Sugar Scrub Bar: How and Why You Should Make One

Sugar makes a great natural exfoliator. Did you know you can pair it with soap to make a sugar scrub that’s also cleansing? That’s the kind of double whammy I love! Sugar scrubs can be super messy when you use them in the shower. One of the benefits of Sugar Scrub Bars is that you get all the exfoliation, plus cleansing, minus some of the mess.

Sugar Scrub

This sugar scrub smells like fall! Although I know we’re not quite ready for pumpkin spice lattes, but I love the smell of autumn. It’s also a fabulous exfoliator that leaves my skin glowing, which is especially great after so many days in the sun.

Sugar Scrub Bar: How and Why You Should Make One

Aloe Glycerin Soap Base

Aloe Glycerin Soap Base: I love using aloe products on my skin. My face is easily irritated, and aloe is both soothing and cell regenerative, which means it helps my sensitive, easily damaged skin recover. Glycerin is a natural byproduct of mixing oils with fats. It’s clear and odorless making it a fun soap base to work with.


Sugar: Not just for your coffee! Sugar is a natural exfoliant that helps remove dead skin.

Happy Joy Essential Oil Blend

Happy Joy Essential Oil Blend: This blend makes my morning shower just a little bit more joyful. Happy Joy is antibacterial, antifungal, and skin healing.*

Bay Essential Oil

Bay Essential Oil: This oil is antibacterial*, and it’s what gives this soap its spicy scent.
Note: This oil is not kid-friendly, so if you’re planning to use this sugar scrub bar with a child, choose a kid-friendly oil like Tangerine, Lavender, Cedarwood, Fir Needle, German Chamomile, or our brand new Sweet Dreams Blend.


Cinnamon: While it’s an optional ingredient, cinnamon gives this soap a rich brown color and a smell reminiscent of autumn. It’s also an antioxidant, which helps protect your skin from sun damage.

Now that you know what’s inside, it’s time to make your own Sugar Scrub Bar!

Sugar Scrub

Always dilute any essential oil before using it topically. Failing to do so can cause irritation. Check out this handy dilution chart we created for topical use. In this recipe, the oil is diluted in the soap base.

Like I mentioned above, Bay Essential Oil isn’t kid-friendly. It can cause difficulty breathing in children, so it’s best not to use them on or near them. Always check the age recommendation listed on the label of our essential oils.

Never ingest any essential oil, even if it’s generally regarded as safe. For more information on why we don’t ingest essential oils, check out this blog post

Some oils used in the Happy Joy Blend are considered phototoxic. That means they can make you more prone to sunburn. This is a low risk in this blend, but if you’re worried about it, don’t use it before spending time in the sun.

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil is in our Happy Joy Essential Oil Blend and is best used in small quantities, as it is in this recipe. Overuse can cause headaches and nausea. As with every essential oil, some people are more sensitive to this oil than others.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Sugar Scrub Bar: How and Why You Should Make One

Recipe by Katie Veldkamp

Time to make: about 5 minutes



  • In a double boiler or in the microwave using 10-second intervals, heat the soap base until just melted.
  • Once the soap is just melted, remove from heat. Stir in essential oils, sugar, and cinnamon. Adding these ingredients will cause the soap to cool and solidify. Gently reheat the mixture until melted.
  • Pour into your soap mold. Allow the bar to cool and harden. 
  • To use your sugar scrub, scrub and lather your entire body in the bath or shower. Rinse with warm water.


  • Using a finer sugar is better for sensitive skin, while a more course sugar will be more exfoliating.
  • Use brown sugar if you love the color but want to exclude the cinnamon.
  • Omit the Bay Essential Oil and cinnamon and add Lemon Essential Oil for a lemon sugar scrub recipe.

This sugar scrub bar will give you the skin you desire! Let us know what you think about this recipe by commenting below or connecting with us on social media @fromsimplyearth!

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