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It’s fun to make your own sugar scrub recipe and you only need a few ingredients. This orange sugar scrub is made with three kinds of oil, sugar and mica powder. You can make it as coarse as you like and also experiment with different essential oils to customize your sugar scrubs. Homemade sugar scrub is also something you can give as a gift. So, if you usually buy your sugar scrubs, why not try making this homemade orange sugar scrub instead?

Homemade orange sugar scrub in glass jars, tied with twine, beside fresh orange slices.

This easy DIY orange sugar scrub is quick and easy to make. It smells amazing and can remove dead skin cells and give you glowing skin if used regularly.

If you like making your own beauty products, you might also want to make your own shower steamers, bath bombs, and homemade bath salts. And if you love crafting, this hand knit chunky blanket is a lot of fun to make!

Glass jar filled with orange sugar scrub tied with a blue and white string, with fresh orange slices on a wooden board in the background.

Why You’ll Love This

Easy: This DIY body scrub is simple to make. You just have to combine a few ingredients together.
Effective: Sugar scrubs can remove dead skin cells which can help with a youthful appearance and soft skin. Homemade body scrubs are just as effective as commercial ones.
All-natural ingredients: Take a look at the list of ingredients on a drugstore sugar scrub and you will see a variety of ingredients and chemicals that you might not recognize. The great thing about homemade scrub recipes is you only have to use natural ingredients, so it’s a healthier choice.

A jar of homemade sugar scrub on a marble surface, with fresh orange slices and a wooden cutting board in the background.

Orange Sugar Scrub Ingredients

A complete list of ingredients and amounts can be found in the recipe card below

Coconut oil: This oil is a solid at room temperature or when cold and it softens and melts if it gets warm. If you don’t want to use coconut oil, you can use olive oil or baby oil instead.
Sugar: Sugar scrubs are less drying than salt scrubs. You can use any kind of granulated sugar.
Sweet orange oil: This is a moisturizing ingredient and sweet orange oil smells lovely.
Sweet almond oil: This is another moisturizing ingredient. Sweet almond oil helps the sugar spread to avoid tearing the skin.
Orange mica powder: The fine particles of this substance help gently slough off dead skin cells and mica powder gives a sugar scrub recipe a velvety, luxurious texture. It also colors the scrub.

Ingredients for a DIY skincare recipe, including almond oil, orange oil, mica powder, sugar, and coconut oil, arranged on a grey surface.

How to Make a DIY Orange Sugar Scrub

For more detailed instructions with weights and measurements, jump to the printable recipe card

Combine the oils: Put the coconut oil, sweet orange essential oil and sweet almond oil in a small bowl and mix.
Add the orange mica powder: Blend in the mica powder.
Add the sugar: Now you can mix in the sugar until all the ingredients are well blended.
Transfer it into a jar: Transfer the orange sugar scrub into a clean airtight container.

Jars full of homemade sugar scrub that is orange scented.

Substitutions and Variations

Strengthen the scent: If you want more of an orange smell, you can use extra sweet orange oil or even add orange zest to the mix.
Try another scent: Orange is an invigorating or refreshing oil. If you’re looking for more of a relaxing exfoliation experience, consider swapping some or all of the coconut oil for lavender baby oil and the orange mica for crushed dried lavender.
Add honey: Some people like to add honey to their homemade body scrub recipes because it helps with the consistency and it’s also very moisturizing for the skin. If you want to try, use the thickest honey you can find.
Tweak the consistency: Add more sugar if you want it coarser or more coconut oil if you want it smoother.

A glass jar filled with fresh made orange sugar scrub on a marble countertop, with sliced oranges in the background.

How to Use a Sugar Scrub

Prepare for a luxurious experience: Switch on the shower and consider adding a homemade shower steamer in the corner to release scents (this makes it more spa-like!)
Wet the skin: Wet the skin you want to exfoliate.
Apply the sugar body scrub:
Rub the scrub into your skin with your fingers, using a circular motion. 
Rinse well: Rinse the sugar scrub away using warm water and enjoy your softer skin!

Top view of a jar containing orange sugar scrub on a marble surface.

How to Store Orange Sugar Scrub

Store:  Keep body scrubs in an airtight container at room temperature. If you refrigerate this scrub, the coconut oil content will set, making it harder to scoop out of the jar. It should last about 6 weeks.

Three jars of homemade orange sugar scrub tied with twine sitting on a white surface, with a wooden spoon in the background.

Top Tips

Don’t use scrubs too often: Use the sugar scrub once or twice a week. Using it daily can irritate the skin.
Don’t use on irritated skin: If you have very sensitive skin or you have sunburn, avoid using a sugar scrub.
Finish with a moisturizer: Once you have rinsed off the sugar scrub and patted yourself dry with a towel, apply body oil or body lotion to lock in the moisture.
Rinse the tub: Clean out the tub or shower after using the scrub, or else it might attract ants!

Homemade beauty and skincare products on a wood board.

Orange Sugar Scrub FAQs

What kind of sugar is best for making this orange sugar scrub?

You can use any kind of granulated sugar. Keep in mind some are harsher than others. White sugar is the gentlest, raw or turbinado sugar is the harshest and brown and golden sugar falls somewhere in the middle.

Can you use it on your face?

If you plan to do this, make sure you’re using brown sugar which is quite gentle and not turbinado sugar or a coarse kind that can tear the skin. If you have sensitive skin, it’s best not to use a sugar scrub on it at all in case of irritation.

How does using sugar scrubs improve your skin?

A sugar scrub is abrasive enough to slough off dead skin cells, revealing the softer skin underneath. It can also stimulate collagen production. Collagen is a protein that can help keep skin looking youthful and fight wrinkles. Sugar scrubs can also boost circulation.

Orange DIY Sugar Scrub

5 from 1 vote

Orange Sugar Scrub

By: Bella Bucchiotti
This easy DIY orange sugar scrub is quick and easy to make. It smells amazing and can remove dead skin cells and give you glowing skin if used regularly.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 Cups

Ingredients 

Instructions 

  • Mix the oils together in a bowl.
  • Add the orange powder and thoroughly mix.
  • Now blend in the sugar.
  • Transfer to an airtight jar.

Notes

Don’t use scrubs too often: Use the sugar scrub once or twice a week. Using it daily can irritate the skin.
Don’t use on irritated skin: If you have very sensitive skin or you have sunburn, avoid using a sugar scrub.
Finish with a moisturizer: Once you have rinsed off the sugar scrub and patted yourself dry with a towel, apply body oil or body lotion to lock in the moisture.
Rinse the tub: Clean out the tub or shower after using the scrub, or else it might attract ants!
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This orange sugar scrub recipe smells really good and it only takes minutes to make. This all-natural alternative to commercial sugar scrub formulations is kinder to your skin and if you suffer from dry skin it can help slough off the dry old skin cells on top and reveal the new smooth skin underneath. Combining coconut oil with other oils and a few drops of your favorite essential oils means you can make effective homemade body scrubs to enjoy yourself or to give as gifts.

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Bella Bucchiotti

Bella Bucchiotti is a Canadian-based syndicated food, travel, and lifestyle writer, photographer, and creator at xoxoBella. She founded xoxoBella in 2015, where she shares her love for food, dogs, sustainability, fitness, crafts, outdoor adventures, travel, and philanthropy to encourage others to run the extra mile, try new recipes, visit unfamiliar places, and stand for a cause. Bella creates stress-free and family-friendly recipes for weeknight dinners and festive feasts.

 

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