Sugar Scrub Recipes

5 minute Simple Sugar Scrub Recipes with printable gift tags

I’ve been a pinning fool lately – pinning all the Sugar Scrubs Recipes I could find, because I know that if someone gave ME a handmade sugar scrub, I’d think it was the coolest gift ever!  So, when I found out that making sugar scrubs only took three-four ingredients, I was ecstatic!  I’ve had it on my mind for a year now to get into this sugar scrubs recipes phase that’s rocking the Pinterest world right now.  I just never got going.

5 minute Simple Sugar Scrub Recipes with printable gift tags

Then, I ordered my first box with Young Living Essential Oils and the rest, as they say, is history!  Making sugar scrubs might possibly be the easiest thing you do all day.  Parking in the grocery store parking creates more stress than making sugar scrub recipes!

To make my Lemon Sugar Scrub and Raspberry Lemon Sugar Scrub, I used just a few easily ingredients and had them mixed up in 5 minutes.  I had plenty of scents on hand, and decided as I went to use the Lemon and Raspberry.


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Lemon and Raspberry Lemon Sugar Scrub
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Serves: 2-3 cups
Lemon Sugar Scrub makes for great gifts and a treat to yourself!
  • ¼ c. Coconut Oil (melted)
  • ¾ - 1 c. granulated white sugar
  • 2-4 drops yellow or red food coloring depending on which batch you make
  • 10-15 drops Lemon Essential Oil or 10-15 drops Raspberry or Vanilla Extract, depending on scent you want
  1. Melt coconut oil in microwave for 20-35 seconds until melted.
  2. Pour sugar into oil and mix. If too juicy, add a small amount of sugar and mix.
  3. Add food coloring to make the color you desire
  4. Add Essential Oils and Extract drops(if you're blending) to achieve the scent you desire.
  5. (For the Lemon Raspberry I used 10 drops Lemon EO and 10 drops Raspberry Extract)
  6. Store in an air-tight container.
  7. This recipe makes 2-3 small cups of scrub. To make multiple gifts or batches, double recipe.

5 minute Simple Sugar Scrub Recipes with printable gift tags5 minute Simple Sugar Scrub Recipes with printable gift tags

Add on a cute Oh Sugar printable tag and you’ve got a super easy Valentine treat for those you love.  Need it any other time of year?  I’ve included non-holiday tags that will make this a perfect gifts for birthdays, christmas, or a house warming gift!

Best part is, they’ll keep returning the jars and begging you to make more when they finish!

Download your own printable tags here.

Interested in buying Essential Oils?  I have a great FAQ page here that will answer your questions and give you all the info you need to order your own set!

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About Melanie L.

Melanie works full time at Tuft & Needle and blogs part time evenings and weekends when her daughter is working on the cars with her dad!

78 thoughts on “Sugar Scrub Recipes

  1. These are so super cute, I’m trying to come up with a little beauty shop in my area considering the closest one is going on a crazy stressful trip to the local mall (that is if you view the mall like I do ) so these will certainly be helpful.

  2. This might sound like a silly question, but I am new to scrubs so forgive me. I have seen a lot of them need to be stored in the refrigerator, is that the case with these?

  3. My girls made these today & the color did stain their hands! I tried to with three different coloring agents (neon, gel, & regular), but each left a tint even after rinsing. Any suggestions?

    1. AAAHHH! I’m so sorry to hear that Kiki. I definitely noticed a red tint in the shower, but it was gone by the time I was done washing and got out. Boo. I wish I had a suggestion. I’ll do some research and update you if I find out an alternative.

  4. Hey Melanie! I plan to make these and give away as favors for my bridal shower next month. I would like to know if these are for hands, body or face, and how often can they be used (daily, every other day, etc.). Thank you so much!

  5. These sound great! Since my husband’s cancer, I make all of my own skin care products, cleaning products, detergent etc.
    I use organic coconut oil, organic sugar and make my own vanilla extract. What else can I use instead of food coloring?
    Food coloring is not safe to ingest, so I won’t use it on my skin.
    I know that in food recipes they use beet juice for pinkness, but that stains too.

  6. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! I can’t wait to try it! I was going to suggest, as some of the others were commenting on the food coloring, the juice from frozen raspberries. When I made a peppermint scrub for Christmas gifts, that’s what it called for. I just microwaved 1/2 a handful and used the juice. 🙂 It’s completely organic and doesn’t stain your skin. I hope that helps! I am super excited to try this scrub for the summer!!!

  7. Hi I’m wondering if you can tell me the name of the font you used for our tags. i love the font. Thanks 🙂

  8. What is the vanilla extract that in the picture used for? I was a little confused with that since I don’t see it listed as an ingredient. Thanks!

    1. Its an option in case you don’t want to use Raspberry Extract. When I started the process and photographed it, I planned to do a plain vanilla, but the raspberry and lemon turned out so good and colorful, I never ended up using it. Sorry for the confusion!

      1. I am seeing so many recipes for scrubs and face/body washes with coconut oil in them. Does this clog the drain?
        I am a little concerned over time that this will cause trouble.

  9. Hi there- I’m going to make these for a bridal shower so thank you! Just wondering what you recommend as far as how far in advance I can make them?

    1. I have found that they keep for a month if in a good air tight container, but I’ve only made three or four batches, and I’ve used them up right away, so I can’t be positive!

  10. Just mage these for my fellow Co workers valentine gift. Super easy! Hubby tried it out and loved it. Hopee they liked them as much as I do. Thank you for this recipe

  11. Hello! I just came across your sugar scrub recipe and was wonder if your printable tags are still available to print? I’ve never made a sugar scrub before and can’t wait to try this!

  12. Would not recommend using any type of food coloring. It stained my skin a little bit. Love the texture though, and maybe it comes off in the shower!

    1. I used mine right in the shower, so didn’t really have any issues, but I could see how scary that would be if you were using it outside of the shower and saw stained red hands! Yikes!

  13. I see that you say your recipe makes 2-3 cups, but I need to make this for 6 gifts, and hope to find the same jars that you did at Hobby Lobby. Will doubling the recipe be enough or should I triple it?

  14. regard to food coloring, i simply bought soap coloring, thats safe for body. use that instead, thats found in hobby lobby as well.

    where do i found coconut oil? are they in solid form?

  15. Thank you for posting this. It sounds like its easy to make and I’m excited to make this for my mom for Mother’s Day! 😀

  16. This is a great idea, Melanie! I’m going to do this as a craft with my 9-year old daughter for a Mother’s Day gift. 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration!

  17. Hello Melanie! Thaks for a recept! 🙂 I would like to make these… but before I have a more questions…
    granulated white sugar: What grain sizes need to prepare the scrubs? As powdered sugar (fine particulate) or granular sugar (coarser, larger particle size)?
    food coloring: do not shut your skin?
    Thanks your ansver 🙂

  18. Hello I will ask probably a stupid question : for vanilla extract do you intend that we use in the cakes or it s an essential oil? Thanks x

  19. Thank you so much for this great gift idea! I made this for my mom on her birthday and she loved it! I am going to be making some more for my sisters on Christmas, but I was wondering if it would work if I substituted the lemon oils for peppermint?

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