Super Simple DIY Sugar Scrub

Last week, I told you about our family vacation. One of my favorite things about vacation was getting reacquainted with someone, or rather, something…. My very neglected and very dry skin!

I have very dry skin. I also have Keratosis Pilaris (also known as KP or “chicken skin”). KP is a common, harmless skin condition that causes dry, rough patches, and tiny bumps, usually on the upper arms, thighs, or cheeks. Mine appear on my upper arms for the most part.

Not only do I have KP but I have also simply neglected my skin, which doesn’t do anything for the KP (not anything good anyway!).

So, while we were on vacation and I had no school plans to look at, no work to grade, simple meals to prepare, etc., I saw this as my chance to get reacquainted with an old friend, my skin.

I shouldn’t neglect my skin, especially the epidermis, it does so much for me. As you probably learned in school, the skin is made up of layers. I was taught that the skin is made up of three layers, the epidermis, dermis, and hypodermis. However, last year while doing science with my son, we learned that the skin is actually made up of two layers, the epidermis, and the dermis. The hypodermis is not considered part of the skin because it contains fat tissue, connective tissue, blood vessels, and nerves. (just a side note)

The epidermis is the protective layer of your skin. Its job is so important, we really should never neglect it. Its job is to protect us from germs trying to get inside our body. It is also waterproof, keeping water out and at the same time keeping moisture locked inside.  Without the epidermis, we would not be able to survive because our cells would dry out.

Not to mention the fact that taking care of our skin simply makes it look better, which makes us feel better.

Taking care of our skin simply makes it look better, which makes us feel better. Click To Tweet

As we were packing to leave for vacation, I happened to see a sugar scrub that my daughter made some time ago. She made it for a possible gift, but as I was packing and saw it sitting there on the shelf, I thought….Hmmm….maybe I should go ahead and use this. After all, it’s been sitting there for a while and we can make more later if the need arises. :-).  So, I grabbed it and hauled it to Orange Beach with us.


After using this scrub one time, my skin felt quite luxurious! I could not believe the difference it made in how my skin felt and in how it made me feel. I have used sugar scrubs before but this one tops them all, and it is so simple to make.

This particular scrub may be too aggressive for some but if you have really, really dry, bumpy skin, its perfect for you. As far as how often to use it, that really depends on your climate, the type of heat you have, etc. Starting in the fall, my skin gets extra dry. By the time winter rolls around, my skin begins to look similar this:

Does your skin ever feel this dry and cracked?
Does your skin ever feel this dry and cracked?

So…. I will probably use the scrub several times a week.

Let’s get on to the recipe for this simple but luxurious sugar scrub. Chances are, you already have what you need to make it.

The scrub includes the following:

SugarYou could use an organic, unrefined sugar but we used just plain sugar.

Coconut OilMy daughter used what we had on hand at the time, which was the LouAna brand. (refined, what we use for most of our cooking)  My first choice would be to use organic, unrefined coconut oil, but that’s not what we had. I have used this brand before and was satisfied. You would need to decide if  you want your scrub to have a coconut scent. If you do want the scent, choose unrefined. No scent, choose refined. 

Essential Oils (optional)My daughter used lavender and lemon for mine and wintergreen for hers. I thought wintergreen was a strange choice but it has a very refreshing, clean smell. If you are going to use lemon or any other citrus oil, make sure to only use the scrub at night or several hours before being out in the sun because citrus oils are photosensitive and can cause your skin to get sunburned. 

You will also need a glass container with a lid. If you do not use essential oils a plastic container is fine, just make sure it has a lid. The essential oils draw the petrochemicals out of the plastic which means the chemicals will then be absorbed into your scrub, which means you will then be putting unwanted chemicals on your body, which you do not want to happen.  Use glass when using essential oils. (Something like this works great.)

The recipe can be tweaked to your liking, making it more or less abrasive, using more or less sugar, more or less coconut oil, you get the idea.

Super Simple DIY Sugar Scrub from Mended and
Super Simple DIY Sugar Scrub from Mended and
You will use:

1 cup of sugar

4 heaping tablespoons of coconut oil

A few drops of essential oils (start with a few drops and increase to your liking.)

You can use the coconut oil in solid form or soften it a little (don’t get it hot, just hot enough to soften it).

Mix all ingredients together in a glass or ceramic bowl with an aluminum fork. Then transfer it to a container that can be easily kept in the shower (or near by). It is important that your container has a lid to keep the scrub fresh and to also keep water from getting into it if kept in the shower.

If you did heat the coconut oil up, you may want to stick your scrub in the fridge to speed up the hardening process a little.

This is what the scrub should look like.
This is what the scrub should look like.

This scrub will rub away all those dead skin cells leaving your skin looking healthy and vibrant and feeling better than you ever thought possible.

Don’t just take care of your skin from the outside, take care of it on the inside as well by keeping your body hydrated. Drink plenty of water (6-8  8oz. glasses a day). I’m still working on this too!

What is your favorite way to take care of your skin? 

*I am in no way, shape, form, or fashion a medical professional. If you have a very serious skin problem, please see your doctor!* 



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14 thoughts on “Super Simple DIY Sugar Scrub

    1. I know what you mean about hte chlorine abuse! We don’t have a pool, but we did go vacation a few weeks ago and we were in the pool about everyday. The chlorine does a job on your skin doesn’t it! This sugar scrub is actually really good for your feet too (just be careful about using it in the shower, it makes your feet slippery!).

  1. Sounds like a really nice scrub Amanda. We do neglect our skin. I’m having issues with mine but it’s different like whelps. I’m taking biotin to see what it will do.

  2. I love to use sugar scrubs, especially in winter. They make my skin feel so soft and smooth. Thanks for sharing your post at the #HomeMattersParty. Hope to see you link up again this week – the party post goes live on Fridays at 12am EST.

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