Easy DIY Sugar Scrub Recipe for Smooth, Silky Skin

Updated on November 12, 2019
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Lynsey loves trying out beauty tips and products. She often makes her own products and enjoys sharing any useful information that she finds!

This is a jar of my 3-ingredient sugar scrub.
This is a jar of my 3-ingredient sugar scrub.

I love having smooth, silky skin, but I don't love paying through the nose to get it! I will show you how to make a huge tub of sugar scrub for 20% of the cost of a leading brand version. Not only will you get about six times as much, but it's also more effective and will scrub away all of your dead skin buildup!

Pictured are all the ingredients necessary to make my simple yet effective scrub.
Pictured are all the ingredients necessary to make my simple yet effective scrub.


  • Baby oil
  • Plain, white, granulated sugar
  • Essential oil, if desired
  • Empty, clean jars
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Fill halfway with oil.Top up with sugar, then mix.
Fill halfway with oil.
Fill halfway with oil.
Top up with sugar, then mix.
Top up with sugar, then mix.


  1. Find a container. A mason jar or a few old body butter jars would be ideal. Wash them out to ensure no contaminants will interfere with your mixture.
  2. Fill the container halfway with baby oil. Keep your eyes open for BOGOF deals on this, especially if you want to make big batches. I like to use the lavender or chamomile varieties as they prevent me from having to add my own scents later on.
  3. Top up with plain, white, granulated sugar. Supermarket brand or pound shop bags work just as well as the posh stuff! Add enough to ensure that there is no clear separation between the ingredients when mixed together.
  4. Add a couple of drops of essential oil if required. Personally, I think the baby oil smells good enough! Mix together with a spoon or spatula until you can no longer see separate ingredients. You may have to top up with a bit more sugar. (See photo for perfect consistency.)

Proceed With Caution!

For super smooth legs, I shave, scrub, shave and scrub again. Using a new razor will help prevent razor burn and ingrown hairs. Don't lean too hard when using the scrub- it exfoliates nicely with a soft touch. Rinse off the sugar to prevent any sticky situations. The oil will double as a nice moisturiser, too. If you repeat this routine weekly, your legs will remain smooth at all times!

To make the best of your new product, I recommend using it in the bath. But do be careful—it's slippy! I recommend washing the bath/shower down with an anti-grease soap afterward. Washing-up liquid works well!

Your scrub is best used within a month, but considering it is so cheap to make, you will easily be able to use it up in that time.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Lynsey Hart


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    • sparkleyfinger profile imageAUTHOR

      Lynsey Hart 

      5 years ago from Lanarkshire

      You're welcome. It's super easy and super effective! Enjoy !

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      Davina H 

      5 years ago from UK

      Great scrub recipe! Thanks for this :-)

    • sparkleyfinger profile imageAUTHOR

      Lynsey Hart 

      6 years ago from Lanarkshire

      I actually have a hub on this topic! Go to my home page and you'll find it!

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      6 years ago

      I get horrible ingrown hairs, and they r getting worse... What do u recommend?

    • sparkleyfinger profile imageAUTHOR

      Lynsey Hart 

      7 years ago from Lanarkshire

      No problem, it's the only scrub I use now, and my skin feels much better for it!

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      7 years ago from Kerala

      Hai, I don't the ABC of cooking but it gave a nice feeling. Thanks for sharing

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      Randi Benlulu 

      7 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you! You don't know how right you are about that. Just got healed from a broken foot!

    • sparkleyfinger profile imageAUTHOR

      Lynsey Hart 

      7 years ago from Lanarkshire

      cheers! Thanks for the support! enjoy the scrub, and don't slip!

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      Randi Benlulu 

      7 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Sounds good! I will give it a try! Congrats on the challenge!


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