Thursday, December 08, 2011


It's time for a scrub!

I've been wanting to make a homemade organic facial scrub for some time now. Yesterday I was inspired by a friend of mine who posted a few recipes (post #1; post #2). Store-bought scrubs, even those packaged as “all natural” or for sensitive skin, can be harsh and irritating. These home-made sugar scrubs are less course than most store-bought exfoliants, so they tend to be less abrasive on your skin. Whether you’re looking for a way to banish dull skin without spending hundreds on salon treatments, or just want an “all-natural facial scrub” that really is natural, these homemade skin exfoliants might be just what you need. I was excited to make some of these for gifts for friends for Christmas. This would also be a fun and easy project to make with children for their mother, grandmother, teachers, etc.!

I started by purchasing a few basic items, like these jars. They hold about 8 oz., which is a generous amount for a scrub. 

I bought them at Hobby Lobby {50% off this week} for $1 each. Do I hear a "way to go"? I also bought a little condiment spoon to go with each jar for about $1. You can purchase these spoons online or at most kitchen stores. {Look here or here.} I bought mine at Ace Hardware -- go figure.

Sunflower oil is another ingredient you'll need on hand. It's less fragrant and heavy than many other oils, which makes it perfect for scrubs. I also bought some essentials oils and made sure I had some vanilla and almond extract on hand. The essentials oils can be purchased at health food stores. They are $3 to $7 depending on the oil you purchase. You only use about 20 drops per batch, so they'll be around for a good long time!

I made three different recipes using a variety of flavors and oils. 
Here are the recipes I came up with...

::: Peppermint Sugar Scrub :::

2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup salt
1 cup sunflower oil
 {If more sunflower oil is needed add a tiny bit at a time until satisfied with consistency.}
about 21 drops of peppermint essential oil
Mix ingredients together.

::: Brown Sugar & Almond Facial Scrub :::

1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup salt
2 Tbsp. vanilla extract
2 tsp. almond extract
1 cup sunflower oil {add more if necessary}
Mix together.

::: Orange Peppermint Facial Scrub :::

2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup salt
1 cup sunflower oil
about 21 drops orange essential oil
about 4 drops peppermint essential oil
Mix together.

This gift is obviously inexpensive which is easy on the budget, but -- more important -- I think it is a sweet, personal gift that others will enjoy!

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Renee said...

Really really REALLY great idea!

Puddles of Grace said...

Score!!! I am totally making these for the kids' Teachers!!! Thank you so much for the info!

kr said...

One word of warning. Orange can be caustic. I found this out the hard way. Please try before giving as gifts.

Filipa Sompy said...

This is a great, inexpensive idea!
Can we add other oils? I only have rose and lavender.
Thank you!

Suzanne said...

Absolutely - You can definitely add oils of your choice and lavender or rose would be wonderful!

Suzanne said...

kr - Although orange peel can have a caustic effect on gnats and flies, from what I've read it poses no danger to pets or humans. However, if you have a sensitivity to citrus, I'd certainly avoid those oils. (You also have to realize that we are talking about a very small of drops mixed into a much greater amount of sugar, etc.)

Jennifer McNabb said...

Love this for teacher appreciation week! Are you sharing your tags?? They are super cute!!

Jillian said...

What a great gift! I bet they smell heavenly!

trumatter said...

This is great! I recently made some foor scrub with sugar and olive oil and I'll have to tell you these homemade scrubs are the best in the world.

I'll try the brown sugar one.

Mia said...

This is such a great idea! Love the little jars.

ChelleZ956 said...

What is the shelf life for these?

Suzanne said...

I don't know what the shelf life would be, but the only thing that could go "bad" would be the oil, right? The other ingredients don't spoil. So, I imagine you'd want to use it up before the oil went rancid, but that wouldn't be hard to do.

ChelleZ956 said...

I've saw on other blogs about using a preservative since most people will use it in he shower and sticking their fingers in it but not sure on how much to put into the mixture?

Suzanne said...

Chelle - For me, I love the fact that it's organic -- a preservative would eliminate that fact, so I'd rather keep the recipe as is. I've used it for the last few days and I love it! At the rate I'm using it I won't have to worry at all about the need for preservation!

A Real Kansas Housewife said...

Thank you so much for this post! I'm excited to make some and give them as gifts:)

lise said...

how long can you keep them?
this is great!