3 Easy Christmas Sugar Scrub Recipes
Christmas is almost here, and what is a better time to pamper yourself than at the most wonderful time of the year?
Sugar scrubs are a fantastic way to treat yourself. They are a great way to exfoliate and smooth your skin, plus since it is easily made at home, it is also cost-efficient!
Sugar scrubs can be made with only a few basic ingredients and can be used all over your body, including on your face and lips.
3 Homemade Christmas Sugar Scrubs
Here are three fun Christmas themed sugar scrubs that you will love. Make a batch (or a few!) to use for yourself or put some in small jars to gift to your family and friends for a thoughtful gift this holiday season.
1. Candy Cane Sugar Scrub
- 1.1/2 cups of white sugar
- 2 or 3 candy canes (depending on size)
- 1 tbsp of coconut oil
- 1/2 cup sunflower, apricot kernel, or sweet almond oil
- 5 to 10 drops of peppermint essential oil
Place one cup of sugar and the candy cane in small pieces in a coffee grinder.
Mix the grounded candy cane and sugar with half a cup of granulated white sugar.
Add the coconut oil and the oil of your choice. I have used apricot kernel oil.
Stir and add about 5-10 drops of peppermint essential oil to add a little extra peppermint scent.
Make sure all the ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
Store the mixture in an airtight container.
You can also do this scrub in the form of cubes. Just place the scrub in silicon molds and in the freezer until they harden. Unmold and cut into cube shapes.
2. Hot Chocolate And Coffee Sugar Scrub
- 1 cup of brown sugar
- 1 cup of white sugar
- 3 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup of jojoba oil, sunflower oil, or coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon of dry ground coffee
- 1 tablespoon of vanilla essential oil (optional)
- airtight glass jar
Mix together the dry ingredients (brown sugar, white sugar, cocoa powder, and ground coffee) until they are well blended.
Melt the coconut oil by pouring a cup of oil into a glass bowl.
Slowly pour the oil onto the dry ingredients mixture until you have a consistency that you like.
Add a tablespoon of vanilla extract and mix well.
Store the mixture in an airtight container like this one.
Follow the directions above to transform this scrub into cubes. Add more sugar or decrease the amount of oil used so they don’t crumble when you cut them.
3. DIY Gingerbread Sugar Scrub
- 1/2 cup of brown sugar
- 1/2 cup of white sugar
- 1/4 cup of coconut oil
- A teaspoon of vanilla extract
- One teaspoon of cinnamon powder
- A teaspoon of ginger
- 10 drops frankincense essential oil (optional)
- Mix together all of the ingredients.
- Store the mixture in an airtight container similar to these jars.
To make the sugar scrub in cubes, place it on silicon molds and in the freezer. Once they harden, unmold and cut into cubes.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do you use a sugar scrub?
Make sure to wash your skin wherever you are planning on using the sugar scrub, and then scoop out a little bit of the scrub into your hands and apply it in a circular motion. Be gentle on your skin to avoid irritation.
Rinse your skin (if you put the scrub on your lips, you can lick it off!), pat dry, and add a bit of lotion to lock in the moisture.
Can you use an oil besides coconut oil in a sugar scrub?
If you or someone you know has an allergy to coconuts or tree nuts, it would be best to use something other than coconut oil in these recipes to decrease the risk of contact dermatitis from allergies. Avocado oil, grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, apricot kernel oil, sunflower oil, and olive oil are all great alternatives to coconut oil.
How long DIY sugar scrubs last?
Up to one year, depending on the oils used. If you notice the scrub is beginning to smell rancid or has mold, throw it away.
For sugar scrubs to remain fresh for longer is best to keep them tightly closed and away from water. When water is introduced into the scrub, it becomes moldy and contaminated with bacteria. To avoid this, take the amount you are going to need for a single-use and keep the jar in a cool, dry place.
How can I make these sugar scrubs as a gift?
If you are making any of the scrubs as a gift, place the sugar scrubs in a mason jar and decorate the jar to make it look festive.
For the candy cane sugar scrub, tie a mini candy cane on the outside of the jar with some red ribbon!
For the hot chocolate sugar scrub and gingerbread sugar scrub, tie a festive ribbon around the outside, or add gingerbread men or snowmen stickers to the outside of the jar!
Is a good practice to include the ingredients and the ‘use by’ date, so the person receiving the gift knows how long it will last.
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What are your favorite Christmas sugar scrub recipes?