Several years ago I realized how easy (and cheap!) it was to make a sugar scrub. Since then I have used several different versions of exfoliating body scrubs. This pink body scrub smells amazing and leaves skin feeling smooth and refreshed.
It’s not hard to find rose scented body polishes, but the ingredients aren’t always the best. Most rose fragrances come from artificial chemical fragrances, not real roses. Making your own is really simple and you can customize the exact ingredients.
I have also included the option of using rose petal oil here. This way you get the benefits and added fragrance of the rose. If you prefer to skip this step just use regular carrier oil.
Here are the ingredients I used in this sugar scrub and what they do:
Rose Body Scrub Ingredients
- Sugar – Although I don’t recommend eating it, sugar is a great exfoliant for dead skin cells. If you prefer, you can also use pink Himalayan salt instead for a more pinkish color.
- carrier oil – This helps make the scrub easier to use and is great for moisturizing dry skin. I used sweet almond oil because it has a neutral scent, but fractionated coconut oil would work as well. Something like olive oil may seem a little heavy for certain skin types and may overpower the subtle rose scent.
- coconut oil – Since coconut oil is solid at room temperature, it helps the scrub hold together a little better. It is also hydrating and nourishing for the skin.
- Shea butter – Just a touch of shea butter leaves a silky smooth feel. It also contains Vitamin E and Vitamin A and is great for dry skin.
- rose seed oil -It’s the main ingredient in my popular Better Than Botox Facial Moisturizer. It is rich in vitamins A, C and E to nourish the skin and promote skin cell renewal for younger looking skin.
- rose petals – Rose not only smells good, but it is also a little astringent. This means they help tighten and tone loose skin.
- rose kaolin clay – Kaolin clay is good for dry skin and this version gets its pink color from natural iron oxide. It is also mild exfoliating and helps draw out impurities from the pores. It also adds a nice pink color to this scrub.
- essential oils – These add a pleasant aroma and help enhance skin benefits. Real rose essential oil is very expensive, upwards of $150 per bottle. Using R is a more economical optionose absolute. It still comes from real roses, but it is distilled in a different way which produces more product. You can also opt for geranium, jasmine, lavender, or any other floral scent if you don’t want to use rose.
How to make rose powder
If you do not have ground or powdered rose petals, you can easily make some.
- Add a few tablespoons of rose petals to a coffee grinder and grind until they become a fine powder.
- Use a fine mesh strainer to remove larger pieces.
How to use rose sugar scrub
This one is pretty straightforward, but there are a few body scrub tips. I use a teaspoon or more everywhere for smooth skin. You can also use a sugar scrub for gentle exfoliation on your face, as long as you don’t scrub too vigorously. Apply the scrub in a circular motion.
This scrub will last for several months since it does not contain water, as long as it is stored properly. Make sure to keep it away from direct light, which can cause the oil to oxidize and turn rancid faster. Adding some Vitamin E oil helps slow down oil oxidation.
It is also important to exfoliate the scrub only with dry hands as water breeds bacteria.
Since the scrub removes dead skin cells, you cannot use body wash or cleanser before using. If my skin is feeling extra dry I like to follow it up with a light layer of body lotion. If you are using it on the face, then after this you can also use rose water!
Rose Body Scrub Recipe
This delicious smelling scrub feels amazing on the skin! Gently remove dead skin cells while moisturizing and nourishing.
Yield: 12 ounce
If you want to use rose oil, add the sweet almond oil, coconut oil, and whole rose petals to the top of a double boiler.
Heat over medium-low heat for about 1 hour, or until the oil smells like roses. Add more water as needed in the bottom of the double boiler to prevent burning. You want the oil to heat slowly, not on low!
Use cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer to remove the rose petals and compost them. Save the infused oil for your body scrub.
Rose Body Scrub
Once the oil has cooled to room temperature, combine all the ingredients together in a mixing bowl and stir to combine. I used a silicone spatula to mash the shea butter, but you can also heat the shea butter and coconut oil together to make it easier to combine them.
Use it liberally to exfoliate skin during the shower.
This scrub will last for several months at room temperature if stored away from light and moisture. Be sure to use clean, dry hands when taking something out.
More Scrub Recipes
Are you looking for some more scrubs to add to your skin care routine or to give as a gift? Try some of these!
What are your favorite scents for sugar scrubs? Leave a comment and let us know!