Make The Easiest DIY Gift Ever- Sugar Scrub

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I don’t know about you guys, but the second Winter weather blows into town my skin dries up and cracks, I look like a 90 year old woman, and I’m forced to stash hand lotions and Chap Sticks in various secret locations all over my house and car. Our skin is our body’s first line of defense against sickness, you know, so you must take care of it or it will fail you and then you will die of cracked skin.

In strut sugar scrubs.

Coconut orange and coconut lime sugar scrub recipe - so easy, great DIY Christmas gifts
Sugar scrubs are easy as pie to make, cost next to nothing, and are maybe the perfect DIY gift. Slap on a cute little homemade gift tag and you’ve scored. The combo of exfoliating and moisturizing makes your skin crazy-happy, and toss in some tropical smells and you can save 3 grand on that vacation you were dreaming about.
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup coconut oil – I used Trader Joe’s
Orange and lime essential oils – 15 – 20 drops in each batch
mixing sugar scrub
Just mix the ingredients up and scoop them into the jars.
I bought these little jars at Hobby Lobby to put it into. Yes, I am a total hypocrite. I got all up on my soap box about Hobby Lobby and their decision to not provide certain birth control options to their employees, and then I realized how much I shop there and how they have so much stuff that other places don’t have. So I totally caved on my self-righteousness, and I officially shop at H.L. again. Feel free to call me names, but look at those cute jars!!
DIY sugar scrub recipe
This recipe fits perfectly in each jar, so double or triple it, etc. according to how much you are making.
I threw some grated orange peel in my orange scrub, because it looked fab, but then I had to scoop the peels out of my tub, so omit them if you don’t feel up to the odious task of peel-scooping. (Hint: don’t add the orange peel if you’re making these as gifts- it can get all yucky moldy if not used quickly enough.) Okay, just nix the peels; they’re a bad idea all around.
Orange and Lime sugar scrub recipe
Pair this scrub with a gift card for someone you need a bigger gift for, and you can DIY a cute gift card envelope by following this easy tutorial.


  1. 12/04/2014 / 6:01 am

    I’m with you on the whole dry skin thing. Last year it was so bitterly cold that my entire body broke out into a rash. I was so happy (and pretty) then.

    Best part about this is that it’s made of edible ingredients, so you can take a glass with you to the bath and drink the bath water to stay hydrated on the inside too!! Win-win!!

    • 12/04/2014 / 9:23 am

      Yes, it’s quite nutritious and delicious. I should have thrown in some kale to the mix. Do you have any good pictures of yourself with the rash, because that would make a nice Christmas card for this year.

  2. 12/04/2014 / 2:37 pm

    Considering that I was pretty sure I had leprosy, I wasn’t allowing any pictures. Unfortunately for Christmas card season.

  3. Lisa
    12/08/2014 / 12:42 am

    Great, simple recipe. I bet the orange and coconut smell wonderful together. I know it can be super hard to not spend money in places that have such cute and/or perfect items for your projects, but just remember that each time you spend money in places (like Hobby Lobby) you are voting with your dollars and supporting corporate power over women’s rights. I often find cute jars in the bulk departments of natural foods stores like co-ops, if you have any in your area. You can usually buy them new or find used sanitized jars. 🙂 Or try the websites for Frontier Co-op or Down to Earth Distributors.

  4. kris
    12/16/2014 / 10:15 am

    Does each little jar need 20 drops of oil? Thanks!

    • 12/17/2014 / 4:42 pm

      Yes- I put about 20 drops in each jar, and it really was still subtle. The coconut oil I used was pretty coconutty smelling, though (Trader Joe’s). If you use one that is less smelly, you might want to adjust the number of drops of essential oil, but probably still around that many.

  5. Jen
    03/02/2015 / 10:08 pm

    Hi, I’m not crazy about coconut smell can you use other scented oils like lavender? Thanks for your help!

    • 03/03/2015 / 7:54 pm

      Yes! And you know, some coconut oil smells more like coconut than others. I actually prefer the Spectrum organic coconut oil, because it doesn’t really smell so coconutty like the Trader Joe’s version. Any added scent (like lavendar) would mask any coconut smell quite nicely. Enjoy!

  6. Kate
    11/15/2015 / 1:02 pm

    FYI, if you use REFINED coconut oil, there should be little or no coconut smell. It’s hard to overpower that scent with essential oil! I’ve tried.

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