Brown Sugar Face Scrubs

Create your own facial scrubs with brown sugar, honey & a few drops of oils

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Sugar scrubs using brown sugar are wonderful for skin. Getty Images: GretaMarie

Ahhhh, the basic brown sugar scrub. There really isn't a better natural exfoliant than brown sugar. It doesn't tear at the skin like oatmeal or salt can do. Plus, it tastes delicious if it somehow makes its way into your mouth.

These brown sugar scrubs recipes are created for the face and work for all skin types. They are simple, basic and very, very popular. If you don't have brown sugar on hand, you can use a basic refined white sugar.

Make as little or as much as you want. It will store and last for awhile. 

Use a face scrub once or twice a week to keep your skin in tip-top shape. It's important year-round to exfoliate both your face and your body, but you may find you need to exfoliate even more in winter.

Get more tips on exfoliating in How to Exfoliate: Best Exfoliating Tips for the Face & Body.

Recipe No. 1: Brown Sugar Scrub With Honey

This super simple brown sugar scrub is incredibly moisturizing and incorporates honey and oils. It uses Manuka honey, which is produced in New Zealand by bees that pollinate the Manuka bush. Manuka honey has amazing anti-bacterial properties, making it a great ingredient for skincare. 

If you don't have Manuka honey, substitute regular honey.

This recipe also includes essential oils, which you can skip if you have sensitive skin. Find out which essential oils work best with your skin type in The Best Essential Oils for Your Skin Type.


  • 1/2 cup Manuka honey or plain honey. Buy manuka honey at Amazon
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (basic refined white sugar works in a pinch)
  • 1 tbsp olive or coconut oil
  • 1 drop of your favorite essential oil (lavender, jasmine, rose, geranium, bergamot are all nice)

Mix ingredients in a bowl.

To Use

Apply mixture to skin and massage in a circular motion to ensure you are removing dead skin from your face.

Rinse with warm water and press skin with a warm washcloth.

Apply moisturizer to cleansed, scrubbed skin.

Recipe No. 2: Super Simple Brown Sugar Scrub for the Face (Just 2 Ingredients!)

This recipe is adapted from one crafted by Lena Korres, founder of Korres Natural Products, and makeup artist Jemma Kidd.


  • 1 tsp brown sugar (basic refined white sugar works in a pinch)
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil

To Use

Put 1 tbsp (or a scoopful) of coconut oil in your palm, add the teaspoon of brown sugar. Using your finger, mix the two together in your palm. 

Apply to face and scrub in a gentle circular motion. 

Rinse with lukewarm water. Pat your face dry with a soft cloth.

More Great Scrub Recipes

Scrubs are not just for the face. You can make larger batches for your body as well. Check out these resources for recipes for body scrubs:

  • How to Make Salt and Sugar Scrubs
  • 17 Ingenious Beauty Uses for Average Kitchen Items
  • How to Save $$$ on Skincare With These 12 Tips