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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.

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    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

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                    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

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                                    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

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                                                    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!

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                                                                How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                                                How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                                                Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                                                                You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                                                                Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                                                                1. Work on the small tasks.

                                                                When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                                                                Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                                                                2. Take a break from your work desk.

                                                                Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                                                                Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                                                                3. Upgrade yourself

                                                                Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                                                                The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                                                                4. Talk to a friend.

                                                                Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                                                                Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                                                                5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                                                                If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                                                                Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                                                                Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                                                                6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                                                                If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                                                                Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                                                                Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                                                                7. Read a book (or blog).

                                                                The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                                                                Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                                                                Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                                                                8. Have a quick nap.

                                                                If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                                                                9. Remember why you are doing this.

                                                                Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                                                                What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                                                                10. Find some competition.

                                                                Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                                                                Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                                                                11. Go exercise.

                                                                Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                                                                Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                                                                As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                                                                Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                                                                12. Take a good break.

                                                                Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                                                                Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                                                                Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                                                                Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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