Homemade Sugar Scrubs for Gifts

Sugar ScrubsSugar Scrubs for Gifts

Stuck about what to give your last certain few on the list? All the ladies would appreciate sugar scrubs.

Sugar scrubs are easier to make than you’d think and the best part is that you can make them with any scent you’d like, so you can personalize them as gifts for just about anybody. Sugar scrubs make the best gifts because they’re pretty and oh so much fun to receive.

Making sugar scrubs only takes a few ingredients and the end result makes for an awesome Christmas gift for friends, family, and even work colleagues.

NOTE:  Use caution as coconut oil may leave your tub or shower slippery, rinse well with hot water and use a towel if needed to absorb any remaining oil. Avoid getting water in the jars.

These scrubs should last anywhere from a few weeks to a couple of months.

Lemon or Lemon Raspberry Sugar Scrubs


  • 1/4 c Coconut Oil
  • 3/4 c – 1 c granulated white sugar
  • 2 – 4 drops yellow or red food coloring
  • 10 – 15 drops Lemon Essential Oil        OR
  • 10 – 15 drops Raspberry or Vanilla Extract


  1. Melt coconut oil in microwave for 20-35 seconds until melted.
  2. Pour sugar into oil and mix. If too runny, gradually add more sugar and mix until you have the desired consistency.
  3. Add food coloring to make the color you desire.
  4. Add Essential Oils and Extract drops (if you’re blending) to achieve the scent you desire (for the Lemon Raspberry use 10 drops Lemon Essential Oil and 10 drops Raspberry Extract).
  5. Store in an air-tight container. You can get decorative jars that seal well and make your end product very attractive.
  6. This recipe makes 2-3 small cups of scrub. To make multiple gifts or batches, double the recipe.

Vanilla Sugar Scrub



  1. Combine all ingredients until thoroughly mixed.
  2. Transfer to a jar with an airtight lid.
  3. Store in a cool, dry place.
  4. To use: Apply to wet skin in the shower, and rub in a circular motion, rinse away, dry skin by patting with a towel.

3-Ingredient Peppermint Sugar Scrub

This 3-Ingredient Peppermint Sugar Scrub is great for soothing tired muscles and reviving dry skin, it’s a great DIY gift that can be made in less than 10 minutes!

Yield: 1 ½ cups


  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 12 – 15 drops peppermint essential oil


  1. Melt coconut oil in a medium bowl in the microwave for about 30 seconds and let cool for 5 minutes. Stir in sugar and essential oil until evenly combined.
  2. Package up into air-tight jars.Sugar Scrubs for Gifts


  1. Ok. I admit I have a gender gap. Why would someone want to scrub themselves with sugar ? Wouldn’t one rather use soap?

    1. Because it exfoliates, Roy. I forgive you… lol

  2. Such a great idea for last minute gifts. I always think homemade gifts are more thoughtful and personal.
    Although I might make the peppermint one just for me ha ha
    I’ve pinned this to my Christmas | gift ideas board 🙂
    if you want to pop over to my blog and say hi here is the url http://www.makesbakesanddecor.com

    1. Hi Lianne. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoy your peppermint sugar scrub… lol

  3. I love this! I have been wanting to make sugar scrubs! Thank you for sharing =)

    1. Thanks for dropping by, Brittany. Hope you get a chance to make these and try them!

  4. Oh, I love homemade sugar scrubs. Last Xmas I made coffee and lemon sugar scrubs for my mom and mother-in-low, this year I will try your vanilla recipe.

    1. Simple homemade gifts are usually more appreciated than something from the store. The coffee one sounds good. A nice pick me up in the morning…

  5. I’m not a do-it-yourself person, unless I’m entertaining or playing with children. I have a great sugar scrub that I occasionally purchase from Nordstrom.

    1. lol – Those that can, do. Those that can’t, go to the store. Regardless if it’s homemade or purchased, sugar scrubs are great.

  6. I’ve never made sugar scrub but I got a sample of it from a friend a while back and really loved it. I bet the one you made smells awesome too. What a great gift idea!!

    1. It’s easy enough to make… just imagine the concoctions you could throw together… lol

  7. This is perfect for those last few ladies on my list! It looks really easy, and I love DIY gifts because they are more personal.

    1. A few pretty jars, some sugar and some essential oils and you’re all set!

  8. This is such a terrific homemade gift idea! Unique, and who doesn’t love beauty products, especially when they smell wonderful, are all natural, and contain no harsh chemicals. While I’m making a few batches for friends, I will definitely be mixing some up for myself too!

    1. A whole bunch of yummy and no calories to worry about!!

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