Sugar Scrub Recipe: DIY Exfoliant for Lips, Hands & Feet

sugar scrub recipe

Exfoliating is a must for treating dry, chapped skin. The homemade sugar scrub recipe I’m going to share with you today is a triple threat – perfect to use throughout summer or winter for sloughing away dead skin on the lips, hands, and feet. 

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DIY Sugar Scrub Recipe:

sugar scrub recipe

To make the sugar scrub, all you need is sugar, honey, olive oil, and shea butter. You can find shea butter at Walgreen’s, Amazon, or your local African-American beauty supply store. 

sugar scrub recipe

Melt the shea butter to a liquid form by placing the container in boiling hot water.

sugar scrub recipe

Mix the ingredients together in a small bowl.

sugar scrub recipe

The original sugar scrub recipe I referenced called for only one tablespoon of sugar. It turned out too runny, so I added another tablespoon.

sugar scrub recipe

Two tablespoons of sugar created a smooth, paste-like consistency.

sugar scrub recipe

The sugar scrub is ready to use on lips, hands, and feet. It lasts 1-2 weeks. Store in a cool, dry place. To soften the mixture, sit the container in a bowl of warm water to melt ingredients down.


  • Cane sugar: 2 tablespoon
  • Honey: 1 tablespoon
  • Olive oil: 1 teaspoon
  • Shea butter: 1 teaspoon
  • Small container


In a small mixing bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of sugar, 1 tablespoon of honey, and 1 tablespoon each of olive oil and melted shea butter. Stir until mixture becomes the consistency of paste.

How to Use

Using clean fingers, apply the sugar scrub to lips, hands or feet. Rub the scrub into the skin to exfoliate. Wipe the mixture away using a warm, wet towel. Seal lips with lip balm or Vaseline to lock in moisture. Apply lotion or body cream to hands/feet. 

Note: be sure to spot test the scrub before application. If you experience a reaction, rinse thoroughly and discontinue application.

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