This Basic Sugar Scrub is a good base to use for sugar scrubs. Customize it to what you like!
Sugar scrubs are great for your skin because they exfoliate the dead skin cells and leave your skin feeling moisturized. I use to purchase them for $12 to $35.
After making my own, I will probably never buy one again. A homemade version with natural ingredients smells much better, and you can control what goes on your skin. Since the skin is the largest organ in the body, it is important what you put on it.
This Basic Sugar Scrub is a good base to use for sugar scrubs. Coconut oil is good to use because it is antiviral and antifungal. I love it for the smell and the texture (especially in cooler months when it solidifies). I have used other oils, like almond oil, but coconut is by far my favorite.
Basic Sugar Scrub
- ½ cup solidified coconut oil (refrigerate if you need to). It should be a consistency you can work with. If it gets too solidified, then leave it out in the sun to melt.
- 2 cups sugar
- Optional first step: whip the solidified coconut oil with a handheld mixer for 30 seconds to 1 minute. It will start to melt, so keep the mixing to a minimum. The reason I put “optional” is because this is not necessarily a step you need to do. It does make the mixture more fluffy and light, but is unnecessary if you are in a hurry. Also, I have noticed that you need more oil if you choose not to whip it first.
2.Next, add the sugar. Mix for another 30 seconds to a minute.
Now you can add essential oils, cocoa powder, food extracts, zest of citrus fruits, ground coffee, vanilla bean, grated ginger, herbs, or whatever suits your fancy. Play with the ingredients; try different oils.
I like to use this rule for myself: if the ingredient is something I would eat, then I will put it on my skin (researching ingredients that might cause a reaction, of course).
The sugar I use has fairly large granules. If you have sensitive skin, you may want to try a sugar with smaller granules, or a brown sugar.
Remember – this is for your body, not your face. For your face, I would use a gentler scrub, like oatmeal.