Gifting doesn’t get any easier than this: Sugar Scrubs!
They are super simple and quite inexpensive to make. Choose some nice jars to put them in, create a nifty label and you have a great thoughtful gift. Be sure to make a few extra for you to use too!
Basic Sugar Scrubs
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- Up to 1/4 cup oil (See Note Below)
Use grape seed, almond, olive or jojoba oil. Don’t use coconut oil as it solidifies in the drain as it cools. Grape seed oil isn’t as “oily” as the others, with olive leaving the “oiliest” feel, which can be quite pleasant on dry skin.
Always be careful walking after using sugar scrubs as the oils can make surfaces slick.
Use your personal preference as to how much oil to add. I prefer only using enough to make the sugar damp and start to hold together as opposed to swimming in oil. I prefer the drier side.
- 5-10 drops fragrance of choosing, I like to use essential oils, vanilla extract, almond extract
When adding peppermint oils, be careful about the scrubs coming in contact with sensitive skin, eyes and private parts. It can sting.
- Up to 3 drops of food coloring, optional
Don’t use more than 3 drops because you don’t want to color your skin! Other choices for colors are raspberry juice, beet juice for a natural product.
Add the sugar to a bowl, add the oil, fragrance and color. Mix and bottle it up in pretty containers.
Make some labels, glue them on, tie some ribbon and you’ve got a lovely gift. I have several jars wrapped under the tree in “Stacks of Sugar Scrub” ready for the last-minute. Teachers, neighbors, hair stylists, manicurists, hostesses, dog walkers, your mail carrier, cat sitters, even baby sitters would enjoy a sugar scrub.
These are the scents I made:
- Cinnamon Vanilla
- Vanilla Orange Dream
- Calming Lavender Rosemary
- Peppermint Lift
What’s wonderful is the scent lingers on your skin.
Easy , fun, and any leftovers, you get to use!
These make great additions to the Spa Basket you have in mind and make nice little thoughtful ditty for those people in your life who could use a little “Thinking of You” gift.
What kind of sugar scrub will you make?
- Scrub Scrub Scrub! (diaryofadiydarling.wordpress.com)
- Video Tutorials for Making Your Own Bath Scrubs (beauty.answers.com)
- Honey Lavender Sugar Scrub (mamasessentialoilcabinet.com)
15 thoughts on “Sugar Scrub!”
They sound divine and yet so simple. Think I may steer clear of the peppermint though as I tend to be a bit heavy handed with the drops sometimes! Your labels look wonderful too.
Yeah, the peppermint can be a bit tingly in the wrong place!
What a great homemade gift! I’ve got a plethora of Kilner jars (the joys of working for a company that sells them) and I’m definitely inspired by this. I love the idea of a creamsicle scented scrub!
The only problem is that you get out of the shower wanting a creamsicle! I have always loved them. How lucky you are to have the Kilner jars Jars and tins have been hard to find this year. I love Kilner jars too. Don’t find them in many places, can they be ordered online?
Here in the states, they’re available on our website. We’ve got a full range, with new awesome products coming out in 2014.
I’m totally good with craving a creamsicle. Somehow, it strikes me as healthier than craving bacon. I make my own a lot (with vanilla yogurt instead of ice cream) to keep it healthier.
That sounds delicious! I’ll be trying that for sure when it warms up. In the meantime, I’m online looking for your jars! Thanks!
BTW, I’m loving your blog/site!
Thanks! We have a blast!
It really comes through too. Great job! I see I’ll be spending a few hours poking around. I’m falling in love with the table you did the photo shoot on.
Us too! Nothing like old hardwood to really add oomph to a layout.
These are beautiful and thoughtful gifts and practical too. ! Sue
Thanks Sue! i got to use some ‘left overs”; what fun! 🙂
I love sugar scrubs…good results but gentle on the skin.
Me too! Sometimes I’ll make them with fine sea salt but for some reason I really like the sugar scrubs.