31 Days – Handmade Scrubs {Day 8}

I’m participating in The Nester’s 31 Days Challenge, so for the month of October I’ll be writing each day about 31 Days of Christmas: plan a little now to enjoy it more later. You can see all of the posts here.

When I wrote about budgeting yesterday, I mentioned that a great way to save money at Christmas is to make some handmade gifts. Today I’m sharing a few recipes for body scrubs that I found through Pinterest. You can make all of them with ingredients in the kitchen (plus a few essential oils) and they are incredibly easy to make – I made all of mine in less than 15 minutes! I think that scrubs like these make great gifts because they’re fun to whip up and they’re a sweet way to encourage someone you love to pamper herself (or himself) a little bit!

Coffee Sugar Scrub

The first scrub I made is a coffee sugar scrub from Mom on Timeout. I made this for a handful of family members and friends back in May and they all seemed to love it! It smells delicious – just don’t eat it! 😉 The sugar and coffee exfoliate while the nutmeg and cinnamon combine with the coffee to make a delightful fragrance!

I was curious how well it holds up over time, so I checked a jar that was leftover from May and it may be a tiny bit drier, but I could hardly tell a difference. Think of how fun it would be to try using different scented coffee! You could try vanilla or hazelnut coffee or even pumpkin coffee with some pumpkin pie spice! You could really put a twist on it and use peppermint coffee with peppermint oil instead of the cinnamon and nutmeg.

Coffee Scrub - MrsBomb

Coffee Scrub - MrsBomb

To make this scrub, just combine these ingredients with a fork, spoon the mixture into airtight container(s) and seal tight.

  • 1/2 cup ground coffee
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 Tbsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup olive oil (Add this last, after the dry ingredients above are combined)

Quick side note – this scrub is pretty messy with the ground coffee so if I use it in the shower, I do it right before I’m going to clean the tub anyway.

 Peppermint Sugar Scrub 

Last night I tried this scrub from Christmas Your Way (they have amazing Christmas resources that you should check out!). This scrub would be a great alternative for someone who doesn’t like coffee. {But most people like the smell of coffee even if they don’t like the taste, right? 🙂 } The peppermint oil makes this scrub smell like Christmas in a jar! Since I just tried this one, I’m not sure how it will hold up over time, but I would think it will last for a few months, like the others.

Peppermint Scrub - MrsBombLike the coffee scrub above, combine the ingredients with a fork, spoon the mixture into airtight container(s) and seal tight.

  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1/3 cup light olive oil
  • 6 drops peppermint essential oil (This is not the same thing as peppermint extract – I made that mistake!)

For a fun way to package this scrub, check out the Peppermint Candy Cane Sugar Scrub from The Idea Room.

Brown Sugar Scrub

The brown sugar scrub from The Idea Room is even simpler than the ones above – only two ingredients! The instructions on the site say that the scrub is good for 3 months and there is even a link to printable labels!

Brown Sugar Scub - MrsBombJust like the others, combine the ingredients with a fork, spoon into airtight container(s) and seal tight.

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)

I’m going to be honest, I thought it was kind of bland compared to the coffee scrub and the peppermint scrub because it didn’t have the amazing smell or texture that they have. There’s nothing wrong with it at all – it has a pleasant smell and I love the coconut oil. It just wasn’t my favorite so I ended up adding coffee and making this into a hybrid coffee scrub. ( I didn’t take any pictures because it looked just like the coffee scrub in the first pictures.)

Once I started looking, the options for different scrubs seemed endless! The Idea Room has some great recipes like the coconut lime sugar scrub and the lemon sugar scrub; I just didn’t try those because I didn’t want to buy the essential oils that they require. For the most part, the recipes that I saw had 3 keys in common – an exfoliant, an oil, and essential oil or spices.

  • Exfoliants –
    • Coffee (different flavors!)
    • Brown sugar
    • White sugar
    • Sea salt
    • Others?
  • Oils –
    • Baby oil
    • Coconut oil
    • Olive oil
    • Others?
  • Essential oils or spices –
    • Peppermint essential oil
    • Lemon essential oil  (see this
    • Lime essential oil
    • Cinnamon
    • Nutmeg
    • Pumpkin pie spice
    • Others?

There are so many options just using what you probably have in your kitchen! These would be easy to put together in batches in advance so that there’s a little bit less to do in December. And remember, this isn’t about putting one more thing on your to-do list; instead, I’m sharing this with the hope that it gives you some ideas about inexpensive and easy gifts. Or just whip something up to spoil yourself!

Have y’all made any scrubs at home? Have you used one of the recipes above or did you create something of your own? Do you think that scrubs make a good gift?
  Roundup of Handmade Scrubs - MrsBomb


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