The cold, dry weather in winter can leave your skin looking and feeling dull, scratchy and even old. Sugar scrubs are the perfect way to rejuvenate tired skin, but can cost a small fortune. The best news for summer? You can DIY your own sugar scrubs to personalize the scents and benefits for a fraction of the cost. If you’re looking for a luxury skin care product without the luxury price tag, here are 25 refreshing DIY sugar scrubs you can make right at home! An added bonus? They make perfect gifts!
Orange Creamsicle – Only four ingredients go into this deliciously fresh and citrusy sugar scrub. Grab sugar, coconut oil, orange essential oil and vanilla extract and mix it up. Perfect for summertime!
Green Tea – This relaxing green tea sugar scrub can leave you feeling energized and fresh. Add in your favorite essential oils for even more skin benefits!
Lavender Mint – Here’s a scrub that’s both calming and energizing! Lavender and peppermint are clarifying and promote skin health. The light, fresh scent is just an added bonus!
Joyful Morning – The base of this sugar scrub is grapeseed oil (common for beauty products and known for helping skin) and Citrus Fresh essential oil. Add in some Joy essential oil, and you’ve got a sugar scrub guaranteed to start your morning on the right foot.
Rosemary and Lavender – Both rosemary and lavender are well known purifying essential oils, which make them great for your skin. This scrub is easy to make and will have a calming, relaxing effect. If you’re making it for a gift, there are free printable labels at the link as well.
Coconut Lime – If you’re looking for a new scrub for summer, this one should top your list! The scent is fresh and subtle, and there’s an added element of shredded coconut mixed in to add texture. Lime is a known skin brightener as well.
Candy Cane – A festive DIY sugar scrub is the perfect holiday gift! Made with peppermint essential oil, this scrub is refreshing, energizing and can actually help with mental balance. The striped look can be achieved by adding in a few drops of natural fruit juice – like raspberry – for even more fresh scent! You might want to keep it for yourself when you’re finished.
Pumpkin Spice – Made with almond oil, both brown and white sugar, along with several common spices and cinnamon essential oil, this scrub smells good enough to eat! It’s got a warm, rich scent that will have you craving pumpkin pie.
Baby Rose – Add some of your favorite essential oils to real rose petals for a scrub that’s beautiful and feminine. Adding Geranium essential oil would help with healthy, glowing skin and highlight the floral notes that make this a great springtime addition to your beauty routine.
Ultimate Skin Scrub – Make this sugar scrub and you’ll likely never need any other kind! It combines essential oils like frankincense (known to support skin health, purify and clarify) and lavender to soothe and uplift with an amazing amount of natural oils and ingredients that are commonly found in beauty products. Raw honey and vitamin E, along with jojoba, almond, grapeseed and avocado oils team up for a powerhouse of skin care you’ll love!
Tangerine – You’ll love the fresh, inviting scent of this citrus based scrub. It’s got only a few ingredients, so it’s easy to make but packs a big punch with it’s citrusy flavor! You’ll be thinking of sunshine and flip flops when you use this.
Eucalyptus – With just three simple ingredients, this scrub is a snap to whip up. Eucalyptus has a rich, earthy scent that has calming properties. It’s also an antibiotic, deodorizing, cooling and energizing essential oil that can aid in circulation – all great qualities for a sugar scrub!
Vanilla Lime – You only need one essential oil to create the delicious harmony of vanilla and lime together! Use Stress Away for a combination of scents that will calm your mind and uplift your mood. Combined with the skin nourishing qualities of raw honey, you’ll feel pampered, de-stressed and summery!
Rise and Shine Scrub – A delicious lemony scented sugar scrub is the perfect thing to get you energized in the morning. Rise and shine with this easy DIY, and you’ll be ready to face whatever the day hands you!
Sleep Tight Scrub – With the soothing scent of lavender, this scrub will ease all the tension of the day away. Add in some Stress Away or Joy essential oils for a trifecta of calm! Use this scrub to clarify skin and tuck you into bed at night.
Lavender Lemon – This scrub gives you the best of both worlds – lavender to calm and soothe and lemon to energize and refresh! Lemon and lavender essential oils calm, soothe and moisturize dry skin, while lemon brightens dull winter skin and leaves you feeling soft and fresh.
Tea Tree Coconut Oil Scrub – While tea tree oil is an essential ingredient to this scrub, you can also add (or substitute) Melaleuca or even a bit of Thieves oil – both have antibiotic properties, purify and heal skin. So this scrub is perfect for bouts of acne or skin irritation.
Lemon Mint – Both lemon and mint essential oils have the same energizing, refreshing, pick-me-up properties – along with being great for the skin. With a double dose, this scrub will brighten your mood AND your skin!
Lemon Lime – Use lemon and lime essential oils together for a refreshing, delicious smelling scrub that’ll brighten and smooth your dull skin. Grate in some lemon and lime peel for texture and scent! It’s a summery scrub that’ll give your energy a zesty boost!
Pink Lemonade – This scrub is all kinds of summery, girly fun! Can you guess the secret ingredient? It’s pink lemonade powder – like the lo-cal drink mix! That gives it the fun pink color and added exfoliants. Add in some lemon essential oil and you’ll have a much more zesty, citrusy scent that is sure to help even your skin, leave you feeling soft and make you refreshed and energized.
Cinnamon Vanilla Spice – You’ll love the way your skin smells and feels after this nourishing and delicious body scrub! Use almond and jojoba oils plus vitamin E for some extra skin care and moisture. Cinnamon essential oil and vanilla extract give it a rich, warm, spicy scent. Treat your skin to this scrub and you’ll feel delectable!
Apple Cinnamon – Ready for another scrub that’s good enough to eat? Here’s one that’ll make your shower smell like fresh baked apple pie! Use chamomile essential oil for a subtle apple scent and the soothing, calming properties it’s known for. Add cinnamon essential oil for a warm, spicy scent that perfectly combines with the chamomile.
Grapefruit Mint – Adding grapefruit zest and juice to this scrub gives it texture, natural aroma, and some extra skin brightening action! The grapefruit and mint essential oils combined energize, lift your mood and give you the perfect perk up in the morning.
Cucumber Mint – Cucumbers are great for your skin as they offer natural hydration that leaves you extra moisturized. They’re the star in this scrub, though you also use fresh mint leaves and can add peppermint essential oil for even more clarifying, purifying power. If you’re a fan of light, subtle scents, this is the scrub for you. It’ll definitely leave you feeling fresh and clean and brightened.
Mini Sugar Scrubs – Admittedly this recipe doesn’t differ much from other brown sugar based sugar scrubs – just add brown sugar, coconut oil and your favorite essential oils. What makes this idea different is the packaging, which makes it ideal for making up lots of party favors – perhaps for a spa-style party or sleepover, a bridal shower, or birthday. Another great idea? Mix the sugar and oil and divide it up first, then add different oils into the small containers for lots of different sugar scrubs right at hand – a different one for each day of the week depending on your needs!
Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on Facebook, Pinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com
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