How To Make A Brown Sugar Scrub For The Body

I’m just obsessed with all the different things we can use to make scrubs. So today, I'm thrilled to introduce you to 4 delightful new DIY brown sugar scrub recipes.

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I’ve been at it again with these homemade body scrubs. I’m just obsessed with all the different things we can use to make them. So today, I’m thrilled to introduce you to 4 delightful new brown sugar scrubs.

First up is a DIY sugar scrub recipe that’s all about indulging in the natural goodness of honey, without using actual honey – say hello to my Brown Sugar & Honey Powder Body Scrub.

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As someone who adores the luxurious feel and benefits of honey in skincare, I was inspired to craft a brown sugar scrub recipe that captures the essence of honey, while being practical and easy to use.

Why honey powder, you ask?

Well, honey is a marvel in skincare, known for its moisturizing and soothing properties. However, using actual honey in DIY scrubs can be sticky and tricky to work with. 

That’s where honey powder comes in! It provides all the sweet benefits of honey, minus the mess. Combined with the gentle exfoliation of brown sugar, this scrub is a dream for anyone seeking a soft, radiant complexion.

In this special formula, we’ve blended honey powder with nourishing sunflower oil, ensuring your skin is left feeling supple and moisturized. Polysorbate 80 is our secret ingredient to make sure the scrub washes off cleanly, without leaving any oily residue. 

Vitamin E adds an antioxidant boost, and the honey fragrance oil envelops you in a subtle, comforting aroma that’s like a warm, sweet embrace for your skin. Of course, a preservative is included to keep our homemade sugar scrub fresh and safe for every use.

This brown sugar and honey body scrub is not just a skincare product; it’s a sensory experience that brings the rich, nurturing essence of honey to your daily routine. Whether you’re a honey aficionado or just looking for a natural, effective way to pamper your skin, this scrub is sure to be a delightful addition to your self-care regimen. 

Let’s dive into a world where sweetness meets skincare, and discover how to make sugar scrub that makes your skin feel as golden as honey itself!

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Brown Sugar Scrub Ingredient Insights:

Brown Sugar & Honey Powder – Unveiling the Essence of Honey in Skincare

Our scrub begins with the sweet combination of brown sugar and honey powder. Brown sugar, with its natural humectant properties, ensures a gentle exfoliation that also helps retain skin moisture, making it smoother and softer.

Honey powder, as a unique twist, adds to the exfoliating process with its own set of benefits. It’s also a natural humectant with antibacterial, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties, excellent for soothing and calming irritated skin. If brown sugar is unavailable, white sugar or fine-grain salt can serve as effective alternatives, offering varied textures for exfoliation.

Sunflower Oil

Sunflower oil is our chosen carrier oil, celebrated for its lightweight nature and easy absorption by the skin. It’s rich in anti-inflammatory properties, ideal for soothing irritated skin, and works wonderfully in controlling excess oil production. 

For enhancing skin texture and reducing redness, sunflower oil is a gentle option suitable for all skin types. In case sunflower oil isn’t at hand, other carrier oils like jojoba, olive, sweet almond, grapeseed, or apricot kernel oil can be used, each adding their own nurturing touch.

Be sure to use a good quality, raw sunflower oil intended for use in cosmetics. The refined versions don’t really work as well. 

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Polysorbate 80

Polysorbate 80 plays a crucial role in ensuring our scrub washes off easily, preventing any oily or slippery residue on the skin and shower surfaces. If you’re considering an alternative, more of the chosen carrier oil can be used, though it may result in a richer, oilier scrub.

Vitamin E

The homemade sugar scrub recipe is enriched with Vitamin E, a potent antioxidant that not only protects the skin but also keeps the oils in our scrub stable. If you’re looking for a substitute, a small amount of rosemary CO2 extract could be used, but remember, its potent nature requires it to be used sparingly.

Honey Fragrance Oil

To complete the sensory experience, we’ve infused the scrub with honey fragrance oil, creating a subtle and comforting scent that elevates the scrubbing ritual. For those seeking a different aroma, natural co2 extract like vanilla can be a wonderful substitute, maintaining the sweet theme.


A preservative is key in maintaining the longevity and safety of our scrub, especially important in products exposed to wet environments. If you wish to switch it up, ensure the alternative is a broad-spectrum preservative compatible with the product’s formulation.

Quick Substitution Guide

Exfoliant (Brown Sugar): Substitute with white sugar for a less intense exfoliation. Fine sea salt can also be used, but expect a coarser scrub.

Key Active Ingredient (Honey Powder): If unavailable, you can use dried milk powder or finely ground oatmeal for similar soothing properties.

Carrier Oil (Sunflower Oil): Alternatives include grapeseed oil, almond oil, or jojoba oil, all offering excellent moisturizing benefits.

Emulsifier (Polysorbate 80): If you need a substitute, consider using a different emulsifier like Polysorbate 20, though the consistency and rinse-off experience may vary.

Antioxidant (Vitamin E): Rosemary CO2 extract can be used in small quantities as an alternative antioxidant.

Fragrance (Honey Fragrance Oil): You can swap it with other natural fragrance oils or essential oils based on preference, like vanilla or almond, to maintain the sweet theme.

Preservative: If you’re substituting, ensure it’s a broad-spectrum preservative suitable for the product’s water content and pH, such as Optiphen Plus.

brown sugar and honey body scrub

Brown Sugar And Honey Scrub Recipe

A brown sugar scrub that's all about indulging in the natural goodness of honey, without using actual honey
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Difficulty Level: Easy
Yield: 200 g
Author: Angela Wills
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  • Place the sugar and honey powder into a good-sized mixing bowl. Stir until combined and then set it to one side.
    130 g Brown Sugar, 8 g Honey Powder
    Place the sugar and honey powder into a good-sized mixing bowl.
  • In a separate container, mix the Sunflower Oil, Polysorbate 80, vitamin E, honey fragrance oil, and preservative.
    36 g Sunflower Oil, 20 g Polysorbate 80, 2 g Vitamin E Oil, 2 g Honey Fragrance Oil, 2 g Preservative
    In a separate container, mix oils for your sugar scrub
  • Pour the oils into the bowl containing the sugar and honey powder. Stir well until thoroughly blended. If you prefer your scrub to be more runny you can add a little more oil. For a dryer scrub, you can add a little more sugar.
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  • Spoon into a suitable container, PET, glass, or aluminum jars are perfect. Store in a cool dark place ready for use.
    Cosmetic Jar 8oz
    Spoon your sugar scrub into a suitable container
Category: DIY Bath & Body
Cuisine: N/A
Difficulty: Easy

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How to Use Your Body Scrub

Indulging in this brown sugar and honey powder body scrub is a sweet treat for your skin. Follow these simple steps to ensure you get the most out of your scrubbing experience:

  1. Prep Your Skin: Start with clean, damp skin. Warm water helps to open up your pores and prepares the skin for exfoliation.
  2. Apply the Scrub: Scoop out a generous amount of the scrub. Begin applying it to your skin, focusing on areas that need extra exfoliation, like elbows, knees, and heels. For the body, use gentle, circular motions to spread the scrub.
  3. Massage Gently: Massage the scrub onto your skin, but remember to be gentle. The scrubbing action of the sugar will do most of the work, so there’s no need to apply too much pressure. This gentle massage helps to remove dead skin cells and stimulates circulation.
  4. Rinse Off: After thoroughly scrubbing, rinse off with warm water. The Polysorbate 80 in the scrub ensures that it washes away cleanly, leaving your skin feeling soft and moisturized without any greasy residue.
  5. Dry and Moisturize: Gently pat your skin dry with a towel. Follow up with your favorite DIY lotion to keep your skin hydrated and glowing. The scrub already contains nourishing oils, but a moisturizer will help to lock in hydration.

Frequency of Use: Use this scrub 1-2 times a week, or as needed, to maintain smooth, soft skin. Regular use helps in removing dead skin cells and promoting healthy skin regeneration.

Important Safety Note: Always be cautious when using oil-based scrubs in the shower, as they can make surfaces slippery. Consider using a non-slip mat for safety.

Enjoy the luxurious feel of your skin after using the scrub, and bask in the sweet, comforting aroma that lingers. This brown sugar scrub isn’t just a skincare routine; it’s a sensorial journey that leaves you feeling pampered and refreshed.

Cool Variations To Try 

There are lots of botanical powders that you can use instead of honey, cranberry, raspberry, lemon, orange lavender, and calendula, nettle. All have unique skin properties. Try pairing them with a matching aroma.   

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Final Thoughts

As we wrap up our journey through the creation of a sugar scrub, it’s clear that this isn’t just any ordinary skincare concoction. It’s a testament to the beauty and efficacy of nature-inspired ingredients, each playing a vital role in nourishing and rejuvenating your skin. From the gentle exfoliation of brown sugar and honey powder to the soothing touch of sunflower oil, this scrub is a holistic treat for your skin.

Crafting this sugar scrub was a delightful adventure, blending the sweetness of honey with the practicality of skincare. The use of honey powder and honey fragrance oil brings the essence of honey to life in a non-sticky, easy-to-use format. It’s my hope that this scrub not only leaves your skin feeling luxuriously soft and moisturized but also brings a moment of sweet indulgence to your daily routine.

Remember, the joy of DIY skincare lies in customization. Feel free to experiment with the substitutions suggested or tweak the proportions to suit your skin’s needs. This is more than a DIY sugar scrub recipe – it’s a canvas for your creativity and a gateway to embracing natural skincare solutions.

Thank you for joining me on this sweet skincare journey. May your days be as rich and rewarding as a scoop of this brown sugar and honey powder body scrub, leaving your skin glowing and your senses delighted.

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Angela Wills

I'm Angela, and I make most of the homemade things here at Savvy Homemade. I’m fearlessly dedicated to creating tried, tested recipes & products that will work for everyone. I'm an experienced soap maker, skincare formulator, author, busy Mom of 3, and recently a Grandma! Welcome to SavvyHomemade, it's my true passion.

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