Make Your Own Sugar Scrub (2 Ingredients) + FREE Printable Jar Labels

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I have always been a fan of sugar scrubs.  They exfoliate while moisturizing and there are no crazy chemicals involved.  In fact, this is one of the simplest things I have ever set out to make.

Tomorrow is Lily Bean’s LAST day of her first year of preschool.  *Sniff*  Her teacher and teacher’s aide have been absolutely divine.  They have given her the most wonderful year – and truly built a great foundation for her to enjoy future years of school.

I poured through different ideas when trying to decide on an end of the year gift and time after time, various bath and body items kept popping up.  I finally settled on sugar scrub because I know how much I enjoy it.

You will need:

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  • Olive Oil (I used Newman’s Own Organic EVOO – don’t know that it really matters)
  • White Sugar
  • Essential Oils (Optional)
  • Jars with screw-on lids (I used half pint sized canning jars.)

How to make:

  • I made three different scented scrubs – lemon, lavender and peppermint.  To avoid any “scent contamination” I mixed each scent in its own cup with its own spoon.
  • I have seen some sugar scrub recipes call for 1 part sugar to 2 parts EVOO.  I like my scrub to be a little thicker, grittier.  I used equal parts sugar and oil.  You can play around with your mixture until you achieve your desired consistency.  If you like a super gritty texture, use 1 part EVOO to 2 parts sugar.
  • To make one half pint jar of scrub, I first added 1/3 cup of EVOO.

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  • Then I added 1/3 cup of white sugar to the EVOO and mixed it together.

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  • Next, I added a few drops (no more than 1/4 of a TEAspoon) of essential oil.

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  • Mix all this goodness together and you’ll get a consistency that looks like this:

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  • Pour scrub into your jar and screw on the lid.

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  • That’s it!
  • To use scrub: Stir mixture.  Scoop out some scrub and rub lightly onto hands or body (avoid face).  Rinse/pat dry.
  • Finished products:

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  • I made my own labels in Photoshop which I am uploading for you in case you’d like to use them.  These work best with 2″ printable labels – I used Avery Labels 22817.

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Lemon Labels


Peppermint Labels


Lavender Labels


  • Package your scrub however you’d like – or give it as is.  Either way, you’ll have a super cute gift!
  • I found a cheap basket on sale at Michael’s and nestled the jars into paper shred.

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  • We added some gold star confetti for that extra little “teacher” touch:

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  • We found painted wooden apples (also at Michael’s) and wrote each teacher’s name using a metallic silver Sharpie marker.
  • I couldn’t find a wooden spoon ANYWHERE that was “just right” so Biker Bob (amazing man that he is) MADE me two spoons – cutting and then sanding them out of balsa wood.  Genius.

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This scrub will keep at room temperature for about a year.

I’d love to hear about other variations you have made – share in the comments section!

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  • Eureka249


    • Anonymous

      Thanks – glad you like it!

  • I saw this on my daily e-mail and thought it was awesome–thanks for sharing!

  • Brittney

    Amazing! Thanks for sharing! I use to buy the sugar scrub from bath and body works for $20 but this is better than that and no where near the cost!!

  • Tasha

    Where did you get the essential oils??