I finally broke down last week and turned the heat on. I hated to do it….I was starting to enjoy those low utility bills! But, seeing as we are actually getting into the 30’s at night it was really starting to get a tad bit chilly in the house. Within days of turning on the heat in my house I was slathering on moisturizer to deal with dry, itchy skin. It always amazes me how fast my skin dries out as soon as the cold weather hits! I find that sugar scrubs are a great way to deal with winter skin. I have made a number of them over the years and will be stocking up on a few key ingredients this weekend to make a few more as soon as possible. I find a lot of sugar scrubs on Pinterest but the basic ‘formula’ is really rather simple. A cup or so of your favorite sugar, a few tablespoons of oil, and your favorite spices or essential oil are all you need for a basic sugar scrub recipe. Not only are homemade sugar scrub recipes easy to make but they are also great gifts for the holidays or birthdays. Here are just a few of the natural sugar scrub recipes that I have tried so far, along with a few from fellow bloggers!
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15 All Natural Sugar Scrub Recipes
The sugar scrub recipes I have included below use only natural ingredients and essential oils. If you have particularly sensitive skin I would go with a fine grain white sugar and spot test it first to make sure you don’t have a bad reaction. For a more exfoliating sugar scrub recipe, use a coarser grained sugar like Turbinado or a course natural cane sugar. These sugar scrubs work great on legs as a pre shaving treatment!
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Using fresh rose petals gives this sugar scrub a beautiful look but you can also use straight rose essential oil if you don’t have access to fresh rose petals. You can buy dried rose petals (affiliate link!) on Amazon.
You can make a sugar scrub specifically for your lips to help keep them smooth and hydrated in the winter. Make only a tiny amount since you won’t use very much at one time.
Using tea in your sugar scrub allows you to have a nearly endless variety of herbs and scents. Add a tea bag or two of your favorite herbal tea into your sugar scrub recipes for a totally unique gift idea!
Pomegranate seeds (or arils) are naturally scrubby on their own! Grind them up in some sugar with orange zest and oil for a wonderful shower experience!
There is nothing I love more than the smell of cinnamon! Combining cinnamon with brown sugar makes your next shower experience truly memorable. You will get out of the shower hungry, I promise!
This grapefruit and vanilla sugar scrub recipe was inspired by a commercial product that I saw while I was out shopping. Don’t waste your money on expensive store bought sugar scrubs when you can make them so easily at home!
A shea butter scrub is something you would use on REALLY dry winter skin. The shea butter is incredibly moisturizing and will even leave you feeling a tad slick after your shower. Do this at night and your body will absorb all the oils in the shea butter overnight to really help combat dry skin.
The addition of banana and cream to your sugar scrub gives you a very sweet smelling sugar scrub. Bananas are loaded with ingredients that are healthy for dry skin.
Ginger is a great detoxifier, whether you eat it, bath in it or rub it on your skin. This sugar scrub smells divine and reminds me of homemade ginger snaps baking in the oven.
Cucumbers and basil are both summer crops with a wonderful, fresh aroma. Pick some up out of season at the grocery store to remind you of those care free summer days!
Adding only a few blackberries to homemade sugar scrub recipes gives them a brilliant purple color. The berries are full of antioxidants and great for your skin.
This recipe uses dried orange peels that have been ground up in a food processor. If you don’t have that much ambition, you can use the zest of an orange along with your ground cloves and a splash of orange juice in your homemade sugar scrub.
Fall is the season of pumpkin spice and this pumpkin pie sugar scrub was a huge hit for me! If you have a pumpkin spice loving person on your gift list, this would make a wonderful homemade gift idea!
Cinnamon Apple Body Scrub Recipe
Love the smell of apple pie baking in the oven? Why not make a sugar scrub recipe that can remind you of your favorite pie!
Madagascar vanilla is a high-quality vanilla unlike anything you have ever smelled before. Added to a natural sugar scrub recipe, the aroma really shines through!
If you love sugar scrub recipes, follow my DIY Natural Beauty board on Pinterest for more ideas!
Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.