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DIY Sugar Scrub with Essential Oils


A sugar scrub is one of my very favorite DIY gifts to make. It is an easy yet pampering gift to give. The winters here in Ohio can be brutal on our hands. Most everyone I know suffers from some type of skin issue on their hands from late November through March.  Thanks Ohio!
With a base of an oil and sugar, you might even be able to run into the kitchen right now and have the ingredients you need to make a decent sugar scrub.  But did you know that all carrier oils are not created equal? I am a little OCD, so all it takes is for one tiny, little fact to pop up in my research and I will go down a rabbit hole and not come out for days. That is what happened when I came across a little fact about Sweet Almond Oil. I found that Sweet Almond Oil has properties that help dry, itchy skin among other properties. This little fact got me wondering what properties other carrier oils have. Oh my! Hence the reason I have a very extensive spreadsheet on my computer with 57 carrier oils and 36 different properties ranging from dry skin to repels insects to anti-aging to anti-fungal properties. 

So I looked at my trusty little spreadsheet and looked at what properties are needed when dealing with winter skin in Ohio. I came up with 4 major ones to look into: dry, itchy, inflamed and chapped skin. Can I get an "Amen" from those of us living in cold winter climates! 

There are at least 24 carrier oils on my spreadsheet that fall into at least one of those categories of properties that I was looking for. But what you will find when you start looking into carrier oils, there are some pretty exotic and expensive carrier oils. And if you are wanting to gift a sugar scrub, you will probably want to easily be able to find it and not have to give up a kidney to pay for it. So, I made it easy on you. 

Here are 5 Carrier oils that I would recommend using for a sugar scrub:


DIY Sugar Scrub with Essential Oils Recipe:

    • 1/2 cup carrier oil of your choice {I did 3 oz. sweet almond oil + 1 oz. avocado oil}
    • 3/4 cup sugar of your choice
    • 24 - 48 drops of essential oils
    • Use 1-2 times a week on hands, knees, elbows, feet or anywhere else that gets a little dry during the winter months
    • add a cute label and share a jar

Now if you are new to essential oils, you may not realize that like carrier oils, there are essential oils that have properties that are oh so good for you skin. So when you are choosing which EO to add to your sugar scrub, think about the person you are giving it to. Here are some common properties along with specific essential oils that can be useful.


And lastly, please keep in mind proper dilution rates. Too much of a good thing can be harmful. 

I always start with a 1% dilution rate. If I need a little more for personal preferences, I will move it up to a 2% dilution rate.

  • 1% dilution rate is 6 drops of EOs per ounce of carrier oil. This is ideal for children over age 6, pregnant women, the elderly, those with sensitive skin, and comprised immune systems. 
  • 2% dilution rate is 12 drops of EOs per ounce of carrier oil. This is idea for most adults. 

Here are a few ideas for your next sugar scrub (drops in parentheses at 1% dilution for the recipe above):

  • lavender (12), peppermint (7), cedarwood (5)
  • bergamot (12), patchouli (7), myrrh (5)
  • geranium (12), cypress (7), frankincense (5)
  • lemon (12), patchouli (7), ylang ylang (5)
  • lavender (12), thyme (7), helichrysum (5)


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** These statements have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Essential oils are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. Please consult a physician prior to the use of any essential oils. I am not a doctor people, please use common sense when using EOs. As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted, in eyes or mucus membranes. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier.)



1 comment

  • Cyrissa

    Oh my goodness! Thanks for sharing such a great post!!!! Cannot wait to try this… and by try this, I mean I’m going to ask someone else to make it for me! :)

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