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Sugar Scrub Recipe – DIY Invigorating Eucalyptus Mint Body & Hand Scrub

I spend a lot of time outside and, in spite of my best efforts to stay hydrated and wear lotion, sometimes my skin needs a really good scrub. Unfortunately, my favorite Bath and Body Works scrub costs $16 when it’s not on sale, which leaves me a little hesitant to use it as often as I’d like. Luckily, making your own body scrub is pretty darn easy, and doesn’t even necessitate a visit to some speciality store for supplies. Of course, you don’t have to use eucalyptus and mint, they just happen to by my favorite scents. Use both, one, neither – whatever you want! You are the one using it, after all. This recipe makes a little over 1 cup of finished product (because that’s what size container I had on hand). For more volume, just double it! I used an old jar from a commercial sugar scrub, but class mason jars work fantastically well, too.

Eucalyptus Mint Sugar Scrub Recipe

Ingredients for Eucalyptus Mint Body Scrub

  •  1/2 a cup of raw cane sugar (it has big crystals and is a very light brown color)
  • 1/2 a cup of refined white sugar
  • 1 cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 a teaspoon of eucalyptus essential oil
  • 1/2 a teaspoon of mint essential oil

Using 1/2 a teaspoon of both oils will result in a strongly scented sugar scrub. I like this because the scent lingers on my skin throughout the day and I really like that! If you want something a little less potent, scale it back to 1/4 of a teaspoon of each. However much you use, make sure to use essential oils that are okay for topical use! If you’re unsure whether or not yours are okay, you might want to get essential oils that are labeled as safe for topical use. I love my DoTerra oils because each bottle is labeled whether it is safe to ingest, apply topically, or should only ever be used aromatically.

Sugar Scrub Recipe

1. Pour your sugar into a small/medium bowl.

raw sugar

2. Add the white sugar and stir thoroughly to combine.


3. Add the olive oil and mix thoroughly. I find that a fork works best for this!

4. Mix in the essential oils.

adding essential oils


mix in the essential oils


5. Transfer to your container and close the lid.

body scrub

6. Use whenever you’d like!

flower divider

This scrub works best on the hands and body and isn’t really designed for the face.  You will notice some separation – this is totally normal. It actually happens with commercial scrubs, too, and is nothing to worry about. You can re-mix it, if you’d like, just before using, or simply scoop down into it to grab a bit of both layers. Of course, you can mix up the scents, too, and change the ratio of raw sugar to white sugar. I like the half and half because it is scrubby without being painful, but you can make it more gentle by using a more white sugar/less raw sugar or even more powerful by using all raw sugar.


Have you ever made your own scrubs before? How about body products, in general? What personal care items do you enjoy DIY-ing?




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  • Kathryn Stratford June 20, 2013, 08:37

    I love reading about homemade natural products, and this looks great! I look forward to trying it out. Thanks for sharing this with us!

    • Natashalh June 20, 2013, 08:58

      Thank you for stopping in! I really love the way this smells and how it stays with you for the day. It’s a pretty cool experience!

  • Edi June 20, 2013, 11:36

    This is a really great recipe and I love that it’s easy and has ingredients that are easy to find. I love eucalyptus, I bet it’s great with the mint!

    • Natashalh June 20, 2013, 13:11

      It’s such a zingy combination! I love the way I can feel the hydration and smell the eucalyptus and mint for hours.

  • Rose June 20, 2013, 15:49

    I haven’t made my own scrub yet, but one of these days I will. My skin would really benefit from more regular scrub use. Thanks for the great recipe.

    • Natashalh June 20, 2013, 19:15

      I love using them! I’m outside so much they’re really important to me. I love making my own so they don’t have a big price tag and mystery ingredients!

  • BeadedTail June 20, 2013, 17:20

    I haven’t made a scrub before but this one looks easy enough that I’ll try it. Not sure where to get the essential oils though but I’ll figure it out! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Natashalh June 20, 2013, 19:15

      You can find them at some grocery stores, particularly nicer grocery stores. When I can’t find something in person, though, I just use Amazon. I have Amazon Prime and can get free shipping on a lot of things, and now there are several essential oil options that are ‘add ons’ now that ship free with a $25 order from Amazon. Or something like that.

  • Paige @ Little Nostalgia June 21, 2013, 03:25

    Wait, that’s it?! I thought making a scrub would be more complicated! I think I know what I’m making some people for Christmas this year…

    • Natashalh June 21, 2013, 08:29

      Yes, that’s it!! In those little glass jelly jars this would make an awesome present.

  • Marieken June 21, 2013, 09:20

    I’ve never thought of making my own scrub. It seems so do-able! I have most ingredients in the kitchen, I will be oil hunting this weekend.

    • Natashalh June 21, 2013, 10:24

      Yes, it is totally do-able! A lot of recipes call for special ingredients, but I like to keep it simple.

  • Sarah June 24, 2013, 05:37

    I really need to get down to doing some of this – I got a whole book of recipes for Christmas.

    Thanks for linking up!

    Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

    • Natashalh June 24, 2013, 07:05

      It is so crazy easy! And you can make it in whatever scents you’d like.

  • This sounds heavenly to use and I bet it smells great! Pinned it! Thanks for linking up at All Things Pretty!

    • Natashalh June 26, 2013, 13:07

      I love the scent! I also love how it’s totally customizable and you can use any essential oils you like. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Lauren November 18, 2014, 08:45

    This seems like simplest recipe I’ve found for homemade sugar scrub.
    What is the difference between using extra virgin olive oil (or any olive oil) versus baby oil?

    • Natashalh November 18, 2014, 10:12

      Baby oil contains mineral oil, and sometimes fragrance. I definitely wouldn’t add a “with fragrance” baby oil to my sugar scrub, but if you want to use a plain mineral oil, that’s your call. I personally prefer not to use it because I like using something plant-derived instead of mineral-derived, but if you feel comfortable using mineral oil then why not give it a try?

  • Julie November 21, 2014, 07:41

    Hi Natasha!
    Thanks so much for posting this as I love the bath and body stress products and this smells exactly the same! Love the scent! I made it last night but find its too oily and a lot of the oil sits on the top. I made it to the recipe but maybe my raw sugar is smaller grains? I had a choice between raw cane sugar (which is what I bought) and turbinado sugar which is much larger grains. I thought I’d just reduce the amount of oil or try the turbinado sugar instead. What do you think? Thanks so much!

    • Natashalh November 21, 2014, 13:32

      I’m so glad you like the scent!

      Some separation is natural (even the commercial versions separate out!). I personally think the turbinado scrubs better, but raw sugar should work, too. I’d just try again with less oil to see if you’re happier with it before rushing out to buy something else!

  • Cindy February 5, 2015, 00:04

    What is the shelf life of a homemade scrub?

    • Natashalh February 5, 2015, 06:47

      Honestly, I don’t know. Olive oil keeps for a long time, so does sugar, so I don’t see how it could “go bad” in even a couple years. All I’ve seen it do is separate out, but so do the commercial versions. Just stirring it back up again fixes that. I’ve never had trouble finishing up a batch!

  • Leigh February 25, 2015, 15:00

    I make all sorts of day thingies and I feel a lot better. I will never use expensive things again. My body and mind have never felt better too!

    • Natashalh February 25, 2015, 15:01

      I totally agree that making your own things can save money and help you feel better! I feel awful whenever I eat food with weird additives, for example, but absolutely fine when I have a homemade version. Thanks for stopping in. =)

  • Gabby March 25, 2017, 11:06

    I have not been able to find plain mint oil. Would spearmint or peppermint work?

    Thanks 🙂

    • Natashalh March 26, 2017, 09:58

      Absolutely! Mint is just a generic species of plant. There are so many types of mint (even one that smells kind of like chocolate!). I typically use peppermint for essential oil projects. =)

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