Pantry Raid: Make Your Own Moisturizing Sugar Scrub




Introduction: Pantry Raid: Make Your Own Moisturizing Sugar Scrub

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Make your own sugar scrub using ingredients you have at home.  You control the ingredients and can customize it based on your own preferences and/or available materials.  Not only does it exfoliate but it leaves the skin silky soft.  Never pay high prices for commercially produced sugar scrubs again.

Step 1: Ingredients

You Need:
1/4 cup olive oil*
1/2 cup granulated or brown sugar
essential oils for scent (optional)
herbs (optional)**

*Optional Oils:
sweet almond oil -- replace olive oil entirely or use in place of part of the olive oil
coconut oil -- replace olive oil entirely or use in place of part of the olive oil
jojoba oil -- replace about 1 teas to 1 Tbsp of the olive oil
vitamin E oil -- replace about 1 teas of the olive oil

**Optional Herbs --You can use whatever herbs you'd like or none at all.  Suggestions include:

Step 2: Creating Your Sugar Scrub

I suggest making a small batch of plain olive oil sugar scrub and trying it to see what kind of results you get before tinkering with added ingredients.  I find that plain sugar and olive oil works well for me and that the lack of additional scents or herbs makes this scrub usable by the whole family.  It's a fantastic product to use on the hands and arms when getting done working in the garden, shop, or art studio.

In a small bowl, combine oil(s) and sugar.  If using essential oils, add a few drops.  If using herbs, add about 1 teas or so.

Using a spoon, stir together sugar, oils, and optional ingredients.  Place in a small jar with a tight-fitting lid.

Step 3: Using Your Sugar Scrub

If you find a layer of oil on the top of your scrub, just give the jar a shake to mix it in before opening.

To use on Face or Hands
After washing your face or hands, scoop out a marble-sized amount and rub the scrub onto the hands or face.  Massage the scrub into the skin gently.  If applying to face, be careful to avoid your eyes.  Don't rub too vigorously.  Allow the oil to sit for a minute or so and rinse off with warm water.  If you find your skin seems oily after use, wash lightly with soap and water.  If desired, follow-up with your favorite moisturizer for extra softness.

Body Scrub
While showering, scoop a gumball-sized amount out of the jar and gently massage into skin.  Rinse well and use a moisturizing body wash to cleanse the skin.

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    10 years ago on Introduction

    does this make you face oily? i have acne prone skin...don't want to make it worse. thanks :)


    Great instructable and photos! I use sugar scrubs on my little kids too, and did even when they were babies (babies get flaky skin at some points because their skin cell turnover is so high). I used the superfine baker's sugar for their sugar scrubs when they were little. It also helped get rid of any scalp buildup or cradle cap.

    Sometimes I like to mix the "sugar in the raw" with the regular sugar scrub if I'm using it on my legs, knees, feet, etc for a bit more grip. :)


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    LOVE LOVE LOVE those chubby daughter was like that...looked like we tied rubber bands around her!

    Thank you for making me smile about something that was so long ago!



    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Cute baby!! What good uses for babies!

    Great idea for the superfine sugar and the sugar in the raw. It makes so much sense to adjust the size of the crystals for the use.


    11 years ago on Step 3

    easy recipe :) I'll try to make it for myself soon, my skin really need a good scrup :)