If you are currently buying products with a ‘strawberry’ scent, you’re probably getting a toxic cocktail of endocrine disrupting chemicals (sorry to break it to you). Strawberry essential oil does not exist and there is nothing nice about artificial fragrance.

So this Strawberry Sugar Scrub recipe is my way of getting a lovely mild strawberry scent into a scrub, the healthy way! Freeze-dried strawberry is usually found in the dried fruit aisle of the supermarket, or you can try Luvaberry or The Rotten Fruit Box.

Strawberry SUGAR Scrub

Makes: 255 g | 9 oz Prep time: < 5 min.


5 g | 0.2 oz freeze-dried strawberries

200 g | 7.1 oz sugar

50 g | 1.8 oz coconut oil (the type that solidifies)

5-10 drops of essential oils

My choice of essential oils…

My favourite essential oil in this recipe is lime, but don’t be limited by my suggestions. Use oils that fit your budget, or those that you already have in your collection. Read here for more information.


1. Using a blender or food processor, mill strawberries and 100 g | 3.5 oz of sugar until fine in consistency. Transfer into a bowl.

2. Add remaining ingredients and mix until combined.

3. Transfer into container of choice.

Thermal Appliance Method

1. Add strawberries and 100 g | 3.5 oz of sugar to thermal appliance bowl and blitz for 30 seconds on high speed. Scrape down sides and repeat if required, until ingredients are fine in consistency.

2. Add remaining ingredients and mix for 5-10 seconds on low/medium speed. Scrape down sides and repeat if required, until ingredients are combined.

3. Transfer into container of choice.

To Use

Use in shower on wet skin and massage gently over entire body. Rinse with warm water.

Recipe Notes

You may need to give it a mix with a spoon/wooden stick before each use as it has a tendency of setting.

Blitz the sugar to a finer consistency if you want to turn this into a refreshing face or lip scrub.

Add some dehydrated lime zest to step one if you please or swap out the strawberries for any other freeze-dried fruit.

Don’t use fresh fruit – the scrub just won’t last longer than a few days if you do.

Krissy Ballinger

Krissy Ballinger


Krissy wants to see a world where people make conscious choices that honour both humans and habitat. It is her mission to gently guide people towards this beautiful way of life. With a background in education and health promotion, she devotes her time to increasing awareness on common and avoidable toxins, as well as educating individuals on simple ways they can adjust their lifestyles to better serve themselves, and the planet. Natural DIY is Krissy’s speciality, and she has sold over 40,000 copies of her recipe books, including her award-winning book, Naturally Inspired - Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning, and her kids book, Make & Play - Natural DIY Recipes for Kids. She offers honest and gentle guidance, education and 100+ natural DIY recipes on her website.


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