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DIY Brown Sugar Scrub

Homemade brown sugar scrub that is made with only 2 ingredients in less than 5 minutes. Perfect for exfoliating dry skin and giving your skin that natural glow. 

I’m excited to share this simple gift idea for you today. I was trying to think of something easy and inexpensive for the holidays and thought this homemade sugar scrub would be perfect. 

brown sugar scrub in a jar

This DIY body scrub really is so easy to make and is a fraction of the cost of ones youโ€™ll find in the store. You can use this as a body exfoliator for your whole body, hands and face. It will help to remove any dead skin and give your skin a little glow. I love that the oil makes your hands super soft and the brown sugar helps to exfoliate them! My hands get so dry in the winter, so this really helped.

brown sugar and coconut oil

2 simple ingredients! 

  • Brown sugar
  • Coconut oil 

How do you make brown sugar scrub?

You only need a few simple ingredients to make this scrub and you probably already have everything you need in your pantry.

  1. Combine: It really is as simple as mixing brown sugar and melted coconut oil in a bowl.
  2. Customize: You can change the smell by adding in honey, vanilla or essential oils.
  3. Store in an airtight container for maximum results. If you want the scrub softer, add an extra Tablespoon or two of coconut oil.

brown sugar in glass bowl

How long do sugar scrubs last?

This scrub (if stored in an airtight container) can last up to 2 months. Make sure to use a dry clean spoon when getting it out of the jar for optimal longevity.

Can you use a brown sugar scrub on your face?

Yes, you can use this as an exfoliator for your whole body, hands and face. It will help to remove any dead skin and give your skin a little glow.

brown sugar scrub in a glass jar

Perfect for gifting! 

This diy brown sugar scrub makes the perfect gift for a friend, neighbor or family member.  

  • Pour the scrub into an airtight container (I used a small mason jar).
  • Add a fun ribbon or bow.
  • Place a label on the top. You could even include the expiration date (2 months from the date made). 

Brown sugar scrub recipe


  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (or olive oil) , melted
  • Optional: 1 Tablespoon honey, 1 teaspoon essential oils


  1. Combine the brown sugar and oil in a medium size bowl. Mix together until well combined (you may need to use your hands).
  2. Store in an air tight container.

That’s it! This brown sugar scrub is super easy to make and is a fun Christmas gift or Valentines for your girl friends.

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  1. I love sugar scrubs! They are awsome in the winter. I tend to go to fruity scents probably because I miss the summer so much. I love how they slough off all the dead skin and leave it feeling so smooth.

  2. This really would be better to use olive oil, almond, oil, anything other than mineral oil. Mineral oil does not really get absorbed into your skin like other oils do. I recently made a body butter with shea butter, coconut oil, and almond oil it it is LOVELY!! I think this recipe sounds perfect with coconut oil!

  3. Will this sugar scrub keep or should it be used right away? I want to make it for a friend but won’t be able to get it to her for about a month.

  4. I just made this and it is super easy. Thank you for this recipe.
    I made it with seaseme body oil and it smells super good. My question is can you use any type of body oil for this recipe?

    1. Hi Katie! No not really. It is a little bit because of the oil, but it should definitely be more sugary than oiley. You could pat it down with paper towels to take out the oil.

  5. Do you have to use Dark Brown Sugar or will Light Brown Sugar be ok? I am going to use this recipe for a craft night. We have 25 people coming so I’m trying to keep the price down…the Dollar Tree has 16 oz box of Light Brown Sugar for $1.

  6. Hey just wondering how long do these last, are they external? I’m making it for a friend and was wondering what to write for instructions(guessing just use like a normal scrub) and when to use by? Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Try peppermint oil for Christmas. Just make sure it’s an oil you can use on skin,not fragrance oil.

  7. Adorable as well as useful!! What I want to know is where you got the wood looking container the little baby food tubs are in!!!! So cute! Did you make it or buy it? If made, any chance of a DIY? Thanks for sharing!

  8. 5 stars
    So admittedly so I had no clue what this was so with the guidance of my wife, lol, we made it and used it and it felt amazing! My skin was so soft and I just love how it’s 2 natural ingredients and it’s so easy to make!

  9. 5 stars
    Safe to scrub with and it doesn’t matter if it finds its way into your mouth! hehe Awesome idea, Jamielyn, thanks for sharing! ๐Ÿ™‚