One of my favorite things to DIY are sugar scrubs, because they are a cinch to put together (even kids can do it!), they make great gifts, and you end up smelling like a spa when you’re done.
Sugar scrub recipes are as flexible as flexible can be. If you’re like me, I prefer to have a baseline a guideline to follow though. This recipe ratio is helpful and easy to remember:
***Combine two parts sugar to one part carrier oil.***
Then add essential oils to your desired scent strength. I like mine to smell strong, so I use about 30 drops per cup of sugar.
Mix well, until completely incorporated and smooth.
Optional: Add ONE drop of food coloring to add a tint of color. Be careful not to add more than one or two drops. You just want to add enough color so that it looks attractive and natural.
If you use a runnier oil, like olive oil, this ratio will give you a consistency that is similar to the sugar scrubs you get at Trader Joe’s. Once it’s spooned into a jar, the sugar will settle at the bottom and it will be a bit oily at the top. If you want a less oily mixture, simply add more sugar and add less oil. You really can’t mess a sugar scrub up!
Note: If using coconut oil, the ratio is 1.5 parts sugar to 1 part oil. The mixture will be creamy and thick.
Let’s talk a minute about the ingredients:
Sugar: White sugar or brown sugar. Either works great. You can use a mixture of both if you want. I used a natural cane sugar for all the recipes in this post.
Carrier oil: You can use olive oil, grapeseed oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, sweet almond oil, etc. I wouldn’t use canola or vegetable oil. You want to use oils that are nourishing to your skin and smell mild or pleasant.
If you use coconut oil, keep in mind that some oils smell strongly of coconut more than others and may affect your recipe.
Essential oils: I buy mine at the health food store for about $5-9 per bottle. Use your nose to pick your scents. The same scents can smell different from brand to brand.
CITRUS SCRUB RECIPES
As I mentioned before, sugar scrubs are flexible and fun to experiment with. Just follow the ratio (or don’t!) and have a go at it.
If you prefer using tried and true recipes to follow, here are a few of my own, along with some coordinating labels and tags (free printable at the end). Please note: These recipes make about 2 cups of sugar scrub, just enough to fit into a pint sized jar. Grapefruit Sugar Scrub
2 cups cane sugar + 1 cup grapeseed oil + 65 drops of grapefruit essential oil + 2 drops of pink food coloring
2 cups cane sugar + 1 cup grapeseed oil + 40 drops of lemon essential oil + 20 drops of peppermint oil + 1 drop of yellow food coloring (my lemon essential oil, was already pretty yellow) Tangerine Sugar Scrub
1 1/2 cups cane sugar + 1 cup softened coconut oil + 60 drops of tangerine essential oil + 1 drop of red and 1 drop of yellow food coloring
– Remember the ratio for coconut oil is different: 1.5 cups of sugar to 1 cup of oil.
– I used a high quality, organic coconut oil with a strong coconut scent and probably could have labeled this a tangerine coconut scrub. Tangerine and coconut complement each other well, so it works. If you don’t want a strong coconut smell, consider using Lou-anna brand cooking coconut oil, which has a less noticeable scent.
For my last batch, I just blended all the oils together in equal parts and used coconut oil as my carrier oil. Then I dropped in a drop of pink food coloring. It turned out to be my prettiest scrub!
TAGS + LABELS
To make the scrubs more gift-worthy, I spooned them into wide mouth, pint-sized mason jars and then added lid covers, leaves, and labels. Ta da! 🙂
To get your free copy of the pdf printable for the lid covers, leaves, and labels, click HERE.
The file includes a mixed variety of lid covers and leaves, as well as each orange, pink, and yellow citrus slice on it’s own page. There is also a page of white filled in tags, and a page of blank tags.
Please Note: The pdf file is sized to 8.5 by 11 inch paper and is available instantly through Google Drive. If you have trouble downloading instantly it from there, please email me at [email protected] to request a copy. Email delivery may take up to 10 business days. This file is for personal use only. Please do not copy, or redistribute this file on your own site or social media outlet.
Cut the citrus slices out, leaving a 1/8-1/4″ white space border around the perimeter. Do the same with the white tags. Cut the leaves out, leaving no white space.
Place the citrus slice lid covers on top of the mason jar lids and screw the ring over the top to hold the lid cover in place.
Tie some jute or string around the neck of the jar, and add a leaf or two and a label.
For more DIY Mother’s Day ideas, check out:
Modern Mother’s Day Cards – Free Printables
Desiree @The36thAvenue says
Such a cute idea… Featuring you tomorrow at The 36th Avenue.
Thank you Desiree!
Erin Keith says
I love this Delia! I have to admit that I always have sugar scrubs in my bathroom, they’re so easy to make and then you don’t have to use lotion after your shower! 🙂 It sounds like I’m being lazy as I’m typing that out but I think that is just the reality of a mom’s life: shower time needs to be as efficient as possible! 🙂
I have never used coconut oil in mine b/c I worried about it becoming solid again but yours looks amazing! You’re right about that beautiful creamy texture…mmmm. Will have to try that next time.
Thanks Erin! I think the essential oils help keep it a little bit looser so that it doesn’t congeal so hard again. And coconut oil is soooo dreamy to use! Love it!
Melanie (The Party Suite at Bellenza) says
These would be great as favors for baby or bridal shower!
what brand of dye do you use to color them? thanks!
McCormick food coloring. Does that help?
Megan C. says
What specific type of mason jars are these? Looks like they are 8oz., however I am having a hard time finding this exact shape of jar. Could you share what they are called and where to purchase?
Sure! It is a half pint jar I found at Target. You can get a pint jar that is the similar squat, wide mouth shape. For some reason that one seems easier to find. I hope that helps!
Thanks for recipes and printable. Just made these for teacher end of school year gifts. Tied honey straws with twine on them -adorable. Tried what was left in the bowl -invigorating!
What a lovely idea! I love the addition of the honey straws… Just perfect!
Christa Pauwels says
I love this idea so much!! I made one for my mom for mothers day! I hope she likes it!!!