2 Mar 2011, 5:36pm
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All Natural Sugar Scrub

I came across a very enticing sugar scrub recipe in a natural parenting magazine a while ago and decided to give it a try.  The ingredients were easily available, not expensive, and the directions were super simple.   It was a near disaster!  The recipe was on an advertisement for organic sugar, and I’m not sure if they tried the recipe out themselves, but I couldn’t believe just how wrong it was!  Too much Canola oil meant your hands felt greasy and not enough essential oil meant no scent other than that of the Canola oil.  So I tweaked it and voila, delicious sugar scrub ready for your hands and feet!

1 – 1 1/2 cups Organic Sugar (or regular sugar)
1/2 – 3/4 cup Canola Oil (start with 1/2 and work your way up)
About 1/2 teaspoon vitamin e oil
10 drops essential oil…or more depending on how scented you want it.
1 16 oz jar

To Assemble:

I used 8 oz jars because I was making these as gifts so 2 8oz = 1 16 oz
The essential oils I used were Sweet Orange and Vanilla and I mixed equal parts to create a creamsicle scent that is out of this world!

Step 1:  Combine all ingredients

This is what your mixture should look like when all ingredients are combined.  The tricky part is getting the ratio of oil to sugar correct…and enough essential oil to make the scent right.  So start with the amounts I list, and add more of each until you get a mostly sugar mixture with a bit of oil floating on the top.

Step 2:  Scoop mixture into jar.

I really like mason jars because they’re easily reusable and they look neat as well.  I picked these up at my local Walmart.

That’s it!  As I mentioned above, I made these as gifts in a swag bag for a girls Oscar night I was hosting at my house.

What more could a woman ask for?  Sugar scrub, bath bomb, candle, chocolate…what a relaxing bath that would be!

You could always dress the sugar scrub up with pretty ribbon or custom tags, but I was trying to keep it as budget friendly as possible!

Cost:  This all depends on what you have on hand.  It could be as cheap as free because you already have all of these on hand, or it could cost you as much as….

Jars:  1 – 4 pack mason jars – $3.95
Vitamin E Oil – $6.99
Essential Oils (multi-pack) – $19.99
Organic Sugar – $7.99
Canola Oil – free (already had on hand)

Total:   $38.92         This total is for all ingredients.  I did not use the entire amount of any of these ingredients so the total does not reflect per jar, just per supply.  I do not possess the math skills                                               to determine what the total cost per jar would be.

I made sugar scrub for my nieces for Christmas a couple years ago using almond oil instead of canola oil. It was relatively inexpensive – until I started experimenting with scents! Got a lot of money tied up in oils! This blog jogged my memory and I started collecting supplies to make some more. Thanks – I love your blog!

Hmm…I think I’ll have to try almond oil. I would think it would smell better and be better for your hands.

I’d like to make this for a Coffee I’m hosting on Sunday. Would olive oil work in place of the veggie oil?

I am pretty sure olive oil would work…two notes – you’ll have to use quite a bit more essential oil to cover the olive oil scent and your scrub will be kind of a greenish tint! Deb recommended almond oil, and you could always use sunflower oil or some other light, non-scented (or light scented) oil. But it is up to you!


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