DIY sugar body scrub

You saw in my Valentine’s Day playdate post that I whipped up some “sugar mama” body scrub for my fellow playdate mamas-and when I say “whipped up”, I mean it! The scrub was so easy and quick to put together…I actually started it and finished making it 10 minutes before I was supposed to pick my girls up from Grandma’s house.

I researched a bit and came up with my own “recipe” (I guess you could eat it….) for a quick sugar scrub that is simple and works well! (you’ll get baby-butt soft hands! what more can I say?)

I packaged it in these adorable little containers, (mine were 2 oz) tied some ribbon around them and added labels….and was done!

I was a-giggling about the name I came up for it. ;D

Here’s how I made it!

You’ll need:

turbinado sugar-or “sugar in the raw”
Almond oil (if you have nut allergies I’m sure there is another kind of oil that would work)
regular granulated white sugar

I used a ratio of 2:1…so for this batch I used 1/2 cup of turbinado sugar, and 1/4 cup of granulated.

Mix together the dry sugars with a fork.

 Then drizzle! (don’t glug like I did lol) the oil on and stir until it’s saturated but not soaking.

It should look something like this! This works great on your hands and rough spots, but I probably wouldn’t use it on your face…I’d be too afraid of breaking out.


  1. I wonder if olive oil would be a good substitute (we do have someone with nut allergies in our household). Thanks for the recipe!

  2. what a great idea Jess and they look fantastic.xx

  3. Great idea, and so simple. Making a pot of that is defo on my to do list 🙂 xx

  4. So easy! Love the labels you made to go with it.

  5. A couple great subs for almond oil are avocado oil or apricot kernel oil. Olive oil works great as well but can be rather heavy.

  6. Love the labels you made. So cute!

  7. Love the cute labels! You can definitely use almond oil on your face, it is not comedogenic. For the other commenters – olive, avocado and apricot kernel oil are all great too. Here’s a super handy chart for pore clogging ingredients… I never use anything with a rating higher than 2.

  8. @ Gale: yes olive oil works well. I have made this scrub with olive oil many times.

  9. So easy! I’m going to have to try this out!

  10. I made these for Christmas gifts and even sold a few this year. I use plain ole table sugar, extra light olive oil and a little bit of vitamin E oil. You can find it with the other vitamin supplements. It’s really good for your skin and it also has some preservative qualities. The E oil is a bit pricey, but I’ve made several batches and haven’t even used half the bottle.

  11. Yes, can you put any oil in it? I have some lavender body oil. Is there a reason to use pure olive oil or nut oil?

  12. Hi there, I’ve been following your blog for about 1 week now. I found you via the lily bella contest, and I’m loving following. I have to link to this (and your blog in general) on my own blog, even though I am primarily all about bag making… I just love this.
    Check for the feature.
    PS… I am under a rock, as I have never heard of HG either!

  13. Sugar scrub is a wonderful product and I really like how you’ve packaged yours. I always keep some on hand and it’s wonderful to use after gardening and painting … gets all those sticking bits off and leaves your hands feeling sooooo good. I use white sugar, olive oil, and a few drops of lavender.

  14. Anon, I chose my ingredients based on ready availability- I can get the sugar, olive oil and E oil at my grocer. But if you have other body oil, there’s no reason why you couldn’t add sugar to some of it to make matching scrub.

  15. FYI – the part of the nut that causes the allergic reaction is actually the protein of the nut. Not the fat. I listened to a lecture once by the leading peanut allergy expert here in the US who says that peanut oil is perfectly safe for use in those with nut allergies. This is important in the south where I live because everyone wants to eat at Chick-fil-A. Seriously. 🙂 I made a bunch of scrub like this for Christmas last year and loved it. I also added some grapefruit essential oil for scent and it was wonderful.

  16. I really love homemade beauty products and this looks beautiful. I’m going to try it out, and then make some for my daughters. I featured you on my blog on my Friday Friends! feature. Come over and check it out. Thanks for sharing your great ideas!

  17. very good articel

  18. I’m so glad to know that this stuff is edible. My girls found mine yesterday, and rather than asking me about it like they’d done the million times before when they found it, they decided to open it up and eat it, because it was obviously sprinkles… sigh. At least it isn’t going to kill them, though it certainly made me mad. If they hadn’t spread it all over my *just cleaned* floor, my wrath might not have been quite as severe…

  19. I just made a batch of this for my girls’ teacher gifts. I added lemon zest and grated ginger to the mix. It smells wonderful!

  20. I made 30 of these for baby shower favors. I got little jars with lime green lids at Christmas Tree Shop for $1 each. I used lavender oil from Trader Joe’s, and added lavender buds too. Made labels out of scrapbook paper, tied on with pink tulle, and put girlie flower 3D stickers on top. Everyone loved them:)

  21. I’m gettign prepared for Christmas and am planning on making this as presents! How long do you think it will last for? If I made it now would it still be ok for Christmas? Thanks :)PS love all your ideas!

  22. HI, Thanks for this super cute tutorial.
    I have included it in a giant list of links related to making things for fairs and fetes.
    You can see it here….. …..
    if you are interested.
    Thanks again for taking the time to design and blog with tutorials.
    Ally of harrysdesk.

  23. HI, Thanks for this super cute tutorial.
    I have included it in a giant list of links related to making things for fairs and fetes.
    You can see it here….. …..
    if you are interested.
    Thanks again for taking the time to design and blog with tutorials.
    Ally of harrysdesk.

  24. Heather D. says

    Where did you get the small containers? They are perfect for my friend’s bridal shower! Please let me know! [email protected] thanks!!!

  25. I haven’t tried any of these yet, but have seen many that use coconut oil in place of the almond oil.

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