Brown Sugar Scrub Recipe

I love this  sugar scrub recipe and have been making it forever.  It sloughs the dead skin cells off your face and leaves your face feeling clean, supple and soft.   I discovered years ago that I can make products for my skin that are inexpensive, effective, and readily available anytime I need them.  It’s quite liberating knowing that I can make a sugar scrub,  toner or lip balm (coming soon).  I’ve also found that the products I’m making are better and purer than what is out there for sale.  I almost fell over in shock when I saw the price on some of these sugar scrubs at the store.  What I can make for $1 is sold for $10-$20 or more.   And if they have the words brown sugar or face on the label they cost even more money.  I did a little investigating and discovered the  ingredients that they use are no better than mine and in most if not all cases, worse!  What I’m making doesn’t include any chemicals to preserve or “enhance: the product,  just pure, all natural ingredients.

When I first did this I really wanted to know how to make sugar scrubs?  Because they charge so much for them at the store I thought there must be some special skill or trick to doing it.  But guess what – there isn’t.  It’s really easy!  It is made with ingredients you probably have lying around your house.  If you check your pantry you’re sure to find olive, almond, avocado or coconut oil.  In the bin next to your oils,  sealed in a bag,  the brown sugar will be waiting.  Move on to your kitchen cupboard and a 1/2 full container of vanilla extract is probably sitting there.  Last stop,   your medicine cabinet where the vitamin E you bought is probably waiting.  That’s it.  That’s all you need to make this effective not to mention delicious (if it gets in your mouth you won’t be upset) vanilla brown sugar scrub.

When making this sugar scrub there is only one of the ingredients you need to consider to really customize it to your own skin and that’s the oil.  The sugar scrub recipe calls for almond oil because it is the lightest and most absorbing of the oils.  I have found that my skin prefers olive oil over any of the other oils so I use olive oil in all my skin care products.  (I’m Italian so I think I come by it naturally.)  I’ve talked to other women who have drier skin and swear by coconut oil.  Coconut oil is a great oil to use for drier skin or for use during the colder months, but tends to be too oily for my skin.  Avocado oil seems to me to be a good balance of oiliness – not too oily, not too light but overall just right.  Just keep in mind,  like with all recipes, whether it be for food or your skin,  you have to make it to your liking.  Okay, enough of my chirping – go and make  this sugar scrub recipe and let me know how it worked for you.  Enjoy! And if you’re interested I also have a sugar scrub recipe specifically for hands – I started making it when my hands were getting rough from making cheese everyday.

Vanilla Brown Sugar Face Scrub For Face


1 cup brown sugar(light or dark)

1/2 cup sweet almond oil (olive, avocado, or coconut)

1/2-1 tsp Vitamin E

1 tsp real vanilla extract


In a bowl mix together the brown sugar,  almond oil, Vitamin E and vanilla extract.  Store in an airtight container.


Wet face and rub face scrub onto face in a circular motion.  Rinse and wipe dry. Use as often as you’d like.