Homemade Scrub for Glowing Skin

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This homemade scrub for glowing skin combines the benefits of grass fed tallow with organic raw sugar. It’s the most amazing exfoliator ever!

Homemade face exfoliator sugar scrub

Homemade scrub for glowing skin

When it comes to glowing skin, one of the best ways to achieve it is through some form of exfoliation. Of course, there are a lot of products out there full of chemicals and toxins that can hurt you in the long run. My solution? Make your own homemade scrub for glowing skin! 

This post is in collaboration with several of my blogger friends. We are sharing some really fun Valentine’s Day themed DIYs. I will have their blogs linked at the bottom of this post, so be sure and go check them out!

I love making sugar scrub from scratch. Not only will you be able to rest easy knowing that your ingredients are completely clean, but you will end up saving money.  

If you’re looking for other skin pampering recipes, you’ll definitely want to check out my rose clay face mask and honey face wash recipes. 

Ready to learn more about homemade scrub and all about my must-try recipe? Keep reading…

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Homemade face exfoliator

I am so excited about this whipped tallow sugar scrub. In my opinion, it is the perfect homemade face exfoliator. It combines the amazing skin benefits of organic, grass fed tallow with the gentle exfoliating treatment of raw, organic sugar.

In other blog posts, I’ve talked about why I love tallow so much for skin. To give a short recap, grass fed tallow contains a unique abundance of nutrients that skin needs in order to be soft, supple, youthful, and hydrated (source).

I love using tallow on my face both as a moisturizer, and in the oil cleansing method. Grass fed tallow has some of the best skin healing and moisturizing properties ever to be found.

Sugar for Skin

Did you know that you can actually use sugar for things other than baking? 

That’s right, raw and organic sugar is an incredible ingredient that can gently exfoliate your skin. For larger areas of your body, using sugar as an ingredient in a homemade scrub will bring you glowing skin that shines. 

Sugar may not be the best thing to be eating on a regular basis, but raw, organic sugar works so beautifully as a gentle exfoliator. While something like salt might be more appropriate for feet, knees, and elbows, sugar is the perfect exfoliator for the face.

Sugar also works well as an exfoliator for larger areas of the body. It is gentle, while being extremely effective at removing layers of dead cells to reveal beautiful, fresh, soft skin.

Ready to start making sugar scrub from scratch? Keep reading….

Homemade face exfoliator whipped tallow sugar scrub

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Valentine’s Day pampering

There is nothing I love more than a little spa trip around Valentine’s Day. What’s better than healthy, glowing skin to show yourself a little bit of love? 

This year, I wanted to stay within budget and avoid harsh chemicals by having a spa day at home. Of course that means adding in my homemade sugar scrub for the ultimate valentine’s day pampering party. 

Something I am doing this year to help spread the love is making enough for all of my girlfriends! That way, everyone can experience a little bit of pampering this valentines day. Simply double the recipe and add some into cute jars like these on Amazon! 

Whether you’re looking for a thoughtful and unique gift to give, or wanting to give yourself some extra TLC in preparation for Valentine’s Day, this homemade face exfoliator fits the bill perfectly.

It’s definitely not something you could pick up in the store, which makes it a truly one of a kind gift. Anyone who loves handmade skincare will think it is quite the treat. And if you’re making it for yourself, you’ll love the results it gives.

Keep reading to learn the secret to making my favorite homemade sugar scrub…

How do you make a sugar scrub?

Once you learn how to make your own sugar scrub, there is no turning back! Not only will you find yourself extra soft with ingredients that you trust, but you will actually save a ton of money.

Making a homemade sugar scrub is as easy as combining some natural cane sugar with the oils and butters of your choice. My favorite ingredient? 100% grass fed tallow. 

The process for making this whipped tallow sugar scrub is pretty simple. It basically involves making a whipped tallow balm, like I show here, and then adding in some sugar.

If the tallow is stiff at all at room temperature, you’ll want to add a little bit of a liquid oil, like olive oil. In any case, it’s important to whip the tallow balm, so that the sugar is incorporated well, and so that it is light and fluffy.

Keep scrolling to get the super easy sugar scrub recipe…

Homemade face exfoliator whipped tallow

Homemade scrub for glowing skin directions

With just a few ingredients and a few minutes, you will find a new favorite for your shower!

Here is how to make homemade exfoliator whipped tallow sugar scrub… 


  • 1 cup 100% grass fed tallow
  • 1/4 cup olive oil (or other skin friendly, liquid oil)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 144 drops of essential oils


  1. Melt tallow so that it is liquid, then measure and pour into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add liquid oil to mixing bowl, stir to combine.
  3. Allow tallow mixture to solidify, either at room temperature or in refrigerator.
  4. Whip tallow mixture with a hand mixer until it is light and fluffy. Stop and scrape down sides of bowl periodically while whipping.
  5. After tallow is whipped, slowly pour in sugar while continuing to mix.
  6. Mix until well incorporated.
  7. Add essential oils and mix again.
  8. Store in glass container with lid.

Tips on how to use the homemade exfoliator

Using a homemade exfoliator is one of the most luxurious ways to get soft, glowing skin- if you do it right. Here are a few tips to help you enjoy your new sugar scrub to the best of your ability…

  1. For me, my favorite place to use the homemade exfoliator is in the shower. While it can make your floor a little slippery (be careful!), it’s the best place to evenly layer and wash off the exfoliator. 
  2. Using an electric whip to blend the ingredients is the best way to make a light, fluffy sugar scrub with an even distribution. I prefer to use my immersion blender, since it is quick and easy to clean. 
  3. Do everything you can to keep water out of the jar! The less water added to the scrub, the longer it will last. I like to scoop what I need into a small bowl or cup and only take what I will use into the shower. 

What is sugar scrub used for?

Sugar scrub is used for a gentle, overall exfoliation. This recipe is perfect for an all-over scrub down to remove dead skin for a healthy glow. 

If you are looking for a scrub for harsher areas like your heels, knees, or elbow, consider looking into a homemade scrub with something coarser like sea salt.

How many times in a week should you use a sugar scrub?

It is best to implement this sugar scrub into your routine no more than twice a week. 

I know, it can be tempting to try out every day but you need to give your skin time to breathe between exfoliators. 

Homemade face scrub for oily skin

Oily skin can be a tricky thing, but not something that we have to live with! Making a homemade face scrub for oily skin is one of the best ways to fight a shiny face with clean, healthy products that your skin will love. 

Balancing the skin’s natural oil production by using a nutrient dense moisturizer like tallow actually helps reduce oiliness. Seems backwards, right? It’s not.

When we strip skin of its natural oils, it overproduces oils. A homemade sugar scrub for glowing skin like this one is the perfect solution to balancing oil production and eliminating oily skin. 

Homemade scrub recipe for skin in summer

No matter where you live, summertime is one of the harshest seasons on your skin. Between time in your garden, swimming at the lake, or all of the extra playtime with your kids, the sun can be tough on your skin. 

The best cure? A homemade scrub for skin in summer! This recipe is created to help rub away any tough spots from extra sun exposure.

How to make a homemade face exfoliator your own

One reason I like to make my own scrubs is that I can customize it exactly to what I like. At the store, there are so many ‘one size fits all’ options for skincare and that simply isn’t true. 

A few ways I like to make a homemade exfoliator of my own is by adding my favorite essential oils. Some of the best scents to add are: 

  • Lavender (it calms the skin and helps with inflammation)
  • Frankincense (perfect for evening out skin tone and texture)
  • Grapefruit (improves the appearance of blemishes)
  • Make up your own mixture! If you are making some around a certain time of the year, make your scrub festive by adding rose around Valentine’s day or peppermint near Christmas. 

Homemade face scrub with honey

One of the most useful components that honey has (aside from tasting delicious) is its antibacterial activity! That means that it naturally fights off bacteria. It also has amazing anti aging benefits. 

With that in mind, making a homemade face scrub with honey is a no- brainer and can definitely be added to this recipe.

How long does homemade sugar scrub last?

This homemade scrub for glowing skin is very shower stable, as long as you keep water out of it. 

Tips to make the homemade sugar scrub last

  • Use a secure lid that will keep water out of the scrub jar, like a mason jar
  • Only use a dry spoon or hand when getting sugar scrub out of the jar
  • Make a big batch but store it in smaller containers for individual shower uses

Homemade face exfoliator whipped tallow sugar scrub video

Check out more awesome Valentine’s Day DIY projects!

Head on over to my friend’s blogs and see what they’re whipping up for Valentine’s Day. They have such gorgeous ideas!

Valentine's Day DIY projects

Jayden from Back Road Bloom has a beautiful rose sugar sugar scrub

Carly from Healthy Home Chick has a delicious berry skillet crumble

Laura from Our Oily House has some decadent paleo peanut butter chocolate hearts

Kristin from Life More Abundant has some amazing chocolate covered cherry truffles 

Hope you have a Happy Valentine’s Day! ?❤️

More things you can make with grass fed tallow

How to Render Tallow with the Easy Crockpot Method

How to make tallow balm

Tallow Lip Balm Recipe with Honey

Pure Tallow Soap Recipe

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Yield: 16 fl. oz.

Homemade Scrub for Glowing Skin

Homemade face exfoliator sugar scrub

This homemade scrub for glowing skin combines the benefits of grass fed tallow with organic raw sugar. It's the most amazing exfoliator ever!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 cup tallow
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, or other skin friendly, liquid oil
  • 2 cups raw cane sugar
  • 144 drops essential oils


  1. Melt tallow so that it is liquid, then measure and pour into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add liquid oil to mixing bowl, stir to combine.
  3. Allow tallow mixture to solidify, either at room temperature or in refrigerator.
  4. Whip tallow mixture with a hand mixer until it is light and fluffy. Stop and scrape down sides of bowl periodically while whipping.
  5. After tallow is whipped, slowly pour in sugar while continuing to mix.
  6. Mix until well incorporated.
  7. Add essential oils and mix again.
  8. Store in glass container with lid.


8 thoughts on “Homemade Scrub for Glowing Skin”

  1. Hi Marisa, love your recipes 🙂 couple questions: 1) What can I use instead of Tallow ( Im vegan); i tried shea but was too greasy (2) how much honey do i add to the recipe. Thank you so much. God bless you.

  2. Hi Marisa, fantastic info. I would like to know how much honey to use in the whipped tallow scrub, or do you replace the sugar with the honey? (2 cups)

  3. Hi! I am enjoying your website and love learning about your tallow recipes. I’m a soap maker, and have used tallow in my soaps but have yet to make a 100% tallow soap. I plan to do that very soon! One question: if a tallow soap is left unscented, will the final, cured bars smell “clean”? Have you ever noticed a fatty smell in the finished bars? I like unscented soaps every now and then, but only if they smell like nothing, or at least smell clean. Just wondered what your experience has been. Thanks so much for sharing your time and recipes!
    Lisa 🙂

  4. I have been meaning to look at your site and comment for a while. I have followed you on Instagram. Everything looks so nice here. I am excited about trying some of your recipes. We raise our own grass fed beef, so it looks like we could have another use for the tallow! Thanks!

    • I’m so glad you’re here! Thank you! That’s wonderful. It’s always great to be able to use everything when you raise your own meat!


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