I love a good make-it-yourself natural skin care product and this moisturising hand + foot scrub is an essential for when the sun comes out to play.

Investing in your skin with just a few minutes of love using this natural scrub and your skin will look fresh and gorgeous for days. And you can use it on the rest of your body too, but I don’t recommend using it on your face as the brown sugar granules are too coarse for the sensitive skin and can end up doing more harm than good.

Combining good quality olive oil and brown sugar as the two main ingredients, this scrub is full of nourishing qualities that will moisturise while getting rid of old and dead skin cells. When it comes to natural moisturisers, I love olive oil the most. And having tried moisturising with many different oils over the years, olive oils always leaves my skin feeling so beautiful supple and soft. It also stays liquid at room temperature and is amazingly rich in moisturising fatty acids that works wonders on dry skin.

Brown sugar is great for exfoliation as it is coarse enough to scrub off dead skin cells and make way for the healthier, more glowing skin to show through. Brown sugar also contains glycolic acid, which is an alpha-hydroxyl acid that fights bacteria and helps your skin retain and preserve more moisture, leaving it looking hydrated, conditioned and glowing.

As noted in the recipe below I add essential oils to my product. I do this as they add a great fresh scent, but also because they act as natural preservatives. My favourite essential oils for this scrub include peppermint, tea tree, yang lang and lemon oil. All these oils possess potent anti-microbial qualities that helps keep your skin product fresh – just make sure you use a good quality essential oil! I recommend storing the scrub in a sealed glass container (an old jam or mason jar) in a cool bathroom cupboard where it will keep for up to 2 months.


  • ½ cup coarse brown sugar
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp vitamin E oil (optional)
  • 10 drops essential oil (I used a mix of lemon and yang lang essential oil)


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and stir well using a spoon.
  2. Transfer to a sealed jar and store at room temperature.
  3. Keeps up to 2 months.

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