DIY Korean Candy Scrub with Indigo: Enjoy a Fun Stretch and Clean Exfoliation

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About the author: Jinane Doughan is a professional make-up artist with a degree from the French Fashion Institute ESMOD Dubai. She specialized in natural handmade skincare and haircare products.
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Disclaimer: This article is for educational purposes only and does not constitute professional medical advice. Use any natural skincare or haircare products at your own risk and perform a patch test before use.

Unveil the magic of DIY Korean Candy Scrub with Indigo! This homemade exfoliator brings together the fun, bouncy feel of Korean skincare with the skin-brightening power of indigo powder. It’s a delightful way to pamper yourself, revealing a radiant and refreshed complexion.

Dive into this easy-to-make scrub for a rejuvenating treat that’s both fun and effective. Treat yourself to a skincare experience that brightens and nourishes—perfect for achieving that glowing, smooth skin you’ve been dreaming of.

Ingredients Needed

Choose high-quality ingredients to boost the effectiveness and safety of your DIY beauty products.

  • Fine sugar powder
  • Polysorbate 80: Helps blend ingredients smoothly, typically synthetic.
  • Coco betaine: Cleans and conditions, usually derived from coconut oil.
  • Vegetable glycerine
  • Aloe vera carrier oil. You can use instead sweet almond oil or coconut oil.
  • Optional: Preservative
  • Blue Indigo powder (blue nila), intended for skincare.
  • Xanthan gum: Thickens and stabilizes textures, often produced from fermenting sugars.

Tools Needed

  • Scale to weigh quantities
  • Large bowl
  • Teaspoons
  • One or more container(s) to store your DIY Korean Candy Scrub with Indigo.

Prior to use, ensure that both your utensils and containers are properly cleaned and disinfected. Wash them with warm soapy water, dry with a tissue, and then sanitize by spraying with 70% medical alcohol. Wipe them clean and let them air dry before use.

Steps: DIY Korean Candy Scrub with Indigo

Spoon Measurement Terms

In some of our articles, and for non-liquid ingredients, we use the measurements ‘One Spoon,’ ‘Rounded Spoon,’ and ‘Heaped Spoon’, to measure the quantity of ingredients, rather than precise measurements in grams or ounces. This is because adding a little more or less of the ingredient does not affect the final product. Both tablespoons and teaspoons follow these guidelines. Here’s a brief explanation of these terms:

  • One Spoon: Fill the ingredient in a measuring spoon, leveling it with a straight edge.
  • Rounded Spoon: More than a level measurement, with the ingredient piled above the spoon’s edge in a rounded shape.
  • Heaped Spoon: The non-liquid ingredient is scooped as high as possible on a spoon.

In this tutorial, we’ll craft the DIY Korean Candy Scrub with Indigo into small, 20-gram (0.70 oz) balls for easy application and use.

1- Begin by putting 137 grams (4.85 oz) of fine sugar powder in a large bowl.

DIY Korean Candy Scrub with Indigo. Put sugar powder in a bowl
Put sugar powder in a bowl

2- Add 1.5 heaped teaspoons (8 grams or 0.28 oz) of xanthan gum.

DIY Korean Candy Scrub with Indigo. Add xanthan gum
Add xanthan gum

3- Add one heaped teaspoon (6 grams or 0.21 oz) of indigo powder (blue nila).

DIY Korean Candy Scrub with Indigo. Add Indigo powder
Add Indigo powder

4- Mix the powders thoroughly with a teaspoon, crushing any lumps, until the mixture becomes homogeneous. You can also use your fingers to ensure a uniform consistency.

DIY Korean Candy Scrub with Indigo. Homogeneous mixture
Homogeneous mixture

5- Add three teaspoons (11.9 grams or 0.42 oz) of coco betaine.

DIY Korean Candy Scrub with Indigo. Add coco betaine
Add coco betaine

6- Add one teaspoon (6.2 grams or 0.22 oz) of vegetable glycerine.

7- Add two teaspoons (10 grams or 0.35 oz) of polysorbate 80.

8- Add one teaspoon (6.2 grams or 0.22 oz) of aloe vera carrier oil.

DIY Korean Candy Scrub with Indigo. These are all the required ingredients
These are all the required ingredients

Now, we mix the contents first with a teaspoon, then with the hands.

9- Mix the liquid ingredients thoroughly with the powdery ingredients using a teaspoon. This prevents the mixture from sticking to your hands when you knead it later on.

10- Use your hands to work and knead the mixture. Pick up some and rub it between your palms, then continue kneading thoroughly in the bowl. Keep kneading until you notice that when you squeeze a handful, it holds its shape well.

11- Once you’ve achieved the desired consistency from the previous step, gather the mixture into a dough-like shape.

DIY Korean Candy Scrub with Indigo. Dough shape
Dough shape

12- Take a piece of the dough with your fingers and squeeze and shape it into a small scrub ball. Ensure the ball weighs approximately 20 grams (0.70 oz). This size of DIY Korean Candy Scrub with Indigo balls is suitable for use on the arms and legs. For larger areas of the body, such as scrubbing the whole body, you can make the ball weigh 30 grams (1.05 oz).

Note: The quantities of ingredients used are sufficient to make eight scrub balls, each weighing 20 grams (0.70 oz).

13- Once you’ve finished rolling all the scrub balls, let them dry for 24 hours.

14- After the scrub balls have dried, dip some of them into a mixture of almond oil and granulated sugar for coating. Store three or four scrub balls in each container and sprinkle granulated sugar into each one.

DIY Korean Candy Scrub with Indigo. Final product
DIY Korean Candy Scrub with Indigo. Final product

How to Use: DIY Korean Candy Scrub with Indigo

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to use your DIY Korean Candy Scrub with Indigo with an added fun twist:

  1. Prepare the Scrub Ball: Take a ball of the scrub and moisten it with water.
  2. Activate the Scrub: Have fun by rubbing the ball between your palms to activate its elastic, bouncy texture.
  3. Spread and Scrub: Spread the scrub evenly over your skin and gently scrub, enjoying its playful feel.
  4. Leave On: Let the scrub sit on your skin for 15-30 minutes to allow the ingredients to work.
  5. Remove: After the recommended time, use a slightly rough loofah to gently rub off the scrub.
  6. Rinse: Rinse off any remaining residue with lukewarm water.

Enjoy the refreshing and revitalizing experience of this homemade skincare treat for smooth, radiant skin!


Using this DIY Korean Candy Scrub with Indigo offers several benefits for your skin:

  1. Exfoliation: Gentle scrubbing helps remove dead skin cells, leaving your skin smoother and softer.
  2. Brightening: The indigo powder helps brighten your complexion, giving it a radiant glow.
  3. Hydration: Ingredients like glycerine and aloe vera oil provide hydration, keeping your skin moisturized.
  4. Elasticity: Enjoy the elastic and bouncy texture that enhances the scrubbing experience.
  5. Purification: Coco betaine cleanses your skin while maintaining its natural balance.

Incorporate this scrub into your skincare routine for a refreshing and rejuvenating experience that leaves your skin looking and feeling revitalized.

Here are more articles on do-it-yourself scrubs:

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The steps to make the DIY Korean Candy Scrub with Indigo are demonstrated in this video.

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