We all adore the ever so lovely feeling of having velvety soft skin. As many of us already know, commercial salt and sugar scrubs are ridiculously expensive.
In order to save you both time and money, we gathered the most efficient, delicious DIY salt and sugar body scrubs you can make at home. Not only are they fantastic for giving you skin as smooth as a baby’s bottom, but they also make wonderful gifts.
Check out our collection of how-to recipes and start exfoliating!
The Benefits of Using a Body Scrub
Before we dive straight in with our 12 DIY salt and sugar body scrubs for luminous skin, let’s take a look at the benefits of these cosmetic products.
Leaves Your Skin Fresh and Smooth
The main purpose of using a body scrub is to remove dead skin cells laying on the surface of your body. If you don’t remove these, you’re simply applying moisturizers and makeup on top of dead skin and reducing its effects. By removing that layer, you eliminate clogged pores that lead to blemishes, as well as rough skin.
A Youthful Appearance
Everyone wants to fight the signs of aging, right?
Fortunately, a decent body scrub helps to keep your skin youthful with a natural glow. Get into the habit of regularly using a body scrub to remove the top layer of skin that you naturally shed every day. If you leave dead skin cells on the surface, your skin will begin to look full and lack a vibrant, healthy appearance that provides you with a youthful essence.
12 DIY Salt and Sugar Body Scrubs to Try
1. Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub
Our first recipe is a homemade scrub that feels just as amazing as it sounds. You can whip up an outstanding batch of Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub at home and exfoliate on your own or offer it as a super cute present for a loved one.
To nail this recipe, you are going to need 1 tablespoon of shredded coconut, ¼ cup of melted coconut oil, around 6 to 8 drops of lime oil, and 1 cup of granulated white sugar.
Heat the coconut oil in the microwave to melt it, then mix it well with the granulated sugar. You then add the lime, shredded coconut, and coconut oil and stir it all together. This recipe yields 1 cup of Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub.
2. Chocolate Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub
Another super DIY sugar scrub is based on chocolate and coconut oil. The coconut oil acts as a delightful moisturizer, whereas the sugar exfoliates and the chocolate offers an irresistible fragrance.
This homemade scrub takes only 10 minutes to make, so let’s get to work! You need 1 cup of brown sugar, ½ a cup of solid coconut oil, 1/3 cup of almond oil and 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder. Also, it’s good to have some coconut essential oil or extract, so you can add a few drops to your mixture.
Preparation is simple: mix all off the ingredients until you get a consistent texture and then apply the scrub one time a week for super silky skin.
3. Citrus Salt Scrub
This salt scrub has an amazingly fresh aroma that leaves your skin with a tropical scent. To get it done right, take 1 teaspoon of orange, lime, grapefruit or lemon zest, ½ a cup of sea salt and ½ a cup of essential oils, depending on preferences.
Thoroughly mix all of the ingredients together until the mixture is the consistency of a scrub. You can use this fruity treat for your skin while you are in the shower or bath, but be careful to not get it in your eyes. Rinse and enjoy!
4. Vanilla & Coconut Oil Brown Sugar Scrub
As you have probably already noticed, coconut oil is a key ingredient for a wide variety of DIY body scrubs. The reason for its omnipresence is that it works incredibly for moisturizing your skin as you exfoliate.
All you need is a ½ cup of brown sugar and coconut oil each, as well as ½ a teaspoon of vanilla. Mix, mix, mix and enjoy your awesome Vanilla & Coconut Oil Brown Sugar Scrub.
5. Oatmeal & Honey Sugar Scrub
Oatmeal and honey makes you think of a super sweet breakfast in bed on a lazy Sunday morning. You should know that these key ingredients combined made a delightful homemade sugar scrub.
You are going to need ½ cup of oats and ¼ cup of honey, baby oil and sugar each. Mix them all together until you achieve your lovely Oatmeal & Honey Sugar Scrub. Put it in a jar and tie it with a ribbon for the ultimate homemade gift.
6. Lavender Salt Scrub
Lavender has such a beautiful fragrance that it’s natural for us to use it in a DIY body scrub. This is what you need to prepare: ½ a cup of sea salt, 1/3 cup of a preferred essential oil (we recommend grapeseed, but you choose whichever one you want), 1 tablespoon of lavender (dried), and lavender essential oil.
You mix the first two ingredients and then add the dried pieces of lavender. Finally, you add as many drops of lavender oil as you like (around 15 should be just fine), and then enjoy your freshly made scrub.
7. Shea Butter Body Scrub
This ultra-smooth homemade body scrub with loads of positive reviews will leave your skin literally glowing. You need to get ready ½ a cup of raw shea butter, 2/3 cup of sugar, 1/8 teaspoon of vitamin E oil, 1/3 cup of olive oil and an essential oil.
You firstly need to beat the raw shea butter in a bowl until you get a cream-like consistency (it should take around five minutes). You then add the vitamin E and olive oils progressively and then the sugar.
Afterward, take about ten drops of your preferred essential oil and mix it all in. In just under ten minutes you’ll be good to go! It’s a great alternative for the commercial Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub, so try it out at home before you hit the stores.
8. Banana Sugar Body Scrub
The ingredients used for this DIY scrub work wonders for both your face and the rest of your body. Take one ripe banana, three tablespoons of granulated sugar and a fourth of a teaspoon of the essential oil of your choice (we recommend vanilla). You take the ingredients and crush them together by using a fork.
Be careful to not make the substance too thin, though, because it won’t work that well as a scrub. For facial use, just take some crushed banana and carefully rub it on your face, without getting it into your eyes. Review it yourself and let us know if you enjoyed it!
9. Green Tea Sugar Scrub
This particular sugar scrub has loads of health benefits, besides being one of the best for exfoliation. Green tea is rich in antioxidants and comes packed up with antibacterial properties, so you will be doing your body a great favor by treating it to this sugar scrub.
Prepare 1 cup of sugar (granulated or natural sugars are just fine), 1/8 cup of grapeseed, olive, or your favorite essential oil, 1/8 cup of cool green tea and 1 bag of fresh green tea. Stir all the ingredients together in a big bowl and add the bad of tea at the end for a great appearance and added fragrance.
10. Cranberry Sugar Scrub
For as far as we can remember, cranberries have always been appreciated for having super food health benefits, as they are rich in antioxidants and nutrients. A Cranberry Sugar Scrub can be made by getting 1 cup of cranberries (fresh or frozen, although we recommend fresh), 2 cups of granulated sugar, ½ cup of coconut oil and the essential oil you enjoy most.
Stir the cranberries well and then blend them with the granulated sugar and coconut oil. At the end, add as much essential oil as you prefer (we usually use 10 to 12 drops) and you’re done!
11. Gingerbread Sugar Scrub
Now this homemade scrub is simply perfect for a cute Christmas present, as gingerbread goes hand in hand with the winter holidays. The entire ingredient list is: 1 cup of white and brown sugar each, ½ a cup of coconut oil, ¼ cup of almond oil, and ½ teaspoon of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, nutmeg and all spice each.
Excluding the oils, mix all of the main ingredients together in a bowl. The almond and coconut oil should be added progressively into your mixture, until you reach the consistency of your choice. Place your freshly prepared homemade scrub into a jar, add a seasonal label and tie it up with a bow for a creative gift.
12. Coffee & Coconut Body Scrub
Last but not definitely not least, if you want to make your own sugar scrub at home, you should try the Coffee & Coconut Body Scrub. This certain type of scrub is well-known for helping you get rid of cellulite, owing to the caffeine, although it hasn’t been officially proven.
If you apply this body scrub regularly, you will enjoy visibly firmer skin. Moreover, the coconut oil and coffee in this scrub are both high in antioxidants, so your skin will greatly benefit from it. To get this scrub together, you’re going to need 1 cup of ground coffee, 1 cup of sugar, ½ a cup of coconut oil and ½ a tablespoon of cinnamon for a super sweet scent.
First, you have to melt the coconut oil and let it cool off, and then mix all of the remaining ingredients together. Enjoy and repeat as often as you like!
How to Effectively Use a Body Scrub
We hope you enjoyed reading the above 12 DIY salt and sugar body scrubs and are ready to improve your skincare regime. But it’s also important that you properly use your new homemade remedy to help with your results.
You don’t have to literally scrub your body and be rough to ensure you remove all of your dead skin particles. Allow the product to do the work for you, and apply the body scrub with circular motions. A massaging and rubbing action will help the product to get deep into your skin, and gently applying the products also prevents ingrown hairs from forming.
Alice grew up in Los Angeles and currently lives in California, though she likes to visit home frequently. She graduated from a marketing specialist degree and worked at the core of outreach teams for more than 5 years.