homemade DIY sugar scrubs
{from little birdie secrets}

by @according2kelly on November 2, 2012

for the entire month of november we will be baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season…

welcome to our holiday-inspired “bake, craft & sew along” – helping you prepare handmade gifts for this holiday season all month long. yep! yep! an entire month of projects.  

so dust off your sewing machine, & head on over to skip to my lou for some fabulous sewing projects.

rev up your mixers, & visit a southern fairytale for lots of edible yummies & holiday-inspired recipes you definitely don’t want to miss.

& to check out ALL of our crafty & creative projects go HERE.

today, our featured blogger is the totally awe-inspiring ladies, of little birdie secrets. mandy & jessica write…

I can’t believe it’s already time for the Holiday Craft Along! We are honored to participate in this awesome collection of holiday gift ideas for the third year in a row–thanks, Kelly! When it comes to quick and easy teacher, girlfriend, and hostess gifts, I always reach for an old favorite: sugar hand and body scrub. It’s one of my favorite sweet-but-not-to-eat treats. We could all use a little pampering this holiday season, right? These relaxing sugar scrubs smell like your favorite holiday treats without the calories. Yes, please!

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.

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 or scoop for extra cuteness.

It’s easy to make these scrubs a holiday gift by adding holiday ribbon and a tag in Christmas colors. Voila!

We’re so happy to have been a part of this year’s holiday craft round-up. Be sure to stop by our blog, Little Birdie Secrets, for more easy gift ideas, holiday decor, and recipes you can make this holiday season, like our 5-minute handmade ornaments, peppermint marshmallow recipe, and mini calendar magnets!

bake craft sew {giveaway}

ready for an amazing giveaway worth over $700? head on over to today’s featured blogger {little birdie secrets}for a chance to win. really want to win? every day you’ll have a new chance to win on a new blog. so be sure to come back tomorrow.

& make sure to visit skip to my lou a southern fairytale for even more giveaway opportunites!

____________________________________________


for more great ideas be sure to visit mandy & jessica at their blog little birdie secrets. & be sure to connect with her on facebook.


about little birdie secrets: Little Birdie Secrets was born from the crafting obsession of friends. It started with crafting playdates and blossomed into a place where we could share our ideas, knowledge, and finished projects with fellow crafters. Our mission is to share fun and creative crafting projects, tips, and tutorials to make crafting easier and more fun.

baking, crafting & sewing along at home? don’t forget to play show & tell… upload your photos to our flickr group HERE. follow along with all of our featured bakers, crafters & sewers on twitter HERE, & tweet about the holiday-inspired “bake, craft & sew along” using the hashtag #bakecraftsew.

3 comments
Kelley
Kelley

I'm curious how many small jars of scrub each recipe makes. Thank you!

Karen
Karen

These all sound amazing! I'm curious about two things. How long will they last? And can they be used on the face too?

kelleyn
kelleyn

Thanks for sharing! I can't wait to try some of these recipes.

Previous post:

Next post: