Who doesn’t love a good sugar scrub? They’re great to relieve dry winter skin and they smell fantastic. It’s like having a mini-spa in your own bathroom. I tend to prefer them over salt scrubs because they won’t cause stinging if you have a cut or scrape. Know what else I love about sugar scrubs? They’re incredibly easy and cheap to make! With just a few household ingredients you can make your own sugar scrub for yourself or as a gift.
There are tons of sugar scrub recipes on the interwebs, but they’re all pretty much the same. You’ll need an oil of your choice (olive, coconut, castor, sweet almond, avocado, jojoba, etc.), sugar (brown or refined), and an oil extract (lavender, peppermint, orange, lemongrass, etc.). I chose to use brown sugar for these scrubs, only two bucks a bag at Safeway. I had two huge bottles of castor oil that I’ve been aching to get rid of (I went through a phase where I used it to deep condition my hair — I recommend it!) so I used that as my base. I also used an almost empty bottle of coconut oil. It’s okay to mix them. My current stash of oil extracts includes rosemary mint, lemongrass, and rose hip seed. You can find these for about three or four bucks a bottle at your nearest Marshalls or Ross, and one bottle goes a long way.
Simply find a leak-proof bottle and add your ingredients. The ones shown in this post are from Target’s dollar section — or as I like to call it, the aisle of bank account destruction. They’re actually not leak-proof (learned that the hard way) so I just warn people to keep these bottles upright. They’re just so darn cute! Fill the bottle about half way with your base oil, add several drops of your essential oil, then start adding spoonfuls of sugar until the bottle is full. Mix the oil and sugar together with a spoon so the sugar is saturated with oil. If you prefer a more coarse sugar scrub, use less oil. If you prefer a more oily sugar scrub, add more oil. If you feel the scent of the essential oil isn’t strong enough, just go ahead an add a couple more drops. The ratios are up to you!
You can get even more creative if you use white sugar. A few drops of food coloring will really make the scrub pop! If you use a lavender essential oil, add a drop of purple food coloring (or blue and red to make purple) for some purple sugar scrub. Using a lemon essential oil? Add a drop of yellow food coloring. Or just color coordinate with a special event or holiday.
These are just SO easy and fun to make — I had to share. And don’t forget the cute bottle and packaging to add the perfect final touch!