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Easy Homemade Sugar Scrub

by | Dec 8, 2021 | Gifts, Healthy Living, Thrive

This easy homemade sugar scrub is a fantastic product to have in your house year-round. Whether it’s the dry weather from the woodstove, or cracked hands from working in the garden, this will be your new favorite remedy for healing dry hands, exfoliating, and adding the perfect amount of moisture back into your skin.

Homemade sugar scrub in a glass container.

If you are anything like me, wintertime can be rather harsh on your skin and hands. The need for heat in our homes definitely has a tendency to dry out everything including our bodies! Combine that with the many times our hands are in the water to clean away germs, and we have a need for some pampering to help heal those dry, cracked hands.

I’m sure our friends and neighbors deal with the same problems, so why not whip up a big batch of this easy sugar scrub and gift it to them? I’m sure they will love it as much as you do! 

Is Sugar Scrub Good For Your Skin?

In a word, Yes! It exfoliates, cleans, and moisturizes all in one easy product.

Sugar naturally helps cleanse the skin and dissolve dead skin cells. It can be used all over the body instead of just the face. This recipe is for hands and body, so I recommend finding a product specifically for the face if you need that. The skin on our faces tends to be a little more sensitive.

When exfoliating the body, I recommend only using it two to three times a week. Scrubbing too often can irritate your skin. However, you can apply it more often on your hands if needed.

As you use it, you will continue to see the benefits. Your moisturized skin will glow! Your body will thank you, and you will feel like you created your own mini spa!

Supplies Needed

You will most likely have all the ingredients you need on hand. I don’t want you to spend a fortune, so feel free to play around with it and make substitutions.

  • Sugar – regular white sugar works just fine. It’s not going in your body, it’s going ON your body, so don’t waste your good organic sugar for this recipe.
  • Liquid Castile Soap – this is a vegetable-based soap. It will suds up just a bit and add a cleaning agent. If you don’t have castile soap, try liquid baby soap!
  • Almond Oil – I like to use almond oil for both the natural scent and benefits when I have it on hand, but use what you have. Extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil (as shown below) are some suggestions. The oil will actually stay on your hands after you wash off the scrub and continue to moisturize.
  • Essential oils – I’m using a mixture of balsam fir needle and cinnamon because it gives a nice Christmas scent, but during the summer months I love to use a combination of orange and peppermint essential oil. Use your favorite scent, just be sure it’s safe to use topically on your skin.
  • Mason jars – or any other cute container with a lid to store it in. If you are making this for gifts, add a little tag with ingredients and instructions. They might come begging for more! 

How To Use and Store Sugar Scrub

I like to keep mine in the bathroom either on my sink or in the shower. Not only is it going to make your hands smell good, but it’s also going to make your bathroom smell amazing!

Keep it sealed with a lid to prevent moisture from getting into it. Water will tend to make it get chunky and crystallize, so it’s best to scoop it out with dry hands.

When you feel the need to pamper yourself, scoop out a small teaspoon-sized amount, massage into your hands or body, and rinse off.

Measuring out liquid castile soap.
Adding avocado oil to homemade sugar scrub.
Essential oils being added to a bowl of homemade sugar scrub.

Hand And Body Scrub Recipe


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons liquid castile soap
  • 2 teaspoons almond oil
  • 6-7 drops essential oils
Homemade sugar scrub being mixed in a stainless steel bowl.
Homemade sugar scrub being poured into a glass jar.


  1. In a small bowl, add all ingredients and stir until combined.
  2. Pour into an air-tight container and place next to the sink or in the shower for easy use.
  3. To use, scoop the amount needed and massage onto your skin (use a dry hand to scoop out the scrub).
  4. Rinse with water.

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Homemade sugar scrub being poured into a glass jar.

Easy Homemade Sugar Scrub

This easy homemade sugar scrub is the perfect way to heal dry cracked hands as well as adding in the perfect amount of moisture.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1 cup
Author: Carolyn Thomas


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 Tablespoons liquid castile soap
  • 2 teaspoons almond oil or other liquid oil
  • 6 drops essential oils


  • In a small bowl, add all ingredients and stir until combined.
  • Pour into an air-tight container.

To Use

  • Scoop out the amount needed and massage onto your skin. Rinse with water.



  • Feel free to adjust essential oils to your favorite scent. Some scents are stronger than others, so adjust the amount as needed.
  • Try to keep water out of the sugar scrub as this can cause crystallization.
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