Refresh Your Skin for Fall with a DIY Sugar Scrub

Refresh Your Skin for Fall with a DIY Sugar Scrub

October 07, 2018

Everyone loves the arrival of crisp fall weather—especially after months of sticky summer days. But autumn’s cool temperatures and low humidity can be tough on your complexion. If your skin is feeling rough or dry as the season gets underway, a homemade sugar scrub might be the perfect remedy.

Turn your bathroom into a day at the spa with our DIY body scrub recipe, infused with warming spices and bright citrus. This natural sugar scrub can be used to boost circulation, invigorate and hydrate the body, and exfoliate dull surface cells for soft, glowing skin. Best of all, it’s made with everyday ingredients that might already be in your kitchen cupboard. Learn more about the benefits of each ingredient, and then read on for the recipe.


Brown Sugar: The most important ingredient in any scrub is an exfoliating agent—like salt or sugar—that works to remove dead or dull cells and invigorate the skin, promoting a healthy glow. Fine brown sugar is softer than white sugar, so it’s especially gentle for sensitive skin. Brown sugar is also rich in youth-boosting antioxidants and bacteria-fighting glycolic acid to keep skin smooth and clear.


Coconut Oil: If you’re a fan of natural beauty, coconut oil is likely a part of your skincare routine already. This multi-tasking ingredient is an excellent moisturizer that also offers antibacterial and antifungal properties. Look for organic and unrefined coconut oil to maximize your beauty benefits.


Sweet Almond Oil: Like coconut oil, sweet almond oil offers bountiful benefits for sensitive skin. It’s especially rich in Vitamin E, a potent antioxidant that protects the collagen in your skin to prevent fine lines and wrinkles. Sweet almond oil is also packed with Vitamin A (to fight blemishes) and fatty acids (to help skin retain moisture).


Cinnamon Essential Oil: A powerful antibacterial, cinnamon essential oil works to boost your immune system as cold and flu season begins. (Plus the scent is a fall classic!)


Clove Essential Oil: Clove is another skincare superstar, rich in antimicrobial properties to fight blemishes. It also stimulates blood flow to the skin for a healthy glow. 

Orange Zest: Packed with Vitamin C, orange zest works to tone and fight free radicals for brighter, smoother skin. 


Ground Nutmeg: When it comes to skincare benefits, nutmeg earns all A’s: anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and astringent. This warming spice soothes the skin, reducing blemishes and clogged pores. 


Fall Citrus & Spice Sugar Scrub

1 cup fine brown sugar

¼ cup coconut oil

¼ cup sweet almond oil

5 drops cinnamon essential oil

3 drops clove essential oil

1 teaspoon orange zest

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg


  1. Scoop coconut oil into a mixing bowl and microwave until just melted (approximately 30-40 seconds).
  1. Add brown sugar, almond oil and essential oils, then stir until fully combined. Add more sugar or coconut oil as needed until you achieve the consistency you prefer.
  1. Use a microplane to zest orange peel. Gently fold orange zest and nutmeg into sugar mixture until evenly blended.
  1. Scoop into a glass jar and store in a cool, dry place (or in the refrigerator).

To use: Gently scrub clean skin after a shower or bath. Follow with a moisturizing lotion or body balm.

Using the same ratio of sugar to oil, you can create countless scrubs featuring your favorite seasonal ingredients—feel free to experiment with other skin-safe essential oils and spices. DIY scrubs also make sweet hostess gifts and party favors when stowed in decorative jars.


Leave a comment below and let us know which natural skin care recipes you’ll be trying out this fall!




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