A simply perfect homemade beauty DIY made with coconut oil! This all-natural Vanilla Brown Sugar Scrub recipe smells good enough to eat, plus it's super easy to make! It can soften and exfoliate your entire body. Free printable labels.
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This Vanilla Brown Sugar Scrub is one of our absolute favorites! Homemade Sugar Scrub Recipes are an excellent way to pamper yourself and smooth out those rough spots or give as thoughtful gifts without spending a ton of money.
We have to keep telling ourselves not to lick the jar!
Did you know sugar scrubs have many benefits beyond just their ability to soften and remove your dry, dead skin so well?
Store-bought varieties of body scrubs are lovely. They really are, but they can be expensive or contain questionable ingredients.
It's easy to make your own sugar scrub at home in less than 10 minutes with a few simple natural ingredients you might already have in your kitchen.
So, let's get started!
This post originally appeared on Somewhat Simple
Ingredients for DIY Brown Sugar Scrub
This Vanilla Brown Sugar Scrub smells so darn good and softens and moisturizes your skin beautifully.
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- 1 cup organic brown sugar
- ½ cup oil (almond oil, olive oil, or coconut oil work best)
- ½ teaspoon vitamin E oil (acts as a natural preservative)
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
How to Make
- First, place all ingredients in a bowl and mix them together. You can add more or less oil to your liking. If you like a thick scrub, use less oil. If you want a thinner scrub, use more.
- Store in an airtight glass container. Since this recipe doesn't contain chemical preservatives, it's best to use it within a month or two.
Tips & Tricks
- Although you make this recipe with brown sugar, you may substitute organic white sugar.
- The brown sugar is measured when it's slightly packed.
- One recipe makes roughly 8 ounces of scrub.
- We recommend using non-fractioned coconut oil (non-liquid) to gain the most therapeutic benefit. Just microwave it until it is soft to mix.
- The vitamin E oil adds a bit more softness when using your scrub and provides a natural preservative to the recipe. If you don't have any on hand, you can leave it out, but it may not last as long.
- Free Printable Tags are included for your convenience.
Pro Tip: If using coconut oil, it may solidify over time. Just place it in a shallow bowl of warm water to soften it again.
How to use a vanilla brown sugar scrub
- First, scoop a small amount of the Vanilla Scrub into your hands with a clean spoon.
- Scrub all over your hands or feet - or wherever you'd like a little extra softness.
- Take a deep, cleansing breath. Allow the scrub to sit on your skin for 3-4 minutes. Enjoy this time to rest and relax.
- Rinse yourself well, and then pat dry with a soft towel.
You may use your scrub up to three times per week. You can also use this as a brown sugar lip scrub.
How Often Should I Use a Sugar Scrub?
The frequency of using a sugar scrub depends on your skin type and your personal preferences. In general, it's best to use a sugar scrub no more than 2-3 times a week, as over-exfoliating can potentially irritate and damage your skin. Here are some guidelines:
- Normal Skin: If you have normal skin that isn't particularly sensitive or prone to dryness or oiliness, using a sugar scrub 2-3 times a week should be suitable.
- Sensitive Skin: You should be more cautious if you have sensitive skin. Limit sugar scrub usage to once a week or less, as frequent exfoliation can lead to redness or irritation.
- Oily or Acne-Prone Skin: Those with oily or acne-prone skin may benefit from slightly more frequent exfoliation, around 2-3 times a week. However, be careful not to overdo it, as excessive scrubbing can exacerbate acne.
- Mature Skin: For mature skin, exfoliating 2-3 times a week can help improve the appearance of fine lines and stimulate cell turnover. Follow up with a good anti-aging skincare routine.
- Body vs. Face: You can use sugar scrubs on your body more frequently than on your face. The skin on your face is generally more sensitive than your body's.
How to make your sugar scrub a gift + printable tags
This brown sugar scrub makes the perfect DIY gift!
- Place your finished scrub in a pretty jar or container, and you'll have your handmade gift ready to go. We find mason jars extremely cute for this recipe.
- Print the free tags and tie them on with a pretty ribbon or twine.
This DIY sugar scrub also works well for a baby shower, birthday, or holiday gifts. Oh, and don't forget your co-workers!
If you want to give your scrub as a gift, click here for your free Vanilla Brown Sugar Labels.
Your homemade sugar scrub should last about three months if stored in an airtight container and kept clean.
You can use almond, olive, or coconut oil, which is our favorite in your sugar scrub.
You can use sugar scrubs on your body more frequently than on your face. The skin on your face is generally more sensitive than your body's. It's always a good idea to patch-test a sugar scrub before using it on your skin to ensure you don't have any adverse reactions.
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- 1 cup brown sugar
- ½ cup oil (almond, olive or coconut work best)
- ½ teaspoon vitamin E oil
- 1 teaspoon real vanilla extract
- storage container
- Gather your ingredients and mixing bowl.
- Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix together. You can add more or less oil to your liking.
- Place in an airtight container and use within 3 months.
Since this recipe doesn’t contain any preservatives, it’s best if it’s used within a month or two.
This Sugar Scrub DIY was initially published in 2016. We updated on March 24, 2020, with enhanced instructions and video.