How to make a quick and easy sugar scrub

  • Claire OBeirne
  • May 8, 2020

Last week I was going through my feed on Twitter and spotted someone doing a sugar scrub, and I thought this was a great idea for the start of a DIY project.  Specifically, I wanted to do a super quick and easy sugar scrub, because:
1 - I hate cleaning up,
and 2 - My attention span for doing things is pretty low.


Low and behold, less than 24 hours later I'd actually forgotten about it.  It wasn't until my sister finally got out of quarantine and we were chatting about getting creative in the kitchen did it come up again.  See, the thing about my sister is that before she decided we weren't good enough for her (I'm joking, I'm joking.)  and packed up and moved to Canada,  she ran a SUPER cute brand called A Small Touch of Tallow and made, you guessed it, sugar scrubs!  (As well as bath bombs, candles, melts - basically, if it smelt nice, she's probably made it at one point or another.)


So I'd like to present my first collaboration project on how to make a super quick and easy sugar scrub!


  1. 1 cup of White or Brown fine granulated sugar
  2.  1/4 cup of coconut oil
  3. 1tsp Food grade Vanilla Essence
  4. Optional drops of food grade dye, the liquid kind that won't stain your skin.

Total Time:

15 minutes including clean up


  1. Place your cup of sugar into a medium-sized bowl
  2. Melt in the microwave the coconut oil, you want the oil to be mostly melted but not completely. 15-20 seconds should produce enough loose liquid to melt the rest naturally. Stir the rest until all melted in.
  3. Add the oil to the sugar and mix
  4. Add your vanilla essence
    ***At this point you will want to check on the consistency of the mix, it should be fluffy and grainy still, if the mix is too wet then just add some more sugar. If it is too dry, put a few drops of water in the mix (water spreads further so add a few drops, mix, reassess.) ***
  5. For colour dividing, separate half the mix into another bowl or even the measuring cup. Each bowl should be used for a different colour. Add a few drops of your chosen colour and mix, remember if you add too much dye you can expect to have a change in skin tone.
  6. Layer in a jar however you would like. When deciding on a jar think about the width of the opening as you want to be able to scoop the mix out when using. When layering, whatever colour is touching the jar is what will be seen so don't worry too much about the middle if you are running out of your chosen colours.
  7. Set in the fridge for about 4 hours
  8. You are all good to go! Keep in a dry and cool place, depending on your mix this will last anywhere from 1 month to 6 months.

Please keep in mind that this specific recipe is for either the lips or body.

Handy hint: Tough and tired feet? Swap fine sugar for something more course such as raw sugar using the same recipe.

And that's it!  Your own quick and easy sugar scrub!


Now I've been informed that this isn't edible.  I dispute this, as it tastes in my opinion pretty damn fine - but alas.  Do not consume.  We also found that on our first attempt that we may have placed a little bit too much water into our mix - and we also (re)-discovered that the mix shouldn't sit in the fridge for more than the 4 hours - otherwise you get a rock. (Oops)  - it does 'defrost' so fret not if you do forget!


This was super fun and easy to make, and hopefully, we can make the DIY projects an ongoing series!
What would you like to see next?  If you make it - drop us a comment below or use the hashtag #SGWDIY on Instagram!



  1. mia

    August 9, 2020

    Claire, I love these! (I’ve never seen a sugar scrub recipe that dyed the sugar green but it’s really fun!) xx

  2. Clarissa Cabbage

    May 14, 2020

    Thank you Claire! I was just thinking my legs could use a good sugar scrub. However,the pedicure places are still closed here. I looked at the store and a little thing was like 12$! I’m definitely going to give this a try this weekend. Thanks!

    • shortgirlwalking

      May 14, 2020

      You’re so welcome! The best part is that even though it might be roughly the same cost for the first batch – you’ll have HEAPS leftover so it does come down super cheap if you do a couple of batches. Let us know how you go!

  3. Hannah

    May 14, 2020

    I might have to make some for giving as gifts! This sounds super easy and fun to make too!

    – Hannah |

    • shortgirlwalking

      May 14, 2020

      They’re SUPER cute for gifts, especially if you make them in a massive bulk lot!
      Thanks for stopping by! Let us know how you go if you do make them!

  4. Kat

    May 14, 2020

    Great idea! Will try it tonight! Also, like the idea for feet too!

    • shortgirlwalking

      May 14, 2020

      It’s super good for a foot scrub! Let us know how you go if you do end up making it!

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