UPDATE: Y’all, I love this perfect sugar scrub so much that I’ve improved it even more…and I made a little video to tell you all about it! Guess what: My new and improved scrub recipe is super scoopable! Insert happy dance.
Everyone loves a good sugar scrub.
Even nine-year-old boys, apparently. Older Bro has completely taken over any and all jars of sugar scrub placed in our shared upstairs bathroom. I guess boys like a little pampering, too!
Sugar Scrub is a fantastic trick to keep up your sleeve.
- Last minute gift for mom, teachers, a friend? Sugar Scrub.
- Rough, dry skin on your hands or feet? Sugar Scrub.
- Grubby, dirty gardener’s hands? Sugar Scrub.
- Paint all over your hands after a painting project? Sugar Scrub.
- Grease or sap or other hard-to-remove gunk on those hands? Sugar Scrub.
You know what the best part is? It’s so easy to make.
I like to make a large batch of The Perfect Sugar Scrub and keep a few jars on hand for last minute gifts. Or for when my nine-year-old uses up all my sugar scrub in the bathroom….
Note: this recipe for The Perfect Sugar Scrub calls for coconut oil and white sugar, but other carrier oils or exfoliants can be used as well.
- Carrier oils: almond oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, etc.
- Exfoliants: brown sugar, sea salt, ground oats, etc.
- ½ cup sugar
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- 8-10 drops essential oil
- 4-oz. glass jar
- Melt coconut oil in a sauce pan over medium low heat.
- In a non-plastic bowl, mix melted oil, sugar and essential oil with a stainless steel spoon until well combined.
- Spoon into container.
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Don’t forget to check out the quick video of my tweaked sugar scrub recipe…it’s scoopable! Click here to watch the video.
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Essential oil options for the Perfect Sugar Scrub
The sky’s the limit when it comes to choosing essential oils for your sugar scrub. It really depends on personal preferences, but the list below is a good place to start.
- Lemon – Especially nice for keeping near the kitchen sink.
- Wild Orange – Everyone loves Wild Orange!
- Ginger + Lime – A popular combo.
- Peppermint – Cooling and refreshing; perfect for foot scrub.
- Rosemary + Peppermint – Lovely combo for a gardener’s hand scrub.
- Lavender – Calming, especially for bedtime.
Who in your life would love a jar of The Perfect Sugar Scrub?
Kathleen Henderson is the Yankee behind the Homestead, where she keeps up with Mr. Native Texan, three busy boys, a large dog, an assortment of chickens and an organic garden on three beautiful acres in Northern Virginia. Yankee Homestead is where she organizes her tips, tricks and resources for a healthy life. Favorite topics include real food recipes, gluten-free living, essential oils and home remedies, all things natural and nontoxic, plus mommy musings and homeschooling resources. Find out more on the About page