Tuesday, March 20, 2018

DIY Brown Sugar Scrub Cubes

Goodbye, dry skin! Okay y'all, I have been OBSESSED with sugar scrubs lately.  I had originally gotten a sample of a coffee scrub from Lush and when I finally used it I was in love and made my own coffee scrub (that you can find here).  Then, I realized that I had a Mary Kay sugar scrub from years ago sitting in my linen closet. I had never used it because I thought it was just another body wash. When I realized what it was, I went through it so fast that I decided I needed to make my own sugar scrub as well.  I'm sharing my recipe, but there are many variations you could make depending on what you are looking to get out of it!


  • Orange essential oil
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • mixing bowl
  • ice cube tray
  • gel food coloring (optional)

  1. Combine the brown and white sugar in the mixing bowl and mix until fully combined
  2. Add the honey, coconut oil, and essential oil and mix until fully combined
  3. Separate into ice cube tray departments and freeze for an hour or two
  4. To use: you can either store your scrub in the freezer and take it out when you want to use it, or store them in a separate container in a space that is room temperature or cooler.  Typical frequency of use is about 1-2 times each week depending on your skin and the season (looking at you, never-ending winter..)


  1. The amount of brown sugar vs. white sugar that you use is dependent on its use. Use one cup of sugar in all, but divide it based on the benefits you are looking for listed below
  2. If you decide to use all white sugar (or mostly), you may want to use gel food coloring to give it an orange color (it shouldn't turn your skin orange)
  3. Though fractionated coconut oil is typically recommended (because it is already in liquid form), I like to melt down regular coconut oil and use it because I feel like it holds everything together better.  If you wanted to just put the scrub in a jar altogether instead of making it into cubes, fractionated coconut oil would likely be the better choice.
  4. Other essential oils could be used in place.  Additionally, the amount of oil needed varies based on the brand.  I used doTERRA which is pretty high quality, so I only needed a couple of drops

  1. Sugar pulls moisture from the air around you into your skin to hydrate it.  It also helps to break down the glue between skin cells, helping with cell turnover and removing dead skin cells, therefore healthier looking skin
  2. Brown sugar vs. white sugar: brown sugar is softer and better for sensitive skin or sensitive areas like the face whereas white sugar is coarser and is typically used for the rest of the body
  3. Orange essential oil helps to wake you up, but also has  a load of health benefits as well.  It is known to be used as an anti-depressant as well as a sedative- but not in the typical means of the word.  While it relaxes you and relieves anxiety, it also keeps you alert.  Orange oil helps with inflammation due to allergies or infection, and has anti-septic properties. 

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