14 July 2017

Watermelon Mint Sugar Scrub Recipe

This watermelon body scrub recipe is easy to make and has real watermelon powder in it.  Use it once a week for brighter looking skin.

I'm a Chick Fil A ambassador this year, so that means a lot of visits to Chick Fil A.  My closest one is half an hour away, but we go there a few times a month for appointments, so it makes a good reward for the kids.

They sent me some gift cards for their new watermelon mint lemonade, so I got one last week.  I like strawberry lemonade, but I wasn't sure about the mint.  

I'm happy to report that it was a very tasty drink and perfect for a 90 degree Ohio summer day.  There was just enough mint to taste, but it wasn't overwhelming.  

That drink was the inspiration for this watermelon sugar scrub recipe.  I omitted the lemonade because I think three main fragrances would have been a little much.  

You could add some lemon essential oil if you wanted, but I liked it just at watermelon mint.

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Watermelon Mint Sugar Scrub Recipe

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This watermelon sugar scrub is a fun, light scrub.  It naturally exfoliates while it moisturizes the skin.

I like to use this before shaving for a closer shave.  You can also use it if your skin gets dry from the sun or from swimming.

I used grapeseed oil because it's a dry oil.  It soaks into your skin quickly.  You could use a soap after you use this watermelon sugar scrub recipe, but that washes away the oil. 

How Do You Make a Sugar Scrub With Watermelon?

I've seen several recipes from basic just use watermelon fragrance oil to watermelon sugar scrubs that use actual watermelon.

If you use actual watermelon, I would recommend using the scrub right away and discarding leftovers.  The watermelon can and will rot in the scrub at room temperature.

For this watermelon body scrub recipe, we will use watermelon powder.  Like with fresh fruit, watermelon powder can rot.  You will need to store it in the fridge or use a preservative (more on that below).

Watermelon Powder

Watermelon powder is dried watermelon that's been ground into a powder.  Rebecca from Soap Deli used in this watermelon cold process soap recipe that she guest posted here a while back.

Watermelon powder is high in Vitamins A and C.  Both of these vitamins are great for your skin.  Vitamin A promotes repairing for your skin.  Vitamin C helps promote collagen production for healthy looking skin.

Watermelon powder will reconstitute in water, and it can grow bacteria and other microbes.  Although this watermelon body scrub is oil based, you could introduce microbes and water when you scoop it out.  

Therefore, I recommend storing this watermelon sugar scrub recipe in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or using a preservative.

There are several preservatives that you can use.  Each preservative has its own usage directions.  I like phenonip for body scrubs.  You would use 0.5 percent to 1 percent by total weight.

Since this watermelon body scrub recipe is measured by cups, you will need to convert volume to grams and then calculate how much preservative to use.

You can also omit the watermelon powder and use all sugar.

Learn how to make fruit powder at home.

Which Sugar is Best for Body Scrub?

Regular white sugar is just fine for a watermelon body scrub recipe.  It's what I used to make this recipe.

Only use this watermelon sugar scrub recipe on your body.  The sugar is too harsh for your face.

Learn more about the benefits of salt scrub vs sugar scrub.

Are Sugar Scrubs Good for Your Skin?

Yes, using a sugar scrub once a week can help promote better looking skin.  The sugar exfoliates to remove the top layer of dead skin cells. 

The oil moisturizes your skin.  The watermelon powder also promotes healthy skin with vitamins A and C.

Watermelon Body Scrub Tips

  • You can make this with all white sugar or substitute watermelon powder for 1/4 of the sugar.
  • If you use watermelon powder, you must use a preservative or store in the fridge up to 2 weeks.
  • You can use fractionated coconut oil in place of the grapeseed oil.  Both are light oils that soak in quickly.
  • You can rinse off the scrub or use it in the shower. 
  • All preservatives have different usage rates.  Use the correct amount for your choice of preservative.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of poppy seeds to look like watermelon seeds in this watermelon body scrub if desired.



Combine the white sugar and watermelon powder in a bowl.  Add the grapeseed oil, vitamin oil, peppermint essential oil, and watermelon fragrance oil.  Add food coloring if desired.  Stir well.  

Use a preservative in the recommended amount if you used watermelon powder.


After you mix the sugar and oil, add food coloring if you want to until you get the desired color for your watermelon body scrub. 


Then add the watermelon fragrance oil and peppermint essential oil.  I would start with the lowest number of drops, stir, and then smell it.  Add more of each as needed.  Depending on your preference and the oils you use, you might not need as many drops as I recommended. 

When you are happy with the scent, put it in a glass jar with a lid.  Scoop out about 1/4 cup of the watermelon sugar scrub recipe to use on your body.  This is really good for your hands and feet, but don't use it on your face.

This watermelon body scrub recipe will last about 2-3 months if you use just sugar.  If you add watermelon powder, then you will need to store this watermelon sugar scrub in the fridge or use a preservative.

Rinse well.  I don't generally use soap after I use this watermelon body scrub, but you can if your skin is really oily.  

Learn how to make 30 different body scrubs in my ebook, Body Scrubs!

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Watermelon Mint Sugar Scrub Recipe

prep time: 5 Mperform time: 10 Mtotal time: 15 M
How to make a refreshing watermelon mint sugar scrub recipe.



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  1. Combine the white sugar and watermelon powder in a bowl. Add the grapeseed oil, vitamin oil, peppermint essential oil, and watermelon fragrance oil. Add food coloring if desired. Stir well.
  2. Use a preservative in the recommended amount if you used watermelon powder.
  3. After you mix the sugar and oil, add food coloring if you want to until you get the desired color.
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