DIY Brown Sugar & Spice Body Scrub

Homemade gifts have become very popular over the last few years for quite a few reasons – they are much more economical than store-bought equivalents, a lot of people are moving toward more organic and “from scratch” products (for food as well as cosmetics), and of course there’s just something warm and cozy about putting some good old-fashioned love into a homemade gift. I remember seeing Bridget post this body scrub a couple of years ago and it’s always remained in the back of my mind. This year I decided to finally give it a go, and it was such a great decision. Not only does it take mere minutes to make, but it smells amazing and leaves your skin incredibly soft. I tested it out as a hand scrub and couldn’t believe how they felt afterward. Like they had just been pampered with an hour-long manicure.

This scrub takes literally five minutes to mix together, and then all you have to do is spoon it into a jar and make it festive and gifty. I love the warm, fall and winter-inspired spice mixture of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. It’s not overpowering but just the right amount of oomph for a lovely, fresh and bright aroma.

Do you have any favorite homemade gifts that you make? Feel free to include the link to any posts you might have below!

If you’re interested in additional DIY ideas, see this post I did two Christmases ago: Homemade Food Gift Ideas

One year ago: Peanut Butter Fudge
Four years ago: Peppermint Bark

DIY Brown Sugar & Spice Body Scrub

Yield: One (16-ounce) jar

Total Time: 15 minutes

A recipe for homemade body scrub - smells amazing, and a great gift idea!

Ingredients:

1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup pure cane sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
¾ cup almond oil

Directions:

1. In a medium-size bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, can sugar, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg until thoroughly blended. Make sure you break up any clumps from the brown sugar.

2. Stir in the almond oil, making sure that all of the dry ingredients have been moistened.

3. Spoon the mixture into a 16-ounce jar with lid. Tie with a ribbon and, if desired, add a gift tag with instructions:

"Scoop a teaspoon or two of the scrub on your hands and gently massage in circular motions onto your skin. Leave on for 3 to 4 minutes before thoroughly rinsing. The scrub will tighten on your skin."

(Recipe adapted from Bake at 350)

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53 Responses to “DIY Brown Sugar & Spice Body Scrub”

  1. Pat Marquez on December 16, 2011 at 12:14 am

    There are two things I will be baking this holiday season; A Hummingbird cake and molasses cookies. Yum!!!

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  2. Penny on December 16, 2011 at 6:30 am

    I’ve made this sugar scrub before and given as gifts, but I love it so much I make it for myself on a regular basis! Great stuff.

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  3. Rodzilla on December 16, 2011 at 7:19 am

    Pretty sure I would start out lathering and end up eating.

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  4. Paula on December 16, 2011 at 8:07 am

    I love home-made body scrubs. I can imagine how *delicious* this one would feel. Thanks for sharing….I missed it when Bridget posted a few years ago.

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  5. karen on December 16, 2011 at 8:09 am

    hi is the cane sugar white sugar or know please let me know i would love to make this for my friends for christams

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    • Michelle on December 16th, 2011 at 12:54 pm

      Hi Karen, Yes white sugar.

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  6. Sarah @ See Sarah Bake on December 16, 2011 at 8:11 am

    Any alternatives to almond oil that I could use for this?

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    • Michelle on December 16th, 2011 at 12:54 pm

      Hi Sarah, I think you could use walnut oil or even olive oil.

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      • Ambel on December 16th, 2011 at 5:51 pm

        what about cocunut oil??

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        • Michelle on December 16th, 2011 at 6:35 pm

          I think that would be good too!

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    • Nancy on December 17th, 2011 at 1:24 pm

      Hi Sarah,

      I’ve used olive oil and added a dash of almond extract for the scent and it worked well.

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  7. Katrina on December 16, 2011 at 8:11 am

    Love this!

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  8. Jennifer@Peanut Butter and Peppers on December 16, 2011 at 8:28 am

    I used to make and sell bath and body products and this was one of my favorites! It’s amazing on how smooth your skin feels afterwards! Thanks for reminding me, I think I’ll make some and use it today!

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  9. Maureen on December 16, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Isn’t it amazing how inexpensive it is to make your own body scrubs?? Much better than spending a fortune at the beauty store!

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  10. farrah on December 16, 2011 at 11:41 am

    I am making homemade roasted nuts this year for family! Yummy!!! I might have to whip up some batches of this scrub too :)

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  11. Angela on December 16, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Where do you buy the almond oil for this? Is it in a specialty grocer/health food store or is it the kind you can buy in a Kroger by the olive oil?

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    • Michelle on December 16th, 2011 at 1:14 pm

      Hi Angela, You can find it in the organic baking section or in some stores, in the organic beauty section.

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  12. Denise on December 16, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    I like this idea as a gift. I will try this for a friend of mines.

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  13. laura on December 16, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    How long does this last before it goes bad or does it?

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    • Michelle on December 16th, 2011 at 6:35 pm

      Hi Laura, I think as long as you keep it sealed it shouldn’t go bad.

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  14. Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes on December 16, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    This would be a cool gift idea for something different – love it!

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  15. Laurie on December 16, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    I saw another version of this recently that uses olive oil and 1 tsp vanilla in place of the spices and almond oil.

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  16. Patti on December 16, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Could I use coconut Oil and raw sugar for the body scrub?

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    • Michelle on December 16th, 2011 at 6:35 pm

      Hi Patti, I do think coconut oil would work and raw sugar in place of the cane.

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  17. Faythe on December 16, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Ooooh, I love homemade sugar scrubs. It’s frugal, I can control what’s in it to avoid skin allergies, and it’s safe to be around little ones – depending on ingredients used. I like using a combination of almond, coconut and olive oils, and some vanilla. The spices sound wonderful.

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  18. Amy on December 16, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    OOOOh! I love this! Sugar is such a wonderful exfoliant and you would smell delicious after using this one! Great idea :)!

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  19. Carmen on December 16, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    I am a new follower, and have been enjoying your posts. Thanks so much for having this blog!

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    • Michelle on December 17th, 2011 at 8:12 pm

      Hi Carmen, Welcome to the site!

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  20. Catherine Daugherty on December 16, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    Can I share this on my blog at http://www.praycookblog.com? Awesome idea. Thanking you in advance! Merry Christmas!

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    • Michelle on December 17th, 2011 at 8:15 pm

      Hi Catherine, Sure! I just ask that you provide a link back to this post. Thanks!

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  21. Cristina on December 16, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    I definitely need a couple of jars of this. Surely will make this weekend :)

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  22. Darlene on December 16, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    What a great gift idea for all three of my teenage girls! Stocking stuffers!

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  23. leslie on December 17, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Love love love this idea!!!!!! The perfect pampering gift!

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  24. Yang @ Eatwell101 on December 17, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Nice indeed! It’s changing from the traditional salty or rice scrub ;)
    Gives a touch of “dessert” to a good bath and pampering session. It’s a must have for christmas!

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  25. Dava on December 18, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Hello, I am going to make this for some gifts this weekend. I couldn’t find almond oil but I did find almond extract. Would that work or does it need to be the oil? Thanks!

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    • Michelle on December 18th, 2011 at 11:29 pm

      Hi Dava, Almond extract won’t work for this, but you could substitute other types of oil such as walnut oil, olive oil or coconut oil (I’ve found all of these in the baking aisle).

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  26. Lindsay @ The Live-In Kitchen on December 18, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Is it weird that I just want to eat this? I made the cookies in a jar from Bakerella that you had in your other DIY post. They turned out great!

    http://www.theliveinkitchen.com/2011/12/18/holiday-cookies-in-a-jar/

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  27. kamaile on December 18, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    I love homemade body scrubs. This one sounds delectable!

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  28. Ally on December 19, 2011 at 11:50 am

    I can just imagine how lovely this would feel & smell!
    xo
    http://allykayler.blogspot.com

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  29. bridget {bake at 350} on December 19, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Isn’t it great stuff?!? I so need to make it again!

    Thank you for the sweet shout-out! I hope you have a very, merry Christmas!!!

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  30. Katie E on December 20, 2011 at 11:13 am

    I’m making this for all 3 of my sisters for Christmas! They’re going to love it :) I found almond oil at Whole Foods. Also a good homemade gift is putting lace in a frame to hang earrings on!! Great way to keep track of all of that loose jewelry

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  31. Heather on December 20, 2011 at 11:17 am

    I made this for my secret santa, and she loved it! And luckily I had a bit leftover for myself. My hands are still super soft!

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  32. Kelly on December 21, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    If I use coconut oil, is there something I need to do to make sure it doesn’t solidify?

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    • Michelle on December 22nd, 2011 at 12:40 am

      Hi Kelly, I don’t think so, but I haven’t done it with that yet, so I can’t say for sure.

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      • Kelly on December 23rd, 2011 at 4:18 pm

        Thank you!

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  33. Barbara on August 4, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    Can this be used on the face as well as the hands?

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    • Michelle on August 9th, 2012 at 3:57 pm

      Hi Barbara, I don’t see why not. As the skin on the face is naturally more sensitive than your hands, I would try a small spot first to make sure it isn’t too harsh.

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  34. Sandi on September 21, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    It says bake at 350 for how long? Sounds cool.

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    • Michelle on September 26th, 2012 at 10:37 am

      Bake at 350 is the name of the blog where I saw this recipe. The scrub is not baked.

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  35. Kellie on April 25, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    Could I use regular white sugar

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    • Michelle on April 29th, 2014 at 9:13 am

      Hi Kellie, I’ve never tried it, but I’m sure it would work too.

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  36. Megan on June 21, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Hello.
    I love this article!! It is brilliant. Thank you for taking the time and putting it out for everyone to get. :) I really appreciate it a lot!!

    I am getting married in October. I would like to make this for my bridesmaids. If I make it now.. will it go bad by October?

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    • Michelle on June 21st, 2014 at 7:08 pm

      Hi Megan, If you make it this far in advance, I would store it in the refrigerator or freezer. Almond oil can get rancid if left at room temperature for too long (i.e. months). You could make it a few weeks in advance, though, and store in airtight containers, if you don’t want to refrigerate or freeze.

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