Brown Sugar Scrub

You already know the benefits of scrubs or you wouldn’t be here. What you may not know is why a brown sugar scrub is one of the simplest, most effective and least expensive scrubs to use.

So Simple

It’s simple in that the two main ingredients are brown sugar and oil. You add oil to brown sugar and your brown sugar scrub is ready to use. However, it’s important to note that the oil you choose should be customized to your skin type. As far as the brown sugar goes, you can use any brown sugar you find in your supermarket, however it’s best to use the dark brown sugar versus the light. Here’s why, the darker the sugar the more molasses it contains and the more molasses, the better the sugar is at exfoliating your skin.

Where to use

A brown sugar scrub can be used on both your face and body. The sugar crystals in brown sugar are generally smaller than those of white sugar and that makes for an ideal facial scrub.

Why use a brown sugar scrub

Needless to say, when you make a brown sugar scrub, you’re saving money and treating your skin to a chemical free and effective product. What could be better than that? Cheap and effective. Wow!

Brown sugar scrub recipes

There are a many recipes in books and online for brown sugar scrubs, so we’re going to cover how to concoct the best recipe for you.

All brown sugar scrub recipes here call for 2 – 3 tablespoons of oil for every 1/2 cup of brown sugar. You can also add a drop of two of fragrance using an essential oil. (Make sure the essential oil is plant based and you aren’t allergic to it. Lavender and vanilla are two good examples.

If your skin is very oily:

  • Use honey to moisten your brown sugar scrub or substitute with grapeseed oil.

If your skin is a mix of oily and dry:

  • Use peanut or safflower as your oil. Make sure the oil is cold pressed with no additives.

If your skin is dry:

  • Olive oil is a good bet. It doesn’t clog pores and leaves your skin silky smooth. You can add a few drops of avocado oil if your skin is extremely dry.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of oatmeal (ground into a fine powder) to your mixture.

How to apply:

  • Cleanse your face
  • Apply brown sugar scrub gently and in circular motions avoiding your eye area. Don’t forget to exfoliate your neck.
  • Rinse
  • Apply moisturizing cream


  • If you have very sensitive skin, you must be very careful using any type of granular exfoliating product, even one as gentle as a brown sugar scrub. You may be wise to use an exfoliating cream.
  • Exfoliate your skin once or twice a week. If your skin is oily and you exfoliate too often, your skin can actually increase oil production. Bad juju. If your skin is dry, instead of that glowing healthy hue, you may end up with flakiness and/or roughness. Also bad juju.

Now go have fun and relax.

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