Wednesday, October 31, 2012

homemade sugar scrub recipes {how to}

I haven't gotten around to unpacking my craft room yet (how did that get so low on the priority list?), so I haven't had any crafty things to show lately. Thanks to Jess for all the fun giveaways in the meantime! But I needed a quick and easy fall teacher gift this week, so I pulled out the ribbon box and an old favorite recipe: sugar hand and body scrub. One of my favorite sweet-but-not-to-eat-treats. That's what our teachers are getting for Halloween this year.

I've tried a lot of homemade sugar scrub recipes and come up with a basic combination that can be used to make lots of yummy scents. Sugar scrubs are wonderful because they soften the skin by exfoliating (sugar) and moisturizing (oil). Just wet hands or body and massage a little sugar scrub onto the skin, then rinse well. I love to keep a jar of scrub by sink in my hall bathroom for guests, and it makes a really fun gift for teachers, friends, and hostesses. You could take one to your Thanksgiving dinner host--she'll appreciate a sweet treat without the calories!

Sugar Scrub Basic Recipe
Ingredients & supplies
 
2 parts turbinado sugar (sugar in the raw--I found mine at Walmart) OR brown sugar (or half and half each)
1 part coconut oil OR cold-pressed oil like almond oil, grapeseed oil, sunflower, safflower oil, etc. (or half and half each)
Glass jars (canning jars work great--you just need something with a lid)
Essential oils for scents (optional)

To create your scrub, mix your sugars with your oils, store in an airtight jar near the sink or in the shower for about a month. I like using half coconut oil and half cold-pressed oil for a thinner mixture. Use all coconut oil for a thicker scrub, or all cold-pressed oil for an even thinner scrub. You can use all brown sugar, but I like using some turbinado sugar because the big crystals are better for exfoliation.
 

Now here are some of my favorite combinations for good-enough-to-eat sugar scrubs! Or stick with the basic recipe and add essential oils like lavendar for your own custom scents.

Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub Recipe

1/2 cup turbinado sugar (sugar in the raw)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup almond oil (or other cold-pressed oil)
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

Mix dry ingredients together. Add oils and mix until no lumps remain. Divide into glass jars with lids. 

Apple Crisp Sugar Scrub Recipe

1/2 cup turbinado sugar (sugar in the raw)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup almond oil (or other cold-pressed oil)
1 tsp. apple pie spice

Mix dry ingredients together. Add oils and mix until no lumps remain. Divide into canning jars with lids.


Coconut Ginger Sugar Scrub Recipe

1 cup turbinado sugar (sugar in the raw)
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup almond oil or other cold-pressed oil
1 Tbsp. coarsely chopped fresh ginger

Heat coconut oil and ginger in a small saucepan over medium heat for about 5 minutes. This will allow the ginger to infuse into the oil. Allow to cool a few minutes. Strain through a mesh strainer or coffee filter to remove ginger. Discard ginger.
Mix warm coconut oil with cold-pressed oil. Add sugar and stir well. Spoon into glass jars and cover with a tight lid.

Vanilla Brown Sugar Scrub Recipe

1/2 cup turbinado sugar (sugar in the raw)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup almond oil or other cold-pressed oil
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Bring coconut oil to liquid form (room temp, or microwave 10-20 seconds). Mix with cold-pressed oil. Stir in sugars and vanilla. Spoon into glass jars and cover with a tight lid.

I love to tie up my jars with ribbon and add a tag. I also like including a cute spoon for extra cuteness.

Sugar scrubs make a great holiday gift, too! Just change up the ribbon and tag to Christmas colors.

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18 Responses to “homemade sugar scrub recipes {how to}”

Jenni Renee said...

Im kinda tight on money this christmas and have a lot of girls in my family so Im going to try some of these for gifts. thanks so much for posting.

Rachel said...

Oh my goodness, these look great!! What a wonderful gift idea. thanks for sharing your recipes!!

Cheers!
Rachel
http://www.scrapendipitydesigns.etsy.com/

Amanda said...

Mandy I was excited to see the recipe for the scrub you gave me this past Summer in Chicago. I loved it. Well I'm still lovin' it. It lasts a long time. Thanks again. It's a gift that keeps on giving:)

Britta said...

Do you get your coconut/cold pressed oils at a grocery store or do you buy them at a wholesale retailer online?

Thank you for the recipes. I love pampering products.

sparklesness said...

such a great idea!

I was planning on buying soaps for everyone to go with the washcloths I've knitted, but this looks like a better idea.

Better get cracking!

Nanna said...

I've made brown sugar scrub before, I never thought to use turbernado sugar, great ifea!
Helen

Little Birdie Secrets said...

Britta, I just buy mine at the grocery store! I found the grapeseed at Walmart, but to find the almond oil I had to go to a Whole Foods-type store. :)

Melynie said...

Love this!! I had a sugar scrub party earlier this year. :) Can't wait to try out your recipe! Love your tags; did you make them? (Can you make them printable for us?) :D

DanainDFW said...

I've given things like this to the many teachers and they've always loved them. That is the cutest spoon - where did you find that? It looks a lot like a set of measuring spoons I've seen.

circusisintown said...

thanks for the recipes. i have been wanting to do this for years.

Crafty Chick said...

Thank you for sharing this! I can't wait to make some of my own. Can you please tell me what the shelf life of the sugar scrubs is?

Jessica Peck said...

Thanks for posting! I am doing this for Christmas gifts this year :) I was just wondering where you found your jars at? I checked all of my local stores (Walmart, Meijer, Target, etc) but only found expensive single ones at Walmart :/

Jessica Peck said...

Also, did anyone else have a problem with the scrub solidifying after a while? I used the Louana's coconut oil just like in the picture (Which is initially a solid in the container). I melted it before use but after I made my scrub, the oil turned back to a solid. Did I do something wrong? Thanks for your help!

lovie said...

Coconut Oil solidifies at room temperature, you can just set the container under running water and it will become liquified again

L amore Nail Expert said...

Amazing give, love it so much... Can u pls tell me what the shelf life of the sugar scrub is?

Natalie Mcknight said...

Can you do half sugar half salt for the mix or combine the two in any way?

Stella Wilson said...

Have seen number of recipes but in recent search yours one is awesome and very simple. Thanks a tone.

Stella

rhondamariek said...

Where do you find cute spoons? I cannot find any!

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