Oil. Olive oil, grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil, and virgin coconut oil are good choices for sugar scrubs. I generally prefer cold-pressed, organic oils for sugar scrubs whenever possible. Olive oil is very moisturizing and can help to reduce the appearance of stretch marks.
What kind of oil to use in Sugar Scrub? In terms of the oils, you can use them for homemade sugar scrubs, olive oil, coconut oil, even avocado or other vegetable oils work. And just like the types of sugars, the base oils can also add scent notes too, especially coconut oil that isn't overly refined.
Any oil with work in a sugar scrub, but fractionated coconut oil or olive oil will work best. You can put food coloring in a sugar scrub but we wouldn't recommend it. It can stain your skin and showers. It's also completely unnecessary.
You can use any essential oils you like, however. If you'd rather make a sugar scrub with a different scent, some good options are lavender, grapefruit, chamomile or tea tree.
Phenonip is a common oil-soluble, broad-spectrum, paraben-based preservative. If you want to preserve an oil-based sugar scrub that might come in contact with water, phenonip is a good choice. You can add this to the oil phase of your lotions.
In general, most homemade sugar scrubs will last around 6 months. The most important tip is to keep the lid on the jar as much as possible. This will help stave off the carrier oil going rancid. Once the oil has gone rancid, you'll be able to smell the difference in your scrub.
How to Store Homemade Sugar Scrub. At room temperature, a homemade sugar scrub will last at least one to two months in an airtight container, like a mason jar with a lid. If you want to keep it longer, you may consider tucking it away in the fridge. Refrigerated, DIY sugar scrubs can last up to six months.
Coconut oil is one of the most popular oils for making a sugar scrub. Naturally, coconut oil is antifungal and antibacterial. Furthermore, coconut oil can easily soak into the skin making it the perfect, natural moisturizer.
Here is everything you need for your body scrub: 1 cup white sugar (Can use brown sugar as a substitute) 1/2 cup sweet almond oil (use coconut oil as a substitute if you don't have or can't use almond)
Combine sugar and oil together in a bowl, starting with just the one cup of oil. If you think the mix is a little dry (I couldn't combine in a few teaspoons of sugar at the bottom of my bowl), add an extra glug of oil (about a tablespoon). Once mixed together, add 30-40 drops of essential oil to the bowl.
Any sugar scrub you make will start with two basics: granulated sugar, and oil. I prefer vegetable oil because it's basically clear in color and mostly odorless, but you could go the gourmet route and use some olive oil if you wish! Besides that, you can add whatever you want to these body scrubs.
Basic Sugar Scrub Recipe
I use canola oil because it is cheap but you could use olive oil, grapeseed oil, almond oil or baby oil. Just about any type will work. You can use this mix unscented or you can add any of the scents you would like from below.
Water alone won't wash away enough of the oil. What is this? That's why I like adding a little bit of unscented liquid soap to the salt or sugar scrub. The soap will help wash away just enough of the base oil to leave your hands soft, silky and NOT greasy.
⅓ cup olive oil (you can substitute avocado, almond, or coconut oil as well) 2 tablespoons honey. ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract (you could also use 5–10 drops of your favorite essential oil)
Sugar scrubs that use essential oils for the scent offer additional wellness support and skin support properties as well. Geranium and frankincense are some of the most popular to use, as they are incredible for supporting the skin and anti-aging.
Add ½ cup (115 g) of sugar and ¼ cup (59 ml) of olive oil to a small bowl. Use a spoon to carefully stir the ingredients together until they're fully blended. The recipe calls for a 2 to 1 ratio for sugar and olive oil. Adjust the amounts to make as much or as little of the scrub as you'd like.
Sweet almond oil for skin care is wonderful because it moisturizes, protects, and nourishes. Everything you need to keep skin hydrated, smooth and supple. Emollient moisturizer. Sweet almond oil is an emollient moisturizer, meaning it adds to your skin's natural barrier helping moisture stay in and irritants stay out.
Add finely ground almonds to mix and you have yourself a winning combination. Sweet Almond Oil moisturizes the skin while the almond bits gently exfoliate the skin's surface—revealing softer, smoother skin.
SWEET ALMOND OIL HELPS BRIGHTEN SKIN
The best and most natural way to eliminate dead cells and reveal healthy skin underneath is by using sweet almond oil. Apart from harmless exfoliation, sweet almond oil can also help in improving uneven skin tone or discoloration as it contains vitamin E and antioxidants.
Brown sugar is the least abrasive making it a good choice for sensitive skin and facial scrubs. Since it is the gentlest, a brown sugar scrub can be used up to 4 times a week. Pure cane sugar (unrefined white) is good for all skin types and contains essential nutrients to feed the skin.
Table sugar granules are rounder than salt granules, which makes them less abrasive. This makes them perfect for the face and any areas of sensitive skin in general. Table sugar also dissolves quickly in water, which is an advantage for those seeking a milder scrub.
Any recipe that includes water in it or any product that may get water in it needs a preservative. That includes most lotions and cremes, sugar or salt scrubs, and some types of body powders.
Phenonip and Germaben II E are two preservatives that can be used for oil-based scrubs.
While homemade sugar scrubs may separate, it has not been a problem for me in my experience. If your sugar scrub separate, all you do is mix it back together. Using a clean finger, spoon or spatula, give the sugar scrub a quick stir and enjoy! Some suggest using an emulsifying wax in sugar scrubs to prevent separation.