The DIY Sugar Scrub Pinterest Pin That Failed Me

This was supposed to be a post about how wonderful DIY Sugar Scrubs are. It was supposed to show off my DIY prowess. It was supposed to be a super Pinterest-friendly article that I secretly hoped others would share. It was supposed to be a cute-if-somewhat-cheesy post that would play on the fact that the blog is named Sugar Crystal.

It is none of those things.

Now, it’s a post about how much sugar scrubs are not for me.

Like, I understood the basic concept of what a sugar scrub was and is. I understand that combining sugar and olive oil would make a concoction that’s supposed to both exfoliate and moisturize my skin. For months, I’ve been seeing these “easy DIY Sugar Scrub” tutorials on Pinterest.

But I never bit. I didn’t love the idea of putting olive oil on my body because I hate that filmy feeling that’s left on my skin after I try to wash it off.

Yet I decided to ignore that and power forward, especially after my friend recommended using it to get my skin extra silky and smooth. I was like, okay, I’m gonna do it. I’m gonna make my own sugar scrub. I even found a recipe that replaced the olive oil (which squicked me out) with almond oil (which just sounds better), and used brown sugar, and was intended to smell like vanilla (which is my favorite scent). Plus, hundreds of pinners on Pinterest must be on to something, right?

So here’s the simple recipe I followed:

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup almond oil (which you can get from Amazon)
  • 1 tsp real vanilla extract
  • Cute container to put it in


(The pictured container is not the one I ended up going with, because it was too big.)

The directions were equally simple: thoroughly combine ingredients in said cute container.




(I even added an adorable pattern to the container to make it extra appealing.)

Then use while in the shower, and experience super silky skin forever!

This is what I was anticipating, at least.

Instead, when I went to use this scrub while in the shower, I ended up slimy. Because guess what? Almond oil leaves that weird, slick feeling on my skin after I use it, the same way olive oil would. Like, how did I not know or realize that? How had I deluded myself into thinking, “nah, it’s cool, that oily feeling won’t drive me absolutely bonkers the way it has in the past”?

I blame Pinterest. Pinterest makes you think you can do anything.

And I think the sliminess — or softness? — is the point, kind of? The oil is supposed to moisturize your skin or something. But it just felt bad, to me. I am sure there are plenty who disagree, but I hated the feeling so much that I ended up dumping the rest of the sugar scrub down the drain while in the shower. Now my shower is so slippery that it’s a fight for my life every time I go in there.

The thing is, technically, the scrub works. It smells great, and it exfoliates, and it “moisturizes” (if that’s what you want to call it). Thus, if you’re in the market for a really simple sugar-and-oil scrub that you can make at home on the cheap, this tutorial is it.

But me? I think I’ll stick with my cocoa butter and not stress so much about exfoliating, thankyouverymuch.


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