You've heard all about the growing popularity of sugar body scrubs. By now, you've probably already learned all about the benefits of using them. But now it is time to actually learn how to make one. It is easy, simple, and can be made right in your own home with ingredients you probably already have laying around your kitchen.

Some of the basic benefits of making your own scrub are easy to spot. One of the biggest ones is cost efficiency. Purchasing high priced scrubs is never a bad thing but there is nothing in those scrubs that you can't do at home for a seriously lower cost. Everyone likes to save a good chunk of change! So let's open up those kitchen pantries and get started.

A good homemade sugar scrub is so simple that it is likely you will be kicking yourself for not using it sooner. All you really need is about a half of a cup of sugar and just enough of cool olive oil to dampen the mixture. Mix it together into a paste and gently rub it into your skin for exfoliation and follow up with gentle soap and rinse. The results are smooth soft beautiful skin!

You can also add several ingredients to that basic mixture. You can add a tablespoon of lemon zest for brightening the skin. You can add honey for the soothing factor. Another popular addition is vanilla for the scent alone. The basic mixture is definitely a great starter to learn what will and will not work for your skin type.

Another amazing natural sugar scrub recipe calls for the use of brown sugar. Try this one out: try mixing 2/3 cup of brown sugar with a 1/2 cup of almond oil and use it about once a week. And in case you aren't aware, almond oil is simply divine at softening the skin. For a nice night time ritual, try adding a little bit of lavender oil to the mixture for a calming effect.

If you are feeling a bit more adventurous, here is a more detailed recipe from Biljana Drake (an avid body scrub collector) that could be up your alley. This natural body scrub contains oatmeal that definitely needs to be ground down to a flakey dust like consistency before use.

Grab two tablespoons of brown sugar and two tablespoons of ground oats. Mix in two tablespoons of Aloe Vera gel with a tablespoon of honey, lemon juice and almond oil.
All of this should make a paste that you will use all over your body, excluding the face, during a shower. You will be thrilled with how you skin will glow after this treatment! It will be so soft and smooth that you won't be able to wait to show it off!

Now here are a few different types of oils that can be substituted in these recipes:

§ Almond Oil

§ Grape-Seed Oil

§ Olive Oil

§ Apricot Oil

§ Peanut Oil

§ Coconut Oil

§ Avocado Oil

However, if you do not feel as if you can or even want to make your own scrub at home using these basic ingredients, you can always purchase one online at many different websites. My personal favorite is Good Scents, an online retailer, who sells a very popular "Sugar Cookie Sugar Body Scrub." Delicious!

Now keep in mind what your skin type is. If you have oily skin, you will want to avoid any sort of vegetable oil in your mixtures. If you have dry skin, you will want to use the mixture more often. If you have problem skin, feel free to use the scrubs more often. Especially on places like heels and elbows. But as a general rule, once a week is enough.

And finally, give the gift of a fantastic sugar body scrub to your friends! Here's a good idea: If you don't want to just make of these scrubs for yourself, why not give one away as part of a spa day gift basket to a girlfriend! You can pre-mix the ingredients into a clean safe glass container or give the ingredients separately with instructions on how to mix them. Throw a candle, a body sponge, and some bubble bath into the basket and you have a cute idea for gifts.