Sugar scrubs are great for exfoliating the body and the face. You can spend $50 at the store  that are made of basically 3 ingredients: sugar, oil and an essential oil. But why buy when you can make your own sugar scrub recipes for mere pennies?

All you need is salt or sugar, body oil and a nice, warm bath. Note: This scrub also works great for the face.

The secret to a great scrub is 1 part oil to 2 parts sugar or salt.

Pick your favorite oil and add  essential oils for scent. Do keep in mind that fragrances can be irritating to sensitive skin!

 For a Scrub, An Exfolient is a must!

Homemade scrubs require a natural exfoliant. You can use sugar, salt, baking soda, fennel seeds or even coffee grounds. These work to remove dead skin by scrubbing them away. These are better for the environment than the microbeads found in many store-bought scrubs, which never disintegrate and end up littering our waterways and sources.

To keep things simple, use sugar as the exfoliant. It’s the most popular of all the natural exfoliants and it’s heavenly on the skin. I recommend choosing a sugar has small granules that won’t tear at skin. A basic table salt or sugar works wonderfully.

Homemade scrubs can be abrasive to sensitive skin. If you have acne-inflamed skin, rosacea, excessive redness or a sunburn, you should not use a scrub on your skin.

You Gotta Have Oil

Try virgin coconut oil, almond oil, jojoba oil (pricey, but delicious), avocado oil, grapeseed oil, safflower, olive and even vegetable oil for your skin.

1 Part Oil, 2 Parts Sugar

You want 1 part oil to 2 parts sugar. Place anywhere from a few teaspoons to a cup of sugar in your palm or a container. Add half that amount of oil. Mix with a spoon or your finger. You can also put a top on the container and shake vigorously.

Throw in Some Extras

  • Coffee grounds. Add a couple tablespoons to your body scrub for extra exfoliating
  • Essential oil.
  • Honey. To make your scrub even more moisturizing, add a few drops of runny honey.
  • Mint.  Muddle it up or put it in a blender first.
  • Lemon zest. Lemons are natural astringents and toners.
  • Tea leaves. After you’ve had your tea, bust open the bag and use the tea leaves as part of your scrub. It’s a natural skin brightener.

Skip the essential oils and the lemon zest if your skin is sensitive!!