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Sugar scrubs are the best for getting radiant, glowing skin in a chemical-free natural way. But adding fruit to the mix can ramp it up to a whole other level. You’re adding antioxidants, along with some alluring scents and tastes (if you’re using the scrub on your lips). Below are some top ideas for making fruit-infused sugar scrubs.

Strawberry sugar scrub

What’s better than sugary strawberry? For this idea, just start by blending some freeze dried strawberries into a powder. Mix about two parts of granulated white sugar to one part strawberry powder. Mix that with some coconut oil until you have the desired consistency. You might want the scrub more abrasive, or if you have sensitive skin, more smooth.

Pineapple sugar scrub

This one uses fresh fruit, so you’ll want to store it in the fridge when you’re done. You’ll start by pureeing about a half of a cup of cubed pineapple in the blender. Then mix in a large dollop of coconut oil. Slowly mix in cane sugar until you have the consistency you want.

Kiwi face scrub

For this, you can simply peel two kiwis and mash them in a bowl. Add sugar until you’ve reached the abrasiveness level you want in a scrub. Remember, the seeds will add some scrub power. If you have dry skin, you can also add a dollop or two of coconut oil or olive oil.

Banana sugar scrub

Have yet another banana go past its prime? You can use your ripe bananas in this recipe. Plus, bananas are a natural skin moisturizer and soother. You’ll just mash up your ripe banana, and again, mix in sugar until you get the right consistency.

Berry sugar body scrub

For this recipe, you can use whichever berries you want. Fresh raspberries, blueberries and strawberries go well together. Puree your berries in a blender together. Again, stir in your sugar until you have the consistency you want. You can add an optional dollop of coconut oil.

Create your own

By now you’ve probably noticed a pattern. You’ll start with the fruit of your choosing, puree or mash it and then stir in some sugar until you have the right consistency. So if there’s a favorite fruit you’d love to try that hasn’t been mentioned, go right on ahead. For instance, mango and/or papaya work well with these recipes, too.

You can also add a bunch of optional ingredients. Dollops of coconut oil or olive oil are a theme. You can also add optional fruit extract to enhance the flavor/smell. It works well if you’re using freeze dried fruit. People have also been known to add a few dollops of baby oil or baby wash for added moisture and cleansing.

If you plan to use the scrub on your lips or have sensitive skin, consider subbing out white sugar for brown sugar. It’s a more gentle type of sugar for a scrub.