homemade sugar scrubs

Due to the advent of Spring and my general OCD-ness, I have been on a cleaning and organizing rampage.  Aside from the construction zones, things stay pretty clean around here, but periodic de-cluttering is necessary even at my house.  No drawer or cabinet is safe.  My baking shelves in the pantry were first to get ransacked, and I found all kinds of stuff I had forgotten about.  I planned to make a gift for my friend’s birthday, so finding lavender buds, two containers of coconut oil, and more mason jars than I know what to do with was a pleasant surprise.  My afternoon had a new purpose, and it didn’t involve yard work.  It was gonna be another great day after all.

Homemade scrubs are so easy to make, the scent combinations are endless, and you can quickly whip up a batch from ingredients probably already in your cupboards.  All these smell super yummy, and are a delightful treat for your skin.

Let’s start with my favorite, which also happens to smell like a cupcake!

vanilla bean coconutVanilla bean coconut
1 cup granulated sugar
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1/3-1/2 cup melted coconut oil
1 Tbsp vitamin E or grapeseed oil
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1 vanilla bean, scraped



 Lemon & lavender
1 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup vitamin E or grapeseed oil
juice and zest from 1 lemon
2 Tbsp dried lavender buds



vanilla latte scrub

 Vanilla latte
1 cup granulated sugar
3 Tbsp coffee grounds
1 Tbsp cold espresso, or coffee extract
1/3-1/2 cup vitamin E or grapeseed oil
1 Tbsp vanilla extract



Simply stir all the ingredients together in a bowl, then transfer to a jar or other airtight container until use.  Adjust amount of sugar or oil, depending on whether you prefer your scrub thicker or runnier.