Combine These Two Kitchen Staples for the Softest Skin Ever

updated Nov 30, 2023
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Close up view of a bathroom counter with a clear jar of sugar scrub in the center.
Credit: Photo: Alex Lepe ; Prop Stylist: Tom Hoerup

I am all about homemade skincare. Salt spray for my hair? Definitely. DIY dry shampoo? Check. (Just ask my husband, who not-so-fondly refers to the kitchen as my laboratory when he sees me pulling out miscellaneous ingredients and glass storage jars.) But just because I like to save a couple dollars and know exactly what’s going into my moisturizer doesn’t mean I like to mess around with two other important details — ease of assembly and treat yourself factor.

Quick Overview

How to Make Homemade Sugar Scrub

You’ll need just two ingredients to make a homemade sugar scrub: sugar and oil. Combine equal parts sugar and oil and store in a airtight jar for up to two months.

Enter the ultimate homemade beauty product, the OG skin treatment, the quickest way to get the softest skin of your life: homemade sugar scrub.

Credit: Photo: Alex Lepe ; Prop Stylist: Tom Hoerup

Why Sugar Scrub?

Sugar is a fantastic abrasive ingredient that comes with its own host of skincare benefits. It’s a natural humectant, which means it helps your skin retain moisture, it contains glycolic acid which helps encourage skin cell turnover, and it’s gentle enough for mature and sensitive skin. Meanwhile, the oil in the scrub helps lock in moisture once the sugar has smoothed away those dead skin cells and unclogged your pores. The result? Baby-soft skin. Seriously, it’s amazing.

How to Make Homemade Sugar Scrub

While there are so many perks to using a sugar scrub, one of the highlights is how simple it is to put together. All you need are two basic ingredients that your kitchen is better off having anyway if they aren’t already waiting in your pantry.

What You’ll Need:

  • Brown or white sugar
  • Coconut, olive, or avocado oil


  1. To create your own batch, portion out equal amounts of brown or white sugar and your oil of choice (highly recommend coconut oil for the olfactory experience). Not sure where to start? A half cup of each will give you enough scrub for several uses without maxing out that jar of oil.
  2. Mix your ingredients together, and store the leftovers in an airtight jar for up to two months.

How to Use Homemade Sugar Scrub

To use your fresh-made scrub, scoop out a tablespoon or two in the shower and show those elbows, knees, feet, and any other limbs that could use a little sugar-based buffing what it’s like to be insanely soft. Voila! Treat yourself moment complete.