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DIY Sugar Scrubs
5/30/2018 3:41:38 PM
Sugar Scrub

Sugar can be used for more than just sweet drinks and desserts. It is a prime ingredient in many beauty products, specifically sugar scrubs. The primary function of a sugar scrub is to exfoliate skin, leaving skin smooth, glowing, and moisturized. Sugar is an effective exfoliator because of the small size of the sugar particles. This is also true of salt, but sugar is gentler than salt and can be used on sensitive areas, like the face and lips. Sugar scrubs are popular because they provide a natural way to fight signs of aging, remove dead skin cells, and moisturize skin. 

While sugar scrubs are efficient, they can come with a hefty price tag. Fortunately, there are easy, affordable ways to make sugar scrubs at home with ingredients you may already have in your kitchen.

The main ingredients of sugar scrubs are generally a 2:1 ratio of sugar and oil. White or brown sugar can be used. One of the benefits of sugar is that it is a natural source of glycolic acid, which is used to fight signs of aging. For oils, consider trying coconut oil or olive oil. Coconut oil melts into your skin and provides antibacterial benefits in addition to its moisturizing effect. The antibacterial benefits are due to the antimicrobial properties found in coconut oil that fight against skin infections like acne and athlete’s foot. Olive oil is well known for its ability to moisturize severely dry skin, including eczema. Both oils are great for nourishing dry skin and leaving skin with a healthy glow. For sensitive skin, try lighter oil, like Argan or Vitamin E oil.

Sugar scrubs can be made with or without added scents. If you want to use scents in your scrub, try adding a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Lavender is often used for relaxation while peppermint is used to energize. Avoid using citrus juice, like lemon or orange, straight from the source. 

Sugar scrubs are safe to use two or three times a week and should be stored in airtight containers. These scrubs can be good for long periods of time, as long as they are stored properly. Avoid bringing the container into the shower as the moisture could cause mold to form. Instead, scoop out only what you need and store the container in a dry place. 

Need inspiration? Try these sugar scrubs from DominoSugar.com to get started.

Lavender Sugar Scrub
  • 2 cups Domino® Granulated Sugar
  • 1 cup light olive, canola or almond oil
  • 12 drops lavender essential oil
Place sugar in a bowl, and with a spatula, incorporate oil until it becomes a thick paste. Add lavender essential oil, mixing well. Transfer mix into containers; secure lids. Contents will settle; mix before using.


Aloe Sugar Scrub
  • 2 cups Domino® Granulated Sugar
  • 1/3 cup light olive, canola or almond oil
  • 1/3 cup aloe gel 
Place sugar in a bowl, and with a spatula, incorporate oil until it becomes a thick paste. Add aloe gel, mixing well. Transfer mix into containers; secure lids. Contents will settle; mix before using.

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