Best Homemade Whipped Sugar Scrub Soap Recipe

Embrace the simplicity of homemade skincare, and let this whipped sugar scrub soap recipe not only pamper your skin but your soul as well.

Homemade sugar scrub made with coconut oil, sugar, and pumpkin spice.

I’ve had a love affair with homemade sugar scrubs ever since we discovered them on a family vacation to Disney World many years ago. We found this little boutique at one of the Disney resorts where you could sample different scrubs, and so we would stop in there and cleanse & moisturize our hands whenever we could. 

We didn’t buy any of the scrubs on that Disney trip (the sales people probably didn’t appreciate that), because the price tag was a little high for our budget and I knew I could make them at home for a fraction of the cost. So, I’ve been experimenting and making my own homemade sugar scrubs ever since. 

I made this traditional sugar scrub for Christmas gifts last year, which you can see in this blog post

If you’ve never used a sugar scrub before, you’ll be amazed at how it transforms your dry skin into soft, radiant, glowing skin especially during the winter months when our skin is the driest. 

But, with this homemade whipped sugar scrub soap recipe, you won’t just be pampering your skin, you’ll be nurturing your soul as well. You’ll love that you created a little jar of self-care at home! Let me show you how.

Homemade body scrub with coconut oil, turbinado sugar, and pumpkin spice.

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Why You’ll Want to Make Your Own Whipped Sugar Scrub

Making your scrub at home is a great way to take control of the ingredients, ensuring only the finest, natural products for your skin. You can tailor every component to match your personal preferences from choosing organic oils to cruelty-free products. 

The beauty of homemade scrubs lies in the freedom to experiment with a variety of flavors and textures. Whether you love the invigorating zest of citrus or the comforting aroma of pumpkin, you can customize the scent to whatever you love.

Coconut oil sugar scrub made with natural products for glowing skin.

You can also adjust the sugar to oil ratio to achieve the desired level of exfoliation and moisture. Creating a scrub that not only caters to your skin’s unique needs but also provides a spa like experience every time you use it.

What you’ll love about this recipe:


  • INEXPENSIVE – Making a sugar scrub at home is budget-friendly. You can create a luxurious skincare product without breaking the bank, using ingredients that can be found in any grocery stores.
  • CUSTOMIZATION – You can tailor the scrub to your skin type and personal preferences. From choosing your favorite scents to experimenting with various natural exfoliants like brown or white sugar, coffee grounds, or even oatmeal.
  • ECO FRIENDLY – You have the freedom to select organic, cruelty-free, and ethically sourced ingredients, promoting environmentally conscious choices while caring for your skin.

The Benefits of Homemade Sugar Scrub

Whipped sugar scrubs offer a multitude of benefits for your skin, here are some key advantages:

  • Exfoliation: The sugar granules in the scrub provide gentle exfoliation, sloughing off dead skin cells, unclogging pores, and promoting a smoother, more radiant complexion. You’ll be amazed at how much dead skin this sugar scrub removes!
  • Moisturization: Whipped sugar scrubs contain natural oils like coconut oil or shea butter, deeply moisturizing the skin. These oils penetrate the skin’s layers, hydrating and nourishing it, leaving it soft and supple.
  • Improves Blood Circulation: Massaging the scrub onto the skin boosts blood circulation, which can contribute to a healthy, glowing complexion.
  • Prevents Acne and Breakouts: By removing dead skin cells and unclogging pores, sugar scrubs can help prevent acne and reduce the occurrence of breakouts, promoting clearer skin.
  • Promotes Skin Regeneration: The exfoliating action of sugar helps in promoting skin cell turnover, encouraging the growth of new, healthy skin cells.
  • Soothing and Calming: The gentle massage and soothing properties of the scrub can provide relief from skin irritations and itchiness, making it particularly beneficial for sensitive skin.
  • Customization: Whipped sugar scrubs are highly customizable, allowing you to tailor the ingredients to your skin’s specific needs and your personal preferences.

By incorporating a whipped sugar scrub into your skincare routine, your skin will look and feel healthier, softer, and more radiant!

Homemade sugar scrub soap recipe made with coconut oil and organic sugar.
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Supplies for Homemade Whipped Sugar Scrub Soap Recipe

These are the supplies I used for this whipped pumpkin sugar scrub recipe.

  • 1 cup Turbinado Raw Cane Organic Sugar: With its natural molasses content turbinado sugar gently exfoliates, leaving skin smooth and rejuvenated. This brown colored sugar also adds color to this scrub along with a warm, nutty fragrance. 
  • 1 cup Refined or Unrefined Coconut Oil: This base ingredient provides deep hydration and essential fatty acids, leaving skin supple and moisturized. We’ll discuss the differences of refined and unrefined coconut oil in a minute.
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Pumpkin Pie Spice: Adds a comforting aroma to your scrub with a blend of warm spices like cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves.
  • Hand Mixer or Stand Mixer: Essential for achieving a light, fluffy, whipped texture.
  • Glass Jar: Elegant and eco-friendly, it keeps your scrub fresh, contaminant free, and adds a sophisticated touch to your skincare routine.

SUPPLIES YOU’LL NEED

What is the difference between refined and unrefined coconut oil and which is better for this sugar scrub recipe?

Refined coconut oil is made from dried coconut meat that undergoes a refining process, which often includes bleaching and deodorizing. This results in an odorless oil. Refined coconut oil is ideal if you prefer a scrub with a milder coconut aroma. Its neutral scent allows the other ingredients, such as essential oils or spices, to shine.

Unrefined coconut oil is extracted from fresh coconut meat without any chemical processing. It retains its natural coconut aroma and flavor. Unrefined coconut oil contains more nutrients and antioxidants due to minimal processing, making it a popular choice for those seeking a more natural option. Its slightly nutty scent can complement the warm notes of the pumpkin pie spice.

Whipped sugar scrub for the body for moisturizing skin.

Both refined and unrefined coconut oil can be used for your sugar scrub recipe. The choice ultimately depends on your preference. Whichever you choose, both variations offer the same excellent moisturizing properties, ensuring your homemade whipped sugar scrub leaves your skin beautifully soft and rejuvenated.

Basic Recipe for Whipped Sugar Scrub

In a large mixing bowl, whip the coconut oil with the hand mixer for about 2-3 minutes or until you achieve a creamy, smooth consistency. 

Once you have the whipped soap base, add in the raw sugar and pumpkin pie spice.

With the hand mixer, whip the sugar and spice into the oil until the mixture becomes light and fluffy about 2-3 minutes. This step is crucial for the texture; it’s what will make your skin feel heavenly.

Transfer your whipped sugar scrub soap into a clean, airtight jar

And that’s it! Can you believe how simple and easy it is to make a whipped sugar hand scrub at home?!

Tips & Tricks

  • Always use high-quality, organic ingredients. Opt for natural oils to enhance the effectiveness and aroma of your scrub.
  • Whip the mixture thoroughly with a hand blender until it becomes light and fluffy. This ensures the scrub is easy to apply and spreads evenly on your skin.
  • Pay attention to the ratio of sugar to oil. If you prefer a rougher scrub, add more sugar; for a gentler exfoliation, add more oil.
  • Keep water away from your scrub to prevent bacteria growth. Use dry hands or a clean, dry spoon to scoop out the scrub from the jar.
  • Store your scrub in sealed, airtight glass mason jars to maintain its freshness and prevent it from drying out.
  • Before using the scrub all over your body, do a patch test on a small area of your skin to ensure you don’t have any adverse reactions to the ingredients.
  • Don’t hesitate to experiment. Add dried herbs, ground coffee, or even a bit of honey for additional benefits and aromas. Just ensure these additives are skin-friendly and won’t cause irritation.

Storing Homemade Body Scrub

Properly storing your homemade sugar scrub is crucial for maintaining its freshness and effectiveness. 

To ensure a longer shelf life, store the scrub in a clean, airtight container. Make sure the jar is dry before transferring the scrub to prevent introducing moisture, which can lead to bacterial growth. 

Store the jar in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight, like a cupboard or pantry. 

Whipped sugar scrub for the body with all natural ingredients.

Avoid keeping it in the shower, as the constant exposure to steam and water can degrade the scrub and reduce its effectiveness over time. 

Always use dry hands or a clean, dry spoon to scoop out the scrub to prevent contamination. 

If you notice any changes in color, smell, or texture, it may be time to discard it.

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How to Use Your Homemade Sugar Scrub

Scoop out a small amount of the whipped sugar scrub with dry hands or with a scoop and gently massage it onto your damp skin in a circular motion. 

Gently exfoliate skin with a homemade sugar scrub recipe.

The natural exfoliating properties of the sugar will slough away dead skin cells, while the coconut oil will deeply moisturize, leaving your skin soft and supple. 

After a thorough massage, rinse off the scrub with warm water, revealing a fresh, radiant complexion underneath. 

Homemade sugar scrub recipe with organic sugar, oil, and pumpkin spice.

Pat your skin dry gently with a towel, and feel the difference! 

Experimenting With Other Kinds of Sugar for This Whipped Scrub

Experimenting with another kind of sugar allows you to customize the level of exfoliation in your scrub. 

Brown sugar is a gentle exfoliant with its has finer particles and a natural molasses content, making it suitable for sensitive skin. Its sweet, warm aroma adds a comforting note to the scrub. 

White granulated sugar provides a slightly coarser texture, making it excellent for more exfoliation, ideal for areas like elbows and heels. 

Organic cane sugar has larger crystals which offers a level of moderate exfoliation, leaving your skin feeling smooth and rejuvenated. 

Remove dry skin during the winter months with a homemade scrub.

Experimenting With Other Fragrances for This Simple Sugar Scrub

Experimenting with scents and fragrances in your sugar scrub opens a world of creative possibilities beyond just a few drops of your favorite essential oil. 

Consider incorporating natural ingredients like vanilla beans, citrus zest, or even dried lavender buds into your sugar scrub. 

You can also experiment with herbs like mint or rosemary which will not only add a beautiful aroma to your scrub but visual appeal as well. 

To infuse these scents, simply mix them directly into the scrub along with the sugar and oils. Remember to start with small quantities and adjust according to your preferences.

Whipped pumpkin body scrub for dry skin during the winter months.

Is this sugar scrub suitable for all skin types?

Yes, sugar scrubs are generally gentle and suitable for most skin types.

However, people with sensitive skin should be cautious and may want to choose a finer sugar variety like brown sugar for milder exfoliation.

How often should I use a sugar scrub?

For most people, using a sugar scrub 2-3 times a week is ideal.

Over-exfoliating can irritate the skin, so it’s important not to use the scrub daily.

Homemade sugar scrub made with coconut oil, sugar, and pumpkin spice.

Can I use this scrub on my face?

While homemade sugar scrubs are fantastic for exfoliating and moisturizing the body, it’s generally not recommended to use them on the face.

The skin on the face is more delicate and sensitive compared to the skin on the rest of the body.

Instead, use facial scrubs that contain finer exfoliating particles designed for gentle facial exfoliation. These products are crafted with the sensitivity of facial skin in mind.

How long does homemade sugar scrub last?

Homemade sugar scrubs typically last for several weeks to a few months, depending on the freshness of the ingredients and how well it’s stored.

If you notice any changes in color, smell, or texture, it may be time to discard it.

Homemade sugar scrub soap recipe made with coconut oil and organic sugar.

Homemade Sugar Scrubs: A Great Gift Idea

Homemade sugar scrubs make excellent gift ideas for friends and loved ones!

Creating a personalized scrub not only demonstrates your thoughtfulness but also allows you to tailor the ingredients to suit the recipient’s preferences. Choose scents and textures that reflect their favorite aromas, creating a unique and indulgent spa experience at home.

Package the scrub in decorative jars, add a ribbon or a personalized label, and you have a thoughtful and luxurious gift ready for any occasion.

  • Birthdays: Personalize the scrub with the recipient’s favorite scents for a unique and pampering birthday treat.
  • Holidays: Create festive themed scrubs for Christmas or the holiday season, Halloween, or Valentine’s Day.
  • Bridal or Baby Shower Favors: Craft scrubs with calming scents for relaxation, offering a soothing spa experience for guests to bring home with them.
  • Thank You Gifts: Express gratitude by gifting a homemade sugar scrub as a token of appreciation for someone’s kindness or support.
  • Self-Care Packages: Include the scrub in a self-care package for friends or family members, encouraging them to unwind and enjoy a spa-like experience at home.
  • Just Because: Surprise a friend or loved one with a homemade sugar scrub as a gesture of love and care, even without a specific occasion.

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Homemade Whipped Sugar Scrub With Pumpkin Spice

Indulge in the ultimate spa experience with this whipped sugar scrub recipe. This luxurious DIY skincare combines the exfoliating power of sugar with the hydration of coconut oil.
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Prep Time:5 minutes
Cook Time:10 minutes
Total Time:15 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, whip the coconut oil with the hand mixer for about 2-3 minutes or until you achieve a creamy, smooth consistency.
  • Once you have the whipped soap base, add in the raw sugar and pumpkin pie spice.
  • With the hand mixer, whip the sugar and spice into the oil until the mixture becomes light and fluffy about 2-3 minutes.
  • Transfer your whipped sugar scrub soap into a clean, airtight jar.

Notes

  • Always use high-quality, organic ingredients. Opt for natural oils to enhance the effectiveness and aroma of your scrub.
  • Whip the mixture thoroughly with a hand blender until it becomes light and fluffy. This ensures the scrub is easy to apply and spreads evenly on your skin.
  • Pay attention to the ratio of sugar to oil. If you prefer a rougher scrub, add more sugar; for a gentler exfoliation, add more oil.
  • Keep water away from your scrub to prevent bacteria growth. Use dry hands or a clean, dry spoon to scoop out the scrub from the jar.
  • Store your scrub in sealed, airtight glass mason jars to maintain its freshness and prevent it from drying out.
  • Before using the scrub all over your body, do a patch test on a small area of your skin to ensure you don’t have any adverse reactions to the ingredients.
  • Don’t hesitate to experiment. Add dried herbs, ground coffee, or even a bit of honey for additional benefits and aromas. Just ensure these additives are skin-friendly and won’t cause irritation.
Course: DIY
Keyword: coconut oil sugar scrub, Pumpkin, sugar hand scrub, sugar scrub
Servings: 1 jar

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