Brown Sugar Body Scrub Recipe

A simple, skin-soothing homemade body scrub with brown sugar and vanilla - sweet!

This yummy brown sugar body scrub recipe is good enough to eat - and your skin will love it too!

Good for all skin types, this homemade body scrub is gentle enough for problem skin and excellent for skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.

It's also rich in natural alpha hydroxy acids, which help reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Over time (and with regular use) this recipe will give you younger looking, clear, glowing skin. (Don't forget to drink your 8 glasses of water a day!)

Sugar scrubs are gentle enough to use daily, yet powerful enough to smooth and soften even the toughest, roughest skin.

Brown Sugar Body Scrub Recipe


1/2 cup (110g) Brown Sugar or Turbinado Sugar

2 tablespoons (30ml) Sweet Almond or other carrier oil of your choice

Optional: 1 tablespoon (15ml) Vegetable Glycerin

10 drops Vanilla Absolute essential oil

4 drops Sandalwood essential oil

1 drop Ylang Ylang essential oil

Recipes for Other Skin Types

Sensitive Skin
Yogurt & Honey Body Scrub

Dry, Mature Skin
Oatmeal Body Scrub

Acne &Oily Skin
Citrus-Peppermint Salt Scrub


  1. Using a metal spoon, stir together sugar, oil and glycerin (if using) in a glass or ceramic bowl (or even the jar you intend to keep it in - remember to use dark glass or PET plastic.)

  2. Drop in the essential oils, placing each drop in its own little spot on top of the sugar body scrub mixture. Stir until thoroughly mixed.

  3. To use, take a quick, warm shower to wet your skin. Standing in the bathtub, massage the sugar body scrub into your skin using gentle circular motions until your skin is rosy and tingling from the increased circulation.

  4. If you want to amplify the wrinkle-reducing effects, let it dry and tighten on your skin for a few minutes. (Make sure the bathroom is really warm so you don't freeze while you're waiting!)

  5. Rinse off under the shower, towel dry and moisturize.

Cautions for using homemade body scrub recipes: Do not use on broken or irritated skin, and avoid your face and genitals.

Customizing Your Brown Sugar Body Scrub Recipe

Here's where it gets really fun!

Add more or less oil to the sugar body scrub recipe depending on how liquid-y you want the scrub to be. There is no wrong answer here.

Add a teaspoon of Aloe Vera gel to alleviate problem skin such as eczema or psoriasis, or just to support normal skin.

Add 1 teaspoon honey to extra-moisturize dry skin.

Use cane sugar instead of brown sugar. Cane sugar contains enzymes rich in alpha hydroxy acids, which help reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Don't use sugar cane if you have acne.

Use 1/2 to 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (yes, the stuff you use in cakes) if you don't have Vanilla essential oil - MUCH cheaper!

Secret Weapon for Stupendous Skin

Here's a great secret for incredibly soft, smooth skin.

After you're done exfoliating, step out of the shower and wrap your hair in a towel but DON'T DRY OFF. Before you dry off, rub a body oil into your wet skin. (By the time you're done, your skin will have absorbed the oil, so your towel won't get all oily.)

That's it! Simple, quick and totally effective!

Buying Sugar Body Scrub Ingredients

You'll find brown sugar at your local supermarket. Same with several types of carrier oil such as olive, grapeseed (good for oily skin) and even sesame or almond. Check in the natural health/organics section if your grocery store has one.

I recommend Mountain Rose Herbs for other ingredients. Here's some quick links to the stuff you'll need for this brown sugar body scrub recipe.

What Next?

Check out these other easy homemade body scrub recipes, including a yummy moisturizing oatmeal body scrub...

Citrus-Peppermint Salt Scrub

Oatmeal Body Scrub

Yogurt & Honey Body Scrub

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