I love making homemade body products, and scrubs made with sugar (or salt) are particularly easy to put together. They are pretty inexpensive and another plus: they’re free of the potentially toxic chemicals that similar store-bought products may contain.

Tangerine Sugar Scrub from www.healthygreenkitchen.com

I’ve got a bit of an obsession with tangerines lately, so I used tangerine essential oil, as well as tangerine zest, to scent this scrub. Tangerine essential oil is said to be calming to the mind as well as uplifting to the spirit, which all sounds good to me, but you could certainly use a different essential oil (such as lavender) if you like. In fact, in the photo above, the brown sugar scrub was made with lavender essential oil.

Though I do enjoy the way my skin feels when I exfoliate with sugar (or salt) scrubs, it’s important to note that these can be pretty abrasive. I wouldn’t use this or a similar product on a daily basis because you will quickly strip away your skin’s natural oils if you do. I like to use this type of scrub once or twice a week at most. (According to Dina Falconi, author of Earthly Bodies & Heavenly Hair: Natural and Healthy Personal Care for Every Body, it’s better to use scrubs made from ground grains and seeds if you like to scrub frequently. These gently cleanse and polish, without stripping away the skin’s protective oils.) Another caution: be sure to use care on sensitive areas of your body, such as your face.

I store my scrubs in pretty glass jars. Weck jars are perfect (I used the 1/5 L size, which are slightly smaller than these, but both sizes will work).

Recipe for Tangerine Sugar Scrub

Yield: 1 cup

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 2 minutes

This is an easy homemade body scrub that takes just minutes to make.

Ingredients:

*1 cup white sugar (or use light brown sugar)
*1/2 cup sweet almond oil (or use a combination of avocado and sweet almond oils)
*1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
*10 drops (more or less) tangerine essential oil (or use another essential oil, such as lavender)
*1 teaspoon tangerine zest (optional)

Directions:

1. Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl. If the scrub seems too oily to you, add a bit more sugar (conversely, if it seems to dry, add a bit more oil). Transfer to a container with a tight-fitting lid for storage away from sunlight: it should keep for a while. Scoop out some to use on your body when you are in the shower; after use, rinse and gently pat yourself dry with a towel so some of the oil from the scrub remains on your skin.

Tangerine Scrub from www.healthygreenkitchen.com

More body scrub recipes:

Chocolate Mint Sugar Scrub
Brown Sugar Coconut Oil Foot Scrub
Homemade Salt Scrub

 

19 Comments

  1. 1

    The Wimpy Vegetarian — May 17, 2013 @ 12:16 am

    I keep wanting to make my own scrub. Thanks for the reminder, and a great recipe.

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    Lisa the Gourmet Wog — May 17, 2013 @ 3:48 am

    This looks wonderful! I’ve never made my own scrub before and you make it look very easy, i’ll definitely give this a try :)

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    Jayne — May 17, 2013 @ 10:32 am

    I love this! I can smell it from here! I must give this a try.

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    Eileen — May 17, 2013 @ 1:15 pm

    Isn’t making homemade body care stuff the best? This scrub sounds so great & invigorating with all that citrus!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — May 17, 2013 @ 3:58 pm

    Love this scrub, I can only imagine how amazing the smell is!

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    coffeediva — May 18, 2013 @ 11:00 am

    Oh my gosh, I love sugar scrubs and this one sounds so wonderful! I’m sure the scent of the tangerine essential oil is heavenly. I can’t wait to try making my own – I’ve never thought about doing that but it seems pretty easy. Thank you for the advice on only using these once a week. I learn something new every day :-)

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    Kim — May 20, 2013 @ 11:13 am

    That looks so cool! I want to try this. It seems to be an all natural and health body scrub.

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    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — May 20, 2013 @ 4:13 pm

    I can just smell the tangerine from here… I need to go pick up some essential oils and make my own sugar scrubs for the summer. Thanks for the inspiration, as always. :)

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    Lauretta Knoke — June 20, 2013 @ 11:36 am

    Essential oils are used in a variety of ways, and include aromatherapy massage – where the oil is absorbed through the skin and vaporization where the essential oil molecules enter the bloodstream via the lungs.Essential oils are also used medicinally and taken internally, but this must NOT be undertaken by the layperson, but should only be done under the treatment and direction of a qualified medical practitioner. ‘^.;

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    Jemma — July 17, 2013 @ 2:14 am

    Got to say that I love sugar scrubs. I can’t wait to try making my own and to enjoy the orangey smell. Lavender might be nice too

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    Michelle Patterson — July 22, 2013 @ 9:56 am

    This sounds wonderful! What a great gift idea too! #doterraleadership

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    MaryB — October 8, 2013 @ 10:31 pm

    Where do you find the essential oils to purchase at a reasonable cost? This looks wonderful – thanks for sharing.

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    robbi — December 21, 2013 @ 10:59 am

    Essential oils can be purchased at Whole Foods Market or any Health Food Stores.

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