Sweet Vanilla Sugar Scrub

Sweet Vanilla Sugar Scrub

I love vanilla. And Sugar. On my face. That’s why I love this homemade sweet vanilla sugar scrub recipe.

Before I made some serious changes to my diet and approach to the toxins in my home, I was totally engrossed in the world of “skin care” products. Due to my acne-prone skin, most of those products were designed to get rid of excess oil… because clearly my skin issues were due to too much grease. (sigh)

Turns out my acne wasn’t because of oil… it was because my dry flaky dead skin was always clogging my pores. And it wasn’t until I started to be more diligent about exfoliating my skin that I saw any improvement.

Gross, I know.

Of course getting good real fats into my diet, switching out toxic beauty products for safer alternatives, and getting stress under control made the biggest difference in my skin issues. But I still love a good, gentle exfoliation.

Enter this sweet vanilla sugar scrub. So easy. So deliciously simple. And a great way to gently scrub away dead skin to give you a natural glow.

In fact, my husband used this and said his face felt 30 years younger. (Sweet.)

The sugar scrub ingredients and their benefits:

Sugar: Naturally inhibits bacterial growth. Plus its rough texture helps slough off dead skin cells.

Honey: Has been used for skin care for centuries! It’s a powerful moisturizer and antioxidant. It also helps protect skin against damage.

Olive Oil: Moisturizes, nourishes, and cleanses the skin.

Vitamin E: Owing to its antioxidant properties, vitamin E is both a natural preservative and nourishes the skin.

Vanilla: Smells super yummy. (I like yummy things, okay?)



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    1. Post author

      This should last several weeks with the vitamin E. But, as with all homemade stuff, if it ever smells questionable… throw it out.

  1. Karen Livreri

    I use white sugar, cocoa powder and almond oil. Smells great, exfoliates well and is easy. I will try this recipe as well :)
    Thank you for sharing :)

  2. Sarah Schneider

    Love this recipe!!! Thank you! My hands and arms feel great! I can’t wait to get in the shower and try it on my face. I think you are right, dry skin could very well be the acne issue I have!

  3. anne

    would this still work without the vitamin E? Will it last as long without it? I’d love to make it but just don’t have vitamin E.

    Looks fabulous! I am loving your site!!

    1. Post author

      Yes, this would still work without the vitamin E. May not have as long a shelf life, but it would probably still be okay for a couple of weeks as long as it doesn’t get wet.

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  7. Phoenix

    Awesome posts I love DIY .where did you find those containers i have been searching for something to place my DIY in and could never find these they are adorable

    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      I found mine in the canning section of my grocery store. You can also find them online. :)

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  9. Gina Marie

    Thanks for this awesome, easy and deliciously smelling recipe. My hands are soft like BUTTAH now. Thanks again

    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      It shouldn’t, but I can’t say for sure since everyone is so different. For me, exfoliating was the BEST thing I did for my skin. As it turns out, my acne issue wasn’t from too much oil, but from too harsh of ingredients that kept my skin always flaky which would then clog my pores. I highly recommend a gentle (VERY gentle) weekly or bi-weekly scrub for acne-prone skin. But always listen to your body and seek medical advice first. :)

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