Aromatic and Herbal Sugar Scrub for the Body

Beautiful day today. I have been meaning to catch up with our personal supply of aromatic products and today presented itself with time to create and play.

Creating an aromatic and herbal sugar scrub

Goal: to create an aromatic sugar scrub for the body using both plant material and essential oils in the sugar. First, I set about to clean all the dishes, silver ware, jars, bottles, and measuring cups so I began the process with clean (sterilized in hot water) supplies. A very important part of the process.

Then gathered together (all organic):

  • 1 cup Rose petals
  • 1/8 – 1/2 ounce Dried orange peel (ate the orange, saved the peel and dried on screen):
  • NOTE: From the ground petals and peel, you will need 1-2 tbsps.  I will be using the remainder to make a oat/blue corn meal facial scrub.
  • 1-2 tbsps Honey
  • 1/2 cup Calendula oil
  • 1/2 cup Jojoba oil


Step One: Measure and weigh rose petals and dried orange peel

1 cup rose petals and 1/2 ounce of dried orange peel

Step Two: Grind petals and orange peel with Vita-mix or coffee grounder.  If using a coffee grinder be sure to break down the orange peel into small pieces so they don’t get stuck in the grinder. Also, pulsing in the beginning and then once orange peels are mostly ground then on continuous until a fine powder forms.

Rose petals and orange in grinder


Powdered Rose and Orange

Step Three: Measure 1 cup sugar and 1 tbsp. (can add more if desired) petal/orange powder.

Measuring sugar and ground petals/orange peel

Step Four: Combine sugar, powder with 1/2 cup Calendula infused olive oil,  1/2 cup Jojoba oil and 1-2 tbsps. honey.

Adding calendula oil to sugar/powder mixture

Adding honey (this honey was given to me by a friend who's father is a beekeeper in the Mtns of Asheville NC)

The final scrub before adding essential oils.

Step Five: Add in essential oils.

For this scrub I wanted to complement the subtle aromas of the rose petals and orange peel in the sugar.  My intention was to create a scrub that assists with ‘digesting’ the changes occurring as the spring matures. To cool the emotions yet gently enkindle/strengthen the digestive fire ‘agni’: acceptance, balance. The inclusion of mandarin was to comfort, lighten and inspire. And lavendin, to support coriander and to soothe the skin and mind.

I added the following into the sugar scrub and stirred together:

  • 8 drops Coriander essential oil (Coriandrum sativum)
  • 7 drops Lavendin essential oil (Lavandula x intermedia)
  • 13 drops  Mandarin essential oil (Citrus reticulata)


Step Six: Bottle scrub in jar. I recommend leaving some space on top of the jar so you can stir before using. Some oil will leave the scrub and sit on the surface.

Jar of this beautiful scrub

Step Seven:  Try it out. Smell, taste, use on your hands, feet, and body.

That’s all for now!  Will post more tomorrow but here is what we created throughout the afternoon. Stay tuned!

Aromatic and herbal creations for our home use.






  1. This scrub looks wonderful. I cannot wait to try it. How long will it “keep” without adding antioxidant or preservative? Should I add vitamin E if it might not get used immediately? Does honey help promote shelf life or shorten it?


    • Hello Betty, the scrub should last for up to 6 months. You could add in 1 tablespoon Vitamin E oil or some Rosemary extract. Typically you will know when a scrub is no longer good because 1/ the aroma is no longer present or much reduced and/or 2. the oil (vegetable oil) will smell off. But both of the oils I used have quite a long shelf life. Enjoy making!!!

  2. This is wonderful!!!! Can’t wait to try it. Blessings, Tamara :)

  3. Hi Jade,

    Just made the salt scrub- smells so amazing! Gettinig ready to make the sugar scrub now. Quick question, are the dried herbs for smell or do they have any therapeutic properties when added to sugar and just used as a scrub? I can see they will add to the exfoliation process but wasn’t sure if any plant properties actually come out into the sugar?

    Also, about the aloe jelly recipe. I have made gels before, but with using guar gum or another gelling agent, not with the aloe jelly. When I have done this in the past i was taught that you gently warm the products(oils and water) slightly, around the same temp, before mixing to ensure they emuslify and stay emulisfied. I have never used a aloe “jelly” before. Does that mixture stay emulisified later?


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