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

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Sensitive Skin
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Dry, Mature Skin
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Acne &Oily Skin
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  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.

My favorite supplier for aromatherapy recipe ingredients like carrier oils and vegetable glycerin is Mountain Rose Herbs. Their prices are excellent and their quality is good. Here's some quick links to the stuff you'll need for this brown sugar body scrub recipe.

Another supplier I really like is doTerra. They only supply oils though, not the base ingredients like vegetable glycerin or carrier oils.

I switched to doTerra's oils a while ago when I tested them against the other brands in my stockpile. I found I got better results, and I never got headaches or skin irritation, which sometimes happened with other brands.

I was pretty resistant to trying them because their prices are higher than a lot of other brands, but when I saw and felt the difference on my skin, I was won over.

I find that because they're so effective, I can get away with using fewer drops per recipe, which helps even out the cost. So if you want high quality, ultra-effective oils, these guys are for you.

You can buy doTerra's oils at retail prices by clicking the Shop button at the top. Or click Join & Save to become a wholesale customer and get a store-wide 25% discount. Message me if you want more details on the wholesale deal - it's well worth it.

Amazon has epic variety - if you're a browsing kinda person, go nuts! Just remember, you get what you pay for. Please, please don't buy the cheapest oils - I promise you they'll be diluted with synthetic ick you don't want on your skin. Here's links to the supplies for making this homemade sugar scrub recipe.

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