The basic recipe is above on the info-graphic - basically 2 parts sugar to 1 part oil, then add essential oil to your 'taste'. There are so many ways to customize this. You can use any oil that you like: olive, coconut, sweet almond, apricot, or sunflower. Here is some information on carrier oils that may help you select the perfect one for you.
Personally, I love organic, extra-virgin coconut oil. If you use it in solid form, slightly chilled, it will whip up so nice. Just use your stand mixer and let it go for a while to create a lovely whipped texture. Other oils will not whip up the same way. But that's ok! This sugar scrub works great without a whipped oil, too. I often use olive oil with brown sugar, too. Which brings me to sugars.
Use your favorite sugar. Non-GMO, organic sugars are always best. Some of the more natural sugars are more coarse. You can give them a spin in your blender or food processor to break them down into a softer texture. While you do want a nice scrub, you certainly don't want to be scratching your skin off with large crystals of raw sugar.
A third way to customize is to switch up your essential oil. My favorites (so far) are Lime, Lemon, Grapefruit, Lavender+Frankincense, and Peppermint. There are countless possibilities. Mix, match and find your own sweet spot.
If you have sensitive skin, always try new oils on a small area first. And skip using citrus oils right before you head out for a day in the sun. The citrus oils can act like tiny light intensifiers and make fair skin more sensitive to the sun. If you are planning a day at the beach, try Lavender and Frankincense, instead of a citrus oil.
For a list of my other personal favorite DIY recipes, click here.