The Best Facial Scrub Money Can Buy Can Be Made at Home. And It’s Cheap!


make a sugar facial scrub

Update: My favorite essential oil to use with this recipe is Lemongrass Essential Oil. It smells so clean and makes a wonderful scrub!

Here’s a fun thing to do on a Sunday, try making your own facial scrub. It’s amazing the prices companies charge when the best facial scrub can be made right at home. It’s so easy and so cheap, you’ll never find yourself paying for expensive scrubs again!

Go to your kitchen and get the following items, (yes I really mean get these from your kitchen, that is why this scrub is so great! You will have most items on hand already):

1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
Some olive oil (or I usually use grapeseed oil)

The following are optional but what I use because my skin is oily:
Tea tree oil
Asprin (non coated just the generic kind)

Start by getting a bowl that you will also be able to store the scrub in. Any rubbermaid container will do, just make sure it’s large enough. Put both the brown and white sugar in the bowl and mix it up a little with a spoon. Then add a little of the olive oil. Start small with this, maybe with like a tablespoon (I never measure so I’m just guessing). Stir the olive oil in with the sugar and continue to add some more olive oil until all the sugar is coated. The consistency will be up to you, I like mine with a little less oil and more sugar. Then add around 20 drops of tea tree oil. Get a small dish and put about 10 of the asprin in the bowl and cover it with just enough water to have the asprin start to dissolve. It will not take a lot of asprin and you do not want it to be water. You just want the asprin to disolve. Mix the asprin into the sugar mix and let it sit for a couple of hours. Stir it and if it is not the consistency you like, add a little more olive oil. Or if it is too runny, just add more white and brown sugar until it’s a consistency you like.

You can add any type of essential oils to this scrub that you like, that’s why it’s so great because you can customize it! Here are some specific essential oils that are good for different skin types. Get creative with it and don’t be afraid to try different combinations!

This can also be used as a body scrub. It’s great for hands and feet! But beware, if you use this in the bathtub, the oils can make your tub slick so watch out!

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  1. Interesting mixture. I can understand the sugars and the olive oil, but what purpose does the aspirin have in the “scrub”?

  2. I put it in there b/c I found asprin masks helpful for my skin. I thought it would also work in this scrub since I do get breakouts occasionally.

  3. Yes, the salicylic acid used in acne treatments is very chemically similar to aspirin.

  4. Charlotte says:

    Aspirin is chemically related to salicylic acid.

    From Wikipedia:
    “Acetylsalicylic acid is stable in dry air, but gradually hydrolyses in contact with moisture to acetic and salicylic acids.”

    Wetting the aspiring releases the salicylic acid.

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