Fill jar about 3/4 of the way with sugar. Add about 1/4-1/3 of the oil and start mixing. You want to coat all the sugar with just enough oil to achieve a thick texture. Add more oil and the essential oil, continuing to coat all the sugar. Press down on the top of the sugar scrub and even out. Take a paper towel and wipe any excess on the outside of the jar. Put on the lid, label and add a ribbon, if desired.
To Use: scoop a bit of the scrub using your hand or a spoon. Wet the area, and work the scrub into the skin in circular motions. The sugar will gently exfoliate and dissolve, leaving the oil to moisturize the skin. Rinse off and pat dry. Use 1-2x a week.
Save yourself the hassle of buying overpriced sugar scrubs with this 3-ingredient DIY recipe. Sugar and olive oil are cheap items you probably have in your pantry, and when paired together they make an easy way to exfoliate your hands, feet, face and body.
When it comes to essential oils, tailor the scent according to the body part/issue or to have a desired effect (e.g. relaxing, uplifting, etc.) For example, antibacterial scents such as peppermint, spearmint, fir balsam and eucalyptus work well for stinky or sore feet. Lemon, lime and orange are uplifting and can be used for the whole body, while rose and lavender are classic relaxing scents. For a facial scrub or for sensitive skin, you can choose to omit the essential oil entirely.
For a bit of color, add a bit of powdered color to the oil before adding to the sugar scrub. Some options include yellow turmeric, burgundy beet powder, powdered blue blueberries, and green spirulina and chlorella. You can also look for natural food coloring online or in health food stores. You can also try adding in a few drops of liquid food coloring, but be aware that the scrub may clump.
For the oil, you can use a lighter oil for those with acne prone skin such as grapeseed and avocado, or a thicker oil such as sweet almond and walnut for those with dry skin.
Final tip: if you plan on using this in the shower, you might want to place your scrub in a plastic container. Be mindful that your tub will be slippery afterwards, so do it on a day when the tub is due for a scrubbing as well!
As always, Enjoy :)