Sugar & Salt Body Scrubs

Aren't they cute? I love these scrubs in the shower. They are all-natural, just about totally eliminate the need for moisturizer, and smell dreamy!
Sugar Scrubs


You can use any variation of essential oils that pleases you.  My favorite combination contains lemon, grapefruit, lemongrass, orange, bergamot, and peppermint.  Be careful when you use citrus oils, though, the scent alters over time!

I make the following sugar scrubs:

-- Starlight Mint
-- Sweet Sugar (described above)
-- Vanilla Hazelnut (the only one with a fragrance oil, but it's so

Recipe (makes about a pint of scrub)

2 cups turbinado sugar
1/2 cup sweet almond oil
1/4 cup apricot kernel oil
essential oils
dollop of honey

Mix base and essential oils.  Stir into the sugar.  Throw in dollop of honey, mix well.

Salt Scrubs


Same deal with essential oils here.  I make the following salt

-- Lemon Ginger
-- Lavender
-- Rosemary Mint

Recipe (makes about a
pint of scrub)

2 cups sea salt
1/2 cup sweet almond oil
1/4 cup grapeseed oil
essential oils

Mix base and essential oils.  Stir into the salt.  Throw in dollop of honey, mix well.

Posted by jessica at January 9, 2003 4:18 PM

quick you think that you could use fresh mint or lavender? i have a ton of it growing in my garden. thanks so much.

Posted by: Colleen at April 20, 2004 8:01 PM

i don't see why not - that would be fab! just mash the fresh stuff or chop it in the food processor and throw it in. let me know how it turns out...

Posted by: jess at May 4, 2004 10:23 PM


Wow, these look great!

I am from Australia and have never heard of "turbinado" sugar. Can you describe it any other way as I would love to give these a try.


Posted by: Kate at May 12, 2004 4:11 AM

What is the shelf life of these scrubs?

Posted by: Paige at May 17, 2004 2:45 AM

two answers to the above questions:

to kate: "turbinado" sugar is also known as "sugar in the raw" in the states. it's brown because it's less refined than regular white sugar, and the crystals can be slightly larger.

to paige: first, i should say that i don't use preservatives in my scrub, but if you want to extend the shelf life that's certainly an option. i don't know much about them, but you can buy them at majestic mountain sage. vitamin E, for instance, is a preservative for products like this.

without that, shelf life varies. the initial freshness of the base oils you're using has the most impact. i've found that sweet almond oil and lots of other oils tend to go somewhat rancid in about 6-8 months. refrigeration seems to extend their lives.

depending on what essential oils you use, the fragrance will change more or less quickly - but not necessarily unpleasantly. citrus oils tend to loose their punch quickly and mellow out over time. mint and rosemary stay true to scent for a long time.

hope this helps!

Posted by: jess at May 17, 2004 6:53 PM