DIY Olive Oil Sugar Scrub

January 21, 2013

Olive Oil is one of the most used products in my house. Not only does it make a nice vinaigrette and pair well with almost anything I am cooking, it has also ¬†become very useful in my skincare regimen. One of my favorite ways to use it is in this super simple sugar scrub. I know you must be thinking “EW, put that on my face and I will break out for weeks!”. Fortunately that is NOT the case. One of the first tips I picked up YEARS ago when I first began coloring my hair was that “Like removes Like” which at the time meant to remove the color I had on my forehead and ears I needed to put more color on it and scrub to remove it. The same goes for oils on the skin. Good oil such as olive oil removes bad oils on your skin that cause clogged pores and blemishes. Olive Oil has also been used for hundreds of years as a moisturizer for the skin after shaving. So here we go.


For this scrub you will need:

  • 1 Jar ( I used a mason jar, but any container will do. If you are making a batch of it use a jar with a lid)
  • Olive Oil
  • Sugar


Begin with pouring the olive oil into the jar. I tend to never make more than a half of a cup at a time or the sugars will begin to crystalize before I can use it all. Then add an equal part of sugar, and stir.


Here are a few ways I use this miracle scrub.

  1. I keep it at my kitchen sink as a nice hand scrub for after doing dishes or as a little pick me up when my hands are tired and dry.
  2. I use this in my shower as an all over body scrub, especially after shaving my legs! You will have gorgeous shiny legs.
  3. I use this as an exfoliant for my face, especially in the winter when my skin feels the most dry.
  4. This also works great on eczema prone skin to gently exfoliate any breakouts naturally.

** BONUS ** In all my years as a make up artist, olive oil is still my absolute favorite eye and lip make up remover!

I hope you all enjoy the many benefits Olive Oil has to offer.


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  • Reply Brooke Hymes-Tabel January 21, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Love this!! Olive oil is amazing. My husbands father sends us olive oil in massive canisters from their farm in Jerusalem. I like to use it for hair treatments as well!

    • Reply Shawna January 21, 2013 at 4:19 PM

      That’s amazing Brooke! I would love to try some olive oil of that quality! I hope you try the scrub and LOVE it as much as I do. x

  • Reply Darin Puppel January 21, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    This is a great and simple scrub recipe! I love it because it’s 2 things that you can already find in any household. It’s amazing how many luxuries are constantly available to us that we are oblivious to. :)

    • Reply Shawna January 22, 2013 at 12:54 AM

      So true Darin! I’m so glad you like the recipe, I hope you enjoy it soon! :)

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  • Reply a July 4, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    Greetings! Very helpful advice in this particular post!
    It’s the little changes that make the biggest changes.
    Thanks for sharing!

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