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Sugar Scrub Recipe – DIY Invigorating Eucalyptus Mint Body & Hand Scrub

I spend a lot of time outside and, in spite of my best efforts to stay hydrated and wear lotion, sometimes my skin needs a really good scrub.

Unfortunately, my favorite Bath and Body Works scrub costs $16 when it’s not on sale, which leaves me a little hesitant to use it as often as I’d like!

Luckily, making your own body scrub is pretty darn easy! This invigorating eucalyptus mint sugar scrub is a ‘copy cat’ of my favorite B&B scrub at a fraction of the price. Hooray!

You don’t have to use eucalyptus and mint, they just happen to by my favorite scents. Use both, one, neither – whatever you want! You are the one using it, after all.

invigorating eucalyptus mint sugar scrub recipe

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Benefits of exfoliating

Using a sugar scrub to exfoliate and moisturize is one of the ways I show myself a little love, even when I’m super busy!

Exfoliating your skin:

  • Removes dead skin cells, which makes your skin look fresher and softer & increases your skins ability to absorb moisturizers. 
  • Evens skin texture.
  • Improves circulation.

Most people can benefit from exfoliating twice a week. This body scrub is fantastic for exfoliating your arms, legs, and feet!

Ingredients for Eucalyptus Mint Body Scrub

This recipe makes a little over 1 cup of finished product (because that’s what size container I had on hand). For more volume, just double it! I used an old jar from a commercial sugar scrub, but glass mason jars work fantastically well, too.

  •  1/2 a cup of raw cane sugar (it has big crystals and is a very light brown color)
  • 1/2 a cup of refined white sugar
  • 3/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
    • Cut back to 1/4-1/2 cup for a less moisturizing scrub
    • Olive oil does give the scrub a color tint. Use fractionated coconut oil if you prefer something more clear!
  • 1/2 a teaspoon of eucalyptus essential oil
  • 1/2 a teaspoon of mint essential oil

Using 1/2 a teaspoon of both oils will result in a strongly scented sugar scrub. I like this because the scent lingers on my skin throughout the day and I really enjoy that!

If you want something a little less potent, scale it back to 1/4 of a teaspoon of each. However much you use, make sure to use essential oils that are okay for topical use! Be cautious with citrus oils that may cause photosensitivity.

Exfoliating Sugar Scrub Recipe

1. Pour your sugar into a small/medium bowl.

raw sugar

2. Add the white sugar and stir thoroughly to combine.


3. Add the olive oil and mix thoroughly. I find that a fork works best for this!

olive oil for sugar scrub sugar and olive oil mixture for sugar scrub stir sugar scrub ingredients to combine

4. Mix in the essential oils.

adding essential oils mix in the essential oils


5. Transfer to your container and close the lid.

body scrub

6. Use whenever you’d like!

This scrub works best on the hands and body and isn’t really designed for the face.  

You will notice some separation – this is totally normal. It actually happens with commercial scrubs, too, and is nothing to worry about. You can re-mix it, if you’d like, just before using, or simply scoop down into it to grab a bit of both layers.

This is a deeply moisturizing scrub, just like the commercial version that inspired it. For a more dry scrub, halve the oil.

Of course, you can mix up the scents, too, and change the ratio of raw sugar to white sugar. I like the half and half because it is scrubby without being painful, but you can make it more gentle by using a more white sugar/less raw sugar or even more powerful by using all raw sugar.

More DIY body products

If you like this invigorating eucalyptus mint sugar scrub, you’ll also enjoy these homemade body products!

Honey almond lip scrub

Whipped cinnamon latté sugar scrub

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Rosemary detox foot soak 

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  • Gabby March 25, 2017, 11:06

    I have not been able to find plain mint oil. Would spearmint or peppermint work?

    Thanks 🙂

    • Natashalh March 26, 2017, 09:58

      Absolutely! Mint is just a generic species of plant. There are so many types of mint (even one that smells kind of like chocolate!). I typically use peppermint for essential oil projects. =)

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