DIY Orange Kissed Sugar Scrubs

Orange goodness and the pampering effects of a sugar scrub come together in this skin-nourishing DIY recipe. Making your own skincare solutions means you know exactly what you are putting onto—and into—your body.

The Ingredients


  • Sugar is a mild exfoliant, good for any skin type;
  • It helps to remove dead skin cells;
  • It cleans pores of dirt;
  • It has a natural anti-aging effect.

Coconut oil

  • Has natural disinfectant properties;
  • Fatty acids have an antimicrobial effect;
  • It contains vitamin E, crucial for healthy skin;
  • It helps to moisturize skin.

Orange peel

  • Contains vitamin C, also crucial to skin health;
  • Helps to reduce the appearance of dark spots and scarring over time;
  • It’s rich in other antioxidants that nourish and help hydrate skin.

Together, they can help your skin look its best.

Step #1: Dry The Peels

You’ll need the peel from about 4 to 5 oranges.

  • If you have 2 weeks, and the space, you can leave them in a cool, dark area (out of direct sunlight) on a flat surface.
  • To speed it up, cut the peel into pieces about the size of your thumb, and lay them in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake at 200 °F for 30 to 45 minutes, until the pieces are thoroughly dried to a crispy finish, but not browned.
  • Place them in a food processor, and pulse until they form a coarse powder.

Step #2: Mix the Scrub

The basic ingredients

Powdered orange peel (as above)
1 cup organic sugar
1/2 cup coconut oil


Choose any one of these options for a fragrant variation

  • 6 drops orange essential oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric


  • Combine thoroughly.
  • Store in a covered, airtight container in the fridge for a week to 10 days.

To Use

  • Scrub over wet skin in the shower using a circular motion.
  • Allow it to stay on your skin or 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Rinse thoroughly with warm water.

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