Soften your skin with this pumpkin spice-scented sugar scrub, which you can make with everyday kitchen ingredients.Pumpkin spice sugar scrub recipe

Making your own body products at home is not only fun, it’s also a great way to save money.

Take, for example, a sugar scrub. Depending on where you buy it, you could spend anywhere from $10 to $25 – or even more. And when you consider how inexpensive the ingredients for a sugar scrub are – and how easy it is to make yourself –  you’ll never buy this product in the store again!

How to Make Homemade Sugar Scrub

The base of this sugar scrub is one part oil to two parts sugar. Pretty simple, right? Not quite. 

I wanted to play around with this formula, using different types of sugars and different types of oils to come up with the perfect sugar scrub. I tried nine different combinations of sugar and oil.

The sugars included turbinado, cane, and white/granulated.

The oils included olive oil, vegetable oil, and coconut oil.

Here are my completely non-scientific findings:

  • Turbinado sugar and olive oil – This made a very coarse scrub that had a distinct olive oil scent.
  • Turbinado sugar and vegetable oil – This made a very coarse scrub that had no noticeable scent.
  • Turbinado sugar and coconut oil – This made a very coarse scrub that had a distinct coconut smell.
  • Cane sugar and olive oil – This made a scrub with a nice consistency. However, it still smelled like olive oil.
  • Cane sugar and vegetable oil – This made a scrub with a nice consistency and no noticeable scent.
  • Cane sugar and coconut oil – This made a scrub with a very nice, creamy consistency. However, the coconut scent was a little too strong for my liking.
  • White sugar and olive oil – The sugar in this scrub was too fine for my liking.
  • White sugar and vegetable oil – Again, the sugar in this scrub was too fine.
  • White sugar and coconut oil – This scrub had a great creamy texture.

How to make pumpkin spice sugar scrub

The Best Oil And Sugar To Make Sugar Scrub

My favorite sugar/oil combo was cane sugar and vegetable oil. The sugar is just coarse enough to make a scrub with some texture. Plus, using a neutral oil like vegetable oil allows you to add spices, essential oil, or other scented ingredients.

If you want to avoid refined oil, feel free to use virgin coconut oil or something similar.

Make your own pumpkin spice sugar scrub at home

This sugar scrub is cheap and easy to make, and will make your skin smell like cinnamon.

Make your own sugar scrub to use at home, or put it in a pretty jar and give it away as a gift.

Use it on your hands, feet, arms, legs, or pretty much anywhere except for your face. Enjoy!

Pumpkin spice sugar body scrub recipe

Homemade Body Product Recipes

If you’ve mastered this sugar scrub, try making another homemade body product at home:

Pumpkin spice sugar scrub recipe. Learn how to make this beautifully scented scrub, perfect for a gift!

Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This pumpkin spice sugar scrub has no actual pumpkin in it. If it did, it would only last a couple of days in the fridge. If you want the added benefit of pumpkin to nourish your skin, mix together equal parts of pumpkin puree and sugar scrub right before using.


  • 2 parts cane sugar
  • 1 part vegetable oil
  • Pumpkin pie spice (or a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves)


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine sugar, oil, and spice and mix to combine. Place sugar scrub in a sealed jar until ready to use.
  2. Please note: For the container of scrub you see in the photo above, I used 2/3 cup cane sugar, 1/3 cup vegetable oil, and one heaping teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice).

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