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Your Favorite Sugar Scrub

What you need: 

table sugar
liquid of your choice (olive oil, water, etc.)

What you do: 

Dry skin is an unfortunate fact of life. Instead of spending $10 or $20 on a name-brand sugar scrub, make your own! It's easy, fun, and free when you use what you have on hand in the kitchen. And - oh yeah - it works just as good as the store bought stuff and the variations are endless!
Simply choose your sugar and mix with the slippery liquid of your choice. Adjust your amounts accordingly, depending on how "loose" your like your scrub and the amount you need for the area you want to exfoliate. It's definitely not rocket science and is impossible to mess up, so have fun with it.
Directions: Mix. Apply. Rub gently. Rinse. Feel your skin and rejoice for the power of sugar. Follow up with lotion to keep the dream alive.
Sugars: [br] - Table sugar: Recommended - great for the lips, face, decollette, and elsewhere. [br] - Brown sugar: A gentler exfoliation for very sensitive or easily irritated skin. [br] - Raw sugar: Be gentle...this packs a serious exfoliating punch! It's probably too rough for most skin, but can work wonders on dry heels and feet.
Some Liquid Suggestions: [br] - Water: Simple and easy - splash a little water on the area-to-scrub, add the sugar, and rub away. [br] - Oils: Olive oil; palm oil; coconut oil; vitamin E oil; glycerine/glycol, etc. [br] - Lotion: Insert your favorite lotion here. [br] - Foodstuffs: Agave nectar; your milk of choice; melted dark chocolate, and so on. [br]
(For scrubs made with oil, any surplus can generally be stored in an air- and water-tight container for a while and not dissolve.)

Preparation Time: 
Less than 5 minute
Cooking Time: 
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I would also suggest adding the sugar to honey, with a few drops of lemon juice (and a tablespoon of cool green tea) and use it as a face exfoliator for all skin types. My skin is oily in some parts, dry in most parts, AND acne prone and this mask/exfoliator works great!


I love this stuff. I have really sensitive skin and I'm so happy that I found something that finally didn't irritate it! I used regular table sugar, apple cider vinegar,vegetable oil, and a little water. My skin feel so refreshed and soft! This is a LIFESAVER!! :)


YES. YES. YES. I used brown sugar and apple cider vinegar and it is INCREDIBLE. I find the brown sugar dissolves less easily so it's a better exfoliant, and the apple cider vinegar is great for acne, or just to liven up your face in general (though if you have sensitive skin, you may want to add water). Followed by some olive oil for moisturizer, it leaves my skin looking and feeling incredible :)


Adding my voice to the chorus of people who love this scrub!  Absolutely amazing.  I have issues with dry skin, and I found this was much gentler on my skin than commercial exfoliants (I used white sugar and olive oil).  I'll never go back!


Wow!! this stuff was amaaaazing!! I used table sugar and oil!!! Then i added vanilla extract and banana imitation extract, i have a huge bottle from smart and final!!!
it smelt soo good. and it made my hands silky soft!
cant wait to try it with chocolate and almond oil!!  :)>>>


it's great with some dr. bronners in it.  the peppermint is rejuvanating, but the almond scent smells great and makes your body feel so good



Wonderful recipe.  Only warning is to be careful on the amount of water.
I use brown sugar and I would recommend  1/2 US cup with 1-2 US tablespoons of water just for starters otherwise it gets really wet really fast.


oh, this is a keeper. my brown sugar was getting a bit old and cakey (as in non-spoonable!) so i just added water to the container, shook it up, and voila! instant scrub. the best part is that the sugar dissolved in the warm bath water afterwards, so there was none of that sandy-bathtub-bottom feeling. plus, every inch of my skin is now uber-soft. :) the perfect recipe to prep for valentine's day  :)>>> maybe next time i'll melt some dark chocolate with it...yum!


mmmm  just tried it (spur of the momently) with soymilk and organic sugar and my skin feels cleaner and fresher than it has since i left alaska (now i live in new orleans) it feels better than when i wash it with my favorite soap!! can this be used daily?

You should only exfoliate your face once maybe twice a week. Sugar scrubs are awesome for both face and body exfoliating. :)


mmmm just used this on my face before my usual cleanser. I have pretty sensitive combination skin and it hasn't been this soft in....well...years!!!  Thanks!!! ;D



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