DIY Beauty: Lemon, Ginger, and Brown Sugar Body Scrub

By Kirby Koo
Created: August 26, 2012 Last Updated: August 26, 2012
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Ginger, lemon, and brown sugar blend well for the perfect body scrub. (Courtesy of

Ginger, lemon, and brown sugar blend well for the perfect body scrub. (Courtesy of

Not much is better than a lovely and relaxing day at the spa.

However, due to life’s responsibilities, not all of us may have the money or the time to sacrifice for a spa getaway. The solution?

Try an at-home, do-it-yourself, simple and effective body scrub that will leave you feeling pampered from head to toe. The best part—it’s organic, sans preservatives, and all the ingredients can be found in the kitchen pantry!

Who says you can’t have it all?

Recipe for Scrub

  1. 1 cup pure cane sugar (or any kind you have; I prefer the texture of pure cane or brown sugar)
  2. 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
  3. 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (or another oil such as coconut, jojoba, or almond)
  4. A pinch each of lemon zest, fresh grated ginger, and cinnamon (to taste, if you will)
  5. An airtight container; this mix will last up to 1 month if properly stored

Prepare all of the ingredients. Zest the lemon, grate the fresh ginger, and so on. Make sure to remove the skin from the fresh ginger before grating.

Mix all of the ingredients together.

Once mixed, check the consistency of the scrub. The consistency of the scrub can be adjusted to your taste. For a moisturizing scrub, add more extra virgin olive oil. For a more grainy texture, add more sugar. Enjoy!

Benefits of the Key Ingredients

Ginger has been used in Chinese medicine for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties for centuries. When regularly consumed, ginger improves the immune system and digestion. Additionally, it stimulates the circulatory system, which in turn improves blood circulation. This improves skin tone and leaves the skin feeling revitalized.

Extra virgin olive oil is packed with antioxidants and vitamin E, which keeps the skin moisturized and conditioned.

Pure cane sugar is a gentle exfoliant that will help to remove dead skin cells for renewed skin.

Add a pinch of lemon zest and cinnamon for the perfect combination for fresh, soft, and supple skin.

Indulge in this at-home spa treatment and make every day a spa day!

Kirby Koo is a freelance writer and soon-to-be yoga instructor in Hong Kong. Inspired by her grandfather who was a doctor during the 1950s–1970s in Hong Kong, she incorporates both Chinese medicinal properties with Western medicine into her beauty DIY recipes. She can be contacted at

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