Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate! DIY Essential Oil Sugar Body Scrub!

For years I was completely embarrassed by my legs. It seemed I always had these little red dry skin bumps no matter what I did and shaving just made them a MILLION times worse. Summer time, going out to the beach or the boat was my personal idea of hell because all I wanted to do was cover up my legs.

Until one day I ran out of my regular shaving cream and I HAD to shave my legs. I had to wear a dress for a date night and there was no getting by without shaving. The only thing I had to shave with was some baby oil. O-M-G! I knew baby oil did amazing things for your skin, but my legs had never felt this amazing before. My normal red bumps after shaving were completely gone, my skin wasn’t dry and -I totally swear this is the truth- my legs remained smooth so much longer than with typical shaving cream. It was like the miracle oil.

Since then I have experimented to create my own DIY Essential Oil Sugar Body Scrub that you can use everywhere to exfoliate your skin, and with just a quick rinse off of the sugar, you are ready to shave anywhere, including your bikini line!

Here’s what you’ll need!


  1. Baby Oil- I get mine at Target, the Up&Up brand with aloe and vitamin e is like $2.50
  2. Granulated Sugar- I use regular old Domino Sugar I have in my kitchen, but feel free to use whatever you have!
  3. Essential Oils- I love the smell of Rosemary, Eucalyptus and Lavender, and as luck would have it, they do amazing things for your skin. But feel free to add whatever oils appeal to you the most. I got mine at Vitamin Shoppe for about $5-$8 each. (These are the same essential oils I used in my shower soothers too!)
  4. An Empty bottle to store your mixture, preferably one that is clear- I’m using an old astringent bottle. You’ll want something than can be capped and is easily controlled when you pour it.

IMAG0700First, eye ball about 1/3 of your empty bottle. Fill it with your sugar, trying not to get sugar everywhere in the process. I’d recommend doing this step over the sink so if it does spill over a little bit you can just wash away the extra sugar. It’s ok if the sugar sticks to the inside of the jar like mine did. It’ll all come together in the end.

IMAG0701Next fill the remaining 2/3 of the bottle with your baby oil. I leave a little bit of a gap at the top of my bottle to help in the mixing process a little later. Again I recommend doing this step over the sink so if you spill you don’t ruin any cloth or make another mess with the oil.

IMAG0703Next, add a few drops of each essential oil to your mixture. You’ll only need 2-3 drops of each oil depending on the size of your bottle. My bottle is about 8 fl oz.

Lastly, place your cap on tightly, making sure it is sealed closed. And now we SHAKE! Have some fun with it, do a little dance if you like! You want to shake this up until all the sugar has detached from the bottom of the bottle. Once you’ve finished shaking, you’ll once the sugar will once again settle down to the bottom, that’s fine. We just wanted to make sure IMAG0704that none of the sugar hardens before we get to use it. Each time you go to use this scrub, give it a shake or two, let the sugar redistribute throughout the bottle before you pour it out.

And then, scrub away! The sugar will help to exfoliate your skin and remove any dead skin cells that may gunk up your razor while shaving, preventing a closer shave. The sugar will dissolve in water of the shower, leaving behind those essential oils and the baby oil which are fantastic to shave with and won’t be washed away by the water. I do recommend that once you are done shaving that you use a body wash to rinse away any access oil that may lead to blocked pours.

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave them for me! Please take this tutorial and make it your own! And please share any tips or tricks that work for you!


Mandy @NiteDreamerDesigns


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