DIY Sugar Scrub
By Ali Smith on August 20, 2015

Recently I've made the decision to begin detoxing my home - starting with my beauty products. I am replacing them slowly either by healthier, less toxic products, or with my own creations. This journey is incredibly new to me. I had the misconception that because a product was on the shelves that it was more or less safe to use and I am starting to find that this is simply not true. There are a vast amount of chemicals in all of our products from our cleaning products to our beauty products. What I am putting on my skin (the largest organ in my body) is essentially toxic. I began using the app Think Dirty and the Environmental Working Group website and their app called Skin Deep. These organizations rate the ingredients in our products and subsequently rate the product itself. I will probably write more about this at a later time when I am further into this journey. 

Because the skin is the largest organ, I wanted to begin with the products I was using directly on my skin. Slowly but surely I will clean out my bathroom of the "dirty" products and replace them with clean ones. I was surprised to find, when I began looking up recipes for sugar scrubs, that the method is extremely simple and can be created in a matter of minutes! It was the perfect first DIY project that I could make. See ingredients and directions below! 


- 1/2 Cup Coconut Oil (I used this one)

- 1 Cup Sugar 

- 5 - 10 Drops Young Living Essential Oils [I used Lemon, Lavender, and Melaleuca Alternifolio (Tea Tree)] 

- 4 oz glass canning jars (I used these


Step one: 

Place the 1/2 cup coconut oil in a microwavable bowl. Microwave for 20 seconds at a time (stirring in-between) until it is completely liquid. 

Step 2: 

Add 5 - 10 drops of Young Living Essential Oils into the liquid coconut oil and stir. 

Step 3: 

Stir in the sugar a little bit at a time until you have a thick paste. You may need more or less than one cup depending on the consistency you want your sugar scrub to have. 

And there you go! You have your sugar scrub. I tried this out on my face first and it was a little rough on my sensitive skin. I think that I will have to make another sugar scrub with brown sugar instead. Despite it being rough, my skin felt amazing afterwards! I kept touching my face because it was SO soft.

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I think this would be great to use on your legs after you shave (what I am going to try next) or on your feet, elbows, knees, and other rough areas of your skin. If you don't have a sensitive face like mine, this might work just fine for you! My face was quite red afterward for a couple minutes, as you can see below. 
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If you tried this sugar scrub recipe and/or made any of your own tweaks, let me know how it went in the comments! 

Why did I choose Lemon, Lavender, and Melaleuca Alternifolio (Tea Tree) essential oils?
Just see the graphics below! You can also see some of the other uses for these oils

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About The Author

Ali Smith

Ali is a student, wife, typewriter collector, board game player, and lover of travel. She writes about her DIY projects, typewriter collecting, subscription boxes, personal stories and social issues.