not focus on the potholes of their lives.  They focus on the pot of gold that awaits them every day, with new smells, sights, feelings and experiences.  They see life as a treasure chest full of wonder.

                                                                5. Rather than being stuck in their limitations, positive people are energized by their possibilities.

                                                                Optimistic people focus on what they can do, not what they can’t do.  They are not fooled to think that there is a perfect solution to every problem, and are confident that there are many solutions and possibilities.  They are not afraid to attempt new solutions to old problems, rather than spin their wheels expecting things to be different this time.  They refuse to be like Charlie Brown expecting that this time Lucy will not pull the football from him!

                                                                6. Positive people do not let their fears interfere with their lives!

                                                                Positive people have observed that those who are defined and pulled back by their fears never really truly live a full life. While proceeding with appropriate caution, they do not let fear keep them from trying new things. They realize that even failures are necessary steps for a successful life. They have confidence that they can get back up when they are knocked down by life events or their own mistakes, due to a strong belief in their personal resilience.

                                                                7. Positive people smile a lot!

                                                                When you feel positive on the inside it is like you are smiling from within, and these smiles are contagious. Furthermore, the more others are with positive people, the more they tend to smile too! They see the lightness in life, and have a sense of humor even when it is about themselves. Positive people have a high degree of self-respect, but refuse to take themselves too seriously!

                                                                Advertising

                                                                8. People who are positive are great communicators.

                                                                They realize that assertive, confident communication is the only way to connect with others in everyday life.  They avoid judgmental, angry interchanges, and do not let someone else’s blow up give them a reason to react in kind. Rather, they express themselves with tact and finesse.  They also refuse to be non-assertive and let people push them around. They refuse to own problems that belong to someone else.

                                                                9. Positive people realize that if you live long enough, there are times for great pain and sadness.

                                                                One of the most common misperceptions about positive people is that to be positive, you must always be happy. This can not be further from the truth. Anyone who has any depth at all is certainly not happy all the time.  Being sad, angry, disappointed are all essential emotions in life. How else would you ever develop empathy for others if you lived a life of denial and shallow emotions? Positive people do not run from the gamut of emotions, and accept that part of the healing process is to allow themselves to experience all types of feelings, not only the happy ones. A positive person always holds the hope that there is light at the end of the darkness.  

                                                                10. Positive person are empowered people – they refuse to blame others and are not victims in life.

                                                                Positive people seek the help and support of others who are supportive and safe.They limit interactions with those who are toxic in any manner, even if it comes to legal action and physical estrangement such as in the case of abuse. They have identified their own basic human rights, and they respect themselves too much to play the part of a victim. There is no place for holding grudges with a positive mindset. Forgiveness helps positive people become better, not bitter.

                                                                How about you?  How many habits of positive people do you personally find in yourself?  If you lack even a few of these 10 essential habits, you might find that the expected treasure at the end of the rainbow was not all that it was cracked up to be. How could it — if you keep on bringing a negative attitude around?

                                                                Advertising

                                                                I wish you well in keeping positive, because as we all know, there is certainly nothing positive about being negative!

                                                                Featured photo credit: Janaína Castelo Branco via flickr.com

                                                                Read Next