Exfoliate your face with this homemade sugar scrub!


You likely have everything you need to make this face scrub, but, if not, the ingredients are easy to find and will give you that soft, supple and glowing skin you’ve longed for. 

Let’s get started! I recommend making your homemade sugar scrub right in the jar that you plan to store it in, but you can make it in a small bowl and transfer it to a tight-lidded jar, if you prefer. 

In a small jar, add the coconut oil and honey. Coconut oil offers amazing antifungal and antimicrobial characteristics that help keep the skin fresh and bacteria-free in addition to helping to moisturize the skin.

Raw honey is an amazing skin-healer. It also helps keep the skin soft and supple because it helps retain moisture, which is a must for healthy skin! 

Next up — the sugar! Add the sugar and blend well. While eating lots of sugar is not a good idea, using it to help remove dead skin cells is. I suggest brown sugar because it is softer, which is a better choice for the face. But what makes sugar good for the skin? It is a natural humectant. What that means is that it helps hydrate the skin. 

Sugar is also a natural source of glycolic acid, which is commonly used to treat dry, sun-damaged and aging skin. You may have seen the ingredient alpha hydroxy acid (AHA). This ingredient helps the skin, encouraging cell turnover and generating fresher, younger-looking skin. (1) (2

Next, let’s add the essential oils. Orange essential oil is a natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory, making it a perfect addition to this sugar scrub recipe. It can help those with acne-prone skin, too, and encourage the absorption of vitamin C and collagen production — both great for reducing the effects of aging.

Add the tea tea oil now. Tea tree oil is a favorite of mine for helping the skin stay healthy and free of acne. The antibacterial properties, known as terpenes, are very healing and mild. Blend all of these ingredients together and get ready to do your homemade sugar scrub!

Homemade Sugar Scrub with Coconut, Honey & Orange




  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon organic raw honey
  • 4 tablespoons organic brown sugar
  • 6 drops orange essential oil
  • 6 drops tea tree essential oil


  1. In a small jar, add the coconut oil and honey. 
  2. Add the sugar and blend well. 
  3. Next, add the essential oils
  4. Blend all of the ingredients together.
  5. Store in a tight-lidded jar in a cool, dark place.

Recipe by Dr. Axe