DIY Mandarin Sugar Scrub

Since its getting colder and colder I’ve been eating a lot of citrus type fruits recently and I just love the smell of oranges and mandarins so I thought that a mandarin sugar scrub would be a great way to prepare my skin for the dry weather that’s on the way. Its also a great handmade gift for a special friend. You can read how to make your own essential oils from my previous post.


Mandarin essential oils have some great benefits. For centuries its been produced in Brazil, Spain and Italy. It has also been used to relieve stomach aches and cramps in children.


Benefits of mandarin oil

Psyche: Has a refreshing and calming effect. Good for relieving  feelings of depression and anxiety.

Skin: Refreshing and calming. Useful for cellulite, reduces scars

Reproduction: Energising: useful for feelings of irritation during PMS

Mix with: Other citrus oils, chamomile, lavender, neroli, petitgrain, marjoram, rose and black-pepper.

Therefore its an amazing scrub to use at night before going to bed or when feeling stressed.


The only problem with Mandarin infused oils are that because it’s a citrus oil, it can make your skin sensitive to sun exposure. Therefore its better to use it at night rather than in the morning. In addition be sure to avoid using citrus oils for at least 4 hours before sun bathing or using a sunbed

What you need

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons mandarin infused oil (coconut or grape seed oil with 4-6 drops of mandarin essence)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • cute container
  • Bowl and spoon


  1. Mix the sugar, oil and honey in separate bowl with a spoon.
  2. Scoop into a cute container
  3. Decorate with ribbons when gifting to a friend


The scrub has a bit of a rough texture but this can be reduced by adding more honey.


Simonette Lubbe

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