How Long Does Homemade Sugar Scrub Last?

Saturday, March 19, 2022

Are you wondering just how long does homemade sugar scrub last? Making your sugar scrub is great for taking charge of your skincare routine. It is good to make your sugar scrub to ensure no bad ingredients are getting into your skin. Here's what you need to know!

How Long Does Homemade Sugar Scrub Last?

We all know that sugar scrubs are amazing for your skin. They help to exfoliate and make your skin feel incredible. But, how long does homemade sugar scrub last? Most homemade sugar scrub recipes are made without preservatives, because of this they usually expire sooner than say a store bought scrub that contains preservatives.

The homemade sugar scrub will last up to 6 months if stored properly.

How To Store Your Sugar Scrub

Storing your sugar scrub properly is vital to maximizing the lifespan of your product. If you do not store your scrub properly it will not last very long at all.

  1. Store the scrub in an airtight container like a jar.
  2. Dry off your hands when using the product. Getting the sugar scrub wet will decrease its shelf-life.
  3. You can store it at room temperature but storing it in the refrigerator will extend its shelf life.
  4. Keep the lid on as often as possible to extend shelf life.

It is easy to store your sugar scrub and extend its lifespan.

Should You Add Preservatives to Your Sugar Scrub?

This is entirely up to your discretion. Be aware that many preservatives can dry out your skin. It may be better to consider how often you will use the scrub and not make too much of it.

List of preservatives for homemade sugar scrub

  • Alcohol
  • Phenonip
  • Optiphen

These additives can keep your product’s shelf life stable for longer than the normal homemade sugar scrub would be. This can also help you prevent mold if any water accidentally gets into your homemade sugar scrub.

How to Know if Your Homemade Sugar Scrub Has Expired

Sometimes with skincare products, people do not consider the expiration dates. Ignoring a product’s expiration date can lead to breakouts and rashes. Here are the signs your sugar scrub is bad, and it is time to make a new one.

  • If you spot mold in your sugar scrub it is time to throw it out. Putting moldy products on your skin is unsanitary and dangerous.
  • Off putting smells mean that the product has expired. These odors come from which carrier oil you decide to use in your sugar scrub. When the oil goes bad, the whole scrub goes bad.

Throw away and sugar scrub that you suspect may not be good anymore and make a new batch. Putting an expired product on your skin is counterproductive. Be sure to clean your jar or container before you reuse it.

Can You Still Use Sugar Scrub That Has Gone Hard?

Yes! It is normal for a drop in temperature to cause your scrub to go hard. This doesn’t mean the product has gone bad. There are a few ways you can soften it back up.

  1. Add extra carrier oil of your choice to your scrub to soften it back up. Just make sure to stir it in well.
  2. Dip the sealed jar of sugar scrub into a pot of hot water for a few minutes. Be cautious to not get any water into the sealed jar or it can cause mold. Do not do this if you store your sugar scrub in plastic.
  3. Let the product sit in a warm room for a few hours. It will soften.

Do not add any water to the sugar scrub while trying to soften it back up. Adding any water will cause the sugar scrub to spoil quicker than it would otherwise. Adding skin-safe oil is fine, just no water at all.

What Can You Add to Sugar Scrub To Make it Last Longer?

It is not recommended to add any preservatives to your sugar scrub, as many preserves can dry out your skin. There are a few natural ingredients that can assist in keeping your sugar scrub shelf safe for longer that are not classified as preservatives.

  • Vitamin E oil
  • Rosemary antioxidant oil

Adding either of these oils to your homemade sugar scrub will keep them stable longer. You do not need to add too many of these oils to extend your shelf life. Just a bit will help extend your shelf life.

Final Thoughts on The Shelf Life of Homemade Sugar Scrubs

These Homemade sugar scrubs are good for taking control of what ingredients your skin is taking in. However, homemade sugar scrubs are not intended to have the same shelf life as the scrubs you buy instore.

Keep an eye on the sugar scrubs that you make at home to make sure you are not putting expired ingredients onto your skin.

Using your homemade sugar scrubs regularly is a good way to use up the product before it expires.

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About the Author: Jenni Mac

Hi, I’m Jenni! I am a health and beauty blogger that loves making homemade sugar scrubs. Here you will learn all about DIY sugar scrubs! I have been blogging for over three years now, my first blog is RawBeautyBlog.com - it is all about natural products, DIY skin care, inner beauty, and anything else to do with natural living, check it out.


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