Home-made Vanilla Body Scrub


I wanted to step away from the usual beauty blogging gubbins to do a post on making your own body scrub. (Work with me here – it’s not as bad as you think.)

A pot of this takes no more than a couple of minutes, costs next to nothing, smells wonderful and leaves your skin feeling super smooth. I actually prefer it to some of the expensive body scrubs I have.

I did adjust the recipe, which calls for golden granulated sugar (not as rough as white granulated sugar). I thought I could use golden caster sugar as a close substitute but I had run out of it and only had demerara sugar, which works superbly as it has a very coarse texture, which I like.

For the scent, you can use any brand of vanilla extract – I recommend Nielsen Massey available for most supermarkets (I use it in my cupcakes).


To make the scrub, you will need:

400g golden granulated sugar (or demerara sugar for a coarser scrub)
100g granulated sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
100ml olive oil (with more to add for personal preference)

Add the sugars and vanilla extract in a bowl and slowly pour in the oil whilst mixing until you reach the desired consistency. Test the scrub on the back of your hand to be sure you are happy with it.


The recipe asks for 200ml of olive oil but I found I only needed half. Besides, I didn’t want a scrub that left my skin feeling greasy after showering and this quantity is just right.

Finally pop the scrub in a jar with a lockable lid. I picked up this one from IKEA for 75p. As it’s oil and sugar, the scrub should keep for a long while. And that’s all there is to it!



  1. 19th February 2013 / 9:22 AM

    I’ve always wanted to make my own body scrub! I love the scent of vanilla too. I may have to bookmark this to try out some time!

  2. 19th February 2013 / 12:42 PM

    love homemade scrub !!!

  3. Liz Bowles
    26th July 2013 / 12:39 PM

    Thanks so much for this recipe, my vanilla essence had gone a bit funny so have tried some almond essence, smells divine! Can’t wait to try it out!

  4. Sheenie
    28th July 2013 / 4:54 PM

    No worries, Liz!

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