Easy 3 Ingredient Sugar Scrub Recipe | DIY Sugar Body Scrub

This DIY 3 ingredient sugar scrub recipe is perfect for exfoliating your skin and leaving it feeling soft and smooth. So skip the expensive store-bought sugar body scrub and make your own quick and easy version!

Plus, it makes great homemade gifts for Mother’s Day, birthdays, or just because. You could even create a little gift basket and include extra essential oils and my DIY bath bombs.

Add a DIY gift tag and you have a thoughtful gift that you made yourself.

diy sugar scrub on cutting board

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Supplies Needed for 3 Ingredient Sugar Scrub Recipe

Makes 1 cup of homemade sugar body scrub
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 0 minutes

adding oil and sugar for sugar scrub diy

This is seriously one of the easiest homemade sugar scrub recipes ever, which makes it a great basic recipe to expand on with your favorite extras.

Be sure to read to the end of this post as I will share 3 other fun sugar scrub recipe combinations that start with this same easy 3 ingredient sugar scrub base made with coconut oil or almond oil.

How to Make Sugar Scrub for the Body

Step 1. Mix Your Ingredients

Add all of the ingredients together into a small glass or plastic bowl. Mix your sugar and coconut oil or almond oil well–these are the key ingredients in a great homemade body scrub.

sugar in glass bowl with essential oils

Step 2. Mix Ingredients Well

Stir to mix very well in order to combine everything together. Remember that the fragrance and the dye coloring are optional.

mixing essential oil with sugar

Step 3. Store the Sugar Scrub

Store your sugar body scrubs in an airtight container like these beautiful mason jars with latches. Mason jars make perfect containers to give your homemade sugar scrub away in as a gift.

sugar scrub jar options

Pamper yourself with this luxurious homemade sugar scrub…

Can you believe how easy this simple sugar scrub recipe was? Let me know if you’ve ever made your own sugar body scrub or lip scrub.

This body sugar scrub is great to exfoliate dead skin when used regularly at least two times a week. Massage a small amount onto your skin and leave it on for 5 minutes or more.

The more times a week you use it, the better, so keep a jar of sugar body scrub in your shower or display it on a cute tray near your tub.

diy sugar scrub in glass container

Isn’t this pink color just beautiful? I wish you could smell how amazing the cherry fragrance is in this sugar scrub recipe.

sugar scrub close up

If you don’t want to make a homemade body scrub, shop my favorite body scrubs below.

Popular Variations of DIY Sugar Scrubs

Vanilla-Coffee Scrub Recipe

Wake up with this sugar scrub in the shower! Make the basic scrub above using white sugar and your choice of essential oils.

Omit the essential oils and mica powder, and add ¼ cup of your choice of ground coffee and 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract.

It is rumored that coffee-based scrubs may help reduce the appearance of cellulite.

sugar scrub options

Brown Sugar-Maple Scrub Recipe

Follow the recipe above, but use brown sugar instead of white granulated sugar or cane sugar. Omit the essential oils and mica powder, and add 1 tablespoon of maple syrup.

Lemon-Vanilla Scrub Recipe

Make a basic scrub using white sugar. Use lemon essential oil and a drop of vanilla extract for this. You can also add yellow mica powder for coloring.

Other great recipe ideas to make diy homemade sugar scrub include:

  • lavender
  • peppermint
  • vanilla extract
  • eucalyptus
  • spearmint
  • tea tree oil

Vanilla Coconut Lime Recipe

Here are a few of my favorite essential oils found online below.

Frequently Asked Questions About Sugar Scrub

1. How do you make a homemade sugar scrub?

You need to include some type of carrier oil, like almond, vitamin e or coconut oil, brown or white sugar, and your favorite essential oils. That is the basic recipe that you can easily add to.

2. What is the best sugar to use for a scrub?

Be sure to use a coarse sugar to exfoliate your dry skin while also infusing it with moisture. You can use white sugar, brown sugar, or raw cane sugar.

3. How long does homemade sugar scrub last?

The homemade sugar scrub has a shelf life of about six months as long as you keep it sealed and avoid getting water in the container. That is why I like these jars the best!

4. Which is better sugar or salt scrub?

If you have sensitive skin, sugar scrubs are best because they have smaller granules than salt.

If you are looking to smooth out the rough patches on your dead skin, salt scrubs are best. They have sharper edges that will help with exfoliation.

5. How do you make a sugar scrub for lips?

Using a great recipe for a sugar lip scrub is a good idea for exfoliating your lips. This sugar scrub is meant to remove dead skin from your lips to create a smoother more even finish for lipstick application.

The only warning I have for you is not to eat it! It’s hard when it smells so good from the essential oils and honey.

Sugar Lip Scrub

  • 2 tbsp finely ground sugar.
  • 1 tbsp olive oil.
  • ½ tsp honey.
  • 1-2 drops of your favorite essential oil.

Mix all of these ingredients together well and store them in an airtight container. The shelf life of the lip sugar scrub recipe is the same as the body scrub, about six months.

The honey lip sugar scrubs make it extra moisturizing because honey is a natural humectant—it helps the lips retain moisture.

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Let me know what homemade body scrub or combination of body scrubs you will try!

You might want to try out these DIY bath bombs, too!

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Easy 3 Ingredient Sugar Scrub Recipe | DIY Sugar Body Scrub

All you need are 3 basic ingredients to make this indulgant homemade sugar scrub. Use this as a basic recipe that you can add to.
Keyword: 3 ingredients, diy sugar scrub, sugar scrub


  • mixing bowl


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • cup sweet almond oil, coconut oil, or carrier oil
  • 20 drops red cherry fragrance oil or fragrance oil of your choice


  • Add all of the ingredients together into a small glass or plastic bowl.
  • Stir to mix very well in order to combine everything together.
  • Store in an airtight container.


  1. Siggi Ming says:

    I have a question regarding using coconut oil. Since coconut oil is solid, do you melt it prior to mixing it with the sugar or do you use it in its solid state?

    Thank you!

      1. sassy kassy says:

        Would I be able to use beetroot powder to make it red?

        1. southerncrush says:

          I have not tried that. Let me know how it turns out!

    1. southerncrush says:

      You’re so welcome!

  2. Thank you for this wonderful sugar scrub recipe, Melanie. It’s so refreshing to find a DIY solution that’s both effective and budget-friendly. You’ve made DIY beauty accessible to everyone.

    1. southerncrush says:

      Awe you’re so very welcome!

  3. Do you use a preservative?

  4. 5 stars
    What an incredibly informative and inspiring blog post on DIY sugar scrubs! I absolutely loved how you not only provided step-by-step instructions but also highlighted the alternatives as well.

  5. how much does this make? what size jars do you use?

    1. Melanie Ferguson says:

      You can make as much as you like~ the jars are linked in the supplies. Thank you so much!

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