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Glow Sugar Scrub (DIY Sugar Body Scrub)

Glow Sugar Scrub – Sugar body scrubs are non-toxic, eco friendly and edible! Learn how to make your very own homemade body scrub with sugar and oil, it’s so easy and makes great gifts too!

side angle view of edible sugar body scrub in a glass mason jar with wooden spoon.

This is my favorite homemade body scrub ever!

I’ve been using it for a few years now and figured it was time to share. It’s so easy to make your own sugar scrub from scratch and will leave your skin glowing, soft, and supple!

What Is Sugar Body Scrub Used For?

Sugar body scrubs are great for exfoliating your skin, as they aid in keeping it healthy by removing dead skin cells, lifting away dirt and excess oil, as well as stimulating circulation.

Glycolic acid occurs naturally in sugar and helps cleanse the skin and dissolve dead skin cells. It’s also a humectant and will not strip your skin of its precious natural oils.

Get your glow on & feel the difference after the first use!

top down view of different sugars that can be used to make diy sugar body scrub.

Types Of Sugar To Use For Sugar Body Scrubs

There are three main types of sugar you can choose from when making homemade sugar scrubs. Personally, I tend to stick with pure cane sugar, with brown sugar coming in second. Pure cane sugar is just right for my skin type, but I encourage you to try the different types to see what works best for your skin type.

  • Brown sugar is the least abrasive making it a good choice for sensitive skin and facial scrubs. Since it is the gentlest, a brown sugar scrub can be used up to 4 times a week.
  • Pure cane sugar (unrefined white) is good for all skin types and contains essential nutrients to feed the skin. It can be used 2 – 3 times per week.
  • Turbinado sugar (raw) is naturally the coarsest due to its large granules and makes for a great body scrub. It is the least processed of the three sugars and holds the most essential minerals. Body scrubs made with raw sugar can be used up to 2 times a week.
top down view of oils that can be used for diy sugar body scrubs.

Types Of Oils To Use For Sugar Scrubs

When I first started making my own exfoliating body scrubs, I used extra virgin olive oil but have since changed to jojoba and sweet almond oil. I recommend trying different oils or mix and match to see what works best for you. This section contains affiliate links.

  • Apricot Oil absorbs well, is non-greasy, and works as an enriching emollient perfect for soothing skin and preventing dryness. Best suited for sensitive, dry and mature skin types.
  • Avocado Oil is heavy in texture yet soothing and leaves no greasy residue. Avocado oil supports skin elasticity, it’s nutrient-rich, hydrating, and great for mature skin.
  • Coconut Oil is moisturizing, conditioning, and has antiviral and antibacterial properties. Look for unrefined coconut oil. Or use Fractioned Coconut Oil as it is non-greasy.
  • Hazelnut Oil is a pale amber oil with a pleasant smell. It’s similar to almond oil, for which it’s often substituted. This oil is beneficial for oily skin because of its astringent qualities. In addition, it will absorb quickly and is useful as a base for oily or acne-prone skins.
  • Hemp Seed Oil is conditioning and regenerative. It is perfect for moisturizing dry, damaged skin and works well for eczema and psoriasis. It reduces skin aging and is anti-inflammatory. Hemp seed oil penetrates the skin quickly. Some describe it as a dry oil. An opened container should be used within 2 to 4 weeks.
  • Jojoba Oil (pronounced ho-ho-ba) has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. It’s odorless, non-greasy, and penetrates quickly. This is a good moisturizing conditioner and nourishes all skin types.
  • Olive Oil penetrates deeply into the skin, making it good for overly dry skin. One reason olive oil is so powerful is that it’s a “humectant,” which means it draws moisture into your skin. It also is good for soothing dry, itchy skin.
  • Sesame Oil is rich in vitamins and minerals. Some of its recommended uses are for psoriasis, eczema, arthritis, and a skin softener.
  • Sweet Almond Oil is rich in vitamins E and K, which help skin regenerate and maintain elasticity. It is also a natural UV blocker and promotes better circulation. It absorbs quickly without leaving an oily residue and is a good choice for all skin types.
  • Walnut Oil has good moisturizing, anti-aging, regenerative, emollient, and toning properties.

Enjoy coming up with your own sugar scrub for healthy skin that’s glowing, soft and supple!

Do I Need to Add a Preservative?

No, since this body scrub doesn’t contain any water you don’t need to add any kind of preservatives.

top down view of what you'll need to make edible diy body scrub. with sugar.

How To Make Sugar Scrub

  • Place 1 cup of sugar in a small/medium size container and add the oil 1 tablespoon at a time, mixing in between. You will use anywhere from 3 – 5 tablespoons, depending on the oil and sugar.
  • The consistency should be sandy, not soupy. If the mix is too soupy, the sugars will dissolve in a day or two and not slough the skin as well, but you will still get added moisture from the oil. If it’s too soupy, add more sugar.

For this sugar body scrub recipe, I used organic brown cane sugar, jojoba oil, and a little lemon juice. I like the added lemon, it’s an uplifting aroma and is good for the skin.

How To Use Sugar Scrub

Shower: At the end of showering, lightly pat your skin with a towel, leaving a little moisture and apply the sugar scrub in a circular motion to your entire body. When using a sugar scrub on your face, gently apply the sugar scrub in a circular motion.

Bath: I find to get the best results, it helps to have a nice soak in the tub first, at least 20 minutes. This will help soften the outer layers of skin and make it easier to exfoliate. You’ll be left with beautiful, glowing, soft, and supple skin!

How To Store

  • I keep my jar right in the shower caddy so it’s always handy.
  • This sugar scrub is best used within 1 month.

Gather your ingredients and get your sugar scrub on. It’s time to glow!

top down view of edible sugar body scrub in a glass mason jar with items surrounded.

If you try this edible sugar body scrub, please let me know! Leave a comment and rate it below. I love to hear what you think, or any changes you make.


Glow Sugar Scrub (DIY Sugar Body Scrub)

Get ready for beautiful soft, glowing skin! This edible DIY Sugar Body Scrub is so easy to make and will leave your skin incredibly soft and supple!




  • 1 cup sugar of choice (organic pure cane, brown pure cane, turbinado, etc.)
  • 3 tablespoons, give or take, sweet almond oil, jojoba or extra virgin olive oil

optional ingredients:

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract w/o alcohol
  • few drops of vitamin E oil
  • 1/2 small lemon, juice of
  • or a few drops of your favorite essential oils such as spearmint, lavender, grapefruit, etc (see notes)


Mix: Place sugar in a small/medium size container and add the oil 1 tablespoon at a time, mixing in between. You want the consistency to be sandy, not soupy. If the mix is too soupy, the sugars will dissolve in a day or two and not slough the skin as well, but you will still get added moisture from the oil.

To Use: At the end of showering, pat the skin dry and gently rub the sugar scrub in a circular motion over your body, rinse well. I find it works best after soaking in the tub for at least 20 minutes. Soaking first will help soften the skin, allowing the scrub work to at its best, leaving your skin soft and supple!

It can be used 2 – 4 times a week (depending on the sugar type).

Store: Sugar scrub should be sealed when not in use and stored on a shower caddy or kept in a cabinet. It is best used within 1 month.


Do not consume if adding essential oils or research before you do to make sure they are ingestible, especially if you are pregnant.

Keywords: homemade sugar scrub, body scrub recipe

Updated: Sugar Body Scrub was first published in August 2012 and updated in December 2019 with new photos. It’s still my favorite homemade body scrub ever!

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  1. Will the oils cause my drains to clog?

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      I’ve never had a problem so I think you will be fine. Plus, my recipe calls for much less oil than most body sugar scrubs.

  2. Thank you so much Veganista, I had been buying sugar scrubs, looking for the right one at the right price, and realized! that making my own was how I could achieve my goal. You’ve covered the topic so succinctly, beautifully and with joy. Just what i was searching for🔆.

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      You’re welcome, Marcia! Thanks so much for sharing and I hope you enjoy your homemade sugar body scrub! Cheers :)

  3. Love this of everything I need to start my own sugar scrub and what each oils and sugar do is very well detailed I am very excited to do this :)

  4. Nonee Friend says:

    I love this scrub!!
    However…there is an error in the post: “work at it’s best leaving your skin soft and supple!”
    That should be ITS, no apostrophe. It’s means it is.

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      Thank you so much for pointing that out! I found another typo as well, but all is fixed and it reads well now. Enjoy the scrub!

  5. jill brimah says:

    Hello, is there a place you would recommend to get cane sugar from? I would like to make a sugar scrub using pure cane sugar. any recommendations where to get it from ?

      1. Natasha Ball says:

        I’m so excited to try this. I’m wondering do you rinse it off after you rub it in the skin? Or do you rub it until it’s absorbed into the skin?

        1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

          Yes, you will want to give yourself a good rinse to wash off the sugar granules and sticky sweetness the sugar may leave behind, leaving your skin nicely polished and moist. Enjoy the sugar scrub!

  6. Hi. Where can i buy vanilla extract without alcohol?

      1. Will definitely shop at both. Thank you.

  7. I just finished making mine, I added rice powder, few drops of Argan oil, coconut oil and lavender oil. Thanks!

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      Sounds like a wonderful combination of oils! Enjoy :)

  8. This is ay-may-zang! I loved this recipe and my skin felt like butter! I added a very small 2 drops of vanilla extract and that made it 2x as good! (if that’s even possible =] ) My dad actually said he would pay me to make his skin rub. He has very dry skin so I’m glad I could find a good recipe for my dad and I. Will be making again! =]

    1. oh, also my skin says thank you, veganista!

      1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

        So glad you and your skin love it! Thanks for sharing, Brittany!

  9. I am going to try to make it tomorrow for my mom because it is Mother’s day in two days and did you make this up and do you have any ideas of what else I can make?

  10. How long is the shelf life? Do you use anything to help preserve them?

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      Great questions! I would suggest to use each batch within 1 month. Since this sugar scrub doesn’t contain any water it doesn’t need a preservative. Hope that helps! :)

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