DIY Sugar Scrub Recipe with Essential Oils

I love my homemade sugar scrubs. They’re easy to make (takes just 5 minutes) and are so much more affordable than buying one from a place like Bed Bath & Beyond. It also feels great to know what you’re putting on your own body plus getting to feel like you’re taking the time to take care of you :) 

Adam always comments on how silky smooth my skin is (granted, he is a hairy dude!) but I love that my efforts for self care get noticed. You’ll feel it, too, once you start using this sugar scrub recipe!

 My key ingredient for my sugar scrubs are Essential Oils. When using Essential Oils, it’s important to use a high-quality brand and after using many essential oils brands over the last two decades, the brand I prefer most is doTERRA because to my horror, I found that many commercially made essential oils are filled with carriers or synthetics which contribute to toxicity and disrupt hormones. I found this brand to consistently produce pure, potent, and ethically sourced essential oils. Our skin is our largest organ and it readily absorbs the chemicals we put on it! They also give back to the global community of growers who produce these essential oils, which is a major plus in my book :) 

As for my sugar scrub recipe, it requires very simple ingredients:

Organic Sugar - Since I’m a big purveyor of natural living, I use organic sugar that meets the highest standards for no GMOs and no artificial preservatives or additives. This one in particular has no chemical refinement and emits a subtly different aroma that adds to the Lavender & Frankincense. Super delicious in my hot cocoas, too!

Fractionated Coconut Oil - When using essential oils, it’s important to use what we call a ‘carrier oil’ which help distribute the concentrated oil across the sugar scrub, release the beautiful aromas, and moisturize your skin. I like to use Fractionated Coconut Oil as a base because it absorbs quickly into the skin, is unscented, and doesn't go rancid like many other carrier oils. This will also help the sugar scrub stay wet and not harden over time. I love coconut oil period and the fractionated version makes a great base for my Essential Oil recipes. 

Lavender Essential Oil - Lavender has been called the “Swiss Army Knife” of essential oils because of its versatility! It’s a mild, yet very effective essential oil that is both calming to skin and our emotions. A dab of this and it soothes irritated skin, which is why I use it for my sugar scrubs. I specifically like doTERRA’s lavender because it’s sourced from its native habitat in the French Alps.

Frankincense Essential Oil - Frankincense has been called, “The King of Essential Oils” because of all of its rich historical uses. Frankincense was often times valued more than gold in ancient times due to its restorative and rejuvenating properties. It was even a staple in Cleopatra’s beauty routine! I totally channel her energy when I  use Frankincense in my recipes! It also makes me feel good using it when I think of the fact that it promotes cellular health, supports a healthy nervous system and may decrease the appearance of wrinkles. Pure Frankincense essential oil is difficult to find, too, as it's often times adulterated with synthetics (yuck). DoTERRA’s Frankincense is sourced from the Boswellia species of tree in its native habitat. It's pure, potent, and never adulterated, plus each bottle purchased helps support the development of schools for girls in Somalia. Always, always a plus!

Vitamin E - Adding Vitamin E to my sugar scrubs does two things: it’s a naturally occurring antioxidant which can help reduce the signs of aging and it’s a natural preservative to make your sugar scrub last longer. It is wonderful for boosting the skin-smoothing properties in your beauty recipes. Just a little bit can make a huge difference.


And voila! Easy, affordable, aromatic, natural, and good for our planet.  Have you made sugar scrubs before? Do you have a favorite recipe? Is this your first time making one?  Make sure to comment below to share your results!

Wondering about other ways to use essential oils? 

You can download this free eBook that includes 100 Uses for Essential Oils.