Lavender Sugar Scrub

I dunno about you, but my hands have been seriously ragged looking.  Dirt under my nails, calluses, scratches and scrapes…  It can be a wonderful thing to spend your life growing things, to stand in a giant patch of mammoth sunflowers and pumpkin vines and feel like you helped bring a magical little spot into existence.  But then you look down at your hands and it can be horrifying.  Sunflowers seem so pretty, but I wonder if they’re secretly some kind of vampire that sucks the life force out of youthful skin.

The solution: this lovely lavender-olive oil-sugar scrub.

This exfoliating, moisturizing skin treatment comes together so quickly and really does wonders for your skin.
Plus, fancy spas have exfoliating treaments like this that can be priced as high as, oh… $165.  Imagine you’re at a resort somewhere and you’re reading their spa menu and you see:

Body Polish

Nourish and exfoliate your skin with this soothing treatment.  Organic sugar exfoliates and resurfaces your skin while extra virgin olive oil replentishes moisture.  Fresh picked lavender blossoms calm tired nerves and transport you to a place of total tranquility.

or something like that. You know what I mean.  Then, there’s some sky-high price tag, and even though the ingredients cost next to nothing, before you know it you’re dialing to the Spa to make and appointment because that sounds so awesome.

Well, the good news is that the ingredients really do cost next to nothing. Feeling relaxed, refreshed, clean and beautiful doesn’t have to mean that you can’t also feel like a thrifty, penny-pinching rockstar.

Lavender-Olive Oil Sugar Scrub

Time: 5 minutes


  • 2 c. sugar
  • 1 c. extra-virgin olive oil*
  • 1/2 c. lavender blossoms**

In a mixing bowl, combine the lavender, sugar and olive oil.  Transfer to a jar.  Store in the fridge to make sure the fresh flowers in the mixture stay nice (it will be at peak quality for about a week).  If you don’t want to keep it in the fridge and worry about shelf life, use lavender oil instead of fresh lavender flowers.

So, the great thing about this recipe is that you can get really creative and put all kinds of other things in here, including:

  • sea salt
  • epsom salt
  • other oils: our local health-food store has a whole line of skin-care related oils, like jojoba, apricot kernel and more. I used olive oil because it’s cheap and I already had some.
  • fresh or dried citrus peels
  • dried flowers like rose petals, jasmine blossoms or elderflowers
  • a few drops of essential oil (though, if you’re using fresh lavender like this, you really don’t need any more scent)
  • oats
  • honey
  • any other fresh herbs you might have in your garden
To use the scrub:
Apply it to skin that’s already wet.  Scoop up a big handful and rub it all over your hands/ feet/ whatever part needs some tlc.  Gently massage the scrub over your skin for 30 seconds to a couple minutes, and then rinse off.  It will leave behind some olive oil, which you can either let soak into your skin (which is good if your skin is really dry) or rinse off with some mild soap.

* I don’t use local olive oil for this. I use the huge jugs of cheap olive oil from the discount grocery store that are $6 and probably-almost-certainly-not extra virgin.

**Fresh smells more amazing, but dried is fine too. Make sure they haven’t been sprayed, because you don’t really want to be rubbing weird chemicals all over your skin.

11 thoughts on “Lavender Sugar Scrub

  1. I love sugar scrubs! Occasionally I’ll make one with rosemary and peppermint for a fabulous “wake-up” scrub. So many possibilities! I like the idea of using honey – I’ll definitely try that for my next one.

    1. rosemary and peppermint sounds perfect! I’ve also been thinking about doing a rosemary/pine one for something less girly smelling than the lavender.

  2. Looking forward to trying this now that I’ve remodeled our bathroom and enjoy spending time in it. Thanks for sharing such quick, cost-effective take on this normally quite expensive salon treatment! LOL re “thrifty, penny pinching rockstar”!

  3. Oooh, I am totally psyched to try this. I can see this as some xmas gifties. This is also a great excuse for me to find a nice place to plant some lavender in the yard. Thanks!

  4. I like the lavender flowers in this. It adds another great texture. I have been making burgamot, coconut oil and sea salt scrub and I love it.

    1. cara, i agree, i think it adds a nice bit of exfoliating texture and the scent is really released as you scrub to make this great smell. I love your combination, I’ll have to try that next. I love bergamot and coconut oil sounds divine.

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